Mystery News and Deadly Pleasures are pleased to announce the 2009 Barry Award nominations. The Barry Awards are named for of one of the most ardent and beloved ambassadors of mystery fiction, Barry Gardner, and are voted on by the readers of Mystery News and Deadly Pleasures. The 13th Annual Barry Awards presentation will take place at Bouchercon in Indianapolis, Indiana in mid-October at a time and place to be announced later.

Best Novel (Published in the U.S. in 2008)

Trigger City by Sean Chercover
The Draining Lake by Arnaldur Indridason
Envy the Night by Michael Koryta
Red Knife by William Kent Krueger
The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny
Dawn Patrol by Don Winslow

Best First Novel (Published in the U.S. in 2008)

The Kind One by Tom Epperson
Stalking Susan by Julie Kramer
City of the Sun by David Levien
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
A Carrion Death by Michael Stanley
Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn D. Wall

Best British Crime Novel (Published in the U.K. in 2008, not necessarily written by a British writer nor set in the U.K.)

A Simple Act of Violence by R.J. Ellory
Ritual by Mo Hayder
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Shatter by Michael Robotham
Bleeding Heart Square by Andrew Taylor
Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker

Best Thriller

Collision by Jeff Abbott
The Deceived by Brett Battles
The Survivor by Tom Cain
The Finder by Colin Harrison
Night of Thunder by Stephen Hunter
Good People by Marcus Sakey

Best Paperback Original

The First Quarry by Max Allan Collins
Money Shot by Christa Faust
State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy
The Black Path by Asa Larsson
Severance Package by Duane Swierczynski
Echoes from the Dead by Johan Theorin

Best Short Story

"The Drought" by James O. Born (The Blue Religion)
"The Fallen" by Jan Burke (EQMM August 2008)
"A Trace of a Trace" by Brendan DuBois (At the Scene of the Crime)
"A Killing in Midtown" by G. Miki Hayden (AHMM January/February 2008)
"Proof of Love" by Mick Herron (EQMM September/October 2008)
"The Problem of the Secret Patient" by Edward D. Hoch (EQMM May 2008)


How to vote: Ballots are being mailed to Mystery News subscribers with the June/July issue, which we are planning to mail on Monday, June 22.. Please make one selection per category - it's not necessary to vote in all categories. Readers of Deadly Pleasures should check with George Easter for ballot and voting details.

Mail hard-copy ballot: Mark your selections on the ballot and re-fold so that the Mystery News mailing address shows on the outside. Please tape the ballot closed, apply postage and mail.

Print and mail this page: Mark your selections on the printed page and mail to:

Mystery News/Black Raven Press
7645 State Hwy 42
Egg Harbor, WI 54209

Email: You can provide your choices by email to Lynn Kaczmarek. For convenience, you can cut and paste from this page.

Please note - your votes must be received by us no later than September 7, 2009 in order to be counted.

Page updated 23 June 2009

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