Annal: 1998 Anthony Award for Best Novel

Results of the Anthony Award in the year 1998.

Book:No Colder Place

No Colder Place

S.J. Rozan

Bill Smith is going undercover again as a favor to an old friend who wants him to investigate thievery on the 40-story Manhattan site of Crowell Construction’s latest project. His bricklaying is a little rusty, but passable as he checks out the foreman who’s under suspicion. A crane operator has disappeared—along with some heavy machinery. But when a well-orchestrated riot causes the foreman’s “accidental” death, Smith plunges into a morass of bribery, blackmail and blood looking for answers. With the help of his Chinese-American partner Lydia Chin, he follows a trail of twisted loyalties, old-fashioned greed and organized crime to its heart-stopping conclusion. Murder—with no end in sight.

Book:The Club Dumas

The Club Dumas

Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Sonia Soto

Lucas Corso, middle-aged, tired, and cynical, is a book detective, a mercenary hired to hunt down rare editions for wealthy and unscrupulous clients. When a well-known bibliophile is found hanged, leaving behind part of the original manuscript of Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers, Corso is brought in to authenticate the fragment.

The task seems straightforward, but the unsuspecting Corso is soon drawn into a swirling plot involving devil worship, occult practices, and swashbuckling derring-do among a cast of characters bearing a suspicious resemblance to those of Dumas’s masterpiece. Aided by a mysterious beauty named for a Conan Doyle heroine, Corso travels from Madrid to Toledo to Paris in pursuit of a sinister and seemingly omniscient killer. Part mystery, part puzzle, part witty intertextual game, The Club Dumas is a wholly original intellectual thriller by the internationally bestselling author of The Flanders Panel and The Seville Communion.

Book:Deception Pass

Deception Pass: A Thomas Black Mystery

Earl Emerson

“Mother Teresa with a bankroll” is P.I. Thomas Black’s first impression of Lainie Smith. Her rise from rags to riches and her bottomless generosity on behalf of Seattle’s children are something out of a Frank Capra movie. But that sentimental assessment is obliterated as Black investigates Lainie’s hidden past—and a purportively tranquil spot called Deception Pass.

As a rebellious teen, Lainie hooked up with a drifter named Charlie—and she may have been an eyewitness to murder in the shadow of cliff-walled Deception Pass, where the water runs river-swift and turbulent. When justice, and the executioner, finally caught up with Charlie, Lainie was long gone.

But somebody who knows the truth—the whole truth—about Lainie’s dark history is blackmailing her. Lainie won’t tell Thomas Black why she’s being blackmailed, only that her tormentor “knows things he couldn’t possibly know.” Just how far will Black’s saint-like client go to bury her past forever?

For a one-way passage to nonstop suspense, travel no farther than Deception Pass.

Book:Devil's Food

Devil's Food

Anthony Bruno

Loretta Kovacs’ last chance for a career in law enforcement is with the Jump Squad, otherwise known as the New Jersey State Parole Violators Search Unit. Her new partner is Frank Marvelli, a veteran of the Jump Squad and a tough guy from Jersey who doesn’t have time to teach a rookie the ropes.

Their first fugitive is Martha Lee Spooner, a habitual parole violator and legendary embezzler who’s jumped bail and headed south for Florida. Spooner is up to her old tricks, planning to skim half a million from a posh health spa that’s part of the WeightAway weight-loss empire. And somehow she manages to stay one step ahead of Loretta and Frank all the way, transforming what should have been an easy collar into a wild roller-coaster chase down the eastern seaboard.

As their frustration builds, Loretta and Frank soon realize that their careers are on the line and time is running out fast. But they vow that if it’s the last thing they do, they are going to reel in the slippery Spooner.

Book:Eye of the Cricket

Eye of the Cricket: A Lew Griffin Mystery

James Sallis

Lew Griffin is a survivor, a black man in New Orleans, a detective, a teacher, a writer. And he is a man subject to all of the frailties to which we are heir. Having spent years finding others, he has lost his son…and himself in the process.

Now a derelict has appeared in a New Orleans hospital claiming to be Lewis Griffin and displaying a copy of one of Lew’s novels. It is the beginning of a quest that will take Griffin into his own past while he tries to deal in the present with a search for three missing young men. Somewhere in the underbelly of the Crescent City, there are answers and more questions; there are threats and the promise of salvation; and there is a dangerous descent into the alcoholic haze that marked Griffin’s younger days as well as the possibility of rising from it redeemed.

Lew Griffin’s investigation is the hero’s journey, mythic and strengthening and thoroughly satisfying.

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