The 2012 Thriller Awards were announced at ThrillerFest‘s “gala awards banquet” last Saturday night. (I’m taking “gala” on faith; I have yet to see a press release touting a “swell,” “swank,” or “pretty nice” banquet.) Are you thrilled by the results? According to the Booklist reviews, Paul McEuen’s debut, Spiral, may have been the best of the lot.
Jack Higgins, author of the internationally bestselling novels The Eagle Has Landed, The White House Connection, and Day of Reckoning.
Silver Bullet Award
Richard North Patterson, author of The Devil’s Light, In The Name of Honor, The Spire, and 16 other bestselling and critically acclaimed novels.
Ann Rule, author of 30-New York Times bestsellers, including seminal true-crime account The Stranger Beside Me.
Best Hardcover Novel
11/22/63, by Stephen King
Best Paperback Original
The Last Minute, by Jeff Abbott
Best First Novel
Spiral, by Paul McEuen
Best Short Story
“Half-Lives,” by Tim L. Williams (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)