20/2010 Strand Mag Press Releases

Nominees for the 2009 Strand Critics Awards announced and Elmore Leonard honored

The Strand, February 19, 2010 — The Strand Magazine has announced its nominees for the 2009 Strand Magazine Critics Awards. Recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction, the Critics Awards were judged by a select group of book critics and journalists, including Ron Charles (The Washington Post), Julia Keller (Chicago Tribune), Tom Nolan (Wall Street Journal) Paul Harris (The Guardian), and Hallie Ephron (The Boston Globe).

Best Novel:

Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown and Company)

The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston (Ballantine Books)

Life Sentences by Laura Lippman (William Morrow)

The Renegades by T. Jefferson Parker (Dutton)

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (Riverhead Books)

Best First Novel:

Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell (Little, Brown and Company)

The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry (Penguin Press)

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick (Algonquin Books)

Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley (Touchstone)

Black Water Rising by Attica Locke (Harper)

The Strand bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award to Elmore Leonard for his huge body of mystery and crime novels which have been translated into dozens of languages and are regulars on the New York Times best-seller lists. When given news of the award, Leonard said, “It’s an honor to receive this award from The Strand. I’ve been given awards for books that I’ve written, but I’m pleased to be getting an award for all of my work.”

The awards will be presented in the categories of Best Novel and Best First Novel at an invitation-only cocktail party, hosted by The Strand on July 7, 2010, in New York City.

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23/2010 LA Times Book Prize Finalists Announced

The Los Angeles Times has announced the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalists. The finalists in the mystery/thriller category are as follows:

BURY ME DEEP, by Megan Abbott (Simon & Schuster)

THE HIDDEN MAN, by David Ellis (Putnam)

BLACK WATER RISING, by Attica Locke (HarperCollins)

A DARKE DOMAIN, by Val McDermid (HarperCollins)

THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST, by Stuart Neville (Soho Press)

The winners in all the categories will be announced on April 23 during the Festival of Books held at the University of California at Los Angeles.