Category List – Best First Novel

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Total Records Found: 312, showing 100 per page
Award YearAward CategoryTitleAuthor's NamePublisher/ProducerNotes
1998 Best First Novel Los Alamos Joseph Kanon Broadway Books
1998 Best First Novel 23 Shades of Black K.j.a. Wishnia The Imaginary Press
1998 Best First Novel A Crime in the Neighborhood Suzanne Berne Algonquin Books
1998 Best First Novel Bird Dog Philip Reed Pocket Books
1998 Best First Novel Flower Net Lisa See HarperCollins
1997 Best First Novel Simple Justice John Morgan Wilson Doubleday
1997 Best First Novel A Brother's Blood Michael White HarperCollins
1997 Best First Novel A Test of Wills Charles Todd St. Martin's Press
1997 Best First Novel Bonita Faye Margaret Moseley Three Forks Press
1997 Best First Novel The Queen's Man Sharon Kay Penman Henry Holt
1996 Best First Novel Penance David Housewright Foul Play/Countryman Press Anthology: Foul Play
1996 Best First Novel Fixed in His Folly David J. Walker St. Martin's Press
1996 Best First Novel Murder in Scorpio Martha C. Lawrence St. Martin's Press
1996 Best First Novel The Harry Chronicles Allan Pedrazas St. Martin's Press
1996 Best First Novel Tight Shot Kevin Allman St. Martin's Press
1995 Best First Novel The Caveman's Valentine George Dawes Green Warner Books
1995 Best First Novel Big Town Doug J. Swanson HarperCollins
1995 Best First Novel Mallory's Oracle Carol O'Connell Putnam
1995 Best First Novel One For the Money Janet Evanovich Scribners
1995 Best First Novel Suspicion of Innocence Barbara Parker Dutton
1994 Best First Novel A Grave Talent Laurie R. King St. Martin's Press
1994 Best First Novel Criminal Seduction Darian North Dutton
1994 Best First Novel The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz Manuel Ramos St. Martin's Press
1994 Best First Novel The List of 7 Mark Frost Wm. Morrow
1994 Best First Novel Zaddik David Rosenbaum Mysterious Press
1993 Best First Novel The Black Echo Michael Connelly Little, Brown
1993 Best First Novel Ladystinger Craig Smith Crown
1993 Best First Novel Trail of Murder Christine Andreae St. Martin's Press
1993 Best First Novel Trick of the Eye Jane Stanton Hitchcock Dutton
1992 Best First Novel Slow Motion Riot Peter Blauner Wm. Morrow
1992 Best First Novel A Cool Breeze in the Underground Don Winslow St. Martin's Press
1992 Best First Novel Deadline Marcy Heidish St. Martin's Press
1992 Best First Novel Deadstick Terence Faherty St. Martin's Press
1992 Best First Novel Zero at the Bone Mary Willis Walker St. Martin's Press
1991 Best First Novel Postmortem Patricia D. Cornwell Scribners
1991 Best First Novel Come Nightfall Gary Amo Pinnacle
1991 Best First Novel Devil in a Blue Dress Walter Mosley W.W. Norton & Co.
1991 Best First Novel Nobody Lives Forever Edna Buchanan Random House
1991 Best First Novel Passion Play W. Edward Blain Putnam
1990 Best First Novel The Last Billable Hour Susan Wolfe St. Martin's Press
1990 Best First Novel Blood Under the Bridge Bruce Zimmerman Harper & Row
1990 Best First Novel Hide and Seek Barry Berg St. Martin's Press
1990 Best First Novel The Mother Shadow Melodie Johnson Howe Viking
1990 Best First Novel The Story of Annie D. Susan Taylor Chehak Houghton Mifflin
1989 Best First Novel Carolina Skeletons David Stout Mysterious Press
1989 Best First Novel A Great Deliverance Elizabeth George Bantam
1989 Best First Novel Julian Solo Shelley Reuben Dodd, Mead
1989 Best First Novel Murder Once Done Mary Lou Bennett Perseverance Press
