Killer Year–The Class of 2007

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye
April 21, 2008, 5:23 pm
Filed under: Killer Year Founders, Killer Year Members

It is that time. We’ve decided to shut down the Killer Year blog.

Our incredible website, designed by our very own Bill Cameron, will continue to post information as it happens so you can keep updated with the group. Come by and take a look –

But for now, it’s time to say goodbye.

It’s been wonderful of you to have us. Thank you for all of your support. You made our debut year something special.

All our best,

Killer Year 2007

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Killer Deals…
March 27, 2008, 1:03 pm
Filed under: Killer Year Members

Fabulous news from the Killer Year crew, with two more new deals being struck this week, and one from last month.

As reported in Publisher’s Marketplace:

March 26, 2008

Lost Dog author Bill Cameron’s CHASING SMOKE, in which the hero finds himself investigating four suspicious ‘suicides’ of men linked only by their doctor, who is also the hero’s doctor while he struggles to recover from cancer, to Ben Leroy at Bleak House, in a nice deal, for publication in September 2008, by Janet Reid at FinePrint Literary Management (world).

March 23, 2008

Gregg Olsen’s next three novels, to Michaela Hamilton at Kensington, in a six-figure deal, by Susan Raihofer of the David Black Literary Agency.

February 11, 2008

J.T. Ellison’s next three thrillers, all featuring Nashville homicide detective Taylor Jackson and FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, again to Linda McFall at Mira, by Scott Miller at Trident Media Group.

Rock and roll! Multiple titles forthcoming from all the Killer Year members. Watch this spot for updates!

And the Crimespree Award goes to….
March 26, 2008, 1:32 pm
Filed under: Killer Year Members


My goodness, we’re going to have to clear out a room in Sean’s house for all of his awards. Many, many congratulations to you, my friend, and many congrats to Mr. Sakey as well. And friend of Killer Year Tim Maleeny’s STEALING THE DRAGON was on this list too, so bravo to you too Tim!

Lots of incredible reads on this list. Many congrats as well to brilliant writer John Connolly, whose Charlie Parker series really does rank among the very best books on the market today. That category in particular is spot-on, with Lee Child, Barry Eilser and Ken Bruen. Good taste you Crimespree folks have!

Without further ado…


Best first book of 2007

Sean Chercover-Big City Bad Blood * Winner
Marcus Sakey – The Blade Itself
Craig McDonald – Head Games
Stealing The Dragon – Tim Maleeny
Tom Schreck – On The Ropes

Favorite book of 2007

The Unquiet – John Connolly * winner
What The Dead Know – Laura Lippman
The Watchman – Robert Crais
Priest – Ken Bruen
Thunder Bay – William Kent Krueger

Best On-Going Series

Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks * Winner
Lee Child’s Jack Reacher
Ken Bruen’s Jack Taylor
John Connolly’s Charlie “Bird” Parker
Barry Eisler’s John Rain

Favorite Anthology of 2007

Expletive Deleted – Jen Jordan Editor * Winner
A Hell of a Woman – Megan Abbott Editor
Chicago Blues – Libby Hellman Editor

Favorite Comics Writer of 2007

Brian Azzarello * Winner
Ed Brubaker
Jason Aaron
Greg Rucka
Garth Ennis

For Writers Young and Old
March 21, 2008, 11:44 am
Filed under: Killer Year Members

Neil Nyren is the guest at Murderati today, talking about industry trends and debunking bestseller myths. I encourage all writers to come read what he had to say.

And the Strand goes to…
March 20, 2008, 6:08 pm
Filed under: Killer Year Members

More fantastic Killer Year news, this time courtesy of Sarah Weinman…  Man, we’re having quite a day in the Killer Year clubhouse! Good luck, boys!!!

Best Novel

Down River by John Hart (St Martin’s Minotaur)

The Shotgun Rule by Charlie Huston (Ballantine Books)

The Strangler by William Landay (Delacorte Press)

The Watchman by Robert Crais (Simon and Schuster)

What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman (William Morrow)

Best First Novel

The Blade Itself by Marcus Sakey (St. Martin’s Minotaur)

In the Woods by Tana French (Viking)

The Mark by Jason Pinter (Mira Books)

Missing Witness by Gordon Campbell (William Morrow)

When One Man Dies by Dave White (Crown Publishing)

The winners in both categories will be announced in New York on July 9.

And the Thriller Goes To…
March 20, 2008, 11:09 am
Filed under: Killer Year Members

The nominations for the Thriller Awards have just come in, and we have another Killer Year celebration in order. Way to go, SEAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We’re rooting for you, man!

Here are the nominees. Good luck to everyone!

Best Novel

* No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay (Bantam)
* The Watchman by Robert Crais (S&S)
* The Ghost by Robert Harris (S&S)
* The Crime Writer by Gregg Hurwitz (Viking)
* Trouble by Jesse Kellerman (Putnam)

Best First Novel

* Interred With Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell (Dutton)
* Big City, Bad Blood by Sean Chercover (Morrow)
* From the Depths by Gerry Doyle (McBook Press)
* Volk’s Game by Brent Ghelfi (Holt)
* Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (Morrow)

Best Paperback Original

* The Last Nightingale by Anthony Flacco (Ballantine)
* A Thousand Bones by P.J. Parrish (Pocket)
* The Midnight Road by Tom Piccirilli (Bantam)
* The Queen of Bedlam by Robert McCammon (Pocket)
* Shattered by Jay Bonansinga (Pinnacle)

Gumshoe A Go-Go
March 10, 2008, 1:32 pm
Filed under: Killer Year Members, KillerYear Friends,

Major congratulations to our very own Sean Chercover for his Gumshoe Best First nomination. And we extend more heartfelt congrats to friend of Killer Year/Former Mate Phil Hawley too! Way to go!

Here are all the Best First nominees:


Sean Chercover – Big City, Bad Blood (William Morrow)

Philip Hawley, Jr. – Stigma (Harper)

Lisa Lutz – The Spellman Files (Simon & Schuster)

Craig McDonald – Head Games (Bleak House Books)

Nick Stone – Mr. Clarinet (HarperCollins)

Wishing you all the luck in the world!!!!

A Great New Review
March 5, 2008, 2:48 pm
Filed under: Killer Year Members

Check out this awesome review from Otto Penzler. We are humbled…

February 8, 2008, 7:45 pm
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Fantastic News from Killer Year…

The UK rights to KILLER YEAR: Stories to Die For, edited by Lee Child, have gone at auction to Catherine Burke at Mira. To say we’re thrilled is the understatement of the year!!!

Thanks to everyone who have had a hand in the success of the anthology!!!

Patry Francis — Writer Extraordinarie
January 29, 2008, 5:00 am
Filed under: JT Ellison, Killer Year Founders, Killer Year Members, Patry Francis
Welcome to Patry’s On-Sale Day!!!!


Patry has been an amazing friend to us all this year. She’s kind, and calm, and a voice of reason. I still remember her laughing at me the first time I called her sugar. We’ve had ups and downs this year, and we are so thrilled that Patry is back on the upswing. We love you, sugar!!!!

Watch the cool video Circle of Seven has put together here.

And here’s a sample from the Brilliance Audio version of the book.

Please order Patry’s book today. You won’t be disappointed.