Barry Awards

and Don Sandstrom Awards for Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom

In 1997, the editorial staff of Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine  decided that since one of the magazine’s stated goals was to search out and report on the best works being published in the field of crime fiction each year, it would be a natural fit to present awards for excellence. Then came the dilemma of what to name the award. At the time all associated with the magazine were still reeling from the untimely death of Barry Gardner, who was arguably the best fan reviewer on the planet, so it was decided to name the award after him so as to keep his memory alive (not unlike what Bouchercon and its Anthony awards have done for writer/critic Anthony Boucher, who also suffered an untimely and early death). For a biography of Barry Gardner, click on his name above.           

Barry Gardner — not much of a smiler, but a great guy nevertheless!

Some have asked me from time to time, what are submission guidelines for the Barry Award. It is pretty simple: get us a copy of the book or short story and hope one of us reviews it.  Our staff doesn’t even attempt to read everything.  We try to keep our ears to the ground and read what people are talking about.  Several times a year we gather by email and discuss our favorites so far so that others on the committees will have an opportunity to read books they otherwise might not. And from time to time we find Barry Award nominees by our own idiosyncratic reading.  In short, we don’t have an organized reading program whereby all members of the nominating committee read the same books.  We choose people on the committee who read widely and try to find consensus among them.  It isn’t perfect, but no system is.  There are simply too many mysteries published each year for us to read them all. 

For the years 2007 through 2009 The Barry Awards were co-sponsored with Mystery News, thus broadening the exposure of the Awards. Sadly Mystery News ceased publication as of December, 2009. We at Deadly Pleasures appreciated their participation.

Subscribers and readers of Deadly Pleasures may vote by emailing their choices to george@deadlypleasures.com or by mailing them to 1718 Ridge Point Dr., Bountiful, UT 84010.

Barry Award nominations are chosen by two committees: The Barry Awards Nominating Committee which nominates candidates for the Barry Best Novel Award, the Barry Best First Novel Award and the Barry Best Paperback Original Award. The Barry Thriller Award Nominating Committee is a group that just focuses on thrillers and thriller writers for their nominations.

At the same time that the Barry Awards are presented each year, there is another award presented to a long-time mystery fan who has made major contributions to mystery fandom over the years. This award is named after super fan Don Sandstrom, whom we all miss. He worked tirelessly for mystery fans and authors and was a great mentor to me (George Easter). You will see each year’s winner of the Don Sandstrom Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom listed below the Barry Award winners of each year.

Don Sandstrom with one of his favorite
authors Peter Lovesey

Most of the photos you see on these pages were generously supplied by Ali Karim and John Bychowski.

Barry Award Nominations 2020

Winners will be announced on October 15, 2020 during a Virtual Presentation of the Sacramento Bouchercon.  This year there is an addition award category: Best Mystery Crime Novel of the Decade. 

Best Mystery/Crime Novel             

THE LOST MAN, Jane Harper (Flatiron)                           

IF SHE WAKES, Michael Koryta (Little, Brown)

METROPOLIS, Philip Kerr (Putnam)                                             

THE BORDER, Don Winslow (HarperCollins)

YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY, Steph Cha (Ecco)

THIRTEEN, Steve Cavanagh (Flatiron)

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

THE CHESTNUT MAN, Soren Sveistrup (Harper)

THE SILENT PATIENT, Alex Michaelides (Celadon)

AMERICAN SPY, Lauren Wilkinson (Random House)

SAVE ME FROM DANGEROUS MEN, S. A. Lelchuk (Flatiron)

SCRUBLANDS, Chris Hammer (Atria)

TO THE LIONS, Holly Watt (Dutton)         

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

THE GODMOTHER, Hannelore Cayre (ECW)

WINNER KILLS ALL, R. J. Bailey (Simon & Schuster UK)

KILLING QUARRY, Max Allan Collins (HardCase Crime)

FATE, Ian Hamilton (Spiderline)

MISSING DAUGHTER, Rick Mofina (Mira)

NO GOOD DEED, James Swain (Thomas & Mercer)

Best Thriller

MISSION CRITICAL, Mark Greaney (Berkley)

BACKLASH, Brad Thor (Atria/Emily Bester)

THE CHAIN, Adrian McKinty (Mulholland)

THE BURGLAR, Thomas Perry (Mysterious Press)

TRUE BELIEVER, Jack Carr (Atria/Emily Bester)

WHITE HOT SILENCE, Henry Porter (Mysterious Press)

Best Mystery/Crime Novel of the Decade

GONE GIRL, Gillian Flynn (Crown)

NOVEMBER ROAD, Lou Berney (William Morrow)

SUSPECT, Robert Crais (Putnam)

THE DRY,  Jane Harper (Flatiron)

THE BLACK HOUSE, Peter May (Quercus)

THE CARTEL, Don Winslow (Knopf)

Barry Award Winners 2019

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

Lou Berney, NOVEMBER ROAD  – Winner

Michael Connelly, DARK SACRED NIGHT

Allen Eskens, THE SHADOW WE HIDE

Craig Johnson, DEPTH OF WINTER

Mindy Mejia, LEAVE NO TRACE

Abir Mukherjee, A NECESSARY EVIL

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

C. J. Tudor, THE CHALK MAN  – Winner

Oyinkan Braithwaite, MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER

Karen Cleveland, NEED TO KNOW

John Copenhaver, DODGING AND BURNING

Caz Frear, SWEET LITTLE LIES

James A. McLaughlin, BEARSKIN

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

Dervla McTiernan, THE RUIN (Penguin) – Winner

Christine Carbo, A SHARP SOLITUDE

David Mark, DEAD PRETTY

Sherry Thomas, THE HOLLOW OF FEAR

Emma Viskic, RESURRECTION BAY

Best Thriller

Dan Fesperman, SAFE HOUSES  – Winner

Jack Carr, THE TERMINAL LIST

Mick Herron, LONDON RULES

Anthony Horowitz, FOREVER AND A DAY

Nick Petrie, LIGHT IT UP

James Swain, THE KING TIDES

Don Sandstrom Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom Award: Jeff Popple

Jeff Popple along side of Dervla McTiernan

Barry Award Winners 2018

Best Mystery/Crime Novel             

THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER, Karen Dionne (Putnam) – Winner

Karen Dionne with Barry Award and ??

