International Thriller Awards winners announced

Chris Schluep on July 15, 2019


The winners of the 2019 International Thriller Writer Awards were announced over the weekend. The awards ceremony was held in New York at ThrillerFest XIV.

John Sandford hosted as 2019 ThrillerMaster, and Harlan Coben was presented with the 2019 Silver Bullet Award.

The International Thriller Awards are given by The International Thriller Writers (ITW), an honorary society of authors, both fiction and nonfiction, who write books broadly classified as “thrillers.” This includes murder mystery, detective, suspense, horror, supernatural, action, espionage, true crime, war, adventure, and similar subject areas.

Here is a partial list of finalists and winners (winners in bold):


Lou Berney — November Road (William Morrow)

Julia Heaberlin — Paper Ghosts (Ballantine Books)

Jennifer Hillier — Jar of Hearts (Minotaur Books)

Karin Slaughter — Pieces of Her (William Morrow)

Paul Tremblay — The Cabin at the End of the World (William Morrow)


Jack Carr — The Terminal List (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)

Karen Cleveland — Need to Know (Ballantine Books)

Ellison Cooper — Caged (Minotaur Books)

Catherine Steadman — Something in the Water (Ballantine Books)

C. J. Tudor — The Chalk Man (Crown)


Jane Harper — The Lost Man (Pan Macmillan Australia)

John Marrs — The Good Samaritan (Thomas & Mercer)

Andrew Mayne — The Naturalist (Thomas & Mercer)

Kirk Russell — Gone Dark (Thomas & Mercer)

Carter Wilson — Mister Tender's Girl (Sourcebooks Landmark)


Jeffery Deaver — “The Victims’ Club” (Amazon Original Stories)

Emily Devenport — “10,432 Serial Killers (In Hell)” (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)

Scott Loring Sanders — “Window to the Soul” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)

Helen Smith — “Nana” in Killer Women: Crime Club Anthology #2 (Killer Women Ltd.)

Duane Swierczynski — “Tough Guy Ballet” in For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon (Pegasus Books)

==> You can see all of the 2019 categories and nominees here

==> Or see last year's nominees and winners.

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