Tuesday, May 01, 2007

A Mystery No More

As expected, the review and interview site Mystery Ink this morning announced the winners of its 2007 Gumshoe Awards, recognizing “the best achievements in the world of crime fiction.” And the winners are ...

Best Mystery: All Mortal Flesh, by Julia Spencer-Fleming (St. Martin’s Minotaur)

Also nominated: White Shadow, by Ace Atkins (Berkley); City of Shadows, by Ariana Franklin (Morrow); The Night Gardener, by George Pelecanos (Little, Brown); and Hollywood Station, by Joseph Wambaugh (Little, Brown)

Best Thriller: Prayers for the Assassin, by Robert Ferrigno (Scribner)

Also nominated: The Hard Way, by Lee Child (Delacorte); The Last Assassin, by Barry Eisler (Putnam); Marked Man, by William Lashner (Morrow); and The Venus Fix, by M.J. Rose (Mira)

Best European Crime Novel: When the Devil Holds the Candle, by Karin Fossum (Harcourt)

Also nominated: The Dramatist, by Ken Bruen (St. Martin’s Minotaur); A Walk in the Dark, by Gianrico Carofiglio (Bitter Lemon Press); By a Slow River, by Philippe Claudel (Knopf); and The Minotaur, by Barbara Vine (Shaye Areheart Books )

Best First Novel: The King of Lies, by John Hart (St. Martin’s Minotaur)

Also nominated: Out of Cabrini, by Dave Case (Five Star); A Corpse in the Koryo, by James Church (St. Martin’s Minotaur); The Shadow Catchers, by Thomas Lakeman (St. Martin’s Minotaur); and A Field of Darkness, by Cornelia Read (Mysterious Press)

Best Crime Fiction Web Site: Demolition Magazine

In addition, a Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Robert B. Parker, who, the site says, “revolutionized the modern detective novel, helping to bridge the gap between the classic Hammett-Chandler-Macdonald tradition and the contemporary stories of Block, Grafton and Lehane.”

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