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 d ...more

Winners

The Shining Girls

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3.49 avg rating — 34,200 ratings Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2013)
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Ghostman (Jack White #1)

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3.76 avg rating — 6,506 ratings Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2013)
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Defending Jacob

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3.98 avg rating — 218,828 ratings Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2012)
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The 500 (Mike Ford, #1)

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3.47 avg rating — 3,641 ratings Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2012)
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The Cut

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3.69 avg rating — 3,744 ratings Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2011)
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Sister

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3.77 avg rating — 43,596 ratings Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2011)
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Buried Secrets (Nick Heller...

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3.96 avg rating — 5,853 ratings Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2011)
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The Poacher's Son (Mike Bow...

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3.77 avg rating — 4,458 ratings Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2010)
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The Reversal (Mickey Haller...

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4.14 avg rating — 45,182 ratings Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2010)
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Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch, ...

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3.99 avg rating — 31,304 ratings Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2009)
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Starvation Lake

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3.67 avg rating — 2,490 ratings Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2009)
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Beat the Reaper (Peter Brow...

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3.78 avg rating — 13,929 ratings Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2009)
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Child 44 (Leo Demidov, #1)

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4.09 avg rating — 60,307 ratings Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2008)
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Lush Life

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3.69 avg rating — 10,706 ratings Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2008)
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The Blade Itself

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3.69 avg rating — 2,183 ratings Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2007)
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What the Dead Know

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3.54 avg rating — 18,248 ratings Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2007)
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nominees

The Fever

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3.12 avg rating — 18,179 ratings Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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Jack of Spies (Jack McColl,...

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3.46 avg rating — 1,186 ratings Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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The Secret Place (Dublin Mu...

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3.84 avg rating — 44,896 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 — 16,342 ratings Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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Die Again (Rizzoli & Isles,...

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4.17 avg rating — 18,321 ratings Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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After I'm Gone

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3.62 avg rating — 13,709 ratings Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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Dry Bones in the Valley (He...

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3.43 avg rating — 1,456 ratings Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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Dear Daughter

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3.44 avg rating — 12,582 ratings Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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The Home Place

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3.49 avg rating — 1,375 ratings Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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Ice Shear (June Lyons, #1)

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3.51 avg rating — 651 ratings Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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Confessions

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4.06 avg rating — 6,013 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 — 148,076 ratings Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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The Girl with the Dragon Ta...

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4.12 avg rating — 2,121,820 ratings Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2008)
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The Brass Verdict (Mickey H...

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4.10 avg rating — 46,680 ratings Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2008)
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