Finder Wins the Thriller

The second annual Thriller Awards have been announced. The winners?

Best Novel
Killer Instinct, by Joseph Finder (St. Martin’s)

Best First Novel
Mr. Clarinet, by Nick Stone (HarperCollins)

Best Paperback Original
An Unquiet Grave, by P.J. Parrish (Pinnacle)

(I left out the screenplays — we’re a book site.)

The other nominees?

Best Novel
False Impression, by Jeffrey Archer (St. Martin’s)
Cold Kill, by Stephen Leather (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Messenger, by Daniel Silva (Putnam)
Beautiful Lies, by Lisa Unger (Crown/Shaye Areheart)

Best First Novel
Shadow of Death, by Patricia Gussin (Oceanview)
Switchback, by Matthew Klein (Orion)
A Thousand Suns, by Alex Scarrow (Orion)
18 Seconds, by George D. Shuman (Simon & Schuster)

Best Paperback Original
Skeleton Coast, by Clive Cussler with Jack DuBrul (Berkley)
The Deep Blue Alibi, by Paul Levine (Bantam) 
Headstone City, by Tom Piccirilli (Bantam/Spectra)
Mortal Faults, by Michael Prescott (Onyx)

Just FYI, Booklist doesn’t review too many paperback originals (that’s changing gradually, but because our core audience is librarians we focus on hardcovers) — hence the paucity of links. And first novelists have to fight it out with a bazillion books by people we’ve heard of already.



About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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  1.' Jack Payne says:

    In the course of my writing career (55 business books) I came across many instances of “legal” crime. Finally came out of retirement to write about it.

    But, nowhere among all the talented legal thriller writers today do I see anyone else doing this.

    Why? This is a deep mystery that may never be solved.

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