THE LATE SHOW, Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)

EXIT STRATEGY, Steve Hamilton (Putnam)

THE FORCE, Don Winslow (Morrow)

PRUSSIAN BLUE, Philip Kerr (Putnam)

MAGPIE MURDERS, Anthony Horowitz (Harper)

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel                                                                                                   

THE DRY, Jane Harper (Flatiron) – Winner

Christine Kopprasch (Flatiron Books) accepting the Barry Award for Jane Harper

SHE RIDES SHOTGUN, Jordan Harper (Ecco)

THE LOST ONES, Sheena Kamal (Morrow)

THE IRREGULAR, H. P. Lyle (Quercus)

A RISING MAN, Abir Mukherjee (Pegasus)

MY ABSOLUTE DARLING, Gabriel Tallent (Riverhead)

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

THE DEEP DARK DESCENDING, Allen Eskens (Seventh Street) – Winner

SAFE FROM HARM, R. J. Bailey (Simon & Schuster UK)

HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE, Kellye Garrett (Midnight Ink)

THE DAY I DIED, Lori Rader-Day (Morrow)

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS, Kristi Belcamino (CreateSpace)

SUPER CON, James Swain (Thomas & Mercer)

Best Thriller

UNSUB, Meg Gardiner (Dutton) – Winner

GUNMETAL GRAY, Mark Greaney (Berkley)

SPOOK STREET, Mick Herron (Soho)

THE FREEDOM BROKER, K. J. Howe (Quercus)

THE OLD MAN, Thomas Perry (Mysterious Press)

TRAP THE DEVIL,  Ben Coes (St. Martin’s)

Don Sandstrom Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom Award: Larry Gandle

Barry Award Winners 2017

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Minotaur) – Winner

WHERE IT HURTS by Reed Farrel Coleman (Putnam)

THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE by Michael Connelly (Little,Brown)

THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON by Steve Hamilton (Putnam)

WILDE LAKE by Laura Lippman (Morrow)                                       

THE SECOND GIRL by David Swinson (Mulholland)                         

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

THE DRIFTER by Nick Petrie (Putnam) – Winner

DODGERS by Bill Beverly (Crown)

I’M TRAVELING ALONE by Samuel Bjork (Viking)

IQ by Joe Ide (Mulholland)

I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid (Gallery/Scout Press)

MISSING, PRESUMED  by Susie Steiner (Random House)

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

RAIN DOGS by Adrian McKinty (Seventh Street) – Winner  

                       

UNDER THE HARROW by Flynn Berry (Penguin)  

THE HEAVENS MAY FALL by Allen Eskens (Seventh Street)

THE QUEEN’S ACCOMPLICE by Susan Elia MacNeal (Bantam)

THE DARKEST SECRET by Alex Marwood (Penguin)

THE GIRL IN THE WINDOW by Jake Needham (Half Penny)

Best Thriller

GUILTY MINDS by Joseph Finder (Dutton) – Winner                                                                                                                                      

OVERWATCH by Matthew Betley (Atria)

FIRST STRIKE by Ben Coes (Minotaur)                                   

BACK BLAST by Mark Greaney (Berkley)

THE ONE MAN by Andrew Gross (Minotaur)

COLLECTING THE DEAD by Spencer Kope (Minotaur)

Don Sandstrom Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom Award: Steele Curry

George Easter, Steele Curry with Don Sandstrom Award and unnamed Mountie

Barry Award Winners 2016

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

C. J. Box, BADLANDS – Winner

John Connolly, A SONG OF SHADOWS

Owen Laukkanen, THE STOLEN ONES

Michael Robotham, LIFE OR DEATH

Jeff Siger, DEVIL OF DELPHI

Don Winslow, THE CARTEL

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

Ausma Zehanat Khan, THE UNQUIET DEAD – Winner

John A. Connell, RUINS OF WAR

Glen Erik Hamilton, PAST CRIMES

Elsa Hart, JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN                        

Paula Hawkins, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

Brian Panowich, BULL MOUNTAIN

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

Lou Berney, THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE – Winner

Lou Berney accepting Barry Award
It’s New Orleans, folks!

Kristi Belcamino, BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WEEP

Max Allan Collins, QUARRY’S CHOICE

Sarah Hilary, NO OTHER DARKNESS

Ragnar Jonasson, SNOW BLIND

James W. Ziskin, STONE COLD DEAD

Best Thriller

Taylor Stevens, THE MASK – Winner

Taylor Stevens accepts another Barry Award

Marc Cameron, BRUTE FORCE

Chris Holm, THE KILLING KIND

M. A. (Mike) Lawson, VIKING BAY

Stefanie Pintoff, HOSTAGE TAKER

A. J. Tata, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC

Don Sandstrom Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom Award: David Magayna

Barry Award Winners 2015

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

NATCHEZ BURNING, Greg Iles – Winner

THE MARCO EFFECT, Jussi Adler-Olsen

THE REST IS SILENCE, James R. Benn

HOLLOW GIRL, Reed Farrel Coleman          

PROVIDENCE RAG, Bruce DeSilva

STRANGE SHORES, Arnaldur Indridason

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

INVISIBLE CITY, Julia Dahl – Winner

NIGHT HERON, Adam Brookes

ICE SHEAR, M. P. Cooley

DEAR DAUGHTER, Elizabeth Little

THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD, Laura McHugh

SHE’S LEAVING HOME, William Shaw

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

THE LIFE WE BURY, Allen Eskens – Winner

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR, Joel Dicker

THE KILLER NEXT DOOR, Alex Marwood

PRESENT DARKNESS, Malla Nunn

THE BLACK HOUR, Lori Rader-Day

ELEVEN DAYS, Stav Sherez

Best Thriller

THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD, Michael Koryta – Winner

SUSPICION, Joe Finder

THE WATER RAT OF WANCHAI, Ian Hamilton

AN OFFICER AND A SPY, Robert Harris

I AM PILGRIM, Terry Hayes

HOUSE RECKONING, Mike Lawson

Don Sandstrom Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom Award: Jane Lee

Barry Award Winners 2014

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

ORDINARY GRACE, William Kent Krueger– Winner

William Kent Krueger (l) accepts Barry Award from Larry Gandle (r)

A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH, Jussi Adler-Olsen

TAP ON THE WINDOW, Linwood Barclay

SANDRINE’S CASE, Thomas H. Cook

SUSPECT, Robert Crais

STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN’S GRAVE, Ian Rankin

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

JAPANTOWN, Barry Lancet–Winner

Barry Lancet (l) accepts Barry Award from Larry Gandle (r)

BURIAL RITES, Hannah Kent

THE BOOKMAN’S TALE, Charlie Lovett

RAGE AGAINST THE DYING, Becky Masterman

COVER OF SNOW, Jenny Milchman

NORWEGIAN BY NIGHT, Derek B. Miller

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

I HEAR THE SIRENS IN THE STREET, Adrian McKinty– Winner

JOE VICTIM, Paul Cleave

DISCIPLE OF LAS VEGAS, Ian Hamilton

THE RAGE, Gene Kerrigan

FEAR IN THE SUNLIGHT, Nicola Upson

FIXING TO DIE, Elaine Viets

Best Thriller

THE DOLL, Taylor Stevens — Winner

Taylor Stevens (l) accepts Barry Award from Larry Gandle (far right)

DEAD LIONS, Mick Herron

GHOSTMAN, Roger Hobbs

RED SPARROW, Jason Matthews

THE SHANGHAI FACTOR, Charles McCarry

RATLINES, Stuart Neville

Don Sandstrom Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom Award: Ted Hertel, Jr.

