Posts Tagged Don Winslow

Nominees Announced for 2009 Dilys Award

(, Jan. 18)

Robin Agnew announced today on the DorothyL bulletin board the nominees for the 2009 Dilys Award. The Dilys Award has been given annually since 1992 by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA) to the mystery titles of the year which the member booksellers have most enjoyed selling. The award is named in honor of Dilys Winn, the founder of Murder Ink, the first specialty bookseller of mystery books in the United States.

The nominees are:
Trigger City by Sean Chercover
The Victoria Vanishes by Christopher Fowler
Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn
Child 44  by Tom Rob Smith
Dawn Patrol  by Don Winslow

The winner will be announced at Left Coast Crime in March 2009.

Sod goodwill, give me crime

(, Dec. 6, Graeme Blundell)

A time for old mates, Christmas is a good reason to renew acquaintance with saved-up favourite genre authors, friends who can still provoke our attention.

These are the guys we know won’t let us down, their books tightly plotted with tough, likable characters, some romance and a bang at the end.

Take Robert Crais, for example. Chasing Darkness (Orion), Crais’s latest in the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike private eye series, has all the wit, misdirection, violence and brutality that fans enjoy so much, the perfect Californian private eye novel for the holiday pile.

While doing the Los Angeles thing, pull out the new Michael Connelly, The Brass Verdict (Allen & Unwin), a Mickey Haller legal thriller with the momentum of a hard-boiled police novel easily leaving the one-dimensional John Grisham in the dust of Haller’s Lincoln town car.

James Lee Burke is always handy, too, another doughty Christmas friend when there’s time for a long read with a glass in hand and everyone in your house is at the beach.

Swan Peak (Orion) has Burke’s quixotic Dave Robicheaux and his ex-partner in the homicide squad, Clete Purcel, heading to Montana to fish, quietly seeking a panacea, escaping the desolate mood of post-Katrina Louisiana. A (more…)

Best mysteries of 2008

(, Dec. 17)

Sun Sentinel (MCT) – In “The Finder,” Colin Harrison combines a strong eye for social details and the intricacies of New York City for a novel that is equally literary fiction and mystery.

A scheme in which office cleaners steal a new pharmaceutical company’s paperwork leads to cohesive plot about greed, power and revenge. “The Finder’s” ensemble features characters from every stratum of New York society as well as sharp dialogue and fresh plot twists. Harrison’s original approach makes “The Finder” the top mystery of 2008.

(1) “The Finder.” Colin Harrison. Farrar, Straus, Giroux. A scheme to steal paperwork erupts into a perceptive, thriller about New York life. (more…)