Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Barry Thought of You

George Easter, the editor of Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine, has just announced the 2010 Barry Award nominations. As he notes, “This year we include a new category--Crime Novel of the Decade (2000-2009).” Here’s the full list of contenders.

Best Novel:
The Gates, by John Connolly (Atria)
The Hidden Man, by David Ellis (Putnam)
Spade & Archer, by Joe Gores (Knopf)
The Last Child, by John Hart (Minotaur)
Locked In, by Marcia Muller (Grand Central)
Shanghai Moon, by S.J. Rozan (Minotaur)

Best First Novel:
Beat the Reaper, by Josh Bazell (Little, Brown)
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley (Delacorte)
A Trace of Smoke, by Rebecca Cantrell (Forge)
A Bad Day for Sorry, by Sophie Littlefield (Minotaur)
Black Water Rising, by Attica Locke (Harper)
The Ghosts of Belfast, by Stuart Neville (Soho Crime)

Best British Novel:
Awakening, by S. J. Bolton (Bantam Press)
The Lovers, by John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton)
Midnight Fugue, by Reginald Hill (HarperCollins)
If the Dead Rise Not, by Philip Kerr (Quercus)
Still Midnight, by Denise Mina (Orion)
The Ignorance of Blood, by Robert Wilson (HarperCollins)

Best Paperback Original:
Bury Me Deep, by Megan Abbott (Simon & Schuster)
Quarry in the Middle, by Max Allan Collins (Hard Case Crime)
Starvation Lake, by Bryan Gruley (Touchstone)
The Weight of Silence, by Heather Gutenkauf (Mira)
Fatal Lies, by Frank Tallis (Mortalis)
The Herring-Seller’s Apprentice, by L.C. Tyler (Felony & Mayhem)

Best Thriller:
No Survivors, by Tom Cain (Viking)
Running from the Devil, by Jamie Freveletti (Morrow)
The Gray Man, by Mark Greaney (Jove)
Columbus, by Derek Haas (Pegasus)
House Secrets, by Mike Lawson (Atlantic Monthly)
Walking Dead, by Greg Rucka (Bantam)

Mystery/Crime Novel of the Decade:
The Guards, by Ken Bruen (Minotaur)
The Lincoln Lawyer, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson (Knopf)
Mystic River, by Dennis Lehane (Morrow)
Still Life, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Penguin Press)

Best Short Story:
“My Mother’s Keeper,” by Barbara Callahan (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine [EQMM], June 2009)
“Erin’s Journal,” by David Dean (EQMM, December 2009)
“Real Men Die,” by John H. Dirckx (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine [AHMM], September 2009)
“The High House Writer,” by Brendan DuBois (AHMM, July-August 2009)
“A Hollywood Ending,” by Melodie Johnson Howe (EQMM, July 2009)
“Hard Blows,” by Morley Swingle (from The Prosecution Rests: New Stories About Courtrooms, Criminals, and the Law, edited by Linda Fairstein; Little, Brown)

The winners will be announced during a special awards brunch to be held on Sunday, October 17, as part of Bouchercon in San Francisco.


Scott Parker said...

Just curious: why is The Shadow of the Wind in bold type? Is this the winner and we just don't know it yet? :-) BTW, absolutely loved the book.

J. Kingston Pierce said...

No, Scott, it was just a typographical error on my part. It's fixed now.


Richard R. said...

I certainly would have thought Easter would pick a book by William Kent Krueger for his best of decade list, as I recalled he was a pretty big Krueger fan, whose first novel Iron Lake won a Barry Award. But then, you can't pick 'em all, as he says on the website.

Anonymous said...

Too bad it's such a short list :) Those listed are all excellent books, but I' disappointed not to see my faves of the decade: Val McDermid's "A Darker Domain", Tom Rob Smith's "Child 44", and Laura Lippman's stunning "Every Secret Thing."

Annie Chernow