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Stalker Award Winners

Submitted by on June 9, 2011 – 7:37 pm 14 Comments

I’m happy to announce the winners of the inaugural Stalker Awards, given to crime fiction books and authors readers are obsessed with, voted on by genre fans at large. The races were extremely tight, with leaders changing by the hour in several categories. This was exciting to me because it means the contenders were evenly matched and each had an ardent fan base.

I was also encouraged by the notes I received after nominees were revealed last week. One reader said he’d check out at least one of the underrated authors, another said she loved the opening sentences and will start paying more attention to them, and yet another said he’s already making mental notes about books and authors he’ll nominate for next year’s awards. I’m not trying to boast that I influenced anyone’s reading habits. The nominees were determined by crime fic readers so you did that. Thank you. I hope you had fun participating.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Favorite Novel

The First Rule by Robert Crais (36% of votes)

Favorite Lead Character

Joe Pike from The First Rule (38%)

Favorite Supporting Character

Elvis Cole from The First Rule (47%)

Best Opening Sentence

“The night they were hijacked, Roxy Palmer and her husband, Joe, ate dinner with an African cannibal and his Ukrainian whore.” —Wake Up Dead by Roger Smith (37%)

Most Memorable Dialogue

Savages by Don Winslow (39%)

Best Title

Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela S. Choi (44%)

Most Eye-Catching Cover

Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski (43%)

Favorite Author on Social Media — Tie

Hilary Davidson and Duane Swierczynski, both with 27% of the votes

Most Underrated Author

Charlie Huston (41%)

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