The 2009 Arthur Ellis Award Nominees

As announced today by the Crime Writers of Canada:

Nominees in the best novel category are:

  • Linwood Barclay, Too Close to Home (Bantam)
  • Maureen Jennings, The K Handshape (Dundurn)
  • James W. Nichol, Transgression (MacArthur & Company)
  • Louise Penny, The Murder Stone (MacArthur & Company)
  • Michael E. Rose, The Tsunami File (MacArthur & Company)

Nominees in the best first novel category are:

  • Nadine Doolittle, Iced Under (Bayeux Arts/Gondolier).
  • John C. Goodman, Talking to Wendigo (Turnstone).
  • April Lindgren, Headline: Murder (Second Story Press).
  • Howard Shrier, Buffalo Jump (Vintage Canada).
  • Phyllis Smallman, Margarita Nights (McArthur & Company).

Nominees in the best juvenile novel category are:

  • Vicki Grant, Res Judicata (Orca).
  • Susan Juby, Getting the Girl (HarperCollins).
  • Elizabeth MacLeod, Royal Murder (Annick Press).
  • Norah McClintock, Dead Silence (Scholastic Canada).
  • Sharon E. McKay, War Brothers (Penguin Canada).

Nominees for best crime writing in French are:

  • Jacques Côté, Le Chemin des brumes (Alire).
  • Maxime Houde, Le Poids des illusions (Alire).
  • Andre Jacques, La Tendresse du serpent (Québec Amerique).
  • Sylvain Meunier, L’Homme qui détestait le golf (La courte échelle).
  • Antoine Yaccarini, Meurtre au Soleil (VLB éditeur).

Nominees in the best short-story category are:

  • Pasha Malla, “Filmsong” in Toronto Noir (Akashic Books).
  • James Powell, “Clay Pillows” in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (June 2008).
  • Peter Robinson, “Walking the Dog” in Toronto Noir (Akashic Books).
  • Amelia Symington, “An Ill Wind” in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (Sept./Oct. 2008).
  • Kris Wood, “Thinking Inside the Box” in Going Out with a Bang (RendezVous Crime).

Nominees in the best non-fiction category are:

  • Daphne Bramham, The Secret Lives of Saints: Child Brides and Lost Boys in Canada’s Polygamous Mormon Sect (Vintage Canada/RHC).
  • Sharon Butala, The Girl in Saskatoon: A Meditation on Friendship, Memory and Murder (Phyllis Bruce Books/HarperCollins).
  • Alex Caine, Befriend and Betray: Infiltrating the Hells Angels, Bandidos and Other Criminal Brotherhoods (Vintage Canada/RHC).
  • Michael Calce & Craig Silverman, Mafiaboy: How I Cracked the Internet and Why It’s Still Broken (Penguin Canada).
  • Kerry Pither, Dark Days: The Story of Four Canadians Tortured in the Name of Fighting Terror (Penguin Canada).

Nominees in the best unpublished novel category are:

  • Pam Barnsley, This Cage of Bones.
  • Gloria Ferris, Cheat the Hangman.
  • Stephen Maher, Salvage.
  • Douglas A. Moles, Louder.
  • Kevin Thornton, Condemned.

Winners in all categories will be announced at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on June 4.