Annal: 1997 Barry Award for Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel

Results of the Barry Award in the year 1997.

Book:Walking Rain

Walking Rain

Susan Wade

Eight years had passed since fate left its mark on her grandfather’s ranch. Shedding her new name and identity, Amelia Rawlins came out of anonymity and back home—a place of childhood memories, a place where she could walk with her grandfather’s spirit and carry on his work. But the horrors of the past also found a home there, and her return didn’t escape the vengeful eyes of someone who thought Amelia had no right to be spared on that long-ago dreadful day.

Book:Fade Away

Fade Away: A Myron Bolitar Mystery

Harlan Coben

The home was top-notch New Jersey suburban. The living room was Martha Stewart. The basement was Legos—and blood. For sports agent Myron Bolitar, the disappearance of a man he’d once competed against was bringing back memories—of the sport he and Greg Downing had both played and the woman they both loved. Now, among the stars, the wanna-bes, the gamblers and groupies, Myron is unraveling the strange, violent life of a sports hero gone wrong, and coming face-to-face with a past he can’t relive, and a present he may not survive.

In novels that crackle with wit and suspense, Edgar Award winner Harlan Coben has created one of the most fascinating and complex heroes in suspense fiction—Myron Bolitar—a hotheaded, tenderhearted sports agent who grows more and more engaging and unpredictable with each page-turning appearance.

Book:The Grass Widow

The Grass Widow

Teri Holbrook

After a tragic exile in England, Gale Grayson returns with her daughter to her southern roots, only to find eccentric relatives—and a decades-old scandal alive and well. They’d been talking about Gale’s Aunt Linnie since 1925, when she was found hanging from a pecan tree. When Linnie’s grandson is killed by a shotgun blast, it falls to Gale to sort out the truth—and that means she will have to dig deep into the town’s darkest secrets—and her own painful past.

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