• Winner, Spotted Owl Award for Best Mystery by a Northwest Writer, Days of Rage, 2007.
• Winner, Outstanding Achievement Award from Wisconsin Library Association, Stone Cribs, 2005.
• Winner, Spotted Owl Award, Stone Cribs, 2005.
• Winner, Herodotus Award, Best U.S. Historical Mystery, A Dangerous Road, 2000.
• Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel, A Dangerous Road, 2000.
• Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine’s Readers Choice Award, Fourth Place for “Sob Sisters” (by Kris Nelscott), 2014.
• Oregon Book Award, Stone Cribs, 2004.
• Oregon Book Award, War at Home, 2005.
• Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award, Smoke-Filled Rooms, 2001.
• Shamus Award, Street Justice, 2015.
• Shamus Award, Days of Rage, 2006.
• Spotted Owl Award, Thin Walls, 2002.
• Spotted Owl Award, War at Home, 2006.
• A Dangerous Road chosen for the New York Public Library’s prestigious 2002 Books For The Teenage List.
• Smoke-Filled Rooms chosen as one of Booklist’s Top Ten Mysteries of 2001.
• Thin Walls chosen as one of the Chicago Tribune’s best mysteries of 2002.
• Days of Rage chosen as one of the top ten books of 2006 by Kirkus.