The Duffer Awards have just taken over thriller writer Alafair Burke’s website. All month long, readers will get to vote which fictional characters will win a “Duffer”. A dubious honor at best and a clever putdown at worse, Duffer awards will include such categories “Quickest Rebounder From A Failed Relationship” and “Most Likely To Be Institutionalized”. Mystery and thriller fans will be happy to see favorite characters on the list of nominees. Such diverse characters as Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta and Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne make appearances as well as Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander and James Patterson’s Alex Cross, just to name a few. 

Each day in June, two mystery characters will be pitted against each other to vie for a Duffer, named after Burke's beloved French Bulldog. Readers who comment on their choice for the categories' winners will be entered in a contest to win copies of Burke’s books and $50 gift certificates.

I don't know about you, but I am heading straight there to vote for the character "Most Likely To Make A 15-Mile Detour For Good Junk Food". I'm thinking this is going to have to go to Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone...

Tags: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
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