Strand Critics Award Winners

Recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction, the Strand Critics Award is judged by a select group of book reviewers from the nation's top ...more

Winners

The Shining Girls

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3.50 avg rating — 37,304 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2013)
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Ghostman (Jack White #1)

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3.76 avg rating — 6,972 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2013)
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Defending Jacob

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3.98 avg rating — 237,871 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2012)
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The 500 (Mike Ford, #1)

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3.49 avg rating — 3,956 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2012)
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The Cut

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3.69 avg rating — 4,108 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2011)
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Buried Secrets (Nick Heller...

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3.97 avg rating — 6,648 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2011)
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Sister

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3.77 avg rating — 46,635 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2011)
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The Reversal (Mickey Haller...

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4.15 avg rating — 50,862 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2010)
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The Poacher's Son (Mike Bow...

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3.79 avg rating — 5,859 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2010)
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Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch, ...

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4.01 avg rating — 35,960 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2009)
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Starvation Lake (Starvation...

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3.69 avg rating — 2,753 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2009)
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Beat the Reaper (Peter Brow...

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3.79 avg rating — 14,789 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2009)
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Lush Life

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3.70 avg rating — 11,149 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2008)
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Child 44 (Leo Demidov, #1)

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4.09 avg rating — 67,863 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2008)
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What the Dead Know

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3.55 avg rating — 19,737 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2007)
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The Blade Itself

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3.69 avg rating — 2,311 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2007)
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nominees

After I'm Gone

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3.62 avg rating — 14,973 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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Die Again (Rizzoli & Isles,...

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4.18 avg rating — 21,249 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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Fear Nothing (Detective D.D...

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4.11 avg rating — 19,061 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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The Secret Place (Dublin Mu...

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3.85 avg rating — 55,070 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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Jack of Spies (Jack McColl,...

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3.47 avg rating — 1,439 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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The Fever

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3.12 avg rating — 21,451 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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Dry Bones in the Valley (He...

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3.45 avg rating — 1,606 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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Dear Daughter

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3.44 avg rating — 13,424 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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The Home Place

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3.53 avg rating — 1,609 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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Ice Shear (June Lyons, #1)

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3.50 avg rating — 721 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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Confessions

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4.06 avg rating — 9,398 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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The Good Girl

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3.81 avg rating — 174,279 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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The Girl with the Dragon Ta...

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4.13 avg rating — 2,376,792 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2008)
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The Brass Verdict (Harry Bo...

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4.12 avg rating — 52,691 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2008)
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