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2008 Anthony Award Nominees

Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, has announced the nominees for the 2008 Anthony Awards, honoring the best first mystery novel, best novel and best paperback original mystery published in 2007.

The Anthony Awards, named for long-time mystery critic for NY Times Anthony Boucher, will be presented during Bouchercon at the Anthony Awards Brunch, October 12, 2008. Bouchercon attendees  made the nominations; the Anthonys will be selected at the convention by all convention attendees.

Best Novel


Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke

Louisiana lawman Dave Robicheux faces the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

hardcover, $26

paperback, $7.99 available August

Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child

Reacher gets a call for help from his former Army buddies

paperback, $7.99

The Watchman by Robert Crais

Joe Pike takes front and center in this adventure that also includes Elvis Cole

paperback, $7.99

Thunder Bay by William Kent Krueger

Cork O'Connor returns home working as a PI

paperback, $7.99 available July

What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman

Women claims to be one of two sisters who disappeared years earlier

paperback, $7.99


Best First Novel


Big City, Bad Blood by Sean Chercover

Chicago reporter turned PI Ray Dudgeon helps out a Hollywood location scout with a mob problem

paperback, $7.99

In the Woods by Tana French

Edgar-winner, introduces Dublin cop Cassie Maddox

trade paperback, $14

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

Hilarious debut for Izzy Spellman and her dysfunctional family of San Francisco PI's

trade paperback, $14

Head Games by Craig McDonald

College prank puts aging pulp novelist in crossfire with Mexican nationalists

trade paperback, $14.95

The Blade Itself by Marcus Sakey

Young man's life in the present threatened by crime from his youth

paperback, $6.99

Best Paperback Original


Queenpin by Megan Abbott

Old-time female mobster takes young woman under her wing

trade paperback, $13

Slide by Ken Bruen and Jason Starr

Hilarous sequel to Bust with further adventures of Angela Petrakos

paperback, $6.99

Blood of Paradise by David Corbett

Crime novel about El Salvador reveals the reality of life down there

trade paperback, $

Baby Shark's Beaumont Blues by Robert Fate

Kristin Van Dur, Baby Shark, joins a PI firm but things don't exactly work out

trade paperback, $14.95

A Thousand Bones by P.J. Parrish

Louis Kincaid's girlfriend, Joe Frye, tells the tale of a case in her rookie year in Michigan

paperback, $7.99



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