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The Very Best of Mr. Michael Connelly - Part 2

My August 31 post of The Hungry Detective ranked all the non-Bosch books. This list returns to take on the larger task of Mr. Heironimous Bosch. 9 Dragons made its appearance right before the Indy B'Con, and try as I might... ok I didn't try that hard... I didn't have time to read it for inclusion in these rankings.

As a quick aside I don't want to undersell any of the books at the bottom of the list. Mr. Connelly doesn't know how to write a bad book, but in my case there have been occasions where I have not connected with his work.

13. THE NARROWS - 2004
It is because I love THE POET so much that this book is at the end of the list. When Mr. Connelly is at his best his works has the precision of a watchmaker. THE NARROWS just felt forced and not worthy of the intricacy of THE POET.

12. BLACK ICE - 1993
Second book. Third read. I thought the story was pretty flat. It has been well over a decade since I read this book, but the story of Mexican drug runners(?) did not do …

And in Conclusion....

The Hungry Detective had planned on his Post-B'Con post to appear sooner, but the hand of fate had other plans, namely Pneumonia. However with loads of free time over the last 5 days I have felt, besides sick, not very creative in terms of posting here. I extend my apologies to long time readers of The Hungry Detective and those of you who are just here harvesting email addresses.

The Damage - 19 Books
THE LANGUAGE OF BEES + O JERUSALEM - Laurie King
9 DRAGONS - Michael Connelly
THE COLD DISH - Craig Johnson
THE LAST QUARRY + THE FIRST QUARRY + DEADLY BELOVED - Max Allan Collins
THE FURY - Jason Pinter
A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS + The ANNIVERSARY MAN - R.J. Ellory
SO COLD THE NIGHT - Michael Koryta (Free ARC at Connelly interview)
RUNNING FROM THE DEVIL - Jamie Freveletti
BLOOD DETECTIVE + BLOOD ATONEMENT - Daniel Waddell
DOUBLE EXPOSURE - Michael Lister
BOULEVARD - Stephen Jay Schwartz (Book Bazaar)
A CARRION OF DEATH - Michael Stanley (Book Bazaar)
DEAD MEN'S DUST - Matt Hilton (Book Baza…

2009 Anthony Awards!

Yeah, I know it is Monday and these awards were given out on Saturday, but I need to complete the circle of the Bouchercon Awards presentations, so here are your 2009 Anthony Award Winners. Congratulation to all.

A complete list of nominees and my 'predictions' can be read here.

BEST NOVEL
The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly - Little, Brown and Company

BEST FIRST NOVEL
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - Knopf

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy - Berkley

BEST SHORT STORY
"A Sleep Not Unlike Death" by Sean Chercover from Hardcore Hardboiled - Kensington

BEST CRITICAL NONFICTION WORK
Anthony Boucher: A Bibliography by Jeffrey Marks - McFarland

BEST CHILDREN'S/YA NOVEL
The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein - Random House

BEST COVER ART
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo designed by Peter Mendelsund and written by Stieg Larsson - Knopf

SPECIAL SERVICE AWARD
Jon and Ruth Jordan

2009 PWA Shamus Award Winners!

I was not in attendance at the Awards Dinner, but I am sure a good time was had by all. Just the winners are noted, but a complete list of nominees and The Hungry Detective predictions can be found here. I'll have comments, maybe, on Monday. Cheers to all the winners!

Best Hardcover
Empty Ever After - Reed Farrel Coleman (Bleak House Books)

Best First PI Novel
In the Heat - Ian Vasquez (St. Martins Minotaur)

Best Paperback Original
Snow Blind - Lori Armstrong (Medallion)

Best Short Story
“Family Values” - Mitch Alderman (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, June 2008)

2009 Barry Award Winners!

If time permits this weekend I'll post a few comments on the winners, but for now The Hungry Detective extends their warmest congratulations to the winners.

For a complete list of the nominees check out my prediction post here.

Best Novel:
The Draining Lake - Arnaldur Indridason

Best First Novel:
Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith

Best British Novel:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

Best Paperback Original:
State of the Onion - Julie Hyzy

Best Thriller:
The Deceived - Brett Battles

Best Short Story:
“The Drought,” by James O. Born (from The Blue Religion, edited by Michael Connelly; Little, Brown)

2009 Macavity Awards!

Winners now. Comments later. The Hungry Detective congratulates award receipts and nominees alike!

