Harvard alum author and Cambridge resident Tony Rogers’s novel, The Execution of Richard Sturgis, As Told by His Son, Colin, recently won the first annual Dorothy and Wedel Nilsen Prize for a first novel. An excerpt of the novel first appeared in Harvard Square Editions’ Above Ground anthology. The story follows a rowdy, complex family man who befriends two devious men, and with them, is arrested for the rape and murder of a young man. While the other two men are released, Richard is sent to trail and convicted. His son Colin, deeply scarred by the effects of the trial and going through his teen years known as the son of a murderer, can’t bring himself to believe in his father’s guilt, continuing what he knows maybe a lifelong search to find out the truth about the murder and about his father.