Nachgereicht: Nominierungen für die Thriller Awards 2007
Im Frühjahr häufen sich die Nominierungen für diverse internationale Krimipreise. So wurden schon im März die → Nominees für die Thriller Awards 2007 bekannt gegeben, die von den → „International Thriller Writers“ (ITW) vergeben werden. Insgesamt gibt es vier Kategorien, in denen die besten Thriller des Jahres ausgezeichnet werden. Die Gewinner werden am 14. Juli 2007 veröffentlicht. Hier folgt, wenn auch etwas verspätet, eine bebilderte Übersicht mit ergänzenden Links.
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Jeffrey Archer: False Impression
Why was an elegant lady brutally murdered the night before 9/11?
Why was a successful New York banker not surprised to receive a womanâ€™s left ear in the morning mail?
Why did a top Manhattan lawyer work only for one client, but never charge a fee?
Why did a young woman with a bright career steal a priceless Van Gogh painting?
Why was an Olympic gymnast paid a million dollars an assignment when she didnâ€™t have a bank account?
Why was an honors graduate working as a temporary secretary after inheriting a fortune?
Why was an English Countess ready to kill the banker, the lawyer and the gymnast even if it meant spending the rest of her life in jail?
Why was a Japanese steel magnate happy to hand over $50,000,000 to a woman he had only met once?
Why was a senior FBI agent trying to work out the connection between these eight apparently innocent individuals?
All these questions are answered in Jeffrey Archerâ€™s latest novel, False Impression, but not before a breathtaking journey of twists and turns that will take readers from New York to London to Bucharest and on to Tokyo, and finally a sleepy English village, where the mystery of Van Goghâ€™s last painting will finally be resolved.
And only then will readers discover that Van Goghâ€™s Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear has a secret of its own that acts as the final twist in this unforgettable yarn.
Joseph Finder: Killer Instinct
Jason Steadman is a thirty-year-old sales executive living in Boston and working for a electronics giant, a competitor to Sony and Panasonic. He’s a witty, charismatic guy who’s well liked at the office, but he lacks the â€œkiller instinctâ€ necessary to move up the corporate ladder. To the chagrin of his ambitious wife, it looks as if his career has hit a ceiling. Jason’s been sidelined.
But all that will change one evening when Jason meets Kurt Semko, a former Special Forces officer just back from Iraq. Looking for a decent pitcher for the company softball team, Jason gets Kurt, who was once drafted by the majors, a job in Corporate Security. Soon, good things start to happen for Jason – and bad things start to happen to Jason’s rivals. His career suddenly takes off. He’s an overnight success
Only too late does Jason discover that his friend Kurt has been secretly paving his path to the top by the most â€œefficientâ€ – and ruthless – means available. After all, Kurt says, â€œBusiness is war, right?â€
But when Jason tries to put a stop to it, he finds that his new best friend has become the most dangerous enemy imaginable. And now it’s far more than just his career that lies in the balance.
A riveting tale of ambition, intrigue, and the price of success, Killer Instinct is Joseph Finder at his best.
Stephen Leather: Cold Kill
More deadly than terrorists . . . are the men trying to stop them.
People-smuggling, counterfeit currency and attempted murder. Itâ€™s all in a dayâ€™s work for undercover cop Dan â€˜Spiderâ€™ Shepherd. But what starts as a run-of-the mill investigation quickly turns into a matter of life and death when he uncovers a terrorist cell on a mission of death and destruction. The target: hundreds of passengers on a cross-channel train deep below the English Channel. With the clock ticking and the explosives primed, Shepherd and his colleagues have to decide just how far they are prepared to go to save innocent lives. And they realise that to avoid catastrophe, they have to be even more merciless than the terrorists.
Daniel Silva: The Messenger
Allon is recovering from a grueling showdown with a Palestinian master terrorist, when a figure from his past arrives in Jerusalem. Monsignor Luigi Donati is the private secretary to His Holiness Pope Paul VII, and a man as ruthless as he is intelligent. Now, however, he has come to seek Allon’s help. A young Swiss guard has been found dead in St. Peter’s Basilica, and although Donati has allowed the official inquiry to determine that it is suicide, his instinct tells him that it is murder-and that his master is in grave danger. He has trusted Allon in the past, and he is the only man he trusts now.
Allon reluctantly agrees to get involved, but once he begins to investigate he concludes that Donati has every right to be concerned, as, following the trail from the heart of the Vatican to the valleys of Switzerland and beyond, he slowly unravels a conspiracy of lies and deception. An extraordinary enemy walks among them, with but one goal: the most spectacular assassination ever attempted.
Filled with remarkable characters and breathtaking double and triple turns of plot, The Messenger solidifies Silva’s reputation as his generation’s finest writer of international thrillers.
