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We’ve been getting flooded with books. It’s that time of year and all the publishers are sending out books to get reviewed.

Gregg Hurwitz – THE TROUBLE SHOOTER great addition to the Rackley series
Blake Crouch – LOCKED DOORS – super second book
Mark Billingham – BURNING GIRL in the US and LIFELESS in the UK. Both outstanding
Denise Swanson – DEATH OF A SMART COOKIE – a really fun and superb classic mystery
Laura Lipmann – POWER OF THREE – my wife calls it her best work yet
Michael Black has a stand alone called THE HEIST. It’s terrific
John Connolly – BLACK ANGEL – He gets better and better and better
Berry Eisler – KILLING RAIN – # 4, and it should be #1 with a bullet
JA Konrath – BLOODY MARY. – More fun and games with Jackie Daniels. I love this series
Charlie Williams – FAGS AND LAGER – Find this book. Read this book. It rocks
Will Staeger – PAINKILLER – Great new author, check him out
Denise Mina – FIELD OF BLOOD – another wonderful book from a great writer

The list goes on and on, but Iwill say this, anyone who goes to a book store in the next month or two should be able to find lots to read.
will have reviews of all of these and more

Also…. the Anthony nominees are out:

Nominees for the Anthony Awards for works published in 2004 have been announced.
The Anthony Awards, named for mystery’s premier reviewer and critic, Anthony Boucher, will be presented on Saturday, September 3, at Bouchercon 2005, the World Mystery Convention at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Chicago.
Best Novel
Bruen, Ken — The Killing of the Tinkers (St. Martins/Minotaur)
Katzenbach, John — The Madman’s Tale (Random House/Ballantine)
Krueger, William Kent — Blood Hollow (Simon & Schuster/Atria)
Lippman, Laura — By a Spider’s Thread (HarperCollins)
Parker, T. Jefferson — California Girl (HarperCollins)
Spencer-Fleming, Julia — Out of the Deep I Cry (St. Martins/Minotaur)

Best First Novel
Balzo, Sandra — Uncommon Grounds (Five Star)
Clemens, Judy — Until the Cows Come Home (Poisoned Pen Press)
Hoffman, Juliane P — Retribution (Putnam)
Konrath, JA (Joe) — Whiskey Sour (Hyperion)
Kozak, Harley Jane — Dating Dead Men (Random House/Doubleday)

Best Non Fiction
Frankie Bailey & Steven Chermak — Famous American Crimes & Trials (Greenwood Publishing) Collins, Max Allan (et al) — Men’s Adventure Magazines (Taschen)
Conlon, Edward — Blue Blood (Penguin Putnam/Riverhead)
Klinger, Leslie S (ed) — The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes (Norton)
Rubinstein, Julian — The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber (TimeWarner/Little, Brown)

Best Paperback Original
Burcell, Robin — Cold Case (HarperCollins/Avon)
Isleib, Roberta — Putt to Death (Penguin/Berkley Prime Crime)
McBride, Susan — Blue Blood (HarperCollins/Avon)
Rose, M.J. — The Halo Effect (Harlequin/Mira)
Starr, Jason — Twisted City (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

Best Short Story
Bowen, Rhys — “Voodoo,” Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Nov. 2004
Faherty, Terence — “The Widow of Slane,” Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March/April 2004
Hertel, Ted Jr — “It’s Crackers to Slip a Rozzer the Dropsey in Snide,” Small Crimes; Bracken, ed (Betancourt/Wildside)
Nersesian, Arthur — “Hunter Trapper,” Brooklyn Noir (Akashic Books)
Viets, Elaine — “Wedding Knife,” Chesapeake Crimes (Quiet Storm)

Best Cover Art
Brooklyn Noir — Sohrab Habibion; Tim McLoughlin (Akashic)
Fade to Blonde — cover by Gregory Manchess; Max Phillips (Hard Case Crime)
Whiskey Sour — Sal Barracca/Bradford Foltz Design; JA Konrath (Hyperion)
Good Morning Darkness — Robert Santora; Ruth Francisco (TimeWarner/Mysterious)
Monkology — Michael Kellner; Gary Phillips (Dennis McMillan)
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