2021 Barry Award Nominations

The winners of these awards will be announced at the Opening Ceremonies at the New Orleans Bouchercon on August 26, 2021.

All readers of Deadly Pleasures are qualified to vote. Please submit votes to george@deadlypleasures.com by July 15, 2021.

Many, many thanks to our nominating committee members who put a lot of time (reading and evaluating) and then nominating. They are: Larry Gandle, Maggie Mason, Ali Karim, Kristopher Zgorski, Jeff Popple, Kris Schorer, Oline Cogdill, Steele Curry, Don Longmuir, Donus Roberts, Mike Dillman, Mystery Mike Bursaw and your truly. If you are authors, now you know who to butter up.

Best Novel

THE BOY FROM THE WOODS, Harlan Coben (Grand Central)
THE LAW OF INNOCENCE, Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
BLACKTOP WASTELAND, S. A. Cosby (Flatiron Books)
AND NOW SHE’S GONE, Rachel Howzell Hall (Forge)
MOONFLOWER MURDERS, Anthony Horowitz (Harper)
ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE, Louise Penny (Minotaur)

Best First Novel

DEEP STATE, Chris Hauty (Atria/Emily Bester)
MURDER IN OLD BOMBAY by Nev March (Minotaur)
THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB, Richard Osman (Viking\Pamela Dorman)
THE EIGHTH DETECTIVE, Alex Pavesi (Henry Holt)
WINTER COUNTS, David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Ecco)
DARLING ROSE GOLD, Stephanie Wrobel (Berkley)

Best Paperback Original

WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING, Alyssa Cole (Morrow)
HIDE AWAY, Jason Pinter (Thomas & Mercer)
BAD NEWS TRAVELS FAST, James Swain (Thomas & Mercer)
DARKNESS FOR LIGHT, Emma Viskic (Pushkin Vertigo)
TURN TO STONE, James W. Ziskin (Seventh Street Books)

Best Thriller

DOUBLE AGENT, Tom Bradby (Atlantic Monthly)
BLIND VIGIL, Matt Coyle (Oceanview)
ONE MINUTE OUT, Mark Greaney (Berkley)
THE LAST HUNT, Deon Meyer (Atlantic Monthly)
EDDIE’S BOY, Thomas Perry (Mysterious Press)
THE WILD ONE, Nick Petrie (Putnam)