Friday, January 19, 2007

Edgar Award Nominees

The Edgar Award Nominees were announced for this year. The awards will be presented on April 26, 2007 in New York City. Here are the nominees.

BEST NOVEL

The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard (HarperCollins)
The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Gentleman and Players by Joanne Harris (HarperCollins – William Morrow)
The Dead Hour by Denise Mina (Hachette Book Group - Little, Brown and
Company)
The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard (Random House –
Ballantine Books)
The Liberation Movements by Olen Steinhauer (St. Martin's Minotaur)

BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR

The Faithful Spy by Alex Berenson (Random House)
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (Crown - Shaye Areheart Books)
King of Lies by John Hart (St. Martin's Minotaur – Thomas Dunne Books)
Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith (St. Martin's Minotaur)
A Field of Darkness by Cornelia Read (Warner Books – Mysterious Press)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

The Goodbye Kiss by Massimo Carlotto (Europa Editions)
The Open Curtain by Brian Evenson (Coffee House Press)
Snakeskin Shamisen by Naomi Hirahara (Bantam Dell Publishing – Delta
Books)
The Deep Blue Alibi by Paul Levine (Bantam Dell Publishing – Bantam
Books)
City of Tiny Lights by Patrick Neate (Penguin Group – Riverhead Books)

BEST FACT CRIME

Strange Piece of Paradise by Terri Jentz (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger (W.W. Norton and Co.)
Finding Amy: A True Story of Murder in Maine by Capt