Monday, May 9, 2011

The Anthony Nominees

Many fine choices in here and BIG conrats to Chris F. Holm, Hilary Davidson, The Rap Sheet, and Needle: A Magazine of Noir.

The Anthony Nominees

Best Novel:
• Bury Your Dead, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
• I’d Know You Anywhere, by Laura Lippman (Morrow)
• Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin (Morrow)
• The Lock Artist, by Steve Hamilton (Minotaur)
• Faithful Place, by Tana French (Viking)

Best First Novel:
• Rogue Island, by Bruce DeSilva (Forge)
• The Poacher’s Son, by Paul Doiron (Minotaur)
• Snow Angels, by James Thompson (Putnam)
• Damage Done, by Hilary Davidson (Forge)
• The Sherlockian, by Graham Moore (Twelve)

Best Paperback Original:
• The Hanging Tree, by Brian Gruley (Touchstone)
• Expiration Date, by Duane Swierczynski (Minotaur)
• Drive Time, by Hank Phillipi Ryan (Mira)
• Long Time Coming, by Robert Goddard (Bantam)
• Vienna Secrets, by Frank Tallis (Random House)

Best Short Story:
• “The Frame Maker,” by Simon Wood (The Back Alley)
• “Homeless,” by Pat L. Morin (from Mystery Montage; Top)
• “Scent of Lilacs,” by Doug Allyn (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, September/October 2010
• “Swing Shift,” by Dana Cameron (from Crimes by Moonlight, edited by Charlaine Harris; Berkley)
• “The Hitter,” by Chris Holm (Needle Magazine)
• “So Much in Common,” by Mary Jane Maffini (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, September/October 2010

Best Graphic Novel:
• A Sickness in the Family, by Denise Mina (Vertigo Crime)
• Beasts of Burden, by Jill Thompson and Evan Dorkin (Dark Horse)
• Richard Stark’s Parker, Vol. 2: The Outfit, by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)
• The Chill, by Jason Starr (Vertigo Crime)
• Scalped Vol. 6: The Gnawing, by Jason Aaron (Vertigo)
• Tumor, by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Noel Tuazon (Archaia Studios Press)

Best Critical /Non-Fiction (tie for 5th):
• Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: 50 Years of Mysteries in the Making, by John Curran (Harper)
• Thrillers: 100 Must Reads, edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner (Oceanview Publishing)
• Sherlock Holmes for Dummies, by Steven Doyle and David A. Crowder (Wiley/For Dummies)
• The Wire: Truth Be Told, by Rafael Alvarez (Grove Press)
• Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History, by Yunte Huang (Norton)

Best Web site/Blog:
• Jen’s Book Thoughts, edited by Jen Forbus
• Stop, You’re Killing Me!, edited by Stan Ulrich and Lucinda Surber
• The Rap Sheet, edited by J. Kingston Pierce
• The Sirens of Suspense
• Spinetingler Magazine, edited by Sandra Ruttan

Hat tip: Bill Crider


Chris said...

Thanks much, my friend. Hope that Hilary Davidson character does well, too.

David Cranmer said...

Good lord I missed Hil in there. Yep, let me change this post immediately. Thanks, Chris

pattinase (abbott) said...

Thrilling to watch the emergence of online stories onto best of lists. Now if a novel can appear.

Evan Lewis said...

I read the first three Best First Novel novel nominees. Enjoyed them all, but my favorite was the Edgar winner, Rogue Island. It's the most hardboiled.

Of the PBO's I read Expiration Date and Long Time Coming. I'd give the nod to Expiration Date.

The only short story I've read is Doug Allyn's Edgar winning "The Scent of Lilacs." Great story, though not in any sense of the word a mystery.

And I'd vote for Sherlock Holmes for Dummies just because Stephen Doyle is such a nice guy.

David Cranmer said...

Patti, That jumped out to me as well. Many names from the zines are in there. But I wonder when they will include webzine stories in their best short story category. I could easily point to dozens of tales that have been featured at Crimefactory, AToN, BTAP, and FFO that would equal the ones presented here.

Evan, I will have to check it out because you're the second person to recommend ROGUE ISLAND. Holm's "The Hitter" has my vote but agree Doug Allyn's story was a good one.

Anonymous said...

Dave, The Back Alley is in there.

David Cranmer said...

Anon, You're right, I worded that wrong. I saw TBA but it was the only one and the short story category is limited to six slots with two going to EQMM's fine magazine. Kinda like the Academy Awards recently upped their nominations I think the same needs to be done here. How about fifteen nominations for each category. Too much? I really don't think so. Now what I like about the Anthony Awards is you have to be at B'Con to vote. I'm really becoming down on the online voting because of the mass e-mail networking that goes on.

AC said...

David, as I apply for assistantships at MSU, assistantships that I KNOW I am a hundred times more qualified for than my 20-year-old competition, and I don't get these assistantships, I realize, yet again, the world is a screwy place that rarely operates on the concept of 'fair.' Online voting for awards is probably no different.

David Cranmer said...

I feel that since BTAP has won and been nominated several times (Derringers/Spinetinglers etc) that I can speak without sounding like it is sour grapes.

You're right that awards will never be 100% fair but I’d rather deal with a panel of writers selected to judge than the People’s Choice style awards. A few years ago I wouldn’t have said that but now I feel there is a better chance of quality winning out over favoritism with a panel. Like I said still not perfect but a little better. I mean when a nominee sends out three hundred e-mails, well, I just don't think Aunt Lucy and Uncle Jethro are probably the best judges.

AC said...

Uncle Jethro reads Beetle Bailey every day. If that don't make him an expert on literature, well, I just don't know...

David Cranmer said...

True but he will vote for his niece’s story without reading the other nominees.

Anonymous said...

Dave, I'm the anonymous above. I get your take but I would rather take my chances with the people than an uptight panel. Jim

AC said...

It's clear what needs to be done: A panel for one category of awards and another devoted to "fan" opinion.

David Cranmer said...

Jim, I was wondering who was going all anon on me. And uptight? I had Anthony Neil Smith and Victor Gischler vote on my story titled "Blubber" for an old issue of OOTG. No need for a stuffy, uppity panel if you pick the right folks.

AC, It would probably have to be one of the big awards (Edgar, Anthony) that has the time and resources. But, yes, that would cast a much wider net. I like that idea.