Ted Hertel accepts Don Sandstrom Award from Larry Gandle

TED HERTEL is a retired attorney in Mequon, Wisconsin.  He is the recipient of MWA’s Robert L. Fish Award for Best First Short Story by an American Author.  His short stories have been nominated for both the Anthony and Macavity Awards.  Ted is the proud recipient of the Don Sandstrom Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom.  He was Local Arrangements Chair for Eyecon ’95 and co-chair of the 1999 Bouchercon.  He has served on MWA’s National Board (including as EVP and is currently its Parliamentarian), and has been the Edgar Awards General Chair.  He has been a reviewer for Deadly Pleasures since 2000.

Barry Awards 2013

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

THE BLACK HOUSE by Peter May (Silver Oak — Winner

GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn (Crown)

TRUST YOUR EYES by Linwood Barclay (NAL)

DEFENDING JACOB by William Landay (Delacorte)

LIVE BY NIGHT, Dennis Lehane (Morrow)

DEAD SCARED by S.J. Bolton (Minotaur)

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

A KILLING IN THE HILLS by Julia Keller (Minotaur)– Winner

THE YARD by Alex Grecian (Putnam)

SACRIFICE FLY by Tim O’Mara (Minotaur)

THE DARK WINTER by David Mark (Blue Ridge Press)

BLACK FRIDAYS by Michael Sears (Putnam)

THE PROFESSIONALS by Owen Laukkanen (Putnam)

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

MR. CHURCHILL’S SECRETARY by Susan Elia McNeal (Bantam) — Winner

PAGO PAGO TANGO by John Enright (Thomas & Mercer)

BLESSED ARE THE DEAD by Malla Nunn (Washington Square)

THE OTHER WOMAN’S HOUSE by Sophie Hannah (Penguin)

BLOODLAND by Alan Glynn (Picador)

BENEATH THE ABBEY WALL by A.D. Scott (Atria)

Best Thriller

THE FALLEN ANGEL by Daniel Silva (Harper) — Winner

THE LAST REFUGE by Ben Coes (St. Martin’s)

THE RIGHT HAND by Derek Haas (Mulholland)

A FOREIGN COUNTRY by Charles Cumming (St. Martin’s)

HOUSE BLOOD by Mike Lawson (Atlantic Monthly)

RED STAR BURNING by Brian Freemantle (Minotaur)

You will notice that there are fewer categories this year. We have eliminated two: The Best Short Story (lack of interest/votes by fans) and Best British (changing times, most good British writers are now published in the U.S. and it was a confusing award especially when an American or an Icelandic won). The awards ceremony got to be too long. Now it will be just right.

Don Sandstrom Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom Award: Ali Karim

Ali Karim (left) receiving Don Sandstrom Award

Barry Award Winners 2012

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES (in U.K., MERCY), Jussi Adler-Olsen (Dutton) — Winner

THE ACCIDENT, Linwood Barclay (Bantam)

HURT MACHINE, Reed Farrel Coleman (Tyrus)

IRON HOUSE, John Hart (Minotaur)

HELL IS EMPTY, Craig Johnson (Viking)

THE TROUBLED MAN, Henning Mankell (Knopf)

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

THE INFORMATIONIST, Taylor Stevens (Crown) – Winner

LEARNING TO SWIM, Sara J. Henry (Crown)

THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X, Keigo Higashino (Minotaur)

THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE, Lene Kaaberbol and Agnette Friis (Soho Crime)

TURN OF MIND, Alice LaPlante (Atlantic Monthly)

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, S.J. Watson (Harper)

Best British Crime Novel

DEAD MAN’S GRIP, Peter James (Macmillan) – Winner

Otto Penzler toasting Peter James’ winning a Barry Award

NOW YOU SEE ME, S.J. Bolton (Bantam Press)

HELL’S BELLS (in U.K., THE INFERNALS), John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton)

BAD SIGNS, R. J. Ellory (Orion)

THE HOUSE AT SEA’S END, Elly Griffiths (Quercus)

OUTRAGE, Arnaldur Indridason (Harvill Secker)

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

DEATH OF THE MANTIS, Michael Stanley (Harper Perennial) – Winner

Michael Sears (l) and Stanley Trollip (r) who write under name of Michael Stanley

THE SILENCED, Brett Battles (Dell)

THE HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER, Oliver Pötzsch (Mariner Books)

A DOUBLE DEATH ON THE BLACK ISLE, A. D. Scott (Atria)

FUN AND GAMES, Duane Swierczynski (Mulholland)

TWO FOR SORROW, Nicola Upson (Harper Perennial)

Best Thriller

THE INFORMANT, Thomas Perry (Houghton Mifflin) – Winner

Tom Perry accepting Barry Award

CARVER, Tom Cain (Bantam Press)

COUP D’ETAT, Ben Coes (St. Martin’s)

SPYCATCHER (SPARTAN), Matthew Dunn (William Morrow)

BALLISTIC, Mark Greaney (Berkley Trade)

HOUSE DIVIDED, Mike Lawson (Atlantic Monthly)

Best Short Story (compiled by Marv Lachman)

Jeffrey Cohen, “The Gun Also Rises” (AHMM January-February) – Winner

Doug Allyn, “Thicker Than Blood” (AHMM September)

Mike Cooper, “Whiz Bang” (EQMM September-October)

Trina Corey, “Facts Exhibiting Wantonness” ( EQMM November)

James Powell, “Last Laugh in Floogle Park” (EQMM July)

Eric Rutter, “Purge” (AHMM December)

Don Sandstrom Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom Award: Allen J. Hubin

Barry Award Winners 2011

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

THE LOCK ARTIST, Steve Hamilton (Minotaur) – Winner

Steve Hamilton accepting Barry Award

NOWHERE TO RUN, C. J. Box (Putnam)

CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER, Tom Franklin (Morrow)

MOONLIGHT MILE, Dennis Lehane (Morrow)

BURY YOUR DEAD, Louise Penny (Minotaur)

SAVAGES, Don Winslow (Simon & Schuster)

