The Strand Magazine Announces Nominees for the 2008 Critics Awards for Best Mystery Novel and Best First Mystery Novel

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Michael Connelly, Joseph Wambaugh, Tom Rob Smith, Kate Atkinson, and David Levien, are among the nominees for The Strand Magazine Critics Awards for Best Novel and Best First Novel. The judges are book reviewers from several of the nation's top daily newspapers.

I couldn't have been more pleased with this selection of nominees

The Strand Magazine has announced its nominees for the 2008 Strand Magazine Critics Awards. Recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction, the Critics Awards are judged by a select group of book reviewers from the nation's top daily newspapers. Otto Penzler served as the award chair for best novel and Andrew Gulli served as the award chair for best first novel. This year's judges include Dennis Drabelle of The Washington Post, David Ulin of the LA Times, Lev Grossman of Time Magazine, Carol Memmott of USA Today, Maureen Corrigan of NPR, and Bruce DeSilva of the Associated Press.

Best Novel:
When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson (Little, Brown and Company)
Master of the Delta by Thomas H. Cook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown and Company)
Lush Life by Richard Price (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Hollywood Crows by Joseph Wambaugh (Little, Brown and Company)

Best First Novel:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Knopf)
City of the Sun by David Levien (Doubleday)
A Cure for Night by Justin Peacock (Doubleday)
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (Grand Central Publishing)
A Carrion Death by Michael Stanley (Harper)

"All judges sent to me, as committee chairman, a list of their 10 favorite books. I made a list that included all of these books--and a disparate selection it was--and the five with the most votes were to be the finalists," said Otto Penzler, the world famous publisher and proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop. "As it happened, there were three books that made it onto the short list, with five others tied for fourth, so we had a runoff with an extra round of voting to determine the top five nominees. Judges were then asked to list these top five in order of preference, with a first-place vote awarded five points, a second-place vote four points, and so on."

"I couldn't have been more pleased with this selection of nominees," said Andrew F. Gulli, the managing editor of The Strand. "When I read several of these books last year, I had a feeling they would be nominated for the Critics Award."

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 8, 2009, in New York City. A lifetime achievement award will be given posthumously to English author John Mortimer.

For more information, please contact Christine Jones at 248 569 3702 or cjones (at) strandmag (dot) com.

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