Category List – Best First Novel

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Award YearAward CategoryTitleAuthor's NamePublisher/ProducerNotes
2017 Best First Novel Under the Harrow Flynn Berry Penguin Random House - Penguin Books
2017 Best First Novel Dodgers Bill Beverly Crown Publishing Group
2017 Best First Novel IQ Joe Ide Little, Brown & Company - Mulholland Books
2017 Best First Novel The Drifter Nicholas Petrie Penguin Random House - G.P. Putnam's Sons
2017 Best First Novel Dancing with the Tiger Lili Wright Penguin Random House - G.P. Putnam's Sons
2017 Best First Novel The Lost Girls Heather Young HarperCollins Publishers - Willilam Morrow
2016 Best First Novel Past Crimes Glen Erik Hamilton HarperCollins Publishers - William Morrow
2016 Best First Novel Where All Light Tends to Go David Joy Penguin Random House - G.P. Putnam's Sons
2016 Best First Novel Luckiest Girl Alive Jessica Knoll Simon & Schuster
2016 Best First Novel The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen Grove Atlantic - Grove Press
2016 Best First Novel Unbecoming Rebecca Scherm Penguin Random House - Viking
2015 Best First Novel Dry Bones in the Valley Tom Bouman W.W. Norton
2015 Best First Novel Invisible City Julia Dahl Minotaur Books
2015 Best First Novel The Life We Bury Allen Eskens Prometheus Books - Seventh Street Books
2015 Best First Novel Bad Country C.B. McKenzie Minotaur Books - A Thomas Dunne Book
2015 Best First Novel Shovel Ready Adam Sternbergh Crown Publishers
2015 Best First Novel Murder at the Brightwell Ashley Weaver Minotaur Books - A Thomas Dunne Book
2014 Best First Novel Red Sparrow Jason Matthews Simon & Schuster/Scribner
2014 Best First Novel Ghostman Roger Hobbs Alfred A. Knopf
2014 Best First Novel Rage Against the Dying Becky Masterman Minotaur Books
2014 Best First Novel Reconstructing Amelia Kimberly McCreight HarperCollins Publishers - Harper
2014 Best First Novel The Resurrectionist Matthew Guinn W.W. Norton & Co.
2013 Best First Novel The Expats Chris Pavone Crown Publishers
2013 Best First Novel Black Fridays Michael Sears Penguin Group - G.P. Putnams Sons
2013 Best First Novel Don't Ever Get Old Daniel Friedman Minotaur Books/Thomas Dunne Books
2013 Best First Novel Mr. Churchill's Secretary Susan Elia MacNeal Random House - Bantam
2013 Best First Novel The Map of Lost Memories Kim Fay Random House Publishing - Ballantine
2012 Best First Novel Bent Road Lori Roy Penguin Group USA - Dutton
2012 Best First Novel All Cry Chaos Leonard Rosen The Permanent Press
2012 Best First Novel Last to Fold David Duffy Thomas Dunne Books
2012 Best First Novel Purgatory Chasm Steve Ulfelder Minotaur Books/Thomas Dunne Books
2012 Best First Novel Red on Red Edward Conlon Random House Publishing - Spiegel & Grau
2011 Best First Novel Rogue Island Bruce DeSilva Tom Doherty Associates - Forge Books
2011 Best First Novel Galveston Nic Pizzolatto Simon & Schuster/Scribner
2011 Best First Novel Snow Angels James Thompson Penguin Group - G.P. Putnams Sons
2011 Best First Novel The Poacher's Son Paul Doiron Minotaur Books
2011 Best First Novel The Serialist: A Novel David Gordon Simon & Schuster
2010 Best First Novel In the Shadow of Gotham Stefanie Pintoff Minotaur Books
2010 Best First Novel A Bad Day for Sorry Sophie Littlefield Minotaur Books/Thomas Dunne Books
2010 Best First Novel Black Water Rising Attica Locke HarperCollins
2010 Best First Novel Starvation Lake Bryan Gruley Simon & Schuster/Touchstone
2010 Best First Novel The Girl She Used to Be David Cristofano Grand Central Publishing
2010 Best First Novel The Weight of Silence Heather Gudenkauf MIRA Books
2009 Best First Novel The Foreigner Francie Lin Picador USA
2009 Best First Novel A Cure for Night Justin Peacock Doubleday
2009 Best First Novel Calumet City Charlie Newton Simon & Schuster/Touchstone