A complete list of nominees and The Hungry Detective predictions are here.

Best Mystery Novel
Where Memories Lie - Deborah Crombie -- Wm. Morrow

Best First Mystery
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson -- Knopf

Best Nonfiction/Critical
African American Mystery Writers: A Historical & Thematic Study - Frankie Y. Bailey -- McFarland

Best Mystery Short Story
"The Night Things Changed" - Dana Cameron -- Wolfsbane & Mistletoe, ed. by Harris & Kelner, Penguin

Sue Feder Memorial Historical Mystery
A Royal Pain - Rhys Bowen -- Berkley

The Hungry Detective's 2009 Bouchercon Award Predictions Spectacular.

The Hungry Detective has made the decision to group all of his predictions into one uber-prediction post for the multiple award ceremonies that will be occurring during the Bouchercon weekend. I'm predicting the Barry, Macavity, PWA Shamus, and Anthony Awards. My picks will be in Blue.

Barry Awards
Best Novel:
Trigger City - Sean Chercover
The Draining Lake - Arnaldur Indridason
Envy the Night - Michael Koryta
Red Knife - William Kent Krueger
The Cruelest Month - Louise Penny
The Dawn Patrol - Don Winslow

Ms. Penny is my safe bet here. My heart wants me to go with Mr. Chercover, but I think THE CRUELEST MONTH is the winner.

Best First Novel:
The Kind One - Tom Epperson
Stalking Susan - Julie Kramer
City of the Sun - David Levien
Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith
A Carrion Death - Michael Stanley
Sweeping Up Glass - Carolyn D. Wall

Going with the book that made the biggest noise last year. Everyone seemed to enjoy CHILD 44. I just never found the story to be compelling.

Best British Novel:
A Simple Act of V…

Our Choice Selections Pt. 2 -Bouchercon 2009

Not as long as Part One, primarily because Sunday is pretty limited in terms of a variety of offerings. Don't forget the continuing conversation that runs from 9a-3:30p on Saturday.

Saturday 9am - 9:55am
THE COLD DEAD HAND OF THE PAST
Ross Macdonald used the past as his grim reaper. Who's doing it today?

Sandra Parshall (M), Thomas H. Cook, Deborah Crombie, Jennifer McMahon, Dan Waddell

If they give away free Kindles I might decide to claw my way into that panel.

Saturday 10:30am - 11:35am
AUTOPSIES IN THE DARK
Can forensic mysteries deal with the unanswerable questions?

Alan Jacobson (M), Lisa Black, D.H. Dublin, Kathryn Fox

Okay, so you will probably be over a the MWA Poe panel. Pound for pound best group of writers all weekend. I might peak into that panel, but also the Crime Through Time panel and Serial Killers panel may tempt me.

Saturday 1:00 pm - 1:55pm
WAR CRIMES
How war shapes character and crime novels.

Suzanne Arruda (M), James R. Benn, Rebecca Cantrell, Martin Limon, Charles T…

Our Choice Selections Pt. 1 -Bouchercon 2009

Once again, I am offering what The Hungry Detective sees as the Best of Bouchercon 2009. It is a fair bet that you will find me in these panel, but as usually there are more than a few that will be a game time decision.

As this begins The Hungry Detective's coverage of the Indy B'Con, I am already nostalgic. The Shake Town B'Con is a year out and the decision has already been made to not attend. Do not cry too much for THD as I will be able to attend the 2010 NoirCon in Philadelphia.

Today's focus will cover the first two days of the Indy B'Con, and Monday we will dispense with Saturday and the abbreviated Sunday activities.

Right off the bat I'll mention perhaps one of the most intriguing 'panels' is the Continuing Conversation Panel that runs non stop 9a-6p Thursday and Friday, and until 3p on Saturday. Virtually every author will appear there during some portion of the weekend.

Thursday 9am - 9:55am
THE MEAN STREETS OF INDIANAPOLIS
Bucolic? Large enou…