Annal: 1997 Anthony Award for Best Novel

Results of the Anthony Award in the year 1997.

Book:The Poet

The Poet

Michael Connelly

Jack McEvoy specializes in death. As a crime reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, he has seen every kind of murder. But his professional bravado doesn’t lessen the brutal shock of learning that his only brother is dead, a suicide.

Jack’s brother was a homicide detective, and he had been depressed about a recent murder case, a hideously grisly one, that he’d been unable to solve.

McEvoy decides that the best way to exorcise his grief is by writing a feature on police suicides. But when he begins his research, he quickly arrives at a stunning revelation. Following his leads, protecting his sources, muscling his way inside a federal investigation, Jack grabs hold of what is clearly the story of a lifetime. He also knows that in taking on the story, he’s making himself the most visible target for a murderer who has eluded the greatest investigators alive.

Book:Firestorm

Firestorm: An Anna Pigeon Mystery

Nevada Barr

An insatiable, unstoppable beast, the wildfire called Jackknife has already devoured 17,000 acres of California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park. A devastating force of nature, it has brought out the very best—and worst—in those sworn to defeat it.

Ranger Anna Pigeon is among the exhausted firefighters, serving as medic and spike camp security, when an abrupt weather shift sends Jackknife racing relentlessly in their direction. And when the monstrous blaze has passed, Anna emerges from her protective shelter to discover two men are dead: one a victim of the hungry flames, the other stabbed through the heart. Now, trapped in a nightmarish landscape of snow and ash, cut off from rescue by a rampaging winter storm, Anna must investigate an inexplicable homicide—as she and nine others struggle to survive the terrible rage if nature…and the murderer in their midst.

Book:Hearts and Bones

Hearts and Bones

Margaret Lawrence

Independent Hannah Trevor is a midwife in the small Maine town of Rufford several years after the end of the Revolutionary War. In the dead of a particularly brutal winter, an horrific act—the rape and murder of a young wife—draws Hannah into the constabulary’s investigation and threatens to destroy everything she holds dear. Now an honorable man has been accused of the crime—Hannah’s former lover, the father of her illegitimate daughter.

Book:Lethal Genes

Lethal Genes: A Catherine Sayler Mystery

Linda Grant (aka Linda V. Williams)

At U.C. Berkeley’s plant genetics lab, precious specimens are being trashed and genetic material is disappearing. Student pranks? With a major grant coming up for renewal, it’s not likely.

Then everybody’s favorite staff member dies suddenly, and the lab’s brainy researchers start squabbling like children. Shrewd private investigator Catherine Sayler wonders if the race for lucrative biotech breakthroughs caused this ugly rift. But the big question is: Are some of these budding genetic geniuses also experimenting with murder?

Book:Multiple Wounds

Multiple Wounds

Alan Russell

Holly Troy is a multiple, one of those damaged souls with dissociative identity disorder who spins out personalities like spiders spin webs—knock one down and another will replace it. This daughter of a classics scholar has other selves that are no mere mortals: they include Nemesis, Pandora, the Fates, Cronos, Eris, and Eurydice—and one frightened five-year-old child. Holly is a beautiful and talented artist whose only sanctuary is her art.

But now her gallery owner has been murdered and her body left in a garden surrounded by Holly’s sculptures. The horror is that Holly doesn’t know where she was when the killing occurred. She doesn’t know whether she witnessed a murder or even committed one that night. In fact, she’s not even certain who she was when the killing occurred.

When Detective Orson Cheever was assigned to investigate the murder of gallery owner Bonnie Gill, the gods were not smiling.…[more]

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