Sunday, October 17, 2010

Award Winners

It is award season again so here are the latest award winners.


Shamus Award Winners -

Best Hardcover P.I. Novel: *Locked In*, by Marcia Muller
Grand Central)

Best First P.I. Novel: *Faces of the Gone*, by Brad Parks

Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel: *Sinner’s Ball*, by Ira Berkowitz
Three Rivers Press)

Best P.I. Short Story: “Julius Katz,” by Dave Zeltserman
*Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine,* September/October 2009)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert Crais.

Personal note---read “Locked In” and was not impressed though from a writer
standpoint it is an interesting technique. I very much liked “Faces of the Gone”
and would highly recommend it along with the short story “Julius Katz”by Dave

Macavity Award Winners -

Best Mystery Novel: Ken Bruen & Reed Farrel Coleman: *Tower*
(Busted Flush Press)

Best First Mystery Novel: Alan Bradley: *The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie*

Best Mystery Nonfiction: P.D. James: *Talking about Detective Fiction*
(Alfred A. Knopf)

Best Mystery Short Story: Hank Phillippi Ryan: "On the House"
(*Quarry: Crime Stories* by New England Writers, Level Best Books)

Sue Feder Historical Mystery: Rebecca Cantrell: *A Trace of Smoke*

(Personal note----I have to confess I have not read any of these so I have no
advice on these books.)

Barry Award Winners-

Best Novel: John Hart: *The Last Child* (Minotaur)

Best First Novel: Alan Bradley: *The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie*

Best British Novel: Philip Kerr: *If the Dead Not Rise*

Best Paperback Original: Bryan Gruley: *Starvation Lake*

Best Thriller: Jamie Freveletti: *Running From the Devil*

Best Mystery/Crime Novel of the Decade: Stieg Larsson: *The Girl with the Dragon
Tattoo* (Knopf)

Best Short Story: Brendan DuBois, "The High House Writer" (*AHMM*July-August 2009)

(Personal Note---of these I have read “Starvation Lake” and highly recommend
it along with the sequel “The Hanging Tree”.)

So there you have it. Looks like lots of good reading from a lot of talented folks.


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