Anthony Award 2007 – Die Nominierungen reloaded
Die Veranstalter des â€žBoucherconâ€, dem vermutlich bekanntestem Krimifestival weltweit, haben die Nominierungen für die â†’ Anthony Awards 2007 veröffentlicht. Der Krimipreis in verschiedenen Kategorien erinnert an den Autor und Kritiker â†’ Anthony Boucher (1911-1968) und wird in diesem Jahr während des â†’ â€œBoucherconâ€ im September 2007 in Anchorage, Alaska, vergeben. Bei â†’ Sarah Weinman gibt es eine Liste mit den Nominierungen. Hier folgt die bebilderte und mit zahlreichen Links ergänzte Fassung aller Nominierungen in den insgesamt sechs Kategorien. Erste Einschätzungen zu den Nominierungen gibt es → beim Krimileser.
Die Nominierungen in den einzelnen Kategorien
- Best Novel
- Best First Novel
- Best Paperback Original
- Best Short Story
- Best Critical Nonfiction
- Special Service Awards
When Irene Kelly’s articles profiling missing children run in the Las Piernas Express, she anticipates the renewed public interest and the deluge of phone tips and remembered clues; she even anticipates the renewed pain of the anguished parents. What she doesn’t expect is that the articles will set off a murderous chain reaction — and put her life in peril.
Perhaps one of the more tragic disappearances in recent Las Piernas history was that of Jenny Fletcher, just shy of her fourth birthday. The body of Jenny’s father, Richard, a graphic artist, was found bludgeoned in his studio; hours later Jenny’s stepbrother Mason was apprehended with the murder weapon and bloody clothing in his car. But little Jenny was never found. As the years pass, everyone assumes Jenny is dead. Everyone except her brother Caleb, who not only believes Jenny survived but steadfastly believes in Mason’s innocence.
No good deed goes unpunished . . .
Working as a consultant for a Baltimore newspaper, p.i. Tess Monaghan seems far removed from the unsolved slaying of a young federal prosecutorâ€”until her well-meaning boyfriend, Crow, brings a street kid into their lives, a juvenile con artist who doesn’t even realize he holds an important key to the sensational homicide. But Tess’s ethical decision to protect the boy’s identity no matter what could have dire consequencesâ€”especially when one of his friends is murdered in what appears to be a case of mistaken identity.
With federal agents threatening her with felony chargesâ€”and a killer threatening far worseâ€”Tess couldn’t deliver the kid to investigators even if she wanted to once Crow goes into hiding with his young protégé. So her only recourse is to get to the heart of the sordid and deadly affair while they’re all still free . . . and still breathing.
Denise Mina: The Dead Hour
The most praised thriller writer to burst onto the scene in years returns with a brilliant new story of suicide, murder, violence, and greed.
Responding to a late night-call, Paddy Meehan arrives at an elegant villa, where a calm blonde with blood running from her mouth answers the door. She has already convinced the police to leave and soon Paddy realizes howâ€”she slips 50 bucks into Paddy’s hands and begs her to keep the incident, whatever it is, out of the press. The next morning Paddy sees the lead news story: The blonde woman has been murdered, and far from the spoiled trophy wife Paddy assumed her to be, the victim turns out to be a prosecution lawyer with a social conscience.
Bewildered why the woman didn’t take the chance to leave the house when she could, Paddy begins to make connections no one else has seen. When she witnesses the body of a suicide victim being pulled from the river shortly afterward, Paddy suspects links between the two deaths and follows her idea to its shockingâ€”and deadlyâ€”conclusion.
Nancy Pickard: The Virgin of Small Plains
Small Plains, Kansas, January 23, 1987: In the midst of a deadly blizzard, eighteen-year-old Rex Shellenberger scours his fatherâ€™s pasture, looking for helpless newborn calves. Then he makes a shocking discovery: the naked, frozen body of a teenage girl, her skin as white as the snow around her. Even dead, she is the most beautiful girl heâ€™s ever seen. It is a moment that will forever change his life and the lives of everyone around him. The mysterious dead girlâ€“the â€œVirgin of Small Plainsâ€â€“inspires local reverence. In the two decades following her death, strange miracles visit those who faithfully tend to her grave; some even believe that her spirit can cure deadly illnesses. Slowly, word of the legend spreads. But what really happened in that snow-covered field? Why did young Mitch Newquist disappear the day after the Virginâ€™s body was found, leaving behind his distraught girlfriend, Abby Reynolds? Why do the townâ€™s three most powerful menâ€“Dr. Quentin Reynolds, former sheriff Nathan Shellenberger, and Judge, Tom Newquistâ€“all seem to be hiding the details of that night?
