Thursday, June 10, 2010

Barry Award Nominees

Another day, another list of crime fiction nominees.

The Barry Awards are nominated on and voted on by subscribers to Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine.

BARRY AWARD NOMINATIONS 2010

BEST NOVEL
John Connolly, THE GATES, Atria
David Ellis, THE HIDDEN MAN, Putnam
Joe Gores, SPADE & ARCHER, Knopf
John Hart, THE LAST CHILD, Minotaur
Marcia Muller, LOCKED IN, Grand Central
S.J. Rozan, SHANGHAI MOON, Minotaur

BEST FIRST NOVEL
Josh Bazell, BEAT THE REAPER, Little, Brown
Alan Bradley, THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE, Delacorte
Rebecca Cantrell, A TRACE OF SMOKE, Forge
Sophie Littlefield, A BAD DAY FOR SORRY, Minotaur
Attica Locke, BLACK WATER RISING, Harper
Stuart Neville, THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST (THE TWELVE), Soho Crime

BEST BRITISH NOVEL
S. J. Bolton, AWAKENING, Bantam Press
John Connolly, THE LOVERS, HodderStoughton
Reginald Hill, MIDNIGHT FUGUE, HarperCollins
Philip Kerr, IF THE DEAD NOT RISE, Quercus
Denise Mina, STILL MIDNIGHT, Orion
Robert Wilson, IGNORANCE OF BLOOD, HarperCollins

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
Megan Abbott, BURY ME DEEP, Simon & Schuster
Max Allan Collins, QUARRY IN THE MIDDLE, HardCase Crime
Bryan Gruley, STARVATION LAKE, Touchstone
Heather Gutenkauf, THE WEIGHT OF SILENCE, Mira
Frank Tallis, FATAL LIES, Random House Mortalis
L. C. Tyler, THE HERRING-SELLER'S APPRENTICE, Felony & Mayhem

BEST THRILLER
Tom Cain, NO SURVIVORS (THE SURVIVOR), Viking
Jamie Freveletti, RUNNING FROM THE DEVIL, Morrow
Mark Greaney, THE GRAY MAN, Jove
Derek Haas, COLUMBUS: a Silver Bear Thriller, Pegasus
Mike Lawson, HOUSE SECRETS, Atlantic Monthly
Greg Rucka, WALKING DEAD, Bantam

MYSTERY/CRIME NOVEL OF THE DECADE
Ken Bruen, THE GUARDS, St. Martin's Minotaur
Michael Connelly, THE LINCOLN LAWYER, Little, Brown
Stieg Larsson, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Knopf
Dennis Lehane, MYSTIC RIVER, Morrow
Louise Penny, STILL LIFE, St. Martin's Minotaur
Carlos Ruiz Zafon, THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, Penguin Press

BEST SHORT STORY
Barbara Callahan, "My Mother's Keeper" (EQMM June 2009)
David Dean, "Erin's Journal" (EQMM December 2009)
John H. Dirckx, "Real Men Die" (AHMM September 2009)
Brendan DuBois, "The High House Writer" (AHMM July-August 2009)
Melodie Johnson Howe, "A Hollywood Ending" (EQMM July 2009)
Morley Swingle, "Hard Blows" (THE PROSECUTION RESTS )


Congratulations to all of the nominees! (And, an extra shout-out to Louise Penny, who won't believe Still Life was nominated.)

16 comments:

Bev Stephans said...

It's interesting to see which books readers nominate, as opposed to the other awards. There is very little duplication.

Beth Hoffman said...

Congrats to the nominees! And thanks for posting this list, Lesa. It's nice to have it as a reference when I'm heading to the bookstore.

Lesa said...

It is interesting to see what books readers actually nominate, isn't it, Bev? I've actually read some of these books.

Lesa said...

I'm with you, Beth. In fact, I ordered 4 books today. (sigh)

kathy d. said...

I have actually read some of these myself and they are good books. But in the mystery of the decade, I think several heavy-hitters are absent.

Lesa said...

Which books would you add to that list of mystery of the decade, Kathy? I'm curious.

George said...

