2011 Thriller Award Nominees

ThrillerFest VI is underway as we speak in New York City, with thriller authors, thriller readers, and thriller publishing types converging to share the chills and thrills of page-turning fiction. The 2011 Thriller Awards will be announced tomorrow—the nominees are listed below. Based on the Booklist reviews, I’d say Best Hardcover Novel should be a race between Michael Connelly’s The Reversal and Mo Hayder’s Skin, and Best First Novel should be between Paul Doiron’s The Poacher’s Son and Chevy Stevens’ Still Missing. But what do we know? When it comes to the suspense-filled world of literary awards, the ending is always anyone’s guess!

Best Hardcover Novel

The Reversal, by Michael Connelly
Edge, by Jeffery Deaver
The Burying Place, by Brian Freeman
Skin, by Mo Hayder
Bad Blood, by John Sanford

Best Paperback Original

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

Best First Novel

The Things That Keep Us Here, by Carla Buckley
The Poacher’s Son, by Paul Doiron
The Insider, by Reece Hirsch
Drink the Tea, by Thomas Kaufman
Still Missing, by Chevy Stevens

Best Short Story

“Second Wind,” by Mike Carey (The New Dead)
“Blue on Black,” by Michael Connelly (The Strand Magazine)
“The Gods for Vengeance Cry,” by Richard Helms (Dell Magazine)
“Madeeda,” by Harley Jane Kozak  (Crimes By Midnight)
“Chasing the Dragon,” by Nicolas Kaufman (ChiZine Magazine)
“Long Time Dead,” by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins (The Strand Magazine)

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Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.

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