2004

Winner

GARDEN OF BEASTS by Jeffery Deaver  (Hodder & Stoughton)

‘Cat and mouse chase through Berlin in the run up to the 1936 Olympics. Evocative of the period, unrelenting pace with a tension that never lets up. This is a new departure for Deaver which keeps his trademark twists. A real page-turner.’

Shortlisted

THE WARLORD’s SON by  Dan Fesperman (Bantam – Transworld)

‘Many strands to this beautifully written thriller set in the mountains of Afghanistan. Journalist Fesperman brings authenticity to his account.’

PARANOIA by Joseph Finder  (Orion)

‘Industrial espionage in a high-tech environment which Q would envy is the basis for this fresh and engrossing thriller. Exciting to the very last line.’

TOKYO by Mo Hayder  (Bantam – Transworld)

‘A horrific incident in Nanking in 1937 has disturbing reverberations in the present day hostess bars of Tokyo haunted by grotesque villains in the Fleming tradition. Hayder’s most ambitious work yet.’

HARD LANDING by Stephen Leather  (Hodder & Stoughton)

‘A tale of human Bond-age. Undercover cop in claustrophobic, uncompromising prison thriller. Sustained pace and gripping plot.’

DEAD I MAY WELL BE by Adrian McKinty  (Serpent’s Tail)

‘Set among Irish gangsters in 1980′s New York and Mexico, this tough, noir-ish novel is written with lyrical flair.’

THE CONFESSOR by Daniel Silva  (Penguin)

‘Political machinations aplenty in a riveting, electrifying thriller set against a backdrop of Papal intrigue. Reminiscent of Forsyth and Innes at their best.’

Judges

Zoë Watkins (Chair) – publications’ manager who works for Ian Fleming publications.
Kate Grimond – member of the Fleming family, a director of Ian Fleming publications and reviews books regularly for the Economist and the Spectator.
Peter Guttridge – a writer who has published five novels, and who reviews crime fiction for the Observer and other publications.
Richard Reynolds – a bookseller who organises regular events for readers of crime fiction, including the annual Bodies in the Bookshop in Cambridge.
David Wilson – works for the film company Eon Productions Ltd in London.