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Thriller Awards

2014

Best Novel
  * The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper
  °  Her Last Breath by Linda Castillo
  °  Never Go Back by Lee Child
  °  Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner
  °  Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
  °  Criminal Enterprise by Owen Laukkanen [review]
  °  White Fire by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Best First Novel
  * Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews [review]
  °  Montana by Gwen Florio [review]
  °  Resolve by J.J. Hensley
  °  Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman [review]
  °  The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton [review]
  °  Out of Range by Hank Steinberg
  °  The Intercept by Dick Wolf

Best Paperback Original
  * The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon [review]
  °  Cold Snap by Allison Brennan
  °  Buried by Kendra Elliot
  °  His Majesty’s Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal
  °  Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus [review]
  °  Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley

Best Short Story
  * “Footprints in the Water” by Twist Phelan
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
  °  “Baggage of Eternal Night” by Eric Guignard
  JournalStone
  °  “Waco 1982” by Laura Lippman
  Grand Central
  °  “The Gallows Bird” by Kevin Mims
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
  °  “Doloroso” by Stephen Vessels
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Best Young Adult Novel
  * All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
  °  The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
  °  Scorched by Mari Mancusi
  °  Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader
  °  Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

Best e-Book Original Novel
  * The World Beneath by Rebecca Cantrell
  °  The Burning Time by J.G. Faherty
  °  Terminus by Joshua Graham
  °  No Dawn for Men by James Lepore & Carlos Davis
  °  Out of Exile by Luke Preston

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2013

Best Novel
  * Spilled Blood by Brian Freeman
  °  Trinity Game by Sean Chercover
  °  Catch Me by Lisa Gardner
  °  The Survivor by Gregg Hurwitz
  °  Defending Jacob by William Landay [review]

Best First Novel
  * The 500 by Matthew Quirk [review]
  °  Don’t Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman [review]
  °  The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen [review]
  °  The Expats by Chris Pavone [review]
  °  Black Fridays by Michael Sears [review]

Best Paperback Original
  * Lake Country by Sean Doolittle
  °  Pines by Blake Crouch [review]
  °  And She Was by Alison Gaylin [review]
  °  The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
  °  Night Blind by Michael W. Sherer

Best Short Story
  * “Lost Things” by John Rector
  Thomas & Mercer
  °  “The Devil to Pay” by David Edgerley Gates
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
  °  “The Street Ends at the Cemetery” by Clark Howard
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
  °  “The Consumers” by Dennis Lehane
  Mulholland Books
  °  “The History Lesson” by Gordon McEachern
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Best Young Adult Novel
  * False Memory by Dan Krokos
  °  Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
  °  If We Survive by Andrew Klavan
  °  Crusher by Niall Leonard
  °  Dark Eyes by William Richter

Best E-Book Original Novel
  * Blind Faith by CJ Lyons
  °  Pandora’s Temple by Jon Land
  °  Huntress Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff
  °  Dead End Deal by Allen Wyler
  °  Dead Wrong by Allen Wyler

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2012

Best Novel
  * 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  °  Buried Secrets by Joseph Finder
  °  A Hard Death by Jonathan Hayes
  °  The Ridge by Michael Koryta [review]
  °  The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes by Marcus Sakey [review]

Best Paperback Original
  * The Last Minute by Jeff Abbott
  °  Threat Warning by John Gilstrap
  °  The Glass Demon by Helen Grant
  °  The Queen by Steven James
  °  Already Gone by John Rector

Best First Novel
  * Spiral by Paul McEuen [review]
  °  The Genesis Key by James Barney
  °  She Can Run by Melinda Leigh
  °  The Fund by H.T. Narea
  °  Midnight Caller by Leslie Tentler

Best Short Story
  * “Half-Lives” by Tim L. Williams
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
  °  “One More Lie” by James Scott Bell
  Compendium Press
  °  “Anything to Win” by Michael Lewin
  The Strand Magazine
  °  “Happine$$” by Twist Phelan
  Mystery Writers of America Presents The Rich and the Dead
  °  “A Hostage Situation” by Dave Zeltserman
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

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2011

Best Novel
  * Bad Blood by John Sandford
  °  The Reversal by Michael Connelly
  °  Edge by Jeffery Deaver
  °  The Burying Place by Brian Freeman
  °  Skin by Mo Hayder

Best Paperback Original
  * The Cold Room by J.T. Ellison
  °  Down Among the Dead Men by Robert Gregory Browne
  °  You Can’t Stop Me by Max Allan Collins and Matthew Clemens
  °  Torn Apart by Shane Gericke
  °  The Venice Conspiracy by Jon Trace

Best First Novel
  * Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
  °  The Things That Keep Us Here by Carla Buckley
  °  The Poacher’s Son by Paul Doiron [review]
  °  The Insider by Reece Hirsch
  °  Drink the Tea by Thomas Kaufman [review]