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

THE POACHER’S SON, Paul Doiron (Minotaur) – Winner

GUTSHOT STRAIGHT, Lou Berney (Morrow)

ROGUE ISLAND, Bruce DeSilva (Forge)

SHERLOCKIAN, Graham Moore (Twelve)

THE HOLY THIEF, William Ryan (Minotaur)

ONCE A SPY, Keith Thomson (Doubleday)

Best British Crime Novel

THE WOODCUTTER, Reginald Hill (HarperCollins) – Winner

STARTED EARLY, TOOK MY DOG, Kate Atkinson (Doubleday)

BLOOD HARVEST, S. J. Bolton (Bantam Press)

NIGHT WHISPERERS, John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton)

THREE SECONDS, Roslund & Hellstrom (Quercus)

FOURTH DAY, Zoe Sharp (Allison & Busby)

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

FEVER AT THE BONE, Val McDermid (Harper) – Winner

Val McDermid accepting Barry Award

THE HANGING TREE, Bryan Gruley (Touchstone)

THE DEAD LIE DOWN, Sophie Hannah (Penguin)

EGGSECUTIVE ORDERS, Julie Hyzy (Berkley)

THE RHETORIC OF DEATH, Judith Rock (Berkley)

A SMALL DEATH IN THE GREAT GLEN, A.D. Scott (Atria)

Best Thriller

13 HOURS, Deon Meyer (Grove Atlantic) – Winner

Deon Meyer accepting Barry Award

AMERICAN ASSASSIN, Vince Flynn (Atria)

THE BRICKLAYER, Noah Boyd (Morrow)

BOLT ACTION, Charles Charters (Hodder U.K.)

ON TARGET, Mark Greaney (Jove)

THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR, Daniel Silva (Putnam)

Best Short Story

Loren D. Estleman, “The List” (EQMM May 2010) – Winner

Mitch Alderman, “Requiem for Antlers” (AHMM Jan.-Feb. 2010)

Robert Barnard, “Family Values” (EQMM Feb. 2010)

Caroline Benton, “The Body in the Dunes (EQMM Jan. 2010)

Terence Faherty, “The Seven Sorrows” (EQMM Mar.-Apr. 2010)

Ellen Larson, “When the Apricots Bloom” (AHMM July-Aug. 2010)

Don Sandstrom Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom Award: Bev DeWeese

Bev DeWeese accepting Don Sandstrom Award

Barry Award Winners 2010

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

John Hart, THE LAST CHILD, Minotaur — Winner

John Connolly, THE GATES, Atria

David Ellis, THE HIDDEN MAN, Putnam

Joe Gores, SPADE & ARCHER, Knopf

Marcia Muller, LOCKED IN, Grand Central

S.J. Rozan, SHANGHAI MOON, Minotaur

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

Alan Bradley, THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE, Delacorte — Winner

Josh Bazell, BEAT THE REAPER, Little, Brown

Rebecca Cantrell, A TRACE OF SMOKE, Forge

Sophie Littlefield, A BAD DAY FOR SORRY, Minotaur

Attica Locke, BLACK WATER RISING, Harper

Stuart Neville, THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST (THE TWELVE), Soho Crime

Best British Crime Novel

Philip Kerr, IF THE DEAD NOT RISE, Quercus — Winner

S. J. Bolton, AWAKENING, Bantam Press

John Connolly, THE LOVERS, HodderStoughton

Reginald Hill, MIDNIGHT FUGUE, HarperCollins

Denise Mina, STILL MIDNIGHT, Orion

Robert Wilson, IGNORANCE OF BLOOD, HarperCollins

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

Bryan Gruley, STARVATION LAKE, Touchstone — Winner

Megan Abbott, BURY ME DEEP, Simon & Schuster

Max Allan Collins, QUARRY IN THE MIDDLE, HardCase Crime

Heather Gutenkauf, THE WEIGHT OF SILENCE, Mira

Frank Tallis, FATAL LIES, Random House Mortalis

L. C. Tyler, THE HERRING-SELLER’S APPRENTICE, Felony & Mayhem

Best Thriller

Jamie Freveletti, RUNNING FROM THE DEVIL, Morrow–Winner

Tom Cain, NO SURVIVORS (THE SURVIVOR), Viking

Mark Greaney, THE GRAY MAN, Jove

Derek Haas, COLUMBUS: a Silver Bear Thriller, Pegasus

Mike Lawson, HOUSE SECRETS, Atlantic Monthly

Greg Rucka, WALKING DEAD, Bantam

Best Mystery/crime Novel of the Decade

Stieg Larsson, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Knopf — Winner

Ken Bruen, THE GUARDS, St. Martin’s Minotaur

Michael Connelly, THE LINCOLN LAWYER, Little, Brown

Dennis Lehane, MYSTIC RIVER, Morrow

Louise Penny, STILL LIFE, St. Martin’s Minotaur

Carlos Ruiz Zafon, THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, Penguin Press

Best Short Story

Brendan DuBois, “The High House Writer” (AHMM July-August 2009) — Winner

George Easter congratulating Brendan DuBois

Barbara Callahan, “My Mother’s Keeper” (EQMM June 2009)

David Dean, “Erin’s Journal” (EQMM December 2009)

John H. Dirckx, “Real Men Die” (AHMM September 2009)

Melodie Johnson Howe, “A Hollywood Ending” (EQMM July 2009)

Morley Swingle, “Hard Blows” (THE PROSECUTION RESTS)

Don Sandstrom Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom Award: Art Scott

The 2009 Barry Awards

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

THE DRAINING LAKE by Arnaldur Indridason – Winner

TRIGGER CITY by Sean Chercover

ENVY THE NIGHT by Michael Koryta

RED KNIFE by William Kent Krueger

THE CRUELEST MONTH by Louise Penny

DAWN PATROL by Don Winslow

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

CHILD 44 by Tom Rob Smith – Winner

THE KIND ONE by Tom Epperson

STALKING SUSAN by Julie Kramer

CITY OF THE SUN by David Levien

A CARRION DEATH by Michael Stanley

SWEEPING UP GLASS by Carolyn D. Wall

Best British Crime Novel

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Stieg Larsson – Winner

Accepting is publisher rep (?) and translator Steven T. Murray,

A SIMPLE ACT OF VIOLENCE by R.J. Ellory

RITUAL by Mo Hayder

SHATTER by Michael Robotham

BLEEDING HEART SQUARE by Andrew Taylor

BRUNO, CHIEF OF POLICE by Martin Walker

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

STATE OF THE ONION by Julie Hyzy – Winner

THE FIRST QUARRY by Max Allan Collins

MONEY SHOT by Christa Faust

THE BLACK PATH by Asa Larsson

SEVERANCE PACKAGE by Duane Swierczynski

ECHOES FROM THE DEAD by Johan Theorin

Best Thriller

THE DECEIVED by Brett Battles – Winner

Brett Battles clearly excited about winning Barry Award

COLLISION by Jeff Abbott

THE SURVIVOR (NO SURVIVORS in U.S.) by Tom Cain

FINDER by Colin Harrison

NIGHT OF THUNDER by Stephen Hunter

GOOD PEOPLE by Marcus Sakey

Best Short Story

“The Drought” by James O. Born (The Blue Religion) – Winner

“The Fallen” by Jan Burke (August EQMM)