1989 Best First Novel The Murder of Frau Schutz J. Madison Davis Walker
1988 Best First Novel Death Among Strangers Deidre S. Laiken Macmillan
1988 Best First Novel Detective Parnell Hall Donald I. Fine
1988 Best First Novel Heat Lightning John Lantigua Putnam
1988 Best First Novel Lover Man Dallas Murphy Scribners
1988 Best First Novel The Spoiler Domenic Stansberry Atlantic Monthly Press
1987 Best First Novel No One Rides for Free Larry Beinhart Wm. Morrow
1987 Best First Novel Dead Air Mike Lupica Villard
1987 Best First Novel Floater Joseph Koenig Mysterious Press
1987 Best First Novel Lost Gary Devon Knopf
1987 Best First Novel Riceburner Richard Hyer Scribners
1986 Best First Novel When the Bough Breaks Jonathan Kellerman Atheneum
1986 Best First Novel Sleeping Dog Dick Lochte Arbor House
1986 Best First Novel The Adventure of the Ectoplasmic Man Daniel Stashower Wm. Morrow
1986 Best First Novel The Glory Hole Murders Tony Fennelly Carroll & Graf
1985 Best First Novel Strike Three, You're Dead R.D. Rosen Walker
1985 Best First Novel A Creative Kind of Killer Jack Early Franklin Watts
1985 Best First Novel Foul Shot Doug Hornig Scribners
1985 Best First Novel Someone Else's Grave Alison Smith St. Martin's Press
1985 Best First Novel Sweet, Savage Death Orania Papazoglou Doubleday
1984 Best First Novel The Bay Psalm Book Murder Will Harriss Walker
1984 Best First Novel Caroline Minuscule Andrew Taylor Dodd, Mead
1984 Best First Novel Dead Man's Thoughts Carolyn Wheat St. Martin's Press
1984 Best First Novel Red Diamond, Private Eye Mark Schorr St. Martin's Press
1984 Best First Novel The Gold Solution Herbert Resnicow St. Martin's Press
1983 Best First Novel The Butcher'sBoy Thomas Perry Scribners
1983 Best First Novel By Frequent Anguish S.F.X. Dean Walker
1983 Best First Novel In the Heat of the Summer John Katzenbach Atheneum
1983 Best First Novel Two If By Sea Ernest Savage Scribners
1983 Best First Novel Unholy Communion Richard Hughes Doubleday
1982 Best First Novel Chiefs Stuart Woods W.W. Norton & Co.
1982 Best First Novel Giant Killer Vernon Tom Hyman Marek
1982 Best First Novel Murder at the Red October Anthony Olcott Academy Chicago
1982 Best First Novel Not A Through Street Ernest Larsen Random House
1982 Best First Novel The Black Glove Geoffrey Miller Viking
1981 Best First Novel The Watcher K. Nolte Smith Coward, McCann & Geoghegan
1981 Best First Novel Double Negative David Carkeet Dial
1981 Best First Novel The Other Ann Fletcher Susanne Jaffe NAL
1981 Best First Novel The Rembrandt Panel Oliver Banks Little, Brown
1981 Best First Novel Winds of the Old Days Betsy Aswald Dial
1980 Best First Novel The Lasko Tangent Richard North Patterson W.W. Norton & Co.
1980 Best First Novel Follow the Leader John Logue Crown
1980 Best First Novel Night Trains Peter Heath Fine Lippincott
1979 Best First Novel Killed in the Ratings William L. DeAndrea Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
1979 Best First Novel Blood Secrets Craig Jones Harper & Row
1979 Best First Novel Falling Angel William Hjortsberg Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
1979 Best First Novel The Memory of Eva Ryker Donald A. Stanwood Coward, McCann & Geoghegan
1979 Best First Novel The Scourge Thomas L. Dunne Coward, McCann & Geoghegan
1978 Best First Novel A French Finish Robert Ross Putnam
1978 Best First Novel Dewey Decimated Charles A. Goodrum Crown
1978 Best First Novel The Fan Bob Randall Random House
1977 Best First Novel The Thomas Berryman Number James Patterson Little, Brown