Michael Haskins

Monday, October 25, 2010

Bouchercon Report

Among other things that happen at Bouchercon, quite a few awards are announced. Congratulations to all the winners.

Anthony Awards – chosen by Bouchercon participants

Best Novel: Louise Penny, THE BRUTAL TELLING (Minotaur)
Best First Novel: Sophie Littlefield, A BAD DAY FOR SORRY (Minotaur)
Best Paperback Original: Bryan Gruley, STARVATION LAKE (Touchstone)
Best Short Story: Hank Phillippi Ryan, "On the House," from QUARRY: Crime Stories by New England Writers (Level Best Books)
Best Critical Nonfiction: P. D. James, TALKING ABOUT DETECTIVE FICTION (Alfred A. Knopf)

Barry Awards – chosen by readers of Deadly Pleasures magazine

Best Novel: John Hart, THE LAST CHILD (Minotaur)
Best First Novel: Alan Bradley, THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE (Delacorte)
Best British Novel: Philip Kerr, IF THE DEAD RISE NOT (Quercus)
Best Paperback Original: Bryan Gruley, STARVATION LAKE (Touchstone)
Best Thriller: Jamie Freveletti, RUNNING FROM THE DEVIL
Mystery/Crime Novel of the Decade: Stieg Larsson, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (Knopf)
Best Short Story: Brendan DuBois, "The High House Writer," from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, July–August 2009
Don Sandstrom Award for Literary Achievement in Mystery Fandom: Len & June Moffatt; Captain Bob Napier

Crimespree Awards – chosen by readers of Crimespree magazine

Favorite Book of 2009: Charlie Huston, THE MYSTIC ARTS OF ERASING ALL SIGNS OF DEATH (Ballantine)
Favorite First Book of 2009: Andrew Grant, EVEN
Best Book in an Ongoing Series for 2009: Greg Rucka, WALKING DEAD (Bantam)
The Jack Reacher Award, given to "an author who someone we would recommend to everyone we meet and is also great to their fans and gives back to the mystery community": Val McDermid

Shamus Awards – chosen by the Private Eye Writers of America

Best Hardcover P.I. Novel: Marcia Muller, LOCKED IN (Grand Central)
Best First P.I. Novel: Brad Parks, FACES OF THE GONE (Minotaur)
Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel: Ira Berkowitz, SINNER'S BALL (Three Rivers Press)
Best P.I. Short Story: Dave Zeltserman, "Julius Katz," from Ellery Queen' Mystery Magazine, September/October 2009
Best P.I. Character: Sharon McCone
Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert Crais

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