Annal: 2004 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original

Results of the Anthony Award in the year 2004.

Book:Deadly Legacy

Deadly Legacy

Robin Burcell

San Francisco P.D. Homicide Inspector Kate Gillespie’s investigation into a bizarre apparent murder/suicide is threatening to careen out of control. A dead man might not be dead. The families of the deceased are hiding something. And there are blood-soaked threads reaching into some very lofty places. But most perplexing of all are the shocking revelations of one of the “victims” dark and dangerous history—the more Kate learns, the less she knows. It’s a case that has placed Kate Gillespie on the hot seat as her investigation gets bigger by the moment—and puts her perilously high on a rabid killer’s hit list.

Book:Dealing in Murder

Dealing in Murder: A Molly Doyle Mystery

Elaine Flinn

Elizabeth Porter was a top-of-the-lineManhattan antiques dealer until her ex-husband and his lover’s flagrantly criminal scam left her reputation in tatters. Now, using a new name, Molly Doyle, she’s starting over a continent away in a rundown antiques shop in cozy Carmel, California. Molly is determined to make the best of it. But the early antiques bird sometimes gets more than the worm, and one prompt arrival places her at a murder site with a corpse in her arms. After she turns up at a second seemingly unrelated death, the abrasive new police chief considers Molly the prime suspect. Now the only way to clear her name is for Molly to find her own path to a killer, which will leave her either exonerated … or dead.

Book:Find Me Again

Find Me Again

Sylvia Maultash Warsh

Still coming to terms with the death of her husband, Dr. Rebecca Temple tries to continue her practice and carry on with life as usual. She meets a charming Polish count who has written a historical novel based on his own family. During a visit to his home, she discovers a murder and soon realizes that the count’s manuscript may contain clues to the killer’s identity.

Frustrated by the inaction of a skeptical police department, she scours the manuscript for answers. As she reads, she journeys back to Enlightenment Europe and uncovers the true story of a love affair between the girl who would become Catharine the Great, and the young man who would become the last king of Poland.

In this eagerly anticipated sequel to the acclaimed To Die in Spring, Sylvia Maultash Warsh engages readers in an enthralling mystery that spans three centuries.

Book:Thicker Than Water

Thicker Than Water

P.J. Parrish

Twenty years after the brutal rape and murder of a woman in Florida, the man convicted of the crime is released from prison—only days before another horrifying murder is committed. Detective Louis Kinkaid finds himself digging into a decades-old case when he’s asked to clear the suspect of the more recent slaying. Original.

Book:Tough Luck

Tough Luck

Jason Starr

Mickey Prada’s a nice kid. He works hard at a neighborhood seafood market in Brooklyn putting fish on ice. He’s got a nice girlfriend. He even delayed college a year, to help his sick dad. But Mickey’s got a problem. A customer at the fish store, Angelo Santoro, keeps asking Mickey to place bets for him and Angelo keeps losing. As Angelo gets further in the hole, his bad luck is turning out to be Mickey’s too.

Now Mickey’s got his bookie after him and Angelo’s showing him the butt of his pistol rather than paying him back. So when his best friend, Chris, asks Mickey to join him on a can’t-lose caper, Mickey decides to go along. But, surefire schemes often have a way of backfiring, and this one is sending Mickey into an uncharted part of Brooklyn, where fish like Chris and Mickey have trouble just staying alive.

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