2020 ITW Thriller Awards Nominees

The finalists for the 2020 International Thriller Writers Awards have been announced. The award is given by the International Thriller Writers, whose board of directors boasts such famous members as Lee Child and R.L. Stine. ITW will announce the winners at a virtual ThrillerFest on July 11.

BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL

  • David Baldacci — ONE GOOD DEED (Grand Central Publishing)
  • Joe Clifford — RAG AND BONE (Oceanview Publishing)
  • Blake Crouch — RECURSION (Crown)
  • Rachel Howzell Hall — THEY ALL FALL DOWN (Forge Books)
  • Adrian McKinty — THE CHAIN (Mulholland Books)
  • Denise Mina — CONVICTION (Mulholland Books)

BEST FIRST NOVEL

  • Samantha Downing — MY LOVELY WIFE (Berkley)
  • Angie Kim — MIRACLE CREEK (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • John McMahon — THE GOOD DETECTIVE (G.P. Putnam’s Son)
  • Alex Michaelides — THE SILENT PATIENT (Celadon Books)
  • Lauren Wilkinson — AMERICAN SPY (Random House)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL

  • Max Allan Collins — GIRL MOST LIKELY (Thomas & Mercer)
  • Alison Gaylin — NEVER LOOK BACK (William Morrow Paperbacks)
  • Alastair Luft — JIHADI BRIDE (Black Rose Writing)
  • Dervla McTiernan — THE SCHOLAR (Penguin Books)
  • Lisa Sandlin — THE BIRD BOYS (Cinco Puntos Press)
  • Kate White — SUCH A PERFECT WIFE (Harper Paperbacks)

BEST SHORT STORY

  • Hector Acosta — “Turistas” (Down & Out Books)
  • Michael Cowgill — “Call Me Chuckles” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
  • Tara Laskowski — “The Long-Term Tenant” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
  • Lia Matera — “Snow Job” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
  • Twist Phelan — “Fathers-in-Law” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

  • Jen Conley — SEVEN WAYS TO GET RID OF HARRY (Down & Out Books)
  • Naomi Kritzer — CATFISHING ON CATNET (Tor Teen)
  • Natalie Lund — WE SPEAK IN STORMS (Philomel Books/Penguin Young Readers)
  • Randy Ribay — PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING (Kokila/Penguin Young Readers))
  • Tom Ryan — KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF (Albert Whitman & Company)

BEST E-BOOK ORIGINAL NOVEL

  • Brett Battles — NIGHT MAN (Brett Battles)
  • Sean Black — THE DEEP ABIDING (Sean Black)
  • Brian Shea — MURDER BOARD (Severn River Publishing)
  • LynDee Walker — LEAVE NO STONE (Severn River Publishing)
  • Kerry Wilkinson — CLOSE TO YOU (Bookouture)

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]