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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3.56 avg rating — 43,737 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2013)
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Ghostman (Jack White #1)

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3.77 avg rating — 7,324 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2013)
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Defending Jacob

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3.99 avg rating — 270,069 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2012)
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The 500 (Mike Ford, #1)

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3.50 avg rating — 4,150 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2012)
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The Cut

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3.70 avg rating — 4,308 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2011)
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Buried Secrets (Nick Heller...

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3.98 avg rating — 7,202 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2011)
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Sister

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3.78 avg rating — 51,140 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2011)
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The Reversal (Mickey Haller...

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4.16 avg rating — 57,643 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2010)
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The Poacher's Son (Mike Bow...

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3.80 avg rating — 7,007 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2010)
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Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch, ...

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4.02 avg rating — 41,676 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2009)
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Starvation Lake (Starvation...

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3.69 avg rating — 2,862 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 — 15,298 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2009)
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Lush Life

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3.72 avg rating — 11,989 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 — 77,902 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2008)
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What the Dead Know

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3.56 avg rating — 20,831 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2007)
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The Blade Itself

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3.69 avg rating — 2,409 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2007)
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nominees

After I'm Gone

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3.61 avg rating — 15,667 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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Die Again (Rizzoli & Isles,...

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4.19 avg rating — 23,628 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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Fear Nothing (Detective D.D...

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4.12 avg rating — 21,422 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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The Secret Place (Dublin Mu...

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3.86 avg rating — 65,167 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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Jack of Spies (Jack McColl,...

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3.48 avg rating — 1,579 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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The Fever

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3.11 avg rating — 22,823 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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Dry Bones in the Valley (He...

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3.46 avg rating — 1,815 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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Dear Daughter

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3.44 avg rating — 14,166 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 — 1,731 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 — 749 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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Confessions

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4.09 avg rating — 13,641 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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The Good Girl

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3.82 avg rating — 201,848 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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The Girl with the Dragon Ta...

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4.14 avg rating — 2,676,554 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2008)
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The Brass Verdict (Harry Bo...

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4.14 avg rating — 60,012 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2008)
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