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Barry Award Winners - 2008

I'll have some commentary about the winners later. For tonight just the award recipients.

Winners are in Red and bold. The Hungry Detective made some picks awhile ago; those picks in Blue.

Best Novel

Soul Patch by Reed Farrel Coleman
The Unquiet, by John Connolly
Down River, by John Hart
Dirty Martini, by J.A. Konrath
What the Dead Know, by Laura Lippman
Red Cat by Peter Spiegelman

Best First Novel
Missing Witness, by Gordon Campbell
Big City, Bad Blood, by Sean Chercover
In the Woods, by Tana French
The Spellman Files, by Lisa Lutz
The Collaborator of Bethlehem, by Matt Beynon Rees
The Blade Itself by Marcus Sakey

Best British Crime Novel
A Quiet Belief in Angels, by R.J. Ellroy
Pig Island, by Mo Hayder
One Under, by Graham Hurley
The Death List, by Paul Johnston
The 50/50 Killer, by Steve Mosby
Damnation Falls, by Edward Wright

Best Paperback Original:
Queenpin by Megan Abbott
Black Widow Agency, by Felicia Donovan
Choke Point, by Jay MacLarty
The Mark, by Jason Pinter
Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand, by Fred Vargas
Who is Conrad Hirst? by Kevin Wignall

Best Thriller:
No Time For Goodbyes by Linwood Barclay
The Cleaner, by Brett Battles
The Watchman by Robert Crais
Volk’s Game, by Brent Ghelfi
Silence, by Thomas Perry
Midnight Rambler, by Jim Swain


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