Lisa Unger: Beautiful Lies
If Ridley Jones had slept ten minutes later or had taken the subway instead of waiting for a cab, she would still be living the beautiful lie she used to call her life. She would still be the privileged daughter of a doting father and a loving mother. Her life would still be perfectâ€”with only the tiny cracks of an angry junkie for a brother and a charming drunk with shady underworld connections for an uncle to mar the otherwise flawless whole.
But thatâ€™s not what happened. Instead, those inconsequential decisions lead her to perform a good deed that puts her in the right place at the right time to unleash a chain of events that brings a mysterious package to her doorâ€”a package which informs her that her entire world is a lie.
Suddenly forced to question everything she knows about herself and her family, Ridley wanders into dark territory she never knew existed, where everyone in her life seems like a stranger. She has no idea whoâ€™s on her side and who has something to hideâ€”even, and maybe especially, her new lover, Jake, who appears to have secrets of his own.
Sexy and fast-paced, Beautiful Lies is a true literary thriller with one of the freshest voices and heroines to arrive in years. Lisa Unger takes us on a breathtaking ride in which every choice Ridley makes creates a whirlwind of consequences that are impossible to imagine . . . .
Patricia Gussin: Beautiful Lies
Pull a trigger and everything changes. Whatever is good and normal dissolves before your eyes. Medical student Laura Nelson had just finished examining her first patient â€“ bullet wound to the head. As she leaves the hospital, an angry voice erupts with obscenities. Shaken and confused, she quickly walks the deserted two blocks to her car, keeping an eye on the dark, riot-torn neighborhood around her â€“ eager to get home to her husband and young sons. Suddenly, a rough hand drags her into a violent double crime. A trigger is pulled, and Lauraâ€™s world changes forever.
Set amidst the upheaval and smoldering chaos of the Detroit riots of 1967, this story unfolds in a real place at a real time. These riots created a terrible fissure in the social fabric of that city engulfing ordinary people and spinning the normal patterns of life into a downward spiral. Shadow of Death is a store that could happen to any of us, especially those who believe their world and all they cherish will hold together no matter what.
Matthew Klein: Switchback
Timothy Van Bender, Yale graduate and hedge fund manager in Palo Alto, lives a magical life: his business mints money; he wife, Katherine, is beautiful and charming; his young sexy secretary, Tricia, greets him each morning with a flirtatious smile.
Then, one Tuesday, everything changes. Timothy wakes to learn that his hedge fund has lost $24 million on a bad bet against the Japanese Yen. Timothy decides to double down and bet again. But the Yen keeps climbing, and his business investors start asking questions. With his company on the brink of collapse, he gets a call from his wife, who phones to say goodbye, moments before jumping off a cliff at Big Sur to her death. Timothy can’t believe it, and nor, for that matter, can the local police.
And that’s when his troubles start. As the police investigate Timothy, he investigates his dead wife’s secrets. But when Tricia shows up on Timothy’s doorstep, claiming to be his dead wife, and knowing secrets that only Katherine could know, Timothy’s not sure what, or whom, to believe. Has he been given a second chance at happiness or is he being played for a fool in an elaborate scam that may cost him his life?
It’s early April of 1945 and the dog-days of World War II. The Nazi regime is being slowly throttled by the oncoming Russian and Allied armies and Hitler rages uselessly in his Berlin bunker. But the high command have one more throw of the dice to make…
An audacious plan is hatched to save the Fatherland and beat off the oncoming apocalypse. All it will take is a hodge-podge squadron of escort fighters, a captured US bomber and one suicidally brave pilot to fly it over the Atlantic into the beating heart of America.
Half a century later, a rusting plane is discovered, sunk with its crew, off the coast of New York – a relic from a bygone age. Chris Roland, a brilliant young photographer, is sent to take photos of this time capsule. But it is only when he discovers that the fragments of Nazi uniforms on the decaying corpses that he realises that he has come across a secret so terrible that even fifty years later it could still kill him…
George D. Shuman: 18 Seconds
Sherry Moore, a beautiful, blind psychic, has the extraordinary ability to ’see‘ the last eighteen seconds of a murder victim’s life by touching the corpse. She uses her gift to help others solve mysteries only she can tap into. Serial killer Earl Sykes never got caught for his vicious murders. Instead, it was a deadly auto accident that landed him in prison. Now, years later, he is free and hungry for revenge. Setting his sights on Lieutenant Kelly O’Shaunisy, the daughter of his captor, he returns to his seaside hometown of Wildwood, New Jersey — and to his gruesome, murderous ways.
When Lieutenant O’Shaunisy begins to investigate the disappearance of young women from desolate areas of the boardwalk, she encounters frustrating dead-end clues and more deaths. Her desperation leads her to accept Sherry’s help, but not without consequences. Together, the two women set out to discover the identity of the killer and become entangled in a dangerous web that could cost them their lives. With two memorable heroines, pulse-pounding suspense, and twists that will keep readers guessing until the last pages, 18 Seconds introduces a powerful writing talent to the suspense scene.
