Barry Best British Novel


2011 selection

The Woodcutter

Barry Best British Novel 2011

by Reginald Hill

"Thefertility of Hill's imagination, the range of his power, the sheer quality ofhis literary style never ceases to delight." —Val McDermid,author of Fever of the Bone

In a stand-alone psychological thrillerfrom...

2008 selection

Damnation Falls

Barry Best British Novel 2008

by Edward Wright

Randall Wilkes, his big-city journalism career in ruins, has returned after twenty years to Pilgrim's Rest, the Tennessee hill town where he grew up. He has taken on a lucrative but low-prestige writing job...

2007 selection


Jack Taylor #5

Barry Best British Novel 2007

by Ken Bruen

Ireland, awash with cash and greed, no longer turns to the Church for solace or comfort. But the decapitation of Father Joyce in a Galway confessional horrifies even the most jaded citizen.

Jack Taylor, devastated...

2004 selection

The Distant Echo

Barry Best British Novel 2004

by Val McDermid

Bestselling, award-winning author Val McDermid delivers her most stunning story yet in The Distant Echo---an intricate, thought-provoking tale of murder and revenge

Four in the morning, mid-December, and snow...

2003 selection

The White Road

Detective Charlie "Bird" Parker #4

Barry Best British Novel 2003

by John Connolly

In his fourth thriller, international bestselling author John Connolly once again takes readers into the dark world of private detective Charlie Parker, whose deadly fight against evil begins when the daughter...

2000 selection

A Place of Execution

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2001, Barry Best British Novel 2000

by Val McDermid

Winter 1963: two children have disappeared off the streets of Manchester; the murderous careers of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady have begun. On a freezing day in December, another child goes missing: thirteen-year-old...