Louisiana mystery author BJ Bourg has won the 2016 Best Mystery Award from The Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition.

Bourg, who lives in Mathews, received the honor for his debut novel, “James 516.”

The annual EPIC eBook Awards is an international competition and has been recognizing excellence in e-book publishing since 2000.

Bourg’s Louisiana-set mystery opens with the Magnolia Parish Sheriff’s Office on high alert after a high-ranking officer is targeted by a killer sniper.

London Carter, the department’s sniper leader, and Bethany Riggs, an internal affairs lieutenant, are tasked with tracking down the assassin. The message “James 516” is left at the scene of each attack, and it is up to London and Bethany to decipher the message and catch the killer before the department’s entire command staff is wiped out. Bourg is a former police sniper leader.

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