“A Trace of a Trace” by Brendan DuBois (At the Scene of the Crime)

“A Killing in Midtown” by G. Miki Hayden (January/February AHMM)

“Proof of Love” by Mick Herron (September/October EQMM)

“The Problem of the Secret Patient” by Edward D. Hoch (May EQMM)

Don Sandstrom Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom Award: Bill & Toby Gottfried; George Easter

Bill & Toby Gottfried

The 2008 Barry Awards

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

WHAT THE DEAD KNOW, Laura Lippman (Morrow) – Winner

SOUL PATCH, Reed Farrel Coleman (Bleak House)

THE UNQUIET, John Connolly (Atria)

DOWN RIVER, John Hart (St Martin’s Minotaur)

DIRTY MARTINI, J.A. Konrath (Hyperion)

RED CAT, Peter Spiegelman (Knopf)

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

IN THE WOODS, Tana French (Viking) – Winner

MISSING WITNESS, Gordon Campbell (Morrow)

BIG CITY, BAD BLOOD, Sean Chercover (Morrow)

THE SPELLMAN FILES, Lisa Lutz (Simon & Schuster)

THE COLLABORATOR OF BETHLEHEM, Matt Beynon Rees (Soho Press)

THE BLADE ITSELF, Marcus Sakey (St. Martin’s Minotaur)

Best British Crime Novel

(published in the U.K. in 2007, not necessarily written by a British writer nor set in the U.K)

DAMNATION FALLS, Edward Wright (Orion) – Winner

A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS, R.J. Ellory (Orion)

PIG ISLAND, Mo Hayder (Bantam Press)

ONE UNDER, Graham Hurley (Orion)

THE DEATH LIST, Paul Johnston (Mira)

THE 50/50 KILLER, Steve Mosby (Orion)

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

QUEENPIN, Megan Abbott (Simon & Schuster) – Winner

BLACK WIDOW AGENCY, Felicia Donovan (Midnight Ink)

CHOKE POINT, Jay MacLarty (Pocket)

THE MARK, Jason Pinter (Mira)

WASH THIS BLOOD CLEAN FROM MY HAND, Fred Vargas (Penguin)

WHO IS CONRAD HIRST?, Kevin Wignall (Simon & Schuster)

Best Thriller

THE WATCHMAN, Robert Crais (Simon & Schuster) – Winner

NO TIME FOR GOODBYE, Linwood Barclay (Bantam)

THE CLEANER, Brett Battles (Delacorte)

VOLK’S GAME, Brent Ghelfi (Henry Holt)

SILENCE, Thomas Perry (Harcourt)

MIDNIGHT RAMBLER, Jim Swain (Ballantine)

Best Short Story

Edward D. Hoch, “The Problem of the Summer Snowman” (EQMM November 2007) – Winner

Doug Allyn, “Dead As a Dog” (EQMM July 2007)

Dale C. Andrews and Kurt Sercu, “The Book Case” (EQMM May 2007)

Jon L. Breen, “The Missing Elevator Puzzle” (EQMM February 2007)

Jeffrey Deaver, “Bump” (DEAD MAN’S HAND)

Gillian Roberts, “The Old Wife’s Tale” (EQMM March-April 2007)

Neil Schofield, “Murder: A User’s Guibe” (AHMM July-August 2007). The word “Guibe” is not a typo.

Don Sandstrom Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom Award: Beth Fedyn

Beth Fedyn

The 2007 Barry Award Winners

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

THE NIGHT GARDENER by George Pelecanos — Winner

WHITE SHADOW by Ace Atkins

OH DANNY BOY by Rhys Bowen

THE LAST ASSASSIN by Barry Eisler

THE PRISONER OF GUANTANAMO by Dan Fesperman

CITY OF SHADOWS by Ariana Franklin

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

STILL LIFE by Louise Penny — Winner

THE FAITHFUL SPY by Alex Berenson

SHARP OBJECTS by Gillian Flynn

THE BERLIN CONSPIRACY by Tom Gabbay

THE KING OF LIES by John Hart

A FIELD OF DARKNESS by Cornelia Read

Best British Crime Novel

PRIEST by Ken Bruen — Winner

DYING LIGHT by Stuart MacBride

SOVEREIGN by C.J. Sansom

THE CASE OF THE MISSING BOOKS by Ian Sansom

MR. CLARINET by Nick Stone

RED SKY LAMENT by Edward Wright

Best Thriller

THE MESSENGER by Daniel Silva — Winner

KILLER INSTINCT by Joe Finder

THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT by Alan Furst

RELENTLESS by Simon Kernick

COLD KILL by Stephen Leather

KILL ME by Stephen White

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

THE CLEANUP by Sean Doolittle — Winner

BUST by Ken Bruen and Jason Starr

THE LAST QUARRY by Max Allan Collins

LIVE WIRE by Jay MacLarty

DEADMAN’S POKER by Jim Swain

CROOKED by Brian Wiprud

Best Short Story

“The Right Call” by Brendan DuBois (EQMM Sept/Oct, 2006) — Winner

“Cain was Innocent” by Simon Brett (Thou Shalt Not Kill, published by Carroll & Graf)

“Shaping the Ends” by Judith Cutler (EQMM May, 2006)

“A Man of Taste” by Kate Ellis (EQMM Mar/Apr, 2006)

“The Flower Girl” by Paul Halter (The Night of the Wolf, published by Wildside Press)

“A Case for Inspector Ghote” by June Thomson (The Verdict of Us All, published by Crippen & Landru)

Don Sandstrom Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom Award: Janet Rudolph

Janet Rudolph with that notorious photo bomber Ali Karim

Janet A. Rudolph is the Editor of the Mystery Readers Journal and Creative Writer/Director at Murder on the Menu and TeamBuilding Unlimited. She blogs daily at MysteryFanfare.com and DyingforChocolate.com, facilitates a weekly mystery book group, hosts Literary Salons with crime writers, and has been a committee and Board member on numerous mystery conventions, including Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime. A long-time contributor to the mystery genre, she received her Ph.D. in religious mystery fiction. She lives in the Berkeley (CA) hills with her husband, two golden retrievers, and three cats who often appear on her Facebook Page along with a daily garden/rose photo (Behind My Garden Gate). She loves gardening, photography, reading …. and long walks on the Beach in Bodega Bay, birds notwithstanding. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the American Crime Writers League.

