Sunday, July 02, 2006

The Thrill of Victory

We’ve been hearing favorable reports about the first-ever ThrillerFest, organized by the International Thriller Writers and concluding this weekend in Phoenix, Arizona. However, it took some digging to figure out who the hell had won the Thriller Awards, given out on Saturday night during a banquet at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. (The BookBitchBlog seems to have been favored with the results before anybody else.) In any event, here are the winners, at last:

Best Novel: The Patriots Club, by Christopher Reich (Delacorte Press)

Also nominated: Panic, by Jeff Abbott (Dutton); Consent to Kill, by Vince Flynn (Atria); Velocity, by Dean Koontz (Bantam); and Citizen Vince, by Jess Walter (Regan Books)

Best First Novel: Improbable, by Adam Fawer (Morrow)

Also nominated: The Color of Law, by Mark Gimenez (Doubleday); Cold Granite, by Stuart MacBride (St. Martin’s Minotaur); Painkiller, by Will Staeger (Morrow); and Beneath a Panamanian Moon, by David Terrenoire (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Minotaur)

Best Paperback Original: Pride Runs Deep, by R. Cameron Cooke (Jove)

Also nominated: Sleeper Cell, by Jeffrey Anderson (Berkley Prime Crime); Upside Down, by John Ramsey Miller (Dell); The Dying Hour, by Rick Mofina (Pinnacle Books); and Exit Strategy, by Michael Wiecek (Jove)

Best Screenplay: Cache (Hidden), screenplay by Michael Haneke

Also nominated: Match Point, screenplay by Woody Allen; Syriana, screenplay by Stephen Gaghan; based on the book by Robert Baer; Oldboy, screenplay by Jo-yun Hwang, Chun-hyeong Lim, Joon-hyung Lim, and Chan-wook Park; story by Garon Tsuchiya; and Munich, screenplay by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth; based on the book by George Jonas

In addition, Clive Cussler (Raise the Titanic!, Sahara, Treasure of Khan) has been given the ITW’s first Lifetime Achievement Award.


Anthony Rainone said...

Thanks for the listing, Jeff. I was hunting around for the winners. Should've hit The Rap Sheet first.


BookBitch said...

I wasn't "favored with the results," I went to the awards dinner and skipped the bar after to post the info.

It was a terrific convention - remarkably well organized with interesting, enlightening panels and a whole lot of fun.

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Allison Brennan said...

I had a blast at Thrillerfest and the awards banquet was a lot of fun. The spotlight interviews were probably the highlight for me because I learned so much about some of my favorite authors, and they were generous with their time and information. I'm definitely looking forward to next year.

Anonymous said...


I'm glad to find the winners on your blog - I thought I was on ITW's press release list, but either I fell off or they haven't sent anything out about the award winners. I noticed that their web site is still not updated with the winners...

Chris Aldrich
Black Raven Press/Mystery News

Linda L. Richards said...

No press release or note to members, either, which seems to have surprised a lot of people.

And, Staci: I can't speak for Mr. Pierce, of course, but I gather he meant his comment as a nod rather than a slight. That's how I read it, anyway.

Anonymous said...

Hi All,

Jet lagged, but let me tell you THRILLERFEST was the best event I've ever attended, will issue a report etc when I shake off sleep deprivation


BookBitch said...


Either way, I felt the need to point out that I wasn't favored with anything, that's all.


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