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February 11, 2011 / C.T. Henry

Barry Award Nominations Announced

The 2010 Barry Award nominations were announced by the editor of Deadly Pleasures Mystery MagazineDeadly Pleasures readers will vote on the winners, who will be announced at the Boucheron this September in St. Louis.

While I find a lot of awards are political and not representative of the mystery genre, the Barry Awards are usually gets it right.  They’re a very good indicator of what’s worth reading from year to year.  Just look at that list of authors in the Best Novel category!  This is a great To Be Read (TBR) list, if anything else.

Furthermore, I will continue to sing the praises of Steve Hamilton’s The Lock Artist, and I’m overjoyed to see that this is the third award nomination of the year.

Best Novel:
Nowhere to Run by C.J. Box
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton*
Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane
Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
Savages by Don Winslow


Best First Novel:
Gutshot Straight by Lou Berney
Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva
The Poacher’s Son by Paul Doiron
The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
The Holy Thief by William Ryan
Once a Spy by Keith Thomson


Best British Novel:
Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton
The Whisperers by John Connolly
The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill
Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström
Fourth Day by Zoë Sharp


Best Paperback Original:
The Hanging Tree by Bryan Gruley
The Dead Lie Down by Sophie Hannah
Eggsecutive Orders by Julie Hyzy
Fever at the Bone by Val McDermid
The Rhetoric of Death by Judith Rock
A Small Death in the Great Glen by A.D. Scott


Best Thriller:
13 Hours by Deon Meyer
American Assassin by Vince Flynn
The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd
Bolt Action by Charles Charters
On Target by Mark Greaney
The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva


Good Luck to the nominees!


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  1. Jeff / Feb 11 2011 4:25 pm

    Thanks for the information! I am really happy to see Deon Meyer on there. I love his books. Long overdue for him. If you are not familiar with his work, I strongly suggest you check him out.

  2. Karen / Mar 18 2011 10:21 pm

    I read a lot of books, and I agree that Gutshot Straight was the best debut novel of 2010. I absolutely loved the book, having a hard time to put it down, and I am eagerly awaiting a sequel for the book.

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