The 2011 ITW Thriller Award Winners

The ITW Thriller Awards were given out at the International Thriller Writers annual celebration Thrillerfest 2010, held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. The winners were announced on Saturday July 9.

Best Hard Cover Novel

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Bad Blood (Virgil Flowers Series #4)

Author: Sandford, John
Format: Hardcover
Type: Thriller Novel
Page Count: 400pp.
Pub. Date: September 2010
Publisher: Penguin Group

 

Winner of the 2011 ITW Thriller Award for the Best Hard Cover Novel

Publisher’s Summary:
The brilliant new Virgil Flowers thriller from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.

One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator — and a young man hits him on the head with a steel bar, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he’s sure he’s dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the “accident”.

Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down . . . and the next day the boy’s found hanging in his cell.

Remorse?

Virgil isn’t so sure, and as he investigates he begins to uncover a multigeneration, multifamily conspiracy — a series of crimes of such monstrosity that, though he’s seen an awful lot in his life, even he has difficulty in comprehending it . . . and in figuring out what to do next.

Best Paperback Original

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The Cold Room (Taylor Jackson Series #4)

Author: Ellison, J.T.
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Type: Thriller Novel
Page Count: 398pp.
Pub. Date: March 2010
Publisher: Mira

 

Winner of the 2011 ITW Thriller Award for the Best Paperback Original

Publisher’s Summary:
Homicide detective Taylor Jackson thinks she’s seen it all in Nashville — but she’s never seen anything as perverse as The Conductor.

Once his victim is captured, he contains her in a glass coffin, slowly starving her to death. Only then does he give in to his attraction.

Later, he creatively disposes of the body by reenacting scenes from famous paintings. Strangely, similar macabre works are being displayed in Europe.

Taylor teams up with her fiance, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, and New Scotland Yard detective James “Memphis” Highsmythe — a haunted man who has eyes only for Taylor — to put an end to The Conductor’s art collection.

Has the killer gone international? Or are there dueling artists, competing to create the ultimate masterpiece?

Best First Novel

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Still Missing

Author: Stevens, Chevy
Format: Hardcover
Type: Thriller Novel
Page Count: 352pp.
Pub. Date: July 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

 

Winner of the 2011 ITW Thriller Award for the Best First Novel

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Publisher’s Summary:
On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a thirty-two-year-old Realtor, had three goals — sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend.

The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent captive in a remote mountain cabin — which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist — is the second narrative recounting the nightmare that follows her escape: her struggle to piece her shattered life back together, the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor, and the disturbing sense that things are far from over.

Still Missing is a shocking, visceral, brutal, and beautifully crafted novel about surviving the unsurvivable — and living to bear witness.

Best Short Story

“The Gods for Vengeance Cry”

Author: Helms, Richard
Format: Print Magazine
Type: Thriller Short Story
Pub. Date: November 2010
Published in: Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

 

Winner of the 2011 ITW Thriller Award for the Best Short Story

“The Gods for Vengeance Cry” is a short story by Richard Helms published in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in November 2010.

ThrillerMaster:

R.L. Stine, author of It’s the First Day of School– Forever!, among others.

in recognition of his legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre

True Thriller Award:

Joe McGinniss, author of Never Enough among others.

Silver Bullet Award:

Karin Slaughter, author of Fallen: A Novel among others.

The 2011 ITW Thriller Award Nominations Series:

Part 1 — Best Hard Cover Novel
Part 2 — Best Paperback Original
Part 3 — Best First Novel
Part 4 — Best Short Story
Part 5 — The 2011 ITW Thriller Award Winners

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