Seventeen years later, when Mitch suddenly returns to Small Plains, simmering tensions come to a head, ghosts that had long slumbered whisper anew, and the secrets that some wish would stay buried rise again from the grave of the Virgin. Abbyâ€“never having resolved her feelings for Mitchâ€“is now determined to uncover exactly what happened so many years ago to tear their lives apart. Three families and three friends, their worlds inexorably altered in the course of one night, must confront the ever-unfolding consequences in award-winning author Nancy Pickardâ€™s remarkable novel of suspense. Wonderfully written and utterly absorbing, The Virgin of Small Plains is about the loss of faith, trust, and innocence . . . and the possibility of redemption.
Julia Spencer-Fleming: All Mortal Flesh
One horrible murder. Two people destined for love or tragedy. Emotions explode in the novel Julia Spencer-Flemingâ€™s readers have been clamoring for.
Police Chief Russ Van Alstyneâ€™s first encounter with Clare Fergusson was in the hospital emergency room on a freezing December night. A newborn infant had been abandoned on the townâ€™s Episcopal church steps. If Russ had known that the church had a new priest, he certainly would never have guessed that it would be a woman. Not a woman like Clare. That night in the hospital was the beginning of an attraction so fierce, so forbidden, that the only thing that could keep them safe from compromising their every belief was distance—but in a small town like Millers Kill, distance is hard to find.
Russ Van Alstyne figures his wife kicking him out of their house is nobodyâ€™s business but his own. Until a neighbor pays a friendly visit to Linda Van Alstyne and finds the womanâ€™s body, gruesomely butchered, on the kitchen floor. To the state police, itâ€™s an open-and-shut case of a disaffected husband, silencing first his wife, then the murder investigation he controls. To the townspeople, itâ€™s proof that the whispered gossip about the police chief and the priest was true. To the powers-that-be in the church hierarchy, itâ€™s a chance to control their wayward cleric once and for all.
Obsession. Lies. Nothing is as it seems in Millers Kill, where betrayal twists old friendships and evil waits inside quaint white clapboard farmhouses.
John Hart: The King of Lies
John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed façade begin to crack.
Workâ€™s troubled sister, her combative girlfriend, his gold digging socialite wife, and an unrequited lifelong love join a cast of small town characters that create no shortage of drama in this extraordinary, fast-paced suspense novel.
Hartâ€™s mastery of prose and plot belie his newcomer status as he explores the true heart of a man. An illuminating anatomy of a murder and the ripple effect it produces within a family and a community, The King of Lies is a stunning debut.
Steve Hockensmith: Holmes on the Range
Because 1893 is a tough year in Montana, any job is a good job. When Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer sign on as ranch hands at the secretive Bar VR cattle spread, theyâ€™re not expecting much more than hard work, bad pay, and a comfortable campfire around which they can enjoy their favorite pastime: scouring Harperâ€™s Weekly for stories about the famous Sherlock Holmes.
When the boys come across a dead body that looks a whole lot like the leftovers of an unfortunate encounter with a cattle stampede, Old Red sees the perfect opportunity to employ his Holmes-inspired deducifyinâ€™ skills. Putting his ranch work squarely on the back burner, he sets out to solve the case. Big Red, like it or not (and mostly he does not), is along for the wild ride in this clever, compelling, and completely one-of-a-kind mystery.
Louise Penny: Still Life
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain itâ€™s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.
Still Life introduces not only an engaging series hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces – and this series – with integrity and quiet courage, but also a winning and talented new writer of traditional mysteries in the person of Louise Penny.
Cornelia Read: A Field of Darkness
Closet debutante and fledgling journalist Madeline Dare would be the first to tell you her money is so old there’s none left. The summer of 1988 finds her in the rust belt of upstate New York, pining for her often-absent, farmboy-genius-inventor husband and desperate to escape dreary Syracuse.
Maddie’s job writing lightweight features for the local paper is an unlikely source for her longed-for ticket out of town-until she’s shown a set of dog tags found at the site of an unsolved double murder. Eerily, the name on the tags is that of her favorite Oyster Bay cousin, the golden boy of a vindictive and still powerful branch of her family. Maddie knows full well that the rich are not only different-they can also be dangerous. But she’s desperate to prove him innocent.
