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March 17, 2007

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spyscribbler

I want to print it out and buy every one! Gosh, I really need more time in a day. I loved everyone that I've already read on the list, and I'll definitely check out the others.

Thanks for posting it!

Roddy Reta

That best first novel selection is pretty outrageous. Other than the Shuman novel, I don't believe any of the books have been released in the US by a major publisher.

On the other hand, I can't think of any thriller debuts in 2006 that were worth nominating instead. I guess it was a pretty weak year.

David J. Montgomery

What makes the selections for Best First outrageous?

I agree it was NOT a strong year for thriller debuts.

Ali

Dear Roddy,

Your comment -
"That best first novel selection is pretty outrageous. Other than the Shuman novel, I don't believe any of the books have been released in the US by a major publisher.

On the other hand, I can't think of any thriller debuts in 2006 that were worth nominating instead. I guess it was a pretty weak year."

Is somewhat annoying considering these are awards by the INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS [ITW], what part of INTERNATIONAL do you not understand?

Sheesh, so easy to be negative to a group of people who spent a long time reading a huge slug of books, and work hard and then in the end suffer from people with ignorant comments, with no constructive merit.

You should applaud the fact that books you've never heard of in your native USA have been selected - and you can now check them out as they have been brought to your attention.

Ali
www.shotsmag.co.uk

Oh, I was one of the judges.

Roddy Reta

I appreciate your hard work, Ali. Instead of outrageous, perhaps I should have said idiosyncratic. The US is the world's largest market, so nominating four books that are not easily obtainable in the US market is a bold move. But if they were truly the best books, then I think you did the right thing. I am certainly open to trying books outside of my native country, and I will seek these out.

Ali

Good Comment Roddy -

Also the books you mention are easily obtainable in the US via Amazon, B+N et. al and well worth expanding your reading for.

ITW is bold, and helping push the boundaries of Thrillers.

In the UK we are getting more and more translated books from Europe - and discovering some such as Jean Patrick Manchette's THE PRONE GUNMAN - Read more

Jean Patrick Manchette and Irish Booksellers
http://therapsheet.blogspot.com/2007/01/stand-up-booksellers-and-prone-gunmen.html


Also the Scandanavian's are big sellers in Crime Thrillers -

Also I feel for the writers who submitted for ITW as saying that being shortlisted mean't it was, and I quote 'I guess it was a pretty weak year.' is somewhat meanspirited when many of the books you acknoweldge were unfamilar to you.

Man, I read widely and have over the years discovered some real hidden treats.

Speaking of which - go out and rent the dvd of 'Harry, he's here to help' a french film with subtitles that out-Highsmith's Tom Ripley, but you've got to hunt these obscurities down.

Best

Ali
www.therapsheet.blogspot.com

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