Annal: 2005 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original

Results of the Anthony Award in the year 2005.

Book:Twisted City

Twisted City

Jason Starr

Times are tough for David Miller, a journalist for a second-rate financial magazine who hates his boss, is tired of supporting his girlfriend’s partying lifestyle, and recently lost his sister to cancer. But things are about to get much worse. After he loses his wallet in a midtown bar, he finds himself being blackmailed by junkies, lying to his friends and family, and stumbling into a crime that may cost him his life.

Book:Blue Blood: A Debutante Dropout Mystery

Blue Blood: A Debutante Dropout Mystery

Susan McBride

To the dismay of her high society mother Cissy, Dallas heiress Andy Kendricks wants no part of the Junior League life—opting instead for a job as a website designer and a passel of unpedigreed pals. Now her good friend Molly O’Brien is in bad trouble, accused of killing her boss at the local restaurant “Jugs.” Though no proper deb would ever set foot in such a sleazy dive, Andy’s soon slipping into skintight hot pants and a stuffed triple-D bra to gain employment there and somehow help clear Molly’s name. But Andy’s undercover lark is soon bringing her into too-close contact with all manner of dangerous adversaries—including a shady TV preacher, a fanatical Mothers Against Porn activist…and a killer who is none too keen on meddling rich girls.

Book:Cold Case

Cold Case

Robin Burcell

The colder it gets…the hotter it gets.

Three years ago SFPD Homicide Investigator Kate Gillespie was in pursuit of a suspect who murdered a hooker in a sleazy motel, and she nearly lost her own life in the process. The shooter escaped into the San Francisco shadows and the trail went colder than the grave. Now Kate’s appearance on a Bay Area “crime stoppers” TV show produces new leads that carry her back into the sordid world of drugs and prostitution—and point her toward a local crime boss whose missing wife is possibly linked to multiple men and multiple murders. But when a dangerous knot of betrayals, secrets, and criminal cover-ups starts unraveling, Kate can only hope she’ll be as lucky as she was on that black night at the Twin Palms Motel. Because the only way to the truth leads directly into the line of fire…

Book:The Halo Effect

The Halo Effect

M.J. Rose

As one of New York’s top sex therapists, Dr. Morgan Snow sees everything from the abused to the depraved, from couples grappling with sexual boredom to twisted sociopaths with dark, erotic fetishes. And the Butterfield Institute is the sanctuary where she helps soothe and heal these battered souls.

Cleo Thane is one of those special patients Morgan connects to immediately. A high-priced prostitute, Cleo is remarkably sensitive and unscathed, a woman desperate to reconcile her successful professional life with her neglected personal one. And when she asks Morgan to read her unpublished tell-all book about her exclusive clientele, Morgan realizes that what she has in her hands could be explosive.

Then Cleo disappears. …[more]

Book:Putt to Death

Putt to Death

Roberta Isleib

Cassie Burdette is going through a rough patch on the LPGA Tour, so snagging the touring pro job at a posh Connecticut country club is a stroke of good luck. But many members feel that the efforts to turn this fancy male domain into a Jack-and-Jill, environmentally friendly club are strictly out of bounds. And when Cassie stumbles upon the body of an unpopular member who has been barred, it appears that all is not fair on the fairways of Stony Creek.

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