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The Thriller Awards are a relatively new award, having first been presented in 2006. They are selected by the membership of The International Thriller Writers, an organization of writers first established in 2005, at their annual convention, ThrillerFest. In its first years, the Thriller Awards have been presented in the categories of Best Novel, Best First Novel, Best Paperback Original and Best Screenplay. This list includes the winners in all of these categories, with the books linked to the library’s catalog (in cases where the Lincoln City Libraries owns those titles), and the screenplays linked to that film’s entry in the Internet Movie Database. Additional information about all of the categories, including each year’s finalists/nominees, can be found at this Thriller Awards page on the ITW site.

Thriller Award Winners for Best Novel

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Ian Caldwell
The Fifth Gospel


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Megan Abbott
The Fever


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Andrew Pyper
The Demonologist


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Brian Freeman
Spilled Blood


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Stephen King
11/22/63


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John Sandford
Bad Blood


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Lisa Gardner
The Neighbor


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Jeffery Deaver
The Bodies Left Behind


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Robert Harris
The Ghost


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Joseph Finder
Killer Instinct


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Christopher Reich
The Patriot’s Club


Thriller Award Winners for Best First Novel

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Brian Panowich
Bull Mountain


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Laura McHugh
The Weight of Blood


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Jason Matthews
Redsparrow


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Matthew Quirk
The 500


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Paul McEuen
Spiral


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Chevy Stevens
Still Missing


2010 
Jamie Freveletti
Running From the Devil


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Tom Rob Smith
Child 44


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Joe Hill
Heart-Shaped Box


2007 
Nick Stone
Mr. Clarinet


2006 
Adam Fawer
Improbable


Thriller Award Winners for Best Paperback Original

2016
John Gilstrap
Against All Enemies


2015
Vincent Zandri
Moonlight Weeps


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Jennifer McMahon
The One I Left Behind


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Sean Doolittle
Lake Country


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Jeff Abbott
The Last Minute


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J.T. Ellison
The Cold Room


2010 
Tom Piccirilli
The Coldest Mile


2008 
Tom Piccirilli
The Midnight Road


2007 
P.J. Parrish
An Unquiet Grave


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R. Cameron Cooke
Pride Runs Deep


Thriller Award Winners for Best Screenplay

2007 
Eric Roth
The Good Shepherd


2006 
Michael Haneke
Cache (Hidden)


Thriller Award Winners for Best Short Story

2016
Joyce Carol Oates
“Gun Accident: An Investigation” in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine


2015
Tim L. Williams
“The Last Wrestling Bear in West Kentucky” in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine


2014 
Twist Phalen
“Footprints in War” in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine


2013 
John Rector
“Lost Things” in Amazon Kindle Single


2011 
Richard Helms
“The Gods for Vengeance Cry” in the November 2010 Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine


2010 
Twist Phelan
“A Stab in the Heart” in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine


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Alexandra Sokoloff
“The Edge of Seventeen” in anthology The Darker Mask


Last Updated December 2016 sdc