VANISH is a Macavity nominee

The news is now officially out: VANISH has been nominated for a Macavity award.  I’m astonished, especially after all the whispers from critics that my Edgar nomination was a complete fluke.  I’ll refrain from uttering that famous old Sally Field line.  But truly, I’m thrilled!

 The Macavity Award Nominations 2006
(for works published in the U.S. in 2005)

The Macavity Awards are nominated and voted on by members of Mystery Readers International. Winners will be announced at Bouchercon during opening ceremonies, September 28, 2006.

Best Novel
o One Shot by Lee Child (Delacorte Press)
o The James Deans by Reed Farrell Coleman (Plume)
o The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
o Vanish by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine Books)
o Strange Affair by Peter Robinson (William Morrow)
o The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow (Knopf)

Best First Novel
o Immoral by Brian Freeman (St. Martin’s)
o All Shook Up by Mike Harrison (ECW Press)
o Baby Game by Randall Hicks (Wordslinger Press)
o Solomon vs. Lord by Paul Levine (Bantam)
o The Firemaker by Peter May (St. Martin’s)

Nonfiction:
o Tracks to Murder by Jonathan Goodman (Kent State University)
o Behind the Mystery: Top Mystery Writers Interviewed by Stuart Kaminsky; photographed by Laurie Roberts (Hothouse Press)
o New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Novels, edited by Leslie S. Klinger (Norton)
o Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak (Harcourt)
o Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach (Norton)

Best Short Story:
o “It Can Happen” by David Corbett in San Francisco Noir, Akashic Books
o “Everybody’s Girl” by Robert Barnard
o “The Big Road by Steve Hockensmith (AHMM, May 2005)
o “There Is No Crime on Easter Island” by Nancy Pickard (EQMM, Sept-Oct 2005)

Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award
o In Like Flynn by Rhys Bowen (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
o Spectres in the Smoke by Tony Broadbent (St. Martin’s)
o The War of the World Murders by Max Allan Collins
o Night’s Child by Maureen Jennings (St. Martin’s)
o Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear, (Henry Holt)

32 replies
  1. J. Carson Black
    J. Carson Black says:

    Fantastic! And you well deserve it. I just finished VANISH and was completely blown away. It’s rare even with the best writers for me to not be able to put a book down, but you had me going, and going, and going! It is a masterful book.

    VANISH is a standout in any crowd. You’re one of the best and it’s wonderful to see you ranked among them–especially for the awards.

  2. emilythewise21
    emilythewise21 says:

    That’s great! Vanish is the only book on the list of nominees that I’ve read, but it’s a fantastic book!

  3. Cynbagley
    Cynbagley says:

    Ooops.. I put the congratulations on the main book selection post… So CONGRATULATIONS again.

    I know I get a thrill every time I win something or even when I get published…

  4. Philip Hawley
    Philip Hawley says:

    The awards committees are finally discovering what readers have long known. Tess is a literary powerhouse who tells gripping stories about poignant human struggles, and does so with beautiful prose. Her characters literally jump off the page.

    Talk about a well-deserved tribute…

  5. joe bernstein
    joe bernstein says:

    no surprise here tess-you know how much i liked Vanish-i think Gravity deserved a major award-but in what category-hmmmm?

  6. Jaye Patrick
    Jaye Patrick says:

    Excellent news, Tess. I’ll add my congrats to everyone elses. I’m with Joe: I also think Gravity deserved a major award, it was outstanding.

  7. GerritsenFever10
    GerritsenFever10 says:

    Congratulations on your nomination! If you don’t win for Vanish then people need to have a CAT scan to make sure nothing’s wrong with them…keep writing bestsellers!!!! Oh, and it’s seriously disconcerting that ALL of your novels haven’t been nominated for awards/won awards because they are equally great!

  8. Steve Allan
    Steve Allan says:

    Congrats! I think you hit it out of the ballpark with Vanish. The Edgar nod wasn’t a fluke and neither is this. I’m rooting for a fellow Mainer to win.

  9. Barbie Roberts
    Barbie Roberts says:

    I’ll add my congratulations to the list with an additional question: Is there another dress waiting for the right moment to be worn, such as for this award’s ceremony? And will we be treated to pictures again?

  10. Tess
    Tess says:

    Barbie,
    I’m not sure I’ll be able to make it to Bouchercon for the ceremony, as I’ll be on book tour. But if I do make it, I guess this is my excuse to go shopping for another dress!

  11. Eileen
    Eileen says:

    Wa-hoo. Well deserved. What a lovely excuse to have a night of debauchery and decadence. Of course I use anything as an excuse (look I paid the cable bill on time), but this is truly worthy.

  12. Rhonda Lane
    Rhonda Lane says:

    Congratulations — with party hats, champagne and sky rockets! VANISH is special, but I’m sure that I’m not the only one to think that honors for your writing are long overdue.

  13. New Mexico Ann
    New Mexico Ann says:

    Congatulations, Tess!

    Now, I have two questions for you.
    1.) Who do I have to bribe so you can win? 😉
    2.) If you buy a Western-style dress for the occasion, would you like to borrow my brand-new white straw Stetson with the Southwestern hat band I made? 🙂

  14. New Mexico Ann
    New Mexico Ann says:

    P.S. Instead of Vanish’s nominations being the fluke, I think the real fluke of the whole deal is that Tess’ detractors have jobs as critics. 🙂

  15. tambo
    tambo says:

    That is simply awesome! Congratulations on all this much-deserved success and it’s certainly no fluke. It’s about time you’re getting noticed. Wow. Just… wow!

  16. tragicfarinelli
    tragicfarinelli says:

    Congratulations, Tess.

    You deserve the nomination indeed.
    You go geddit!

    Best Wishes from the UK!

  17. thornex
    thornex says:

    Hello Dear TragicFarinelli! Missed you… visit my blog… and when will the site be up?

    Congratulations… This well over-due and Ill be keeping my fingers crossed! Thanks for hours of great reading…

    All the best,
    Love Thorne.

  18. Tanja
    Tanja says:

    Hi! I just finished reading the PPB “Vanish” and wanted to do a bit of research on why you felt compelled to write this story…and saw that you’d been nominated for this award. Congrats!

    While I typically enjoy your books and recommend them to friends and family, Vanish was too hard to put down once I started reading it this morning, so I finished it, too. Good thing today is my last day off! My thanks for a fascinating read. 🙂

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