Preise: Gumshoe Awards 2006

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Zum fünften Mal hat das Internetmagazin “Mystery Ink” die Gumshoe Awards vergeben. Seit 2002 werden mit diesem Preis die besten Krimis ausgezeichnet, die in den USA erschienen sind. In insgesamt vier Kategorien (Best Mystery, Best Thriller, Best European Crime Novel und Best First Novel) wurden die Gewinnertitel bekanntgegeben. Daneben wurde auch ein Autor für sein Lebenwerk geehrt sowie die beste Internetseite zum Thema Krimi gekürt. Alle Preisträger hier nun in der bebilderten Übersicht.

Best Mystery:

To The Power Of Three
Laura Lippman: To the Power of Three
Verlag: William Morrow

Josie, Perri, and Kat have been inseparable best friends since third grade — the athlete, the brilliant, acerbic drama queen, and the popular beauty with a heart that is open to all around her. They live in an affluent suburb of Baltimore and enjoy privileges many teenagers are denied. But on the final day of school one of them brings a gun with her. And when the police break down the door of the high school girls‘ bathroom, locked from the inside, they find two of the friends wounded, one of them critically — and the third girl is dead.

From one of the most acclaimed authors of crime fiction writing today comes a novel breathtaking in its emotional depth — a riveting, powerful, provocative, and consistently surprising tale of secrets, friendship, and betrayal that brilliantly illuminates a dark and chilling event with startling clarity and unique empathy.

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In dieser Kategorie waren weiterhin nominiert:

Jeffrey Cohen: As Dog Is My Witness (Verlag: Bancroft Press)
Reed Farrel Coleman: The James Deans (Verlag: Plume)
Denise Hamilton: Savage Garden (Verlag: Scribner)
Duane Swierczynski: The Wheelman (Verlag: St. Martin’s Minotaur)

Best Thriller:

Company Man
Joseph Finder: Company Man
Verlag: St. Martin’s Press

Nick Conover is the CEO of a major corporation, a local boy made good, and once the most admired man in a company town. But that was before the layoffs. When a faceless stalker menaces his family, Nick, a single father of two since the recent death of his wife, finds that the gated community they live in is no protection at all. He decides to take action, a tragedy ensues– and immediately his life spirals out of control…

At work, Nick begins to uncover a conspiracy against him, involving some of his closest colleagues. He doesn’t know who he can trust—including the brilliant, troubled new woman in his life. Meanwhile, his actions are being probed by a homicide detective named Audrey Rhimes, a relentless investigator with a strong sense of morality — and her own, very personal reason for pursuing Nick Conover.

With everything he cares about in the balance, Nick discovers strengths he never knew he had. His enemies don’t realize how hard he’ll fight to save his company. And nobody knows how far he’ll go to protect his family.

Hinweis: Der Roman ist im Februar 2006 auch in deutscher Übersetzung unter dem Titel „Jobkiller“ bei Heyne erschienen.

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In dieser Kategorie waren weiterhin nominiert:

Michael Connelly: The Lincoln Lawyer (Verlag: Little, Brown)
Jonnie Jacobs: The Only Suspect (Verlag: Kensington)
William Lashner: Falls the Shadow (Verlag: William Morrow)
David Morrell: Creepers (Verlag: CDS Books)

Best European Crime Novel:

The Vanished Hands
Robert Wilson: The Vanished Hands
Verlag: Harcourt

A suspicious suicide calls Javier Falcon to a wealthy neighborhood on the outskirts of Seville in this sensational follow-up to Robert Wilson’s thriller The Blind Man of Seville. Falc+n begins to investigate a case with no solid evidence when suddenly, in quick succession, two more suicides occur-one of them a fellow police officer in the sex crimes unit. Left to discover what made life so unbearable for these victims, Falcn must find the connection among the suicides. As his investigation deepens, so too does suspicion that perhaps these deaths aren’t suicides after all, and the mystery takes a shocking, explosive turn.

Hinweis: Der Roman ist im September 2005 auch in deutscher Übersetzung unter dem Titel „Die Toten von Santa Clara“ bei Page & Turner erschienen.

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In dieser Kategorie waren weiterhin nominiert:

Jasper Fforde: The Big Over Easy (Verlag: Viking)
Allan Guthrie: Kiss Her Goodbye (Verlag: Hard Case Crime)
Arnaldur Indridason: Jar City (Verlag: St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Fred Vargas: Have Mercy on Us All (Verlag: Simon & Schuster)

Best First Novel:

The Baby Game
Randall Hicks: The Baby Game
Verlag: Wordslinger Press

New attorney Toby Dillon takes little in life seriously, except his tennis game. He’s a graduate of UCLA. The only problem is his UCLA stands for Uncle Charlie’s Law Academy. Maybe that explains why Toby’s office is the former storage room of a country club’s Pro Shop, which Toby barters for serving as the Assistant Tennis Pro. At least he owns a tie, even if it is a clip-on.

But beneath Toby’s wry view of life, and despite his attempts to hide it, is someone who truly likes to help people. So Toby’s legal specialty of adoptions serves him perfectly. His idyllic life changes, however, when his two best childhood friends, Brogan and Rita, now filmdom’s newest glamour couple, turn to Toby for help to adopt a baby. Although initially the adoption is the media’s feel good story of the year and Toby basks in his temporary fame, things change quickly when the baby is kidnapped.

When the expected ransom demand never arrives and the police turn up nothing, Toby and Brogan are left to try to find answers on their own. Initially, they think the baby’s birth mother is responsible, but suddenly she’s missing too, and their other suspects start turning up dead. They soon learn there’s more at stake than a kidnapping, and the answers may trace back to the childhood they shared – putting lives – and friendships, at risk.

Just when The Baby Game lulls you into thinking you are reading a fun, comic caper, you realize you are in the depths of an intricate mystery. It’s a classic all-the-clues-were-there-but-I-didn’t-see-them whodunit, with an incredible double-twist ending leaving you shocked, but smiling.

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In dieser Kategorie waren weiterhin nominiert:

Mark Gimenez: The Color of Law (Verlag: Doubleday)
Chris Grabenstein: Tilt-a-Whirl (Verlag: Carroll & Graf)
Karen E. Olson: Sacred Cows (Verlag: Mysterious Press)
David Terrenoire: Beneath a Panamanian Moon (Verlag: St. Martin’s Minotaur)

Lifetime Achievement:

Für sein Lebenswerk wird posthum Ed McBain ausgezeichnet.

Best Crime Fiction Website:

Crime Spot
Als beste Internetseite zum Thema Kriminalliteratur wird in diesem Jahr ausgezeichnet.

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