2019 Thriller Awards

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the
2019 ITW Thriller Awards!

 

BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL

Lou Berney — NOVEMBER ROAD (William Morrow)
Julia Heaberlin — PAPER GHOSTS (Ballantine Books)
WINNER: Jennifer Hillier — JAR OF HEARTS (Minotaur Books)
Karin Slaughter — PIECES OF HER (William Morrow)
Paul Tremblay — THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD (William Morrow)

BEST FIRST NOVEL

Jack Carr — THE TERMINAL LIST (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)
Karen Cleveland — NEED TO KNOW (Ballantine Books)
Ellison Cooper — CAGED (Minotaur Books)
Catherine Steadman — SOMETHING IN THE WATER (Ballantine Books)
WINNER: C. J. Tudor — THE CHALK MAN (Crown)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL

WINNER: Jane Harper — THE LOST MAN (Pan Macmillan Australia)
John Marrs — THE GOOD SAMARITAN (Thomas & Mercer)
Andrew Mayne — THE NATURALIST (Thomas & Mercer)
Kirk Russell — GONE DARK (Thomas & Mercer)
Carter Wilson — MISTER TENDER’S GIRL (Sourcebooks Landmark)

BEST SHORT STORY

Jeffery Deaver — “The Victims’ Club” (Amazon Original Stories)
Emily Devenport — “10,432 Serial Killers (In Hell)” (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)
Scott Loring Sanders — “Window to the Soul” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
WINNER: Helen Smith — “Nana” in KILLER WOMEN: CRIME CLUB ANTHOLOGY #2 (Killer Women Ltd.)
Duane Swierczynski — “Tough Guy Ballet” in FOR THE SAKE OF THE GAME: STORIES INSPIRED BY THE SHERLOCK HOLMES CANON (Pegasus Books)

BEST E-BOOK ORIGINAL NOVEL

Clare Chase — MURDER ON THE MARSHES (Bookouture)
Gary Grossman — EXECUTIVE FORCE (Diversion Books)
Samantha Hayes — THE REUNION (Bookouture)
T.S. Nichols — THE MEMORY DETECTIVE (Alibi)
WINNER: Alan Orloff — PRAY FOR THE INNOCENT (Kindle Press)

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

WINNER: Teri Bailey Black — GIRL AT THE GRAVE (Tor Teen)
Gillian French — THE LIES THEY TELL (HarperTeen)
Marie Lu — WARCROSS (Penguin Young Readers/G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers)
Dana Mele — PEOPLE LIKE US (Penguin Young Readers/G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers)
Peter Stone — THE PERFECT CANDIDATE (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Congratulations to all the finalists!

ITW  announced the winners at ThrillerFest XIV on July 13, 2019 at the Grand Hyatt, New York City.

Also receiving special recognition during the ThrillerFest XIV Awards Banquet:

John Sandford, ThrillerMaster
In recognition of his legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre.

Harlan Coben, Silver Bullet Award

“Mystery Mike” Bursaw, ThrillerFan Award

Margaret Marbury, Thriller Legend Award

The Board of Directors and members of the International Thriller Writers wish to congratulate all the winners and nominees of the 2019 Thriller Awards.

Special thanks to the Thriller Award judges for their hard work and dedication!

Anthony Franze
ITW Board of Directors, Vice President, Awards