When she returns to her childhood home to investigate, Maddie finds herself trapped in a minefield of explosive, long-buried family secrets, and her search for the truth triggers a string of grisly new murders. The trail of blue blood will lead from Gatsby’s posh Long Island back to the derelict smokestacks of Syracuse…and right to Maddie’s own door.
Baird Collegeâ€™s Mendenhall echoes with the footsteps of the last home-bound students heading off for Thanksgiving break, and Robin Stone swears she can feel the creepy, hundred-year-old residence hall breathe a sigh of relief for its long-awaited solitude. Or perhaps itâ€™s only gathering itself for the coming weekend.
As a massive storm dumps rain on the isolated campus, four other lonely students reveal themselves: Patrick, a handsome jock; Lisa, a manipulative tease; Cain, a brooding musician; and finally Martin, a scholarly eccentric. Each has forsaken a long weekend at home for their own secret reasons.
The five unlikely companions establish a tentative rapport, but they soon become aware of a sixth presence disturbing the ominous silence that pervades the building. Are they the victims of a simple college prank taken way too far, or is the unusual energy evidence of something genuine—and intent on using the five students for its own terrifying ends? Itâ€™s only Thursday afternoon, and they have three long days and dark nights before the rest of the world returns to find out whatâ€™s become of them. But for now itâ€™s just the darkness keeping company with five students nobody wants and no one will miss.
Dana Cameron: Ashes And Bones
After years of hard work, archaeologist Emma Fielding has a great marriage, a dream job, respect in her field, and a house that is finally being made livable. But she’s also being bedeviled by increasingly bizarre and threatening occurrences, and what started out as a series of harmless pranks is quickly turning dangerous. Whoever is behind these events is spiraling in on Emma, through colleagues, friends, and family, and is becoming more violent each time, targeting those she loves with arson, theft, and, finally, murder.
Some think the events are unrelated, but Emma knows that she’s the target, and even more frighteningly, the perpetrator shows a detailed knowledge of her and her past. Is it the work of a disgruntled student, a thwarted exâ€“lover, or is it, as Emma fears, the work of Tony Markham, a dangerous and brilliant man who everyone but Emma believes is dead? Estranged from her friends and stalked by escalating violence, Emma must find who is behind this before she comes to the end of her resources, her sanity, or her life.
Troy Cook: 47 Rules of Highly Effective Bank Robbers
What if your father raised you to be a bank robber? Instead of Barbie & Ken, you played with Smith & Wesson? Now you’re twenty-two and ready to flee the nest, but your homicidal pop won’t let you go.
That’s the simple part of Tara’s life.
Tara and her father have a very unusual relationship: they rob banks together and have been doing so since Tara was a girl. But she is grown up now, and she’d rather do something else–except that dear old Dad, dear old homicidal-maniac Dad, is having some serious separation anxiety. To make matters worse, the duo is on the lam from the cops (and from some nasty former partners in crime), and Tara is developing a crush on a lawman’s son. Recommend this intriguing first mystery to readers who enjoy the comic capers novels of Hiaasen, Leonard, and Westlake. David Pitt
Sean Doolittle: The Cleanup
Matthew Worth is a mess. Somewhere between a good cop and a bad screwup, he botched a marriage and a career. His fellow officers think heâ€™s a joke. His commanders are tired of cutting him breaks. Even his wife has left him for a flashy homicide detective. Busted to night patrol at a robbery-prone Omaha supermarket, Worth is doing time, wearing his uniform and asking shoppers if they want paper or plastic. If that isnâ€™t enough, he suspects he might be falling for Gwen, the shy checkout girl who may be an even bigger mess than he is. It couldnâ€™t get any worse. Until it does.
When Gwen comes to him one night scared and desperate for help, Worth discovers just how far heâ€™s willing to go to protect and serve. The next thing he knows, heâ€™s driving a stolen car with a corpse in the trunk, a pistol in the glove box, and no way to turn back. Everything he doesnâ€™t know could get them killed. And things havenâ€™t even begun to get messy yet….
Robert Fate: Baby Shark
A father murdered. A daughter assaulted and left for dead. As a rule, in the 1950s a good girl didn’t seek revenge for her father’s murder.
But Kristin didn’t play by the rules.
