Friday, February 10, 2012

Barry Special Favors

Earlier today, the editors of Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine announced their nominees for the 2012 Barry Awards in half a dozen categories. All of the works to be judged were published in English during 2011. The contenders are:

Best Novel:
The Keeper of Lost Causes (aka Mercy), by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Dutton)
The Accident, by Linwood Barclay (Bantam)
The Hurt Machine, by Reed Farrel Coleman (Tyrus)
Iron House, by John Hart (Minotaur)
Hell Is Empty, by Craig Johnson (Viking)
The Troubled Man, by Henning Mankell (Knopf)

Best First Novel:
Learning to Swim, by Sara Henry (Crown)
The Devotion of Suspect X, by Keigo Higashino (Minotaur)
The Boy in the Suitcase, by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis
(Soho Crime)
Turn of Mind, by Alice LaPlante (Atlantic Monthly)
The Informationist, by Taylor Stevens (Crown)
Before I Go to Sleep, by S.J. Watson (Harper)

Best British Novel:
Now You See Me, by S.J. Bolton (Bantam Press)
Hell’s Bells, (aka The Infernals), by John Connolly
(Hodder & Stoughton)
Bad Signs, by R.J. Ellory (Orion) -- one of January Magazine’s favorite crime novels of 2011
The House at Sea’s End, by Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
Outrage, by Arnaldur Indriðason (Harvill Secker)
Dead Man’s Grip, by Peter James (Macmillan)

Best Paperback Original:
The Silenced, by Brett Battles (Dell)
The Hangman’s Daughter, by Oliver Pötzsch (Mariner Books)
A Double Death on the Black Isle, by A.D. Scott (Atria)
Death of the Mantis, by Michael Stanley (Harper Perennial)
Fun and Games, by Duane Swierczynski (Mulholland)
Two for Sorrow, by Nicola Upson (Harper Perennial)

Best Thriller:
Carver, by Tom Cain (Bantam Press)
Coup D’Etat, by Ben Coes (St. Martin’s)
Spycatcher (aka Spartan), by Matthew Dunn (Morrow)
Ballistic, by Mark Greaney (Berkley)
House Divided, by Mike Lawson (Atlantic Monthly)
The Informant, by Thomas Perry (Houghton Mifflin)

Best Short Story:
“Thicker Than Blood,” by Doug Allyn (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine [AHMM], September 2011)
“The Gun Also Rises, by Jeffrey Cohen (AHMM,
January-February 2011)
“Whiz Bang,” by Mike Cooper (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine [EQMM], September-October 2011)
“Facts Exhibiting Wantonness,” by Trina Corey (EQMM,
November 2011)
“Last Laugh in Floogle Park,” by James Powell (EQMM, July 2011)
“Purge,” by Eric Rutter (AHMM, December 2011)

Winners will receive their prizes at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on October 4, 2012, during the opening ceremonies of this year’s Bouchercon in Cleveland, Ohio.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is really a serious matter that Devotion of Suspect X got nominated in the Best First Novel category. Before Devotion of Suspect X, Higashino Keigo had already published more than 40 mystery/crime novels in Japan, many of which gathered overwhelming popularity. He is regarded as one of the grand masters of crime fiction in Japan.

I think George Easter and Barry Awards committee should move "Devotion of Suspect X to the Best Novel category.