The Strand Magazine's Critics Award

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The Strand Magazine has released the list of nominees for the best mystery novel and best first mystery novel of 2007. The judges were from several prestigious daily newspapers. Nominees include bestselling authors Laura Lippman, John Hart, Robert Crais, and Jason Pinter.

The Strand Magazine has announced its nominees for the 2007 Strand Magazine Critics Award. Recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction, the Critics Award is judged by a select group of book reviewers from the nation's top daily newspapers, as well as by Andrew F. Gulli, Managing Editor of The Strand Magazine. With Larry Gandle of The Tampa Tribune serving as The Strand Critics Award chairman, this year's judges include Patrick Anderson of The Washington Post, Dick Lochte of the LA Times, Oline H. Cogdill of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, David Montgomery of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Hallie Ephron of The Boston Globe, and Sarah Weinman of The Baltimore Sun.

Best Novel

  • Down River by John Hart (Thomas Dunne Books/Minotaur)
  • The Shotgun Rule by Charlie Huston (Ballantine Books)
  • The Strangler by William Landay (Delacorte Press)
  • The Watchman by Robert Crais (Simon and Schuster)
  • What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman (William Morrow)

Best First Novel

  • The Blade Itself by Marcus Sakey (St. Martin's Minotaur)
  • In the Woods by Tana French (Viking)
  • The Mark by Jason Pinter (Mira Books)
  • Missing Witness by Gordon Campbell (William Morrow)
  • When One Man Dies by Dave White (Crown Publishing)

"We've got a great group of experienced book reviewers from all over the country judging these books," said Frank Simon, Associate Publisher of The Strand. "Add to that the fact that The Strand is putting its name behind it and you can be sure that all the nominees represent some of the best mysteries being published today."

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 9, 2008, in New York City. For more information, please contact Christine Jones at 248 569 3702 or visit


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