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.)