Pied Piper. Soul Stealer. Serial Killer. Who is Mr. Clarinet?
It was a job Miami private investigator Max Mingus found hard to refuse: $10 million to locate billionaire’s son Charlie Carver – missing now for over three years.
Young Charlie disappeared on the island of Haiti, where over the decades scores of children have vanished. In a country dominated by voodoo, rumours abound of black magic and a mythical figure called ‚Mr Clarinet‘, who for years has been tempting children away from their families.
But could the truth be even more shocking than the legend?
To find out, Max will have to succeed where previous detectives have not only failed – but where some have died. And suddenly, this job isn’t all about finding Charlie or his killers for the money – it’s just about staying alive…
1896: Four Englishmen flee for their lives across the merciless Kalahari Desert, carrying a stolen fortune in raw diamonds, and hunted by a fierce African tribe. The thieves manage to reach the waiting HMS Rove â€“ only to die with their pursuers in a vicious storm that buries them all under tons of sand…
The present day: Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the covert combat ship Oregon have barely escaped a mission on the Congo River when they intercept a mayday from a defenceless boat under fire off the African coast. Cabrillo takes action, saving the beautiful Sloane Macintyre â€“ whoâ€™s looking for a long-submerged ship that may hold a fortune in diamonds. But what surprises Cabrillo is her story about a crazy fisherman who claims to have been attacked in the same area on the open sea by giant metal snakes.
What begins as a snake hunt leads Cabrillo on to the trail of a far more lethal quarry â€“ a deranged militant and his followers who plan to unleash the devastating power of nature itself against all who oppose them.
In his latest bestseller, Clive Cussler, the Grandmaster of Adventure, shows once again that when it comes to page-turning action, heâ€™s the man to beat.
Paul Levine: The Deep Blue Alibi
They are Floridaâ€™s most mismatched legal duo – one a glamorous Miami blue blood, the other a Coconut Grove beach bum. And when they get together, you can throw every law right out the windowâ€¦.
What do you get when you mix beautiful people, family secrets, and a yacht washed up on Sunset Key with a hundred grand in cash and a dying man? If youâ€™re Steve Solomon, you see a case that can get Solomon & Lord off the ground. If youâ€™re Victoria Lord, you see a golden opportunity to go out on your own. With her uncle a murder suspect and her hunky ex-boyfriend back in the picture, Victoria is pushing to take control as Solomon struggles to keep from losing it.
As an explosive trial looms, theyâ€™re fighting against time, the law, and each other – to expose a killer who came to paradiseâ€¦and hasnâ€™t left.
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Not Every Soul Rest in Peace
In a remote corner of the Michigan woods, behind rusted iron gates and crumbling stone walls, lie one of the countryâ€™s most notorious sanitariums and its forgotten cemetery. The sprawling ruin is empty now, and the bulldozers have come to raze it. But as they do, a terrifying secret begins to emerge.
The body in Claudia Olsenâ€™s grave is that of a stranger who died horribly. This much Louis Kincaid knows. But what happened to the woman who should be buried there? Itâ€™s a question no one will answer, one that leads Kincaid to the long, dark tunnels below the asylum and crimes of unimaginable depravityâ€¦
Now, in a place where the walls are stained with secrets, the air thick with the lingering history of screams, Louis Kincaid is on his darkest journey yet, matching wits with a monster whose work will not be silencedâ€¦
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Tom Piccirilli: Headstone City
The night Johnny Danetello drove a dying girl through the streets of Brooklyn in his cab, he was trying to save her life. Instead he ran down a cop and lost her and his freedom. Every day in prison, Johnny knew that Angie Monticelliâ€™s family blamed him for her death, and that going home would be suicide. But Johnny has unfinished business with his former friend turned mob boss, Vinny Monticelli.
Now Johnny has returned to converse with the doomed and the deadâ€“and wait for Vinny to make his move. Survivors of a long-ago freak accident, the two men share access to alternate realities no one else can knowâ€“and to a past and present that will all become the same in a city only one of them can leave alive. . . .
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Michael Prescott: Mortal Faults
A one-woman private operative, Abby Sinclair stalks the stalkers. Her new client is a U.S. congressman shadowed by a mystery woman believed to be a disgruntled ex-employee. He wants her stopped. What Abby doesn’t know is that FBI agent Tess McCallum is already on the case. Now, despite vowing never to work together again, Abby and Tess have been partnered in a deadly game. And this is a case that takes one surprising turn after another-because there’s more to the story than anyone knows.
Russell Gewirtz: Inside Man
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William Monahan: The Departed
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Eric Roth: The Good Shepherd
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Alfonse Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby : Children of Men
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Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis: Casino Royal
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