Best Novel: Legend
Cross, by Ken Bruen; Priest, by Ken Bruen; The Tin Roof Blowdown, by James Lee Burke; What the Dead Know, by Laura Lippman; The Naming of the Dead, by Ian Rankin; and Dust Devils, by James Reasoner
Best Novel: Rising Star
The Cleanup, by Sean Doolittle; The Shotgun Rule, by Charlie Huston; The Ragtime Kid, by Larry Karp; A Perfect Grave, by Rick Mofina; A Thousand Bones, by P.J. Parrish; and Concrete Maze, by Steven Torres
Best Novel: New Voice
Queenpin, by Megan Abbott; The Big O, by Declan Burke; Hard Man, by Allan Guthrie; The 50/50 Killer, by Steve Mosby; Safe and Sound, by J.D. Rhoades; and The Blonde, by Duane Swierczynski
Bitter Lemon Press; Europa Editions; Hard Case Crime; Poisoned Pen Press; and Text Publishing
Charles Ardai, Hard Case Crime; Stacia Decker, Harcourt; Alison Janssen, Bleak House; Barbara Peters, Poisoned Pen Press; and Dave Thompson, Busted Flush
Special Services to the Industry
Daniel Hatadi of Crimespace; Ali Karim of Shots and The Rap Sheet; Graham Powell of CrimeSpot; J. Kingston Pierce of The Rap Sheet; Maddy Van Hertburger of 4MA; and Sarah Weinman from Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind
Best Short Story on the Web
“The Leap,” by Charles Ardai (Hardluck Stories); “Breaking in the New Guy,” by Stephen Blackmoore (Demolition); “Amphetamine Logic,” by Nathan Cain (ThugLit); “The Switch,” by Lyman Feero (ThugLit); “Seven Days of Rain,” by Chris F. Holm (Demolition); “Shared Losses,” by Gerri Leen (Shred of Evidence); “The Living Dead,” by Amra Pajalic (Spinetingler); and “Convivium,” by Kelli Stanley (Hardluck Stories)
There’s also a Best Cover category, but you’ll have to go here to see and judge those images for yourself.
It is a pretty fine list, though I’m a bit stunned to find my own name on it. (I voted for my colleague Ali Karim in the Special Services category.) And it’s good to see more mid-tier novelists in the mix.
Out of curiosity, and since the general reading public had chosen the contenders in each category, I asked Ruttan to gauge the response to this first selections process. “I received a few hundred nominations,” she explained via e-mail. “Somewhere in the two-to-three hundred range. After a while you start to lose track. And some made nominations in all eight categories, some only nominated in a few categories, and some only sent one nomination in one category, so after a while you’re just adding to the count here and there, deleting the e-mail and moving on. And I suspect the timeframe made it tough for people, although for the most part all the nominations that came in had the authors and their books in the right category. Frankly, I’m thrilled to see the strength of the New Voice and Rising Star categories. There are also contenders on there new to me, that I’ll be reading for the first time, and I look forward to that. (And I’m excited to see Text Publishing on the list, praised for what they’ve contributed to Australian fiction with the likes of Peter Temple, because they’ve just signed Amra Pajalic--another author we’ve published in Spinetingler.)”
So, what’s the next step in the process of selecting Spinetingler Award winners? Ruttan spells out the rules at Crime Zine Report:
Voting is open. ONE E-MAIL PER PERSON ONLY. You cannot send another vote in, even for a different category--multiple votes from the same sender will not be counted. Take the time to consider your votes carefully. E-mails must be received by December 30, 2007--authors, if you're putting this in your newsletter make sure you are clear about the deadline for voting. Many recommendations were not considered in the first round because they were sent late.Winners should be announced early in 2008.
You may vote for one winner in each category as long as all votes are submitted in one e-mail. Simply state the category and your chosen winner for each of the eight categories. Any votes that contain more than one selection per category may be removed from consideration completely. No ties.
Send your e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with AWARD NOMINATIONS in the subject line. It is not necessary to explain the reason for your vote.
Popular vote will be counterbalanced against editorial opinion at this stage, except for the short story category. In order to ensure fairness the short story category will be determined strictly by popular vote. While I also appreciate the people who nominated me for special services, I removed myself from consideration for that category as well as from the New Voice category.