My name is George Easter and I'm the editor of Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine and supervise the nomination of the Barry Awards. I was interested in kathy d.'s comment. When you think how many mystery/crime novels have been published in the last decade, it is a near impossible task to whittle them down to six titles. Of course, "several heavy-hitters" will be left off. Our nominating committee is made up of people who read widely but have differing tastes so it is always a surprise to me what they come up with. Here are the titles on the long list of Best of the Decade that didn't make the cut:
Reginald Hill, DIALOGUES OF THE DEAD

Lee Child, ONE SHOT

Jasper Fforde, THE EYRE AFFAIR

Arnaldur Indridason, JAR CITY

Joe Lansdale, THE BOTTOMS

Laura Lippman, EVERY SECRET THING

Thomas H. Cook, RED LEAVES

Alexander McCall Smith, THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY

I'd be interested in knowing what "heavy hitters" kathy d would add to these and to those nominated. mysterygeorge

Lesa said...

Thank you, George! It's interesting to see the longer list of titles that were considered. Like you, I'm interested in Kathy's ideas. She usually returns to respond, and if she doesn't, I'll try to ask her as soon as I hear from her.

Thank you for the longer list!

Gary Corby said...

Rebecca Cantrell, Stuart Neville and Sophie Littlefield have all produced outstanding first novels.

Am I allowed to vote three times?

Lesa said...

Well, Gary,

That's up to George, but I kind of doubt it. (smile)

kathy d. said...

I will be glad to reply but later will dig out my lists of what I've read and starred and enter them.

Right off the bat, I see no books by Fred Vargas, a brilliant writer, won the Dagger three years in a row. There's also Hypothermia by Indridason which everyone says is his best. Winter and Night by Rozen is excellent. I'd add one by Tana French. There's The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly, Hardball by Sara Paretsky.

But I need to check further. Sarah Weinman had such a list and I'll look for it at her website.
But I'll look at my lists, too.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Kathy.

This actually helps me, too. I'm working on a list of must-reads for a chapter on mysteries in a book. I already had Indradason. Michael Connelly's The Lincoln Lawyer is actually on The Barry List. I don't have a Tana French or Sara Paretsky's Hardball, or a Fred Vargas. Hmmm.

Thank you. I hope George comes back and reads this.

kathy d. said...

Sorry I didn't see "The Lincoln Lawyer," on the best of the decade list. It's a very well-written book.

It's true. It's a very hard call to list these. I just found Sarah Weinman's list which I could copy here; it's an interesting group of books.

I'd also add a book by Kate Atkinson, "Case Histories."

One has to have the taste for Vargas. Her mind goes where none have gone before. She is brilliant but very unpredictable, nothing comfortable or mundane. You have to fasten your seatbelts before beginning one of hers.

I will go through my old lists and try to find what books made me say, "Wow," when I finished.

Just finished "The Black Path," by Swedish Asa Larsson, very well-written but so brutal, I have to recover and read a comedy before any more Nordic fiction, or a legal thriller with banter or a fun Harlan Coben or Grisham or Carl Haiason or Elaine Viets.

Yikes--what happens to people who don't get enough sunlight?

I like puzzles, mysteries with a murder done in a library or in the woods, that we hear of, no gristly torture or murder methods.

My uncle reminded me tonight that he and my dad liked John Dickson Carr. He was the best of the "locked-room" classics, and they liked him because of the puzzle element. I will try his writing.

Lesa said...

I always liked John Dickson Carr's "locked-room" mysteries as well, Kathy. Sounds as if there's an interesting mix of books. Everyone has there own list of "best of" books. It's interesting to see the 100 Best Mysteries lists, and how they differ when the Americans and British compile them.

kathy d. said...

I think that readers in Europe, including in the UK, read a lot of international fiction, more than U.S. readers.

Fred Vargas is read widely there, more than here.

The exception is probably Stieg Larsson's trilogy which is being read like crazy here. (See New York Times, June 16.) And, now, according to the Times, publishers are looking for the next Larsson phenomenon, to sell books.

Lesa said...

I think you're right, Kathy. Too bad the public is fickle. There's already a backlash with readers saying they're not on the Stieg Larsson bandwagon. The publishers are probably looking in the wrong place for the next phenomenon.