Annal: 2003 Barry Award for Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel

Results of the Barry Award in the year 2003.

Book:Cold Silence

Cold Silence

Danielle Girard

When computer programmer Cody O’Brien’s son is kidnapped in broad daylight, Cody’s greatest fear is knowing the true motive behind it…

A former FBI agent with a new identity, Cody knows that old secrets-and vendettas-die hard. Now she’s on the run again to save her son from the one woman who wants only one thing: cold-blooded revenge.

Book:Black Jack Point

Black Jack Point

Jeff Abbott

The “master of white-knuckled suspense” (Harlan Coben) is back…and so is Texas judge Whit Mosely-in an all-new, all-exciting tale of a legendary treasure, modern-day piracy, and a life-or-death game that turns Whit’s friend, Port Leo police detective Claudia Salazar, into a high-seas hostage.

Book:The Bone Orchard

The Bone Orchard

D. Daniel Judson

A Town Getting Away With Murder

Beneath the glamour of a trendy Hamptons summer town lies another world–one of dark lives and desperate secrets. And when Labor Day arrives and the beautiful people depart, locals like Declan MacManus are left behind to make a living out of just surviving. A sometime P.I., MacManus is an expert at self-defense and a master of self-destruction, but nothing he’s seen of the dark side of fortune can prepare him for what he is about to discover.

On a dark, deserted road Mac witnesses a bizarre, single-car wreck, but he knows that what he saw was murder. Following a trail of clues to a chilling conspiracy, Mac is running out of time, out of chances, and out of luck. He is about to become part of a secret no one is willing to talk about…

Book:Fatal Truth

Fatal Truth

Robin Burcell

A homicide inspector with the San Francisco Police Department, Kate Gillespie worked hard to get where she is. But a frantic phone call from a snitch threatens to destroy everything she is and everything she’s earned. Pulled from the bright lights of the Homicide office onto the shadowy night streets, she arrives at a clandestine meet just in time to see the frightened informer shot dead…by another cop. Now Kate is a target, on a trail of dirty deals, corruption, and escalating violence that reaches back into her own troubled family history and deep into a department riddled with dark secrets and truths that kill. Suddenly Kate Gillespie is teetering on a “blue wall of silence” and being set up to take a long, fatal fall—by a relentless killer who’s hiding in plain sight.

Book:Pipsqueak

Pipsqueak

Brian M. Wiprud

New York City taxidermy collector Garth Carson was seconds away from snagging the greatest find of his career—the original Pipsqueak the Nutty Nut, stuffed-squirrel puppet star of his favorite 1950s kiddie TV show—until a biker, a brawny redhead, and a murder derailed his dreams and stole his squirrel. Now Garth would do anything to get Pipsqueak back. Unfortunately, so would someone else.

When Garth and his gal, Angie, two of New York’s most unlikely sleuths, enter a wacky, rollicking underworld of club-goers, jive cult members, and at least one very violent Pipsqueak aficionado, Garth’s black-sheep crime-prone brother joins the fray, sure that there’s more to this squirrel than old fur and a pair of glass eyes. Suddenly Garth is starting to get a clue: The puppet star of one old-time TV show is leading him straight into the heart of a loopy cult, a retro rage, and a diabolical conspiracy to first control Pipsqueak—then the world.

Book:Prison Blues

Prison Blues

Anna Salter

Eight months pregnant: a time when most women would want to stay off their feet. But forensic psychologist Michael Stone is no ordinary woman. When her old friend, the warden at Nelson’s Point Correctional Facility, asks her to replace a psychologist who was leading the sex offender therapy group, Michael can’t say no. As she soon discovers, her predecessor was dismissed for having sexual relations with an inmate—and had befriended a smooth-talking prisoner in her group…a prisoner who now has his eyes on Michael. When violence erupts, leaving one inmate dead and one official in a coma, all eyes are trained on Michael’s group. With no witnesses or weapons to be found, Michael races against the clock—armed only with her knowledge of the psychopathic mind—to uncover a vicious criminal network that might extend far beyond the prison walls…

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