Barry Award Winners 2020

The winners of this year’s Barry Awards were announced during the Virtual Presentation in conjunction with the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Sacramento, California on October 16, 2020. Click here if you wish to see the 7-minute presentation of awards:

Best Mystery/Crime Novel             

THE LOST MAN, Jane Harper (Flatiron)  — Winner                   

IF SHE WAKES, Michael Koryta (Little, Brown)

METROPOLIS, Philip Kerr (Putnam)                                             

THE BORDER, Don Winslow (HarperCollins)


THIRTEEN, Steve Cavanagh (Flatiron)

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

THE CHESTNUT MAN, Soren Sveistrup (Harper) — Winner

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

MISSING DAUGHTER, Rick Mofina (Mira) — Winner

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)

NO GOOD DEED, James Swain (Thomas & Mercer)

Best Thriller

THE CHAIN, Adrian McKinty (Mulholland) — Winner

MISSION CRITICAL, Mark Greaney (Berkley)

BACKLASH, Brad Thor (Atria/Emily Bester)

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

SUSPECT, Robert Crais (Putnam) — Winner

GONE GIRL, Gillian Flynn (Crown)

NOVEMBER ROAD, Lou Berney (William Morrow)

THE DRY,  Jane Harper (Flatiron)

THE BLACK HOUSE, Peter May (Quercus)

THE CARTEL, Don Winslow (Knopf)

The nominees were chosen by panels of experts in mystery/crime fiction.  Here are the names of the nominating panelists:

George Easter, Larry Gandle, Maggie Mason, Kristopher Zgorski, Oline Cogdill, Mike Bursaw, Don Longmuir, Kris Schorer, Steele Curry, Donus Roberts, Ali Karim, Jeff Popple

They are all very well read and have decades-long experience in mystery fandom.