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ROME — U.S. thriller writer Jeffrey Deaver will be feted by Italy’s Noir in Festival, dedicated to movies and books broadly belonging to the noir genre and held in the Alpine resort of Courmayeur.

Deaver is expected in Courmayeur Dec. 10 and 11 to receive the fest’s Raymond Chandler Award and to tubthump the Italian edition of his latest book, “The Skin Collector,” published in Italy by Rizzoli.

Fest toppers Giorgio Gosetti and Marina Fabri said they were “particularly happy” to celebrate Deaver the same year that, with “The Skin Collector,” he has brought back “Bone Collector” investigator Lincoln Rhyme and his partner, patrol officer Amelia Sachs.

Previous recipients of the fest’s Raymond Chandler Award, established in tandem with the Raymond Chandler estate, include Elmore Leonard, Scott Turow, and John le Carre.

Pics in competish this year at the unique fest include Focus Features thriller “Black Sea” by Kevin Macdonald, starring Jude Law as a rogue submarine captain seeking treasure at the bottom of the Black Sea – following its Dec. 5 UK release; U.S. editor turned director Saar Klein’s recession era robbery pic “Things People Do”; Cannes Un Certain Regard winner “White God”; and Danish helmer Kristian Levring’s revenge western “The Salvation.”

The 24th edition of Courmayeur Noir In Festival will run December 9-14.