2005

Winner

BRANDENBURG by Henry Porter  (Orion)

‘Set against the backdrop of the fall of the Berlin Wall in the autumn of 1989, Brandenburg takes the reader into the wilderness of mirrors that was Cold War international espionage. A complex, intelligent thriller by a skilful writer at the top of his game.’

Shortlisted

A BLIND EYE by GM Ford  (Pan Macmillan)

On the run from the law, Corso and Dougherty, a reporter and photographer, stumble across the grisly remains of a family, sparking off an investigation into a 30-year-old killing spree. Strongly paced with page-turning suspense to be read at one sitting.’

A GOOD DAY TO DIE by Simon Kernick  (Bantam – Transworld)

‘Ex-cop turned hired killer Dennis Milne returns to London to avenge the death of his former colleague. A gritty, contemporary read with an explosive opening that sets the tone for the whole book.’

THE APOTHECARY’S HOUSE by Adrian Matthews  (Pan Macmillan)

‘A dispute over the ownership of a unique painting looted by the Nazis sets off a chain of events in contemporary Amsterdam. Art historian Ruth Braams risks all as she investigates the true ownership and the mystery of the painting itself. A strong sense of pace draws the reader into this atmospheric thriller.’

LABYRINTH by Kate Mosse  (Orion)

‘A compelling historical thriller set in medieval and contemporary Carcassonne, in which past and present collide with lethal consequences. Amateur archaeologist Alice Tanner uncovers a 700-year-old Grail mystery which is inextricably linked to her own ancestry. Absolutely unputdownable.’

DOUBLE CROSS BLIND by Joel Ross  (Hodder & Stoughton)

‘Tom Wall’s personal quest to find the brother who betrayed him leads to a race against time to change the course of the Second World War. A compelling and absorbing first novel by a writer with abundant promise.’

A DEATH IN VIENNA by Daniel Silva  (Penguin)

‘The bombing of the war crimes office in Vienna triggers an investigation by former Israeli secret service agent Gabriel Allon. The author distills the horrors of the Holocaust and the complexities of world events into an intensely moving personal testament.’

Judges

Corinne Turner (Non-Judging Chair) – Managing Director, Ian Fleming Publications
Seraphina Granelli – Manager of Libertas, with a background in bookselling management including Waterstones
Richard Reynolds – a bookseller who organises regular events for readers of crime fiction, including the annual Bodies in the Bookshop in Cambridge
Mike Stotter, – journalist, reviewer and editor of SHOTS magazine
Zoë Watkins – publications manager for works, Ian Fleming publications
David Wilson – works for the film company Eon Productions Ltd in London