• Defending Jacob, by William Landay (Delacorte)
• Truth Like the Sun, by Jim Lynch (Knopf)
• Oregon Hill, by Howard Owen (Permanent Press)
• Patient Number 7, by Kurt Palka (McCelland & Stewart)
• Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson (Grove)
A winner will be declared during the Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) fall conference taking place in Somerset, New Jersey, from September 30 to October 2.
(Hat tip to Mystery Fanfare.)