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Book awards: Barry Award

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Works (93)

Bloodhounds by Peter LoveseyNovel, 1997
Detecting Women 2: Reader's Guide and Checklist for Mystery Series Written by Women by Willetta L. HeisingNon-Fiction, 1997
A Test of Wills by Charles ToddFirst Novel, 1997
Walking Rain by Susan WadePaperback Original, 1997
Back Spin by Harlan CobenPaperback Original, 1998
Killing Floor by Lee ChildFirst Novel, 1998
Trunk Music by Michael ConnellyNovel, 1998
Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis LehaneNovel, 1999
Iron Lake by William Kent KruegerFirst Novel, 1999
On Beulah Height by Reginald HillNovel, 1999
Every Move She Makes by Robin BurcellPaperback Original, 2000
In a Dry Season by Peter RobinsonNovel, 2000
Murder with Peacocks by Donna AndrewsFirst Novel, 2000
A Place of Execution by Val McDermidBritish Crime Novel, 2000
Black Dog by Stephen BoothBritish Crime Novel, 2001
A Conspiracy of Paper by David LissFirst Novel, 2001
Deep South by Nevada BarrNovel, 2001
The kidnapping of Rosie Dawn by Eric WrightPaperback Original, 2001
Dancing With the Virgins by Stephen BoothBritish Crime Novel, 2002
Killing Gifts by Deborah WoodworthPaperback Original, 2002
Mystic River by Dennis LehaneNovel, 2002
Open Season by C. J. BoxFirst Novel, 2002
City of Bones by Michael ConnellyNovel, 2003
In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-FlemingFirst Novel, 2003
The White Road by John ConnollyBritish Crime Novel, 2003
The Distant Echo by Val McDermidBritish Crime Novel, 2004
Every Secret Thing by Laura LippmanNovel, 2004
Monkeewrench by P. J. TracyFirst Novel, 2004
Tough Luck by Jason StarrPaperback Original, 2004
The Enemy by Lee ChildNovel, 2005
Flesh and Blood by John HarveyBritish Crime Novel, 2005
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz ZafónFirst Novel, 2005
Tagged for Murder by Elaine FlinnPaperback Original, 2005
Winner Take All by Barry EislerThriller, 2005
Cold Granite by Stuart MacBrideFirst Novel, 2006
Company Man by Joseph FinderThriller, 2006
Field of Blood by Denise MinaBritish Crime Novel, 2006
The James Deans by Reed Farrel ColemanPaperback Original, 2006
Red Leaves by Thomas H. CookNovel, 2006
The Cleanup by Sean DoolittlePaperback Original, 2007
The Messenger by Daniel SilvaThriller, 2007
The Night Gardener by George PelecanosNovel, 2007
Priest by Ken BruenBritish Crime Novel, 2007
Still Life by Louise PennyFirst Novel, 2007
Damnation Falls by Edward WrightBritish Crime Novel, 2008
In the Woods by Tana FrenchFirst Novel, 2008
Queenpin by Megan AbbottPaperback Original, 2008
The Watchman by Robert CraisThriller, 2008
What the Dead Know by Laura LippmanNovel, 2008
Child 44 by Tom Rob SmithFirst Novel, 2009
The Deceived by Brett BattlesThriller, 2009
The Draining Lake by Arnaldur IndridasonNovel, 2009
State of the Onion by Julie HyzyPaperback Original, 2009
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg LarssonMystery/Crime Novel of the Decade, 2010
If the Dead Rise Not by Philip KerrBritish Novel, 2010
The Last Child by John HartNovel, 2010
Running from the Devil: A Novel by Jamie FrevelettiThriller, 2010
Starvation Lake by Bryan GruleyPaperback Original, 2010
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan BradleyFirst Novel, 2010
Fever of the Bone by Val McDermidPaperback Original, 2011
The Lock Artist by Steve HamiltonNovel, 2011
The Poacher's Son by Paul DoironFirst Novel, 2011
Thirteen Hours by Deon MeyerThriller, 2011
The Woodcutter by Reginald HillBritish Crime Novel, 2011
Dead Man's Grip by Peter JamesBest British Novel, 2012
Death of the Mantis by Michael StanleyBest Paperback Original, 2012
The Informant by Thomas PerryBest Thriller, 2012
The Informationist by Taylor StevensBest First Novel, 2012
The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-OlsenBest Novel, 2012
The Blackhouse by Peter MayNovel, 2013
The Fallen Angel by Daniel SilvaThriller, 2013
A Killing in the Hills by Julia KellerFirst Novel, 2013
Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNealPaperback Original, 2013
The Doll by Taylor StevensThriller, 2014
I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKintyPaperback Original, 2014
Japantown: A Thriller (A Jim Brodie Thriller) by Barry LancetBest First Novel, 2014
Ordinary Grace by William Kent KruegerBest Novel, 2014
Invisible City by Julia DahlBest First Novel, 2015
The Life We Bury by Allen EskensBest Paperback Original, 2015
Natchez Burning by Greg IlesBest Novel, 2015
Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael KorytaThriller, 2015
Badlands by C. J. BoxNovel, 2016
The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou BerneyPaperback Original, 2016
The Mask by Taylor StevensThriller, 2016
The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan 2016
The Drifter by Nick PetrieFirst Novel, 2017
A Great Reckoning by Louise PennyNovel, 2017
Guilty Minds by Joseph FinderThriller, 2017
Rain Dogs by Adrian McKintyPaperback Original, 2017
The Deep Dark Descending by Allen EskensPaperback Original, 2018
The Dry by Jane HarperFirst Novel, 2018
The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen DionneNovel, 2018
UNSUB by Meg GardinerThriller, 2018

Award description

In 1997, the editorial staff of Deadly Pleasures decided that since one of the magazine's stated goals was to search out and report on the best works being published in the field of crime fiction each year, it would be a natural fit to present awards for excellence. Then came the dilemma of what to name the award. At the time all associated with the magazine were still reeling from the untimely death of Barry Gardner, who was arguably the best fan reviewer on the planet, so it was decided to name the award after him so as to keep his memory alive (not unlike what Bouchercon and its Anthony awards have done for writer/critic Anthony Boucher, who also suffered an untimely and early death).

Some have asked me from time to time, what are submission guidelines for the Barry Award. It is pretty simple: get us a copy of the book or short story and hope one of us reviews it. Our staff doesn't even attempt to read everything. We try to keep own ears to the ground and read what people are talking about. And from time to time we find Barry Award nominees by our own idiosyncratic reading. In short, we don't have an organized reading program whereby all members of the nominating committee read the same books. We choose people on the committee who read widely and try to find consensus among them. It isn't perfect, but no system is.


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