Annal: 2001 John Creasey Memorial New Blood Dagger for a Debuting Author

Results of the Dagger Award in the year 2001.

Book:The Earthquake Bird

The Earthquake Bird

Susanna Jones

In Tokyo, a love triangle tragically unravels. One woman is presumed dead and the man has disappeared. Now, the third party, a young Englishwoman named Lucy Fly is in custody-and considered the chief suspect.

In Susanna Jones’ haunting debut novel The Earthquake Bird, readers are taken inside the mind of Lucy, who has fled a painful past in Yorkshire to work as a translator in Japan. It is there that she begins an intensely erotic affair with a brilliant and secretive photographer named Teiji. But it is when Lucy and Teiji befriend Lily Bridges that Lucy’s own life begins to fall apart. For now, the police are accusing her of killing Lily, because it’s becoming clear that she’s had the motive, the means, and the opportunity.

Book:Blindsighted

Blindsighted

Karin Slaughter

Interweaving knife-edge tension, superb characterization, and an evocative milieu, this thrilling novel of dark suspense, set in rural Grant County, Georgia, introduces engaging pediatrician and coroner Dr. Sara Linton.

The sleepy town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, the town’s pediatrician and coroner, finds Sibyl Adams, a young college professor, dead in the local diner. As well as being viciously raped, Sibyl has been cut: two deep knife wounds form a lethal cross over her stomach. But it’s only once Sara starts to perform the postmortem that the full extent of the killer’s brutality starts to become clear.

Police chief Jeffrey Tolliver—Sara’s ex-husband—is in charge of the investigation, and when a second victim is found, crucified, only a few days later, he has to face the fact that Sibyl’s murder wasn’t a single personal attack: They’re…[more]

Book:Good Bad Woman

Good Bad Woman: A Frankie Richmond Mystery

Elizabeth Woodcraft

Frankie Richmond knows trouble. A London barrister whose career is teetering on the brink of ruin and whose search for the right woman is about as successful as the quest for a perfect pair of jeans, “Trouble” could be Frankie’s middle name. But when she agrees to a routine appearance at a magistrate’s court as a favor for a friend and former lover, she never expects the kind of trouble that finds her accused of murder. Solving the case herself is a challenge Frankie is willing to tackle head-on, especially since the police are only too happy to pin the crime on a working-class lesbian barrister. But each time Frankie gets close to clearing her name, she gets even closer to some unpleasant truths about the people she thought she knew—and the one woman she wanted to get to know better.

With a plot as intricate and winding as the London streets, Good Bad Woman heralds the debut of a writer—and a protagonist—readers will be eager to hear more from.

Book:The Ice Harvest

The Ice Harvest

Scott Phillips

Loaded guns, ladies of the night, broken neon, broken dreams. Here is a world that is immediately recognizable—through a shot glass at three A.M. This is life with rough edges, in a novel that gives you the straight goods—point blank— one cold, snowbound Christmas Eve in Kansas. One single night, defined in shadings of black and white, when everything changes…

For most, the city is closing up. For a few outsiders, this night, Christmas Eve 1979, is just beginning. Charlie Arglist is a lawyer saying goodbye to Wichita by revisiting the landscape of his used up life: the cold stare of his angry ex-wife, the empty strip clubs and bars where loneliness turns a profit, the frozen glare of ex-lovers and cops long snuggled in his deep pockets. Club owner Renata, an elegant dish in a smoky dive, dreams of financial prosperity and holds a single frame of a stolen film that could help her achieve them. And there’s Vic. He’s got a reputation, a bad temper, and a secret worth half a million dollars. Not to mention a knack for bringing people together…for the last time. Before the night is over, the decisions they face and the choices they make will irrevocably alter the course of their lives—if they can live long enough to see Christmas Day sunrise.

Book:Paradise Salvage

Paradise Salvage

John Fusco

Twelve-year-old Nunzio’s innocence is lost forever when he opens the boot of a wrecked Pontiac Bonneville in his father’s junkyard. But who will believe the tale of the horror that he found there when all evidence is lost to the Paradise Salvage crusher?

In a family of Italian-American eccentrics, Danny Boy alone is persuaded by his younger brother’s implausible claim. Enlisting the help of their father’s renegade cousin, Angelo—a quadriplegic ex-cop with a dark history of his own—they embark on a bizarre and dangerous trail through the underbelly of small-town America, in a journey that proves to be as much one of personal discovery as an unravelling of the mystery behind the corpse at Paradise Salvage.

Drawing on his own childhood experience as part of the passionate Italian American community, John Fusco has written a…[more]

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