Best Short Story
  * “The Gods for Vengeance Cry” by Richard Helms
  Dell Magazine
  °  “Second Wind” by Mike Carey
  The New Dead
  °  “Blue on Black” by Michael Connelly
  The Strand Magazine
  °  “Madeeda” by Harley Jane Kozak
  Crimes by Moonlight: Mysteries from the Dark Side
  °  “Chasing the Dragon” by Nicholas Kaufmann
  ChiZine Publications
  °  “Long Time Dead” by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
  The Strand Magazine

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2010

Best Novel
  * The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
  °  Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay
  °  Long Lost by Harlan Coben
  °  Vanished by Joseph Finder
  °  The Renegades by T. Jefferson Parker

Best Paperback Original
  * The Coldest Mile by Tom Piccirilli
  °  No Mercy by John Gilstrap
  °  Urge To Kill by John Lutz
  °  Vengeance Road by Rick Mofina
  °  Shadow Season by Tom Piccirilli

Best First Novel
  * Running from the Devil by Jamie Freveletti [review]
  °  Fragment by Warren Fahy
  °  Dead Men’s Dust by Matt Hilton
  °  Collision of Evil by John J. Le Beau
  °  Dracula: The Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker & Ian Holt

Best Short Story
  * “A Stab In The Heart” by Twist Phelan
  °  “Iced” by Harry Hunsicker
  °  “Backup” by Rick Mofina
  °  “Boldt’s Broken Angel” by Ridley Pearson
  °  “The Desert Here And The Desert Far Away” by Marcus Sakey

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2009

Best Novel
  * The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver
  °  Hold Tight by Harlan Coben
  °  The Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver
  °  The Dark Tide by Andrew Gross
  °  The Last Patriot by Brad Thor

Best First Novel
  * Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
  °  Sacrifice by S.J. Bolton
  °  The Killer’s Wife by Bill Floyd
  °  Calumet City by Charlie Newton [review]
  °  Criminal Paradise by Steven Thomas

Best Short Story
  * “The Edge of Seventeen” by Alexandra Sokoloff
  The Darker Mask
  °  “Last Island South” by John C. Boland
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
  °  “Time of the Green” by Ken Bruen
  Killer Year Anthology
  °  “Between the Dark and the Daylight” by Tom Piccirilli
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
  °  “The Point Guard” by Jason Pinter
  Killer Year Anthology

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2008

Best Novel
  * The Ghost (The Ghost Writer) by Robert Harris
  °  No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
  °  The Watchman by Robert Crais
  °  The Crime Writer by Gregg Hurwitz
  °  Trouble by Jesse Kellerman

Best Paperback Original
  * The Midnight Road by Tom Piccirilli
  °  Shattered by Jay Bonansinga
  °  The Last Nightingale by Anthony Flacco
  °  The Queen of Bedlam by Robert McCammon
  °  A Thousand Bones by P.J. Parrish

Best First Novel
  * Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  °  Interred With Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell
  °  Big City, Bad Blood by Sean Chercover
  °  From the Depths by Gerry Doyle
  °  Volk’s Game by Brent Ghelfi

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2007

Best Novel
  * Killer Instinct by Joseph Finder
  °  False Impression by Jeffrey Archer
  °  Cold Kill by Stephen Leather
  °  The Messenger by Daniel Silva
  °  Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger

Best Paperback Original
  * An Unquiet Grave by P.J. Parrish
  °  Skeleton Coast by Clive Cussler with Jack DuBrul
  °  The Deep Blue Alibi by Paul Levine
  °  Headstone City by Tom Piccirilli
  °  Mortal Faults by Michael Prescott

Best First Novel
  * Mr. Clarinet by Nick Stone
  °  Shadow of Death by Patricia Gussin
  °  Switchback by Matthew Klein
  °  A Thousand Suns by Alex Scarrow
  °  18 Seconds by George D. Shuman

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Best Novel
  * The Patriots Club by Christopher Reich
  °  Panic by Jeff Abbott
  °  Consent To Kill by Vince Flynn
  °  Velocity by Dean Koontz
  °  Citizen Vince by Jess Walter

2006


Best Paperback Original
  * Pride Runs Deep by R. Cameron Cooke
  °  Sleeper Cell by Jeffrey Anderson
  °  Upside Down by John Ramsey Miller
  °  The Dying Hour by Rick Mofina
  °  Exit Strategy by Michael Wiecek

Best First Novel
  * Improbable by Adam Fawer
  °  The Color of Law by Mark Gimenez
  °  Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride
  °  Pain Killer by Will Staeger
  °  Beneath a Panamanian Moon by David Terrenoire

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