The Mystery Readers Journal is the official publication of Mystery Readers International. Originally started as a newsletter to update the local mystery community on fun events, it is now one of the most important periodicals in the field. A quarterly, each issue focuses on a specific theme with major articles, author essays, special columns and a calendar of events. Members of MRI award the coveted Macavity for excellence in mystery writing.

2006 Barry Awards Winners

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

RED LEAVES Thomas H. Cook — Winner

BLOODLINES, Jan Burke

MERCY FALLS William Kent Krueger

SUDDEN DEATH David Rosenfelt

MR. LUCKY James Swain

THE POWER OF THE DOG Don Winslow

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

COLD GRANITE Stuart McBride — Winner

DIE A LITTLE Megan Abbott

IMMORAL Brian Freeman

BABY GAME Randall Hicks

DARK HARBOR David Hosp

Best British Crime Novel

THE FIELD OF BLOOD Denise Mina — Winner

BLOOD-DIMMED TIDE Rennie Airth

LIFELESS Mark Billingham

SILENCE OF THE GRAVE Arnaldur Indridason

A GOOD DAY TO DIE Simon Kernick

LOST Michael Robotham

Best Thriller

COMPANY MAN Joseph Finder — Winner

CONSENT TO KILL Vince Flynn

THE INSIDE RING Michael Lawson

SEVEN DEADLY WONDERS Matthew Reilly

MAP OF BONES James Rollins

PRIVATE WARS Greg Rucka                                  

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

THE JAMES DEANS Reed Farrel Coleman — Winner

Reed Farrel Coleman with Award

SIX BAD THINGS Charlie Huston

NIGHT’S CHILD Maureen Jennings

NOW YOU SEE ME Rochelle Krich

THE DEAD DON’T GET OUT MUCH Mary Jane Maffini

INSIDE OUT John Ramsey Miller

Best Short Story

Nancy Pickard- “There Is No Crime on Easter Island” (EQMM Sept.-Oct. 2005) — Winner

Steve Hockensmith- “The Big Road” (AHMM May 2005)

Peter Lovesey- “Needle Match” (MURDER IS MY RACKET)

Joan Richter- “Love and Death in Africa” (EQMM January 2005)

Tom Savage- “The Method in Her Madness” (AHMM June 2005)

Don Sandstrom Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom Award: Bill Crider

Bill Crider — Mystery writer and fan extraordinaire

2005 Barry Award Winners

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

THE ENEMY, Lee Child – Winner

ALONE AT NIGHT, K. J. Erickson

DARKLY, DREAMING DEXTER, Jeff Lindsay

REMEMBERING SARAH, Chris Mooney

LITTLE SCARLET, Walter Mosley

HARD REVOLUTION, George Pelecanos

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, Carlos Ruiz Zafon – Winner

RELATIVE DANGER, Charles Benoit

WALKING MONEY, James O. Born

THE CORONER’S LUNCH, Colin Cotterill

SKINNY DIPPING, Claire Matturro

SOME DANGER INVOLVED, Will Thomas

Best British Crime Novel

FLESH & BLOOD, John Harvey – Winner

THE BURNING GIRL, Mark Billingham

THE DRAMATIST, Ken Bruen

TOKYO (U.S. title: THE DEVIL OF NANKING), Mo Hayder

THE CRIME TRADE, Simon Kernick

FIRST DROP, Zoë Sharp

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

TAGGED FOR MURDER, Elaine Flinn – Winner

THE LIBRARIAN, Larry Beinhart

INTO THE WEB, Thomas H. Cook

LAST SEEN IN ABERDEEN, M.G. Kincaid

THE CONFESSION, Domenic Stansberry

TWISTED CITY, Jason Starr

Best Thriller

RAIN STORM by Barry Eisler – Winner

SCARECROW by Matthew Reilly

BAGMAN by Jay MacLarty

WHIRLWIND by Joseph Garber

A DEATH IN VIENNA by Daniel Silva

PARANOIA by Joseph Finder

Best Short Story

Edward D. Hoch “The War in Wonderland” (GREEN FOR DANGER) – Winner

Catherine Aird “Cold Comfort” (CHAPTER AND HEARSE AND OTHER MYSTERIES)

Melodie Johnson Howe “Facing Up” (EQMM July,2004)

John Mortimer “Rumpole and the Christmas Break” (The Strand Magazine No. XIV)

Amy Myers “Murder, the Missing Heir and the Boiled Egg” (CRIMINAL APPETITES)

Neil Schofield “Ledgers” (EQMM July, 2004)

Don Sandstrom Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom Award: Ted Fitzgerald

George Easter & Ted Fitzgerald with Donny Award

2004 Barry Award Winners

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

EVERY SECRET THING by Laura Lippman — Winner

THE GUARDS by Ken Bruen

THE SMALL BOAT OF GREAT SORROWS by Dan Fesperman

KEEPING WATCH by Laurie R. King

SHUTTER ISLAND by Dennis Lehane

FOUNTAIN FILLED WITH BLOOD by Julia Spencer- Fleming

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

MONKEEWRENCH by P. J. Tracy — Winner

MISSION FLATS by Bill Landay

BRIDGE OF SIGHS by Olen Steinhauer

THE BARBED-WIRE KISS by Wallace Stroby

MAISIE DOBBS by Jacqueline Winspear

CLEA’S MOON by Edward Wright

Best British Crime Novel

THE DISTANT ECHO by Val McDermid — Winner

LAZYBONES by Mark Billingham

FULL DARK HOUSE by Christopher Fowler

THE MURDER EXCHANGE by Simon Kernick

THE HOUSE SITTER by Peter Lovese

THE AMERICAN BOY (U.S. title: AN UNPARDONABLE CRIME) by Andrew Taylor

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

TOUGH LUCK by Jason Starr — Winner

DEALING IN MURDER by Elaine Flinn

WISDOM OF THE BONES by Christopher Hyde

THE COURIER by Jay MacLarty (Pocket Star, $6.99)

THE SHADOW OF VENUS by Judith Van Gieson

MURDER BETWEEN THE COVERS by Elaine Viets

Best Short Story

Robert Barnard- “Rogues’ Gallery” (EQMM March 2003) — Winner

Doug Allyn- “The Blind Pig” (EQMM May 2003)

Brendan DuBois- “Always Another War” (AHMM July-August 2003)