Victor Gischler: Shotgun Opera
Mike Foley can never forget the night he tagged along with his brother on a job for the mob that ended in a hail of bullets. Now his brother is dead, Mikeâ€™s making wine in Oklahoma, and life is almost as good as it gets when youâ€™ve been hiding out for forty years. Until his past comes calling.
Mikeâ€™s nephew Andrew needs to disappear, and he needs to do it yesterday. Hanging with the wrong kind of friends, heâ€™s seen something he shouldnâ€™t have, and now heâ€™s running for his life with an assassin on his trail. The consummate professional hit woman, Nikki Enders is the most lethal of a deadly sisterhood. And Andrew Foley is next on her extermination list. Unless Uncle Mike can stop her. As kill teams descend on Foleyâ€™s farm, one pissed-off exâ€”tough guy is about to take a final, all-or-nothing stand with shotguns blazing….
Naomi Hirahara: Snakeskin Shamisen
From Summer of the Big Bachi to Gasa-Gasa Girl, Naomi Hiraharaâ€™s acclaimed novels have featured one of mystery fictionâ€™s most unique heroes: Mas Arai, a curmudgeonly L.A. gardener, Hiroshima survivor, and inveterate gambler.
Few things get Mas more excited than gambling, so when he hears about a $500,000 winâ€“from a novelty slot machine!â€“heâ€™s torn between admiration and derision. But the stakes are quickly raised when the winner, a friend of Masâ€™s pal G. I. Hasuike, is found stabbed to death just days later. The last thing Mas wants to do is stick his nose in someone elseâ€™s business, but at G.I.â€™s prodding he reluctantly agrees to follow the trail of a battered snakeskin shamisen (a traditional Okinawan musical instrument) left at the scene of the crimeâ€¦and suddenly finds himself caught up in a dark mystery that reaches from the islands of Okinawa to the streets of L.A.â€“a world of heartbreaking memories, deception, and murder.
Charlie Huston: A Dangerous Man
Reluctant hitman Henry Thompson has fallen on hard times. His grip on life is disintegrating, his pistol hand shaking, his body pinned to his living room couch by painkillersâ€“and his boss, Russian mobster David Dolokhov, isnâ€™t happy about any of it. So Henry is surprised when heâ€™s handed a new assignment: keep tabs on a minor league baseball star named Miguel Arenas.
Henry has no pity for the slugger and the wicked gambling problem that got him in trouble, but he canâ€™t help liking the guy. After all, Henry used to be just like him: a natural-born ball player with a bright future. But hell, that was long ago. Before Henry did some guy a favor and ended up running for his life. Before his girlfriend and buddies got gunned down by someone on his tail. Before he agreed to buy his parentsâ€™ safety with a life of violence.
And when Miguel gets drafted by the Mets and is sent to the Brooklyn Cyclones, Henry must head back to New York, back to the place where all his problems beganâ€“and where Henry might find a real reason to keep living, a reason that may just cost him his life.
- After the Fall von Elaine Viets (erschienen in: Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, January/February 2006)
- Cranked von Bill Crider (erschienen in: Damn Near Dead, edited by Duane Swierczynski; Busted Flush Press)
- The Lords of Misrule von Dana Cameron (erschienen in: Sugarplums and Scandal, Avon)
- My Father’s Secretvon Simon Wood (erschienen in: CrimeSpree Magazine, Bouchercon Special Issue)
- Policy von Megan Abbott (erschienen in: Damn Near Dead, edited by Duane Swierczynski; Busted Flush Press)
- Sleeping with the Plush von Toni Kelner (erschienen in: Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, May 2006)
Jim Huang und Austin Lugar (Editors): Mystery Muses: 100 Classics That Inspire Today’s Mystery Writers
We asked 100 published writers:
Did a mystery set you on your path to being a writer? Is there a classic mystery that remains important to you today? This book, a follow-up to our two previous collections of essays, 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century (2000) and They Died in Vain: Overlooked, Underappreciated and Forgotten Mystery Novels (2002), is the result.
Gary Warren Niebuhr: Read ‚Em Their Writes: A Handbook for Mystery and Crime Fiction Book Discussions
Who says there’s nothing to discuss about mysteries? Mystery readers unite –you can now read mysteries guiltlessly, and extend the pleasure through lively and informed discussions. Here is the guide for mystery book clubs. Award-winning author, librarian, and avid mystery fan Gary Niebuhr proves that „mystery book club“ is no misnomer, and that when it comes to the mystery genre, there is indeed a great deal to talk about. He also reveals how to organize your group, get participants, select book club titles, prepare for the meeting, and conduct discussions.
