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And the Winner of the Anthony Award Is . . .

October 17, 2009 by Reader's Connection

This afternoon at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis, the Anthony awards were given out. These annual mystery awards are named for Anthony Boucher, the author and fan and critic for whom the Bouchercon World Mystery Conference–which wraps up tomorrow morning–is named.


Best Novel: The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

The Brass Verdict
And the other titles nominated were:

Trigger City by Sean Chercover (Read a review by an IMCPL patron.)


Red Knife by William Kent Krueger


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson


The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny





Best First Novel:  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Other titles nominated:

Pushing Up Daisies by Rosemary Harris


Stalking Susan by Julie Kramer


Death of a Cozy Writer by G. M. Malliet


Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith






Best Paperback Original: State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy

State of the Onion

Other titles nominated:

The First Quarry by Max Allan Collins


Money Shot by Christa Faust


In a Dark Season by Vicki Lane


South of Hell by P.  J. Parrish







Best Short Story:A Sleep Not Unlike Death” by Sean Chercover, from Hardcore, Hardboiled

Hardcore Hardboiled

Other titles nominated:

“The Night Things Changed” by Dana Cameron, from Wolfsbane and Mistletoe

“Killing Time” by Jane K. Cleland, from Alfred Hitchcock´s Mystery Magazine

“Skull and Cross Examination” by Toni L. P. Kelner, from Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

“Scratch a Woman” by Laura Lippman, from Hardly Knew Her

“The Secret Lives of Cats” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch from Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine



Best Critical Nonfiction Work: Anthony Boucher: A Biobibliography by Jeffrey Marks (Yes, this is the Anthony after whom the award and the convention are named. Mr. Marks suggested in his acceptance speech that his choice of subject won him the award.)

Anthony Boucher: A Biobibliography
Other titles nominated:

African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study by Frankie Y. Bailey

How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries by Kathy Lynn Emerson

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale







Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein

The Crossroads

Other titles nominated:


Paper Towns by John Green


Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson


The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart


Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash lby Wendelin Van Draanen





Best Cover Art

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Design by Peter Mendelsund

Look familiar? This title also won the Anthony for Best First Novel.

Since we’re celebrating cover art,  here,  I should display the other nominated artwork.









Death Was the Other Woman

Death Was the Other Woman by Linda L. Richards

Design by David Rotstein












Death Will Get You Sober

Death Will Get You Sober by Elizabeth Zelvin

Design by David Rotstein














The Fault Tree

The Fault Tree by Louise Ure

Design by David Rotstein













Money Shot

Money Shot by Christa Faust

Design by Steve Cooley



  1. Tia Jah says:

    Who designed the cover art for GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO?

  2. Glenn Halberstadt says:

    Thanks to Tia Jah for her question: Who designed the cover art for GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO?

    Peter Mendelsund.

    Sorry I left that out. I have updated the post. There’s a lesson here about my posting too late on a Saturday night.

    Glenn Halberstadt
    Reader’s Connection

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