Clark Howard- “The Mask of Peter” (EQMM April 2003)

Donald Olson- “Rogue’s Run” (EQMM April 2003)

Don Sandstrom Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom Award: Mary (Maggie) Mason

2003 Barry Awards

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

Michael Connelly, CITY OF BONES – Winner

Lee Child, WITHOUT FAIL

Tim Cockey, THE HEARSE CASE SCENARIO

Steve Hamilton, NORTH OF NOWHERE

George Pelecanos, HELL TO PAY

S. J. Rozan, WINTER AND NIGHT

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

Julia Spencer-Fleming, IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER – Winner

David Corbett, THE DEVIL’S REDHEAD

Pip Granger, NOT ALL TARTS ARE APPLE

Jonathon King, THE BLUE EDGE OF MIDNIGHT

Eddie Muller, THE DISTANCE

Ben Rehder, BUCK FEVER

Best British Crime Novel

Connolly, John, THE WHITE ROAD – Winner

Mark Billingham,  SCAREDY CAT

Tom Bradby, THE MASTER OF RAIN

Simon Kernick, THE BUSINESS OF DYING

Peter Lovesey,  DIAMOND DUST

Ed O’Connor,  THE YEARE’S MIDNIGHT

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

Danielle Girard,  COLD SILENCE – Winner

Jeff Abbott, BLACK JACK POINT

Robin Burcell,  FATAL TRUTH

D. Daniel Judson,  THE BONE ORCHARD

Anna Salter,  PRISON BLUES

Brian Wiprud,  PIPSQUEAK

Don Sandstrom Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom Award: Gary Warren Niebuhr

Gary Warren Niebuhr (center) with Don Sandstrom’s daughters, Karen Muir (left) and Bibi Sandstrom (right)

Gary Warren Niebuhr has lived in Milwaukee, WI, USA, his entire life. He was a librarian and served as Library Director for the Village of Greendale (WI) Public Library from 1980 too 2016. He was the 2005 Margaret E. Monroe Award winner from the American Library Association in recognition of his contribution to the development of adult services in libraries.

He is the author of MAKE MINE A MYSTERY II: A READER’S GUIDE TO MYSTERY AND DETECTIVE FICTION, published by Libraries Unlimited in 2011.

He is the author of CAUGHT UP IN CRIME: A READER’S GUIDE TO CRIME FICTION AND NONFICTION published by Libraries Unlimited in 2009.

He is the author of READ ‘EM THEIR WRITES: A HANDBOOK FOR MYSTERY BOOK DISCUSSIONS published by Libraries Unlimited in 2006.

He was the Fan Guest of Honor at the 2004 Bouchercon: the World Mystery Convention held in Toronto, Canada.

He is the author of MAKE MINE A MYSTERY published by Libraries Unlimited in 2003.

On October 18, 2002, he received the Don Sandstrom Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom presented by Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine.

He was the co-coordinator, with Ted Hertel, of the 1999 Bouchercon, the World Mystery Conference, held in Milwaukee in October of 1999.

He served on the Bouchercon, the World Mystery Conference Standing Committee (1997-2005).

He was a 1997-1999 member of the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America – Midwest. He has served on the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award Committees for best novel (twice), best first novel (twice) and best short story (twice). He served on the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award Committee for Best Critical/Biographical Award published in 1997.

He was the Fan Guest of Honor at Magna Cum Murder, at Ball State University in Muncie, IN, in 1995.

In 1995, he was the conference coordinator for the first ever conference to honor the Private Eye Writers of America. The conference, EYECON’95, was held in Milwaukee from June 15th to the 18th with Sue Grafton as the Guest of Honor.

His first published book was A READER’S GUIDE TO THE PRIVATE EYE NOVEL published by G. K. Hall in 1993.

He was a contributor and the co-editor and co-publisher (with Orietta A. Hardy-Sayles) of THE BIG JACUZZI: A COLLECTION OF SHALLOW SHORT STORIES (c1992) and FAREWELL, MY LOBBY: A COLLECTION OF SHAMELESS SHORT STORIES (c1993) published by Bootleg Press and P. I. E. S. He is the editor and a contributor to THE LADY IN THE 10,000 LAKES: A COLLECTION OF DEEP BUT STILL MEANINGLESS SHORT STORIES (c1996), THE LITTLE SISTER IN CRIME: A HISTORICAL YET HYSTERICAL COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES (c1997), and THE LONG GOOD CRY, OR I’D RATHER BE IN PHILADELPHIA: A MOVING ANTHOLOGY OF MYSTERY SHORT STORIES BY CONTRIBUTORS TO DOROTHYL published by My Books, his own publishing effort.

He was the assistant coordinator of Bouchercon XII, the World Mystery Conference, when it was held in Milwaukee in 1981.

He has appeared as a fictional character in the following books:

AQUARIUS DESCENDING by Martha C. Lawrence, THE COLD HEART OF CAPRICORN by Martha C. Lawrence, FOOL’S PARADISE by Steve Brewer, GRACE UNDER PRESSURE by Julie Hyzy: “Addressed to my grandmother Sophie, it was typewritten on the official letterhead of Hertel and Niebuhr, and signed by T. Hertel, senior partner.”, HEAVEN’S KEEP by William Kent Krueger, IN THE SHADOW OF THE ARCH by Robert J. Randisi, INVASION OF PRIVACY by Jeremiah Healy, MAJIC MAN by Max Allan Collins, THE NIGHT MEN by Keith Snyder, ONE SHOT by Lee Child, PAID IN FULL by D. C. Brod, TANGLED JUNE by Neil Albert, U. S. MARSHALLS by Max Allan Collins, VULTURE CAPITAL by Mark Coggins, WINTER AND NIGHT by S. J. Rozan. The book CHICAGO CONFIDENTIAL by Max Allan Collins is dedicated to him and Theodore B. Hertel, Jr.