Book club themes, inside tips, and background material and sample questions for 100 of the best mystery titles for discussion are included–from Margaret Atwood’s Blind Assassin, Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, and James Lee Burke’s Cimarron Rose to Dashiell Hammet’s Maltese Falcon, Tony Hillerman’s Dance Hall of the Dead, and Elizabeth Inness-Brown’s Burning Marguerite. You’ll find a wonderful assortment of classic and contemporary mysteries here; and the questions can easily serve as models for discussing countless other mysteries. A list of 50 additional mystery titles to discuss and an index conclude the work. This is the first book club guide devoted solely to the mystery genre. Given the current popularity of mysteries and book clubs, particularly in libraries, this should be a real hit (pun intended).
Chris Roerden: Don’t Murder Your Mystery: 24 Fiction-Writing Techniques To Save Your Manuscript From Turning Up D.O.A.
A career editor demonstrates why most fiction manuscripts are rapidly rejected. Loaded with positive examples from 140 mystery authors, this well-researched volume shows numerous ways that ALL writers can dramatically improve their craft and put forth the fresh new voice publishers demand.
Even multi-published pros Margaret Maron, P.J. Parrish, Phil Hardwick, and Kathryn Wall admit to learning new techniques from Don’t Murder Your Mystery.
Daniel Stashower: The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe and the Invention of Murder
A gruesome murder, a stunned city, and Edgar Allan Poe come to life with vivid detail in this shocking true story. On July 28, 1841, the battered body of a young woman was found floating in the Hudson River. It was soon discovered to be the lovely Mary Rogers, a twenty-year-old cigar salesgirl who had gone missing three days earlier. By nightfall, news of the girlâ€™s death had spread and sent Manhattan into a spasm of horror and outrage.
In the months that followed, the gruesome details of the murder pushed American journalism into previously unimagined realms of lurid sensationalism. But despite media pressures, New York Cityâ€™s unregulated and disjointed police force proved unable to mount an effective investigation, and the crime remained unsolved.
A year after Mary Rogers was murdered, as public interest in the case began to wane, a struggling writer named Edgar Allan Poe decided to take on the case. At the time of the murder, thirty-one-year-old Poe had recently published his groundbreaking detective story „The Murders in the Rue Morgue.“ A year later, however, his fortunes had taken a downward turn. Desperate for success, Poe sent his famous detective, C. Auguste Dupin, on the case of a lifetime: to solve the baffling murder of Mary Rogers in „The Mystery of Marie Rogêt.“
In The Beautiful Cigar Girl, Edgar Award-winning author Daniel Stashower deftly captures the drama and mystery of New York in the mid-nineteenth century, illuminating the spellbinding crime that transformed a city.
E. J. Wagner: The Science of Sherlock Holmes : From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear
Everyone loves a mystery, and mystery-lovers are fascinated by Sherlock Holmes and forensic science. The Science of Sherlock Holmes is an objective, comprehensive, and entertaining exploration of Sherlock Holmesâ€™s contributions to forensic science. As described in Wileyâ€™s Winter 2006 catalog – â€œFrom autopsies to zoology: how Holmes eliminated the impossibleâ€ – this book uses the legendary adventures of Sherlock Holmes as a jumping-off point to discuss the growth of forensic science during the 19th and early 20th century. The book explores the emergence of science from superstition, how forensic autopsies evolved from anatomical dissection, and the huge advances in blood chemistry and poison detection during the Victorian era. Delving into the early use of fingerprints, photography and trace evidence, it demonstrates how fact followed fiction in developing techniques of crime scene investigation. The Science of Sherlock Holmes presents sardonic new insights into landmark criminal cases that influenced the forensic world, including the 1849 Parkman/Webster dismemberment at Harvard Medical College, the slaughter of Jessie Mâ€™pherson in 1862 Scotland and the sanguinary cases of Lizzie Borden and Jack the Ripper. The book includes rare period illustrations.
- Charles Ardai, Hard Case Crime
- George Easter, Deadly Pleasures
- Barbara Franchi & Sharon Wheeler, reviewingtheevidence.com
- Jim Huang, Crum Creek Press and The Mystery Company
- Jon & Ruth Jordan, CrimeSpree Magazine
- Ali Karim, Shots Magazine
- Lynn Kaczmarek & Chris Aldrich, Mystery News
- Maddy Van Hertbruggen, 4 Mystery Addicts