According to Booklist Online, Jeffery Deaver was awarded the Best Thriller of the Year Award for his super scary novel The Bodies Left Behind. This award came from members of International Thriller Writers, Inc. at their annual “ThrillerFest” meeting in New York.

Other awards included:

Lifetime Achievement “ThrillerMaster” Award:
David Morrell, author of The Shimmer and Scavenger

Silver Bullet Award (for advancing literacy):
Brad Meltzer, author of The Book of Lies

Best First Novel:
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Best Short Story:
“The Edge of Seventeen” (The Darker Mask) by Alexandra Sokoloff

Runner-ups for the above awards included:

Best Thriller Of The Year
Hold Tight by Harlan Coben
The Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver
The Dark Tide by Andrew Gross
The Last Patriot by Brad Thor

Best First Novel
Calumet City by Charlie Newton
Criminal Paradise by Steven Thomas
Sacrifice by S. J. Bolton
The Killer’s Wife by Bill Floyd

Best Short Story
“Between the Dark and the Daylight” (Ellery Queen Magazine) by Tom Piccirilli
“Last Island South” (Ellery Queen Magazine) by John C. Boland
“The Point Guard” (Killer Year Anthology) by Jason Pinter
“Time of the Green” (Killer Year Anthology) by Ken Bruen

Click here to see a booklist of the above titles.

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2 Responses

  • Lucinda Posted July 27th, 2009

    The Brown Bag Mystery Book Discussion Group is always looking for new thrillers to discuss. I am seriously considering Child 44 for September’s discussion, tentative date Thursday September 10th at noon. Happy to see Jeffrey Deaver’s book Bodies left Behind was thriller of the year. Discussion group read “The Sleeping Doll” by Jeffrey Deaver. Deaver writes a suspensful thriller the reader is not able to put down.

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