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Bouchercon 2019

At Bouchercon 2019 in Dallas, Texas.

A great event with over 1500 people and lots of authors, including James Patterson, Thomas Perry, Dervla McTiernan and Peter Lovesey. In addition to Dervla there is also a enthusiastic contingent of another four Australian authors: Robert Gott, Sulari Gentill, Jock Serong and Emma Viskic, who will be doing a panel on Australian crime writing.

There is a packed program of events and panels covering the full spectrum of crime fiction topics from interviews with popular authors such as Peter Lovesey and Sandra Brown, to analyses of different trends, advice on how to write and publish a crime novel and a listing of the most influential crime novels of the past 50 years. There is also a very busy Book Room where dealers sell new and old crime novels and authors come to sign their books.

On Thursday night the winners of the Barry Awards were announced, with Australian author Dervla McTiernan picking up the Best Paperback Original award for The Ruin. Other winners were Lou Berney for the excellent November Road (Best Novel); Dan Fesperman for Safe Houses (Best Thriller) and C J Tudor for The Chalk Man (Best First Novel).

I was also honoured to pick up the Don Sandstrom Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom.

The conference has another two days to run. I will do a full report when I get back to Australia

Dervla McTiernan and myself with our awards.


  1. Sensational to be recognised for your effort in the industry Jeff….congratulations on your award.

    • Thanks – it was a big surprise!

      • Congrats Jeff. AMAZING!

        • Kerri – thanks 🙂

    • Thanks

  2. Congratulations Jeff!!

  3. Congratulations, Jeff. Well deserved. From your fellow “vintage” thriller nut in England.

    • Mike thanks, it was a big surprise

  4. Jeff, I was pleased, but not surprised, that you fit in with the “super” fans so well at Bouchercon — Maggie, Nancy, Mystery Mike, Steele Curry, Mini-Mike, and on and on. You’re one of us. I knew that from your writing, and now that we’ve met in person, that only confirmed it very strongly. Congratulations on the Don Sandstrom Award. You’ve joined an august group of fellow-winner fans. George Easter

    • George, thanks. I really enjoyed meeting everyone and couldn’t get over how kind people were!
      I am still in LA – leaving late on Wednesday
      Found a couple more bookshops and bought more books!!
      Will email when I get home
      Enjoy the McTiernan book.

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