2002 Barry Award Winners

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

MYSTIC RIVER, Dennis Lehane – Winner

TELL NO ONE, Harlan Coben

DARKNESS MORE THAN NIGHT, Michael Connelly

PURGATORY RIDGE, William Kent Krueger

SILENT JOE, T. Jefferson Parker

RIGHT AS RAIN, George Pelecanos

BAD NEWS, Donald E. Westlake

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

OPEN SEASON, C. J. Box – Winner

THIRD PERSON SINGULAR, K.J. Erickson

CHASING THE DEVIL’S TAIL, David Fulmer

PERHAPS SHE’LL DIE, M.K. Preston

BLINDSIGHTED, Karen Slaughter

BUBBLES UNBOUND, Sarah Strohmeyer

Best British Crime Novel

DANCING WITH VIRGINS, Stephen Booth – Winner

BLOOD JUNCTION, Caroline Carver

THE KILLING KIND, John Connolly

DIALOGUES OF THE DEAD, Reginald Hill

DEATH IN HOLY ORDERS, P.D. James

KILLING THE SHADOWS, Val McDermid

THE FALLS, Ian Rankin

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

KILLING GIFTS, Deborah Woodworth – Winner

RODE HARD, PUT AWAY DEAD, Sinclair Browning

DEATH IS A CABARET, Deborah Morgan

THE FOURTH WALL, Beth Saulnier

STRAW MEN, Martin J. Smith

Don Sandstrom Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom Award: Marv Lachman

Don Sandstrom congratulates Marv Lachman on his Raven Award

2001 Barry Award Winners

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

DEEP SOUTH, Nevada Barr – Winner

RUNNING BLIND, Lee Child

PLACES IN THE DARK, Thomas H. Cook

CROSS DRESSING by Bill Fitzhugh

WINTER OF THE WOLF MOON, Steven Hamilton

UNWANTED COMPANY, Barbara Seranella

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

CONSPIRACY OF PAPER, David Liss – Winner

IN HER DEFENSE, Stephen Horn

THE ICE HARVEST, Scott Phillips

STREET LEVEL, Bob Truluck

DEATH OF A RED HEROINE, Qiu Xiaolong

Best British Crime Novel

BLACK DOG, Stephen Booth – Winner

DARK HOLLOW, John Connolly

THE BEACH ROAD, Sarah Diamond

THE CERTAINTY OF DOING EVIL, Colin Falconer

THE REAPER, Peter Lovesey

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

THE KIDNAPPING OF ROSIE DAWN, Eric Wright – Winner

DIVE DEEP AND DEADLY, Glynn Marsh Alam

DEATH DANCES TO A REGGAE BEAT, Kate Grilley

LITTLE MEXICO, Cathie John

DISTEMPER, Beth Saulnier

2000 Barry Awards

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

IN A DRY SEASON, Peter Robinson – Winner

George Easter (left) presents Barry Award to Peter Robinson

ANGELS FLIGHT, Michael Connelly

L.A. REQUIEM, Robert Crais

HIGH FIVE, Janet Evanovich

HART’S WAR, John Katzenbach

PRAYERS FOR RAIN, Dennis Lehane

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

MURDER WITH PEACOCKS, Donna Andrews – Winner

THE IMMORTAL GAME, Mark Coggins

LIE IN THE DARK, Dan Fesperman

WHITE SKY, BLACK ICE, Stan Jones

EVERY TRACE, Greg Main

Best British Crime Novel

A PLACE OF EXECUTION, Val Mcdermid – Winner

George Easter presenting Barry Award to Val McDermid

RIVER OF DARKNESS, Rennie Airth

EVERY DEAD THING, John Connolly

ROUGH JUSTICE, Colin Falconer

THE CHALON HEADS, Barry Maitland

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel (tie)

EVERY MOVE SHE MAKES, Robin Burcell – Winner

Larry Gandle (left) presents Barry Award to Robin Burcell

AN ANTIDOTE FOR AVARICE, Caroline Roe – Winner

Maggie Mason (left) presents Barry Award to Caroline Roe

THEM BONES, Carolyn Haines

THE HUNTED, Jerry Kennealy

THE LAST SONG DOGS, Sinclair Browning

1999 Barry Awards

Best Mystery/Crime Novel (tie)

ON BEULAH HEIGHT, Reginald Hill – Winner

George Easter (left) presents Barry Award to Reginald Hill

GONE, BABY GONE, Dennis Lehane – Winner

EVAN HELP US, Rhys Bowen

BLOOD WORK, Michael Connelly

THE COFFIN DANCER, Jeffery Deaver

JUDAS CHILD, Carol O’Connell

THE HANGING GARDEN, Ian Rankin

ALL THE DEAD LIE DOWN, Mary Willis Walker

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

IRON LAKE, William Kent Krueger – Winner

THE CONTRARY BLUES, John Billheimer

A COLD DAY IN PARADISE, Steve Hamilton

THE DOCTOR DIGS A GRAVE, Robin Hathaway

TIDEWATER BLOOD, William Hoffman

A LIKENESS IN STONE, J. Wallis Martin

BILLY DEAD, Lisa Reardon

A CRIMINAL APPEAL, D.R. Schanker

1998 Barry Awards

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

TRUNK MUSIC, Michael Connelly – Winner

George Easter (right) presents Barry Award to Michael Connelly

DREAMING OF THE BONES, Deborah Crombie

HOCUS, Jan Burke

A WASTELAND OF STRANGERS, Bill Pronzini

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF BOBBY Z, Don Winslow

NO COLDER PLACE, S.J. Rozan

CIMARRON ROSE, James Lee Burke

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

KILLING FLOOR, Lee Child – Winner

George Easter (right) presents Barry Award (his first award) to Lee Child

NO HUMAN INVOLVED, Barbara Seranella

EXCEPT THE DYING, Maureen Jennings

FREE REIGN, Rosemary Aubert

FLOWER NET, Lisa See

LOS ALAMOS, Joseph Kanon

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

BACKSPIN, Harlan Coben – Winner

George Easter (right) presents Barry Award to Harlan Coben

BIG RED TEQUILA, Rick Riordan

THE SALARYMAN’S WIFE, Sujata Massey

DEAD BODY LANGUAGE, Penny Warner

1997 Barry Awards

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

BLOODHOUNDS, Peter Lovesey – Winner

HEARTS AND BONES by Margaret Lawrence

DANCE OF THE DEAD by Thomas Perry

THE WOOD BEYOND by Reginald Hill

SPEAK NO EVIL by Rochelle Krich

THE CHATHAM SCHOOL AFFAIR by Thomas H. Cook

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

TEST OF WILLS, Charles Todd   – Winner

A BROTHER’S BLOOD, Michael C. White

A KILLING IN QUAIL COUNTY, Jameson Cole

LIE DOWN WITH DOGS, Jan Gleiter

WHAT THE DEAF MUTE HEARD by G.D. Gearino

FATAL GIFT by H. Michael Frase

Best Paperback Original Mystery/Crime Novel

WALKING RAIN, Susan Wade – Winner

THE GRASS WIDOW, Teri Holbrook

FADE AWAY, Harlan Coben

Best Non-Fiction

DETECTING WOMEN 2, Willetta L. Heising – Winner              

These 1997 awards were made without any fanfare or much publicity being generated.

The next year (1998), with more time to prepare, we printed a ballot of nominated titles and physical awards were presented to the winners at Bouchercon. And then all of a sudden people started taking notice of the Barry Awards.