That’s funny. I’m apparently so accustomed to the winners of the annual Crimespree Awards being announced in advance of Bouchercon, that I assumed that pattern held true this year as well. But it didn’t. The 2010 Crimespree Award winners were made known this last Sunday in San Francisco, and I’m now tardy with the news. Those winners are:
Favorite Book of 2009: The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, by Charlie Huston (Ballantine Books)
Also nominated: Bury Me Deep, by Megan Abbott (Simon & Schuster); Tower, by Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman (Busted Flush Press); Trust No One, by Gregg Hurwitz (St. Martin’s Press); and The Amateurs, Marcus Sakey (Dutton)
Favorite First Book 2009: Even, by Andrew Grant (Minotaur)
Also nominated: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley (Delacorte); Running from the Devil, by Jamie Freveletti (Morrow); A Bad Day for Sorry, by Sophie Littlefield (Minotaur); and The Ghosts of Belfast, by Stuart Neville (Soho Crime)
Best Book in an Ongoing Series for 2009: Walking Dead,
by Greg Rucka (Bantam)
Also nominated: The Silent Hour, by Michael Koryta (Minotaur); Shatter, by Michael Robotham (Doubleday); The Shanghai Moon, by S.J. Rozan (Minotaur); and Truth, by Peter Temple (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
In addition, the Jack Reacher Award (“given to an author who is someone we would recommend to everyone we meet and is also great to their fans and gives back to the mystery community”) went to Val McDermid.
The Crimespree Awards are sponsored by Crimespree Magazine.