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And the 2012 Stalker Award Winners Are…

Submitted by on June 10, 2012 – 10:01 pm 16 Comments

To help celebrate May being Mystery Month, I accepted nominations from crime fiction readers at large for authors and books they’re obsessed about. The nominees were announced at the end of May, and 960 people stopped by to vote for their favorites.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Novel You Shoved Most Often in People’s Faces

The End of Everything by Megan Abbott

Lead Character You Most Want As Your Friend

Charlie Hardie—Fun & Games by Duane Swierczynski

Most Scene-Stealing Supporting Character

Elvis Cole—The Sentry by Robert Crais

Most Throat-Grabbing Opening Sentence

“There are drunken assholes, and there are assholes who are drunks.”—Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder

Most Memorable Dialogue

Fun & Games by Duane Swierczynski

Catchiest Title (this won by one vote)

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis

Most Eye-Popping Cover

Getting Off by Lawrence Block

Favorite Author on Social Media

Meg Gardiner

Most Criminally Underrated Author

Eric Beetner


This was great fun for me, and I hope it was for you, too. Thank you to everyone who took time to submit nominations, spread the word, and vote. I hope you’re making notes as you read this year’s books, so you’ll be ready with your noms for next year’s Stalkers!



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