Annal: 2005 Barry Award for Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel

Results of the Barry Award in the year 2005.

Book:Tagged for Murder

Tagged for Murder: A Molly Doyle Mystery

Elaine Flinn

Molly Doyle crossed a continent to escape trouble, but it’s becoming increasingly dangerous to be in the antiques business in her small adopted corner of California. The murder of a friend and fellow antiques dealer has shaken Molly to the core. And matters aren’t helped any by the arrival of her deceitful, long-estranged sister—who sticks around only long enough to dump Molly’s twelve-year-old niece before vanishing to parts unknown. Actually, young Emma is a bright spot in these dark days, since she’s clever, endearing, and shows a natural aptitude for antiques work.

But the very unnatural death of yet another dealer—a rather shady one this time with possible ties to Molly’s family—has the intrepid Ms. Doyle acting as sleuth once again…before a killer decides she’s the next item to be taken out of circulation permanently.

Book:The Confession

The Confession

Domenic Stansberry

Jake Danser has it all: a beautiful wife, a house in the California hills, a high-profile job as a forensic psychologist. But he’s also got a mistress. And when Jake’s mistress is found strangled to death with his necktie, it’s up to him to prove he didn’t do it. But how can he, when all the evidence says he did?

Book:Into the Web

Into the Web

Thomas H. Cook

Twenty-five years ago, an unspeakable crime was committed and Roy Slater fled—from the life he thought he wanted, from the memories he couldn’t avoid, and from the devastating suspicions of those he called friends. But now that his estranged father is dying, the prodigal son has returned to confront the past—and finds himself inextricably caught up with an old flame and a new murder, one that leads him inevitably back into the twisted web of deceit and violence from which he thought he’d escaped.

Book:Last Seen in Aberdeen

Last Seen in Aberdeen: A Sergeant Mornay Mystery

M.G. Kincaid

After the events of The Last Victim in Glen Ross, the image-conscious authorities have branded CID Sergeant Mornay a hero- a label he would rather shun. But when Mornay is assigned the high-profile case of a young boy’s disappearance, his best efforts fail: the murdered boy’s body is found not far from his home.

While wading through a list of evasive suspects, Mornay’s own life threatens to come undone when his long-estranged father becomes a prime suspect in a heroin smuggling case- a situation made worse by the unwelcome return of a bitter adversary to the Grampian Police department.

Now, with both his career and his father’s life on the block, Mornay must overcome all obstacles- both professional and person- in the hunt for a child killer…

Book:The Librarian

The Librarian

Larry Beinhart

How on earth did nebbish university librarian David Goldberg end up on Virginia’s Ten Most Wanted Criminals list for bestiality? And how did he get ensnared in a vast right-wing conspiracy to steal the presidency? It all begins so innocently when Goldberg starts moonlighting for eccentric, conservative billionaire Alan Carston Stowe as an archivist. But Goldberg’s appointment worries a cabal of ruthless right-wingers-ostensibly allies of Stowe, whose money lubricates their zany scary conspiracies-with very close ties to the White House. They fear that Goldberg will find something in Stowe’s records that will compromise the dirty tricks involved in re-electing Augustus Winthrop Scott, the dim scion of a powerful Republican political family, for a second term. As the presidential election heads into its final stretch, the hunt is on to remove Goldberg from his position-by any means necessary. …[more]

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.

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