2009 Best First Novel Sweetsmoke David Fuller Hyperion
2009 Best First Novel The Kind One Tom Epperson Five Star Publishing
2008 Best First Novel In the Woods Tana French Penguin Group - Viking
2008 Best First Novel Head Games Craig McDonald Bleak House Books
2008 Best First Novel Missing Witness Gordon Campbell HarperCollins - William Morrow
2008 Best First Novel Pyres Derek Nikitas St. Martin's Minotaur
2008 Best First Novel Snitch Jacket Christopher Goffard The Rookery Press
2007 Best First Novel The Faithful Spy Alex Berenson Random House
2007 Best First Novel A Field of Darkness Cornelia Read Warner Books
2007 Best First Novel Holmes on the Range Steve Hockensmith St. Martin's Minotaur
2007 Best First Novel King of Lies John Hart St. Martin's Minotaur
2007 Best First Novel Sharp Objects Gillian Flynn Crown
2006 Best First Novel Officer Down Theresa Schwegel St. Martin's Minotaur
2006 Best First Novel Die A Little Megan Abbott Simon & Schuster
2006 Best First Novel Hide Your Eyes Alison Gaylin Signet
2006 Best First Novel Immoral Brian Freeman St. Martin's Minotaur
2006 Best First Novel Run the Risk Scott Frost G.P. Putnam's Sons
2005 Best First Novel Country of Origin Don Lee W.W. Norton & Company
2005 Best First Novel Bahamarama Bob Morris St. Martin's Minotaur
2005 Best First Novel Cloud Atlas Liam Callanan Delacorte Press
2005 Best First Novel Little Girl Lost Richard Aleas Five Star Publishing
2005 Best First Novel Relative Danger Charles Benoit Poisoned Pen Press
2005 Best First Novel Tonight I Said Goodbye Michael Koryta St. Martin's Minotaur
2004 Best First Novel Death of a Nationalist Rebecca Pawel Soho Press
2004 Best First Novel 12 Bliss Street Martha Conway St. Martin's Minotaur
2004 Best First Novel Night of the Dance James Hime St. Martin's Minotaur
2004 Best First Novel Offer of Proof Robert Heilbrun HarperCollins - William Morrow
2004 Best First Novel The Bridge of Sighs Olen Steinhauer St. Martin's Minotaur
2003 Best First Novel The Blue Edge of Midnight Jonathon King Dutton
2003 Best First Novel Buck Fever Ben Rehder St. Martin's Minotaur
2003 Best First Novel High Wire Kam Majd Dell
2003 Best First Novel Open and Shut David Rosenfelt Mysterious Press
2003 Best First Novel Southern Latitudes Stephen J. Clark Penguin Putnam
2002 Best First Novel Line of Vision David Ellis G.P. Putnam's Sons
2002 Best First Novel Gun Monkeys Victor Gischler Uglytown
2002 Best First Novel Open Season C.J. Box G.P. Putnam's Sons
2002 Best First Novel Red Hook Gabriel Cohen Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur
2002 Best First Novel The 500 Matthew Quirk Hachette Book Group - Little, Brown and Company - Reagan Arthur
2002 Best First Novel The Jasmine Trade Denise Hamilton Scribners
2001 Best First Novel Conspiracy of Paper David Liss Random House
2001 Best First Novel Crow in Stolen Colors Marcia Simpson Poisoned Pen Press/Berkley Prime Crime
2001 Best First Novel Death of a Red Heroine Qiu Xiaolong Soho Press
2001 Best First Novel Raveling Peter Moore Smith Little, Brown
2001 Best First Novel The Ice Harvest Scott Phillips Ballantine
2000 Best First Novel The Skull Mantra Eliot Pattison St. Martin's Press
2000 Best First Novel Big Trouble Dave Barry Putnam
2000 Best First Novel Certifiably Insane Arthur W. Bahr Simon & Schuster
2000 Best First Novel God Is A Bullet Boston Teran Knopf
2000 Best First Novel Inner City Blues Paula L. Woods W.W. Norton & Co.
1999 Best First Novel A Cold Day in Paradise Steve Hamilton St. Martin's Press
1999 Best First Novel A Criminal Appeal D.R. Schanker St. Martin's Press
1999 Best First Novel Nice Jen Sacks St. Martin's Press
1999 Best First Novel Numbered Account Christopher Reich Dell
1999 Best First Novel Reckless Homicide Ira Genberg St. Martin's Press