Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Barry Busy Day, Indeed

Today brings the announcement of the 2009 Barry Award nominees. These commendations are given out annually by Deadly Pleasures magazine and Mystery News, with winners being selected by the readers of both publications. This year’s nominees are ...

Best Novel:
Trigger City, by Sean Chercover (Morrow)
The Draining Lake, by Arnaldur Indridason (Minotaur)
Envy the Night, by Michael Koryta (Minotaur)
Red Knife, by William Kent Krueger (Atria)
The Cruelest Month, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
The Dawn Patrol, by Don Winslow

Best First Novel:
The Kind One, by Tom Epperson (Five Star)
Stalking Susan, by Julie Kramer (Doubleday)
City of the Sun, by David Levien (Doubleday)
Child 44, by Tom Rob Smith (Grand Central)
A Carrion Death, by Michael Stanley (Harper)
Sweeping Up Glass, by Carolyn D. Wall (Center Point)

Best British Novel:
A Simple Act of Violence, by R.J. Ellory (Orion)
Ritual, by Mo Hayder (Bantam Press)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson (MacLehose/Quercus)
Shatter, by Michael Robotham (Sphere)
Bleeding Heart Square, by Andrew Taylor (Michael Joseph)
Bruno, Chief of Police, by Martin Walker (Quercus)

Best Paperback Original:
The First Quarry, by Max Allan Collins (Hard Case Crime)
Money Shot, by Christa Faust (Hard Case Crime)
State of the Onion, by Julie Hyzy (Berkley)
The Black Path, by Åsa Larsson (Delta)
Severance Package, by Duane Swierczynski
Echoes from the Dead, by Johan Theorin (Doubleday)

Best Thriller:
Collision, by Jeff Abbott (Dutton)
The Deceived, by Brett Battles (Delacorte)
The Survivor, by Tom Cain (Bantam Press)
Finder, by Colin Harrison (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Night of Thunder, by Stephen Hunter (Simon & Schuster)
Good People, by Marcus Sakey (Dutton)

Best Short Story:
“The Drought,” by James O. Born (from The Blue Religion, edited by Michael Connelly; Little, Brown)
“The Fallen,” by Jan Burke (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine [EQMM], August 2008)
“A Trace of a Trace,” by Brendan DuBois (from At the Scene of the Crime, edited by Dana Stabenow; Running Press)
“A Killing in Midtown,” by G. Miki Hayden (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, January/February 2008)
“Proof of Love,” by Mick Herron (EQMM, September/October 2008)
“The Problem of the Secret Patient,” by Edward D. Hoch
(EQMM, May 2008)

Winners in each category will be announced during the 40th Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, from October 15 to 18.

(Hat tip to EuroCrime.)

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