My wife and I spent this evening enjoying a wonderful dinner elsewhere in Long Beach with my cousin and his wife. But Rap Sheet correspondent Ali Karim was on hand at the 2014 Anthony Awards presentation to record the winners. A vote by conference attendees determined who should receive these commendations.
Best Novel: Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger (Atria)
Also nominated: Suspect, by Robert Crais (Putnam); A Cold and Lonely Place, by Sara J. Henry (Crown); The Wrong Girl, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge); and Through the Evil Days, by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Minotaur)
Best First Novel: Yesterday’s Echo, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview)
Also nominated: Ghostman, by Roger Hobbs (Knopf); Rage Against the Dying, by Becky Masterman (Minotaur); Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly McCreight (HarperCollins); and The Hard Bounce, by Todd Robinson (Tyrus)
Best Paperback Original Novel: As She Left It, by Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink)
Also nominated: The Big Reap, by Chris F. Holm (Angry Robot); Purgatory Key, by Darrell James (Midnight Ink); Joyland, by Stephen King (Hard Case Crime); and The Wicked Girls, by Alex Marwood (Penguin)
Best Short Story: “The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository,” by John Connolly (The Mysterious Press)
Also nominated: “Dead End,” by Craig Faustus Buck (Untreed Reads); “Annie and the Grateful Dead,” by Denise Dietz (from The Sound and the Furry, edited by Denise Dietz and Lillian Stewart Carl; Amazon Digital); “Incident on the 405,” by Travis Richardson (from The Malfeasance Occasional: Girl Trouble, edited by Clare Toohey; St. Martin’s Press); and “The Care and Feeding of Houseplants,” by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March/April 2013)
Best Critical or Non-Fiction Work: The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War, by Daniel Stashower (Minotaur)
Also nominated: Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, by Maria Konnikova (Viking); The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines, by Cate Lineberry (Little, Brown); All the Wild Children, by Josh Stallings (Snubnose Press); and Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives, edited by Sarah Weinman (Penguin)
Best Children’s or Young Adult Novel: The Testing, by Joelle Charbonneau (Houghton Mifflin)
Also nominated: Escape Theory, by Margaux Froley (Soho Teen); Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, by Chris Grabenstein (Random House); Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy, by Elizabeth Kiem (Soho Teen); and The Code Busters Club: Mystery of the Pirate’s Treasure, by Penny Warner (Edgmont USA)
Best Television Episode Teleplay (First Aired in 2013): The Blacklist, “Pilot,” teleplay by Jon Bokenkamp (Davis Entertainment, NBC)
Also nominated: The Fall, “Dark Descent,” teleplay by Allan Cubitt (Netflix Original); Breaking Bad, “Felina,” teleplay by Vince Gilligan (AMC); The Following, “Pilot,” teleplay by Kevin Williamson (Fox/Warner Bros. Television); and Justified, “Hole in the Wall,” teleplay by Graham Yost (Fox/Warner Bros. Television)
Best Audiobook: The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith, read by Robert Glenister (Hachette)
Also nominated: Crescendo, by Deborah J, Ledford, read by Christina Cox (Audible); Man in the Empty Suit, by Sean Ferrell, read by Mauro Hantman (AudioGO); Death and the Lit Chick, by G.M. Malliet, read by Davina Porter (Dreamscape); and Hour of the Rat, by Lisa Brackmann, read by Tracy Sallows (Audible)
In addition, this year’s David S. Thompson Special Service Award was presented to Judy Bobalik.
Congratulations to all of the winners as well as the other nominees.