Saturday, July 10, 2010

And the Critics Say ...

Michael Connelly and Elmore Leonard were the most prominent recipients of awards given out this week by Michigan-based The Strand Magazine.

There were two categories of contenders for the 2009 Strand Magazine Critics Awards, and here are the winners:

Best Novel: Nine Dragons, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)

Also nominated: The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, by Charlie Huston (Ballantine Books); Life Sentences, by Laura Lippman (Morrow); The Renegades, by T. Jefferson Parker (Dutton); and The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters (Riverhead Books)

Best First Novel (tie): Beat the Reaper, by Josh Bazell (Little, Brown), and Starvation Lake, by Bryan Gruley (Touchstone)

Also nominated: The Manual of Detection, by Jedediah Berry (Penguin Press); A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick (Algonquin Books); and Black Water Rising, by Attica Locke (Harper)

In addition, Elmore Leonard was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, in a ceremony introduced by editor, publisher, and bookshop proprietor Otto Penzler.

(Hat tip to The Gumshoe Site.)


Anonymous said...

I heard that in best first novel category, there were co-winners: Beat the Reaper & Black Water Rising.

J. Kingston Pierce said...

No, all the information I find says that Beat the Reaper and Starvation Lake were the co-winners for Best First Novel. Black Water Rising was nominated, but did not win.