Saturday, June 05, 2010

Counting Down to the Anthonys

I was away from Rap Sheet headquarters all day yesterday, so missed announcing the rundown of this year’s Anthony Award nominees. But for the record, here they are.

Best Novel:
The Last Child, by John Hart (Minotaur)
The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, by Charlie Huston (Ballantine Books)
The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson, translated by Reg Keeland (Quercus/Knopf)
The Brutal Telling, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
The Shanghai Moon, by S.J. Rozan (Minotaur)

Best First Novel:
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley (Delacorte)
Starvation Lake, by Bryan Gruley (Touchstone)
A Bad Day for Sorry, by Sophie Littlefield (Minotaur)
The Ghosts of Belfast (aka The Twelve), by Stuart Neville (Soho Press/Harvill Secker)
In the Shadow of Gotham, by Stefanie Pintoff (Minotaur)

Best Paperback Original:
Bury Me Deep, by Megan Abbott (Simon & Schuster)
Tower, by Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman (Busted Flush Press)
Quarry in the Middle, by Max Allan Collins (Hard Case Crime)
Starvation Lake, by Bryan Gruley (Touchstone)
Death and the Lit Chick, by G.M. Malliet (Midnight Ink)
Air Time, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Mira)

Best Short Story:
“Last Fair Deal Gone Down,” by Ace Atkins (from Crossroad Blues; Busted Flush Press)
“Femme Sole,” by Dana Cameron (from Boston Noir, edited by Dennis Lehane; Akashic Books)
“Animal Rescue,” by Dennis Lehane (Boston Noir)
“On the House,” by Hank Phillippi Ryan (from Quarry: Crime Stories by New England Writers, edited by Kate Flora, Ruth McCarty, and Susan Oleksiw; Level Best Books)
“Amapola,” by Luis Alberto Urrea (from Phoenix Noir, edited by Patrick Millikin; Akashic Books)

Best Critical Non-fiction Work:
Talking About Detective Fiction, by P.D. James (Bodleian Library/Knopf)
The Line Up: The World’s Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives, edited by Otto Penzler (Little, Brown)
Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King, by Lisa Rogak (Thomas Dunne Books)
Dame Agatha’s Shorts: An Agatha Christie Short Story Companion, by Elena Santangelo (Bella Rosa Books)
The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith, by Joan Schenkar (St. Martin’s Press)

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

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