International Thriller Writers Awards

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The International Thriller Writers Awards are awarded by International Thriller Writers at the annual Thrillerfest conferences for outstanding work in the field since 2006.

Award winners[edit]

International Thriller Writers Award recipients[1]
Year Category Author Title Publisher
2006 Best First Novel Adam Fawer Improbable William Morrow
Best Novel Christopher Reich The Patriots Club Delacorte Press
Best Paperback Original R. Cameron Cooke Pride Runs Deep Jove
Best Screenplay Caché Michael Haneke
Thrillermaster Clive Cussler
2007[2] Best First Novel Nick Stone Mr Clarinet Penguin
Best Novel Joseph Finder Killer Instinct St. Martin's Press
Best Paperback Original P.J. Parrish An Unquiet Grave Pinnacle
Best Screenplay Eric Roth The Good Shepherd
Thrillermaster[3] James Patterson
2008 Best First Novel Joe Hill Heart-Shaped Box William Morrow
Best Novel Robert Harris The Ghost Simon & Schuster
Best Paperback Original Tom Piccirilli The Midnight Road Bantam
Silver Bullet Award Macy's and David Baldacci
Thrillermaster Sandra Brown
2009 Best First Novel Tom Rob Smith Child 44 Grand Central Publishing
Best Novel Jeffery Deaver The Bodies Left Behind Simon & Schuster
Best Short Story Alexandra Sokoloff "The Edge of Seventeen" The Darker Mask
Silver Bullet Award Brad Meltzer
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Thrillermaster David Morrell
2010[4] Best First Novel Jamie Freveletti Running from the Devil
Best Hard Cover Novel Lisa Gardner The Neighbor
Best Paperback Original Novel Tom Piccirilli The Coldest Mile
Best Short Story Twist Phelan "A Stab in the Heart"
Silver Bullet Award Linda Fairstein
US Airways
Thrillermaster Ken Follett
True Thrill Award Mark Bowden
2011[5] Best First Novel Chevy Stevens Still Missing
Best Hard Cover Novel John Sandford Bad Blood Virgil Flowers Series, book 4
Best Paperback Original Novel J. T. Ellison The Cold Room Taylor Jackson Series, book 4
Best Short Story Richard Helms "The Gods for Vengeance Cry" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, November 2010
Silver Bullet Award Karin Slaughter
Thrillermaster R. L. Stine
True Thrill Award Joe McGinniss
2012[6] Best Hard Cover Novel Stephen King 11/22/63
Best Paperback Original Novel Jeff Abbott The Last Minute
Best Short Story Tim L. Williams "Half-Lives" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, March/April 2011
Silver Bullet Award Richard North Patterson
Thrillermaster Jack Higgins
True Thrill Award Ann Rule
2013 Best E-Book Original Novel CJ Lyons Blind Faith
Best First Novel Matthew Quirk The 500
Best Hard Cover Novel Brian Freeman Spilled Blood
Best Paperback Original Novel Sean Doolittle Lake Country
Best Short Story John Rector Lost Things
Best Young Adult Novel Dan Krokos False Memory
Silver Bullet Award Steve Berry
Thrillermaster Anne Rice
2014[7] Best E-Book Original Novel Rebecca Cantrell The World Beneath
Best First Novel Jason Matthews Red Sparrow
Best Hard Cover Novel Andrew Pyper The Demonologist
Best Paperback Original Novel Jennifer McMahon The One I Left Behind
Best Short Story Twist Phelan "Footprints in Water" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July 2013
Best Young Adult Novel Cristin Terrill All Our Yesterdays
Silver Bullet Award Brenda Novak
Thrillermaster Scott Turow
2015[8] Best E-Book Original Novel C.J. Lyons Hard Fall
Best First Novel Laura McHugh The Weight of Blood
Best Hard Cover Novel Megan Abbott The Fever
Best Paperback Original Novel Vincent Zandri Moonlight Weeps
Best Short Story Tim L. Williams "The Last Wrestling Bear in West Kentucky" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Best Young Adult Novel Elle Cosimano Nearly Gone
Silver Bullet Award Kathy Reichs
Thrillermaster Nelson DeMille
2016[9] Best E-Book Original Novel Chris Kuzneski The Prisoner's Gold
Best First Novel Brian Panowich Bull Mountain
Best Hard Cover Novel Ian Caldwell The Fifth Gospel
Best Paperback Original Novel John Gilstrap Against All Enemies
Best Short Story Joyce Carol Oates "Gun Accident: An Investigation" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Best Young Adult Novel Michelle Painchaud Pretending to be Erica
Silver Bullet Award John Lescroart
Thrillermaster Heather Graham
2017 Best E-Book Original Novel James Scott Bell Romeo's Way
Best First Novel Nick Petrie The Drifter
Best Hard Cover Novel Noah Hawley Before the Fall
Best Paperback Original Novel Anne Frasier The Body Reader
Best Short Story Joyce Carol Oates "Big Momma" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Best Young Adult Novel A. J. Hartley Steeplejack
Silver Bullet Award Lisa Gardner
Thriller Legend Award Tom Doherty
Thrillermaster Lee Child
2018[10][11] Best E-Book Original Novel Sean Black Second Chance
Best First Novel K. J. Howe The Freedom Broker
Best Hard Cover Novel Riley Sager Final Girls
Best Paperback Original Novel Christine Bell Grievance
Best Short Story Zoë Z. Dean "Charcoal and Cherry" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Best Young Adult Novel Gregg Hurwitz The Rains
Silver Bullet Award James Rollins
Thriller Legend Award Robert and Patricia Gussin (Oceanview Publishing)
Thrillermaster George R. R. Martin
2019[12][13] Best E-Book Original Novel Alan Orloff Pray for the Innocent
Best First Novel C. J. Tudor The Chalk Man
Best Hard Cover Novel Jennifer Hillier Jar of Hearts
Best Paperback Original Novel Jane Harper The Lost Man
Best Short Story Helen Smith "Nana" Killer Women: Crime Club Anthology #2
Best Young Adult Novel Teri Bailey Black Girl at the Grave
Silver Bullet Award Harlan Coben
Thriller Legend Award Margaret Marbury
Thrillermaster John Sandford
2020[14] Best E-Book Original Novel Kerry Wilkinson Close To You
Best First Novel Angie Kim Miracle Creek
Best Hard Cover Novel Adrian McKinty The Chain
Best Paperback Original Novel Dervla McTiernan The Scholar
Best Short Story Tara Laskowski "The Long-Term Tenant" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Best Young Adult Novel Tom Ryan Keep This To Yourself
2021 Best E-Book Original Novel Jeff Buick A Killing Game
Best First Novel David Heska Wanbli Weiden Winter Counts
Best Hard Cover Novel S. A. Cosby Blacktop Wasteland
Best Paperback Original Novel John Marrs What Lies Between Us
Best Short Story Alan Orloff "Rent Due"
Best Young Adult Novel Andrea Contos Throwaway Girls

2022[15] Best Audiobook S. A. Cosby with Adam Lazarre-White (narrator) Razorblade Tears Macmillan
Best E-Book Original Novel E. J. Findorff Blood Parish E. J. Findorff
Best First Novel Amanda Jayatissa My Sweet Girl Berkley
Best Hardcover Novel S. A. Cosby Razorblade Tears Flatiron Books
Best Paperback Original Novel Amanda Jayatissa Bloodline Thomas & Mercer
Best Short Story Scott Loring Sanders "The Lemonade Stand" Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Best Young Adult Novel Courtney Summers The Project Wednesday Books
ThrillMasters Frederick Forsyth
Diana Gabaldon


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