Michael Connelly Makes it Two in a Row

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Michael Connelly won the Strand's Critics Award for Best Novel for The Reversal and Paul Doiron took the prize for Best First Novel for The Poacher's son.

Yesterday night at the Midtown Executive Club in Manhattan, Michael Connelly made it two in a row; last year he won the Best Novel award for 9 Dragons and he grabbed the top prize for The Reversal. In the Best First Novel category, Paul Doiron’s The Poacher’s Son won the top prize. After receiving the award Doiron said, "I am so humbled to receive this award from the nation's top reviewers. The other nominees wrote such wonderful and deserving books. I feel extremely fortunate, and I want to thank the folks at The Strand for giving me one of the best nights of my life."

Recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction, the Critics Awards were judged by a select group of book critics and journalists, including Dennis Drabelle (The Washington Post), Dick Lochte (Los Angeles Times), Jordan Foster (Publishers Weekly), Jack Batten (Toronto Star), Jeff Ayers (Associated Press), Mary Ann Gwinn (Seattle Times), Jeff Johnson (Chicago Sun Times), Sarah Weinman (Los Angeles Times), and Larry Gandle (Tampa Tribune).
Best Novel:
The Reversal by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown and Company)
Faithful Place by Tana French (Viking)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson (Knopf)
Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane (William Morrow)
I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman (William Morrow)
Best First Novel
Blacklands by Belinda Bauer (Simon and Schuster)
Rock Paper Tiger by Lisa Brackmann (Soho Press)
The Poacher's Son by Paul Doiron (Minotaur Books)
The Sherlockian by Graham Moore (Twelve)
Snow Angels by James Thompson (Putnam)

"This was a great group of nominees," said Andrew F. Gulli, the managing editor of The Strand. "Connelly’s win is a true testament to his talents as a crime writer and Paul Doiron is a writer who has a great future."

Despite being a humid evening in New York City, over ninety guests attended the event, including nominees Laura Lippman, Lisa Brackmann, and Graham Moore. “I read all ten books that were nominated and they were all fantastic,” Gulli said, “I’m sure a lot of the nominees will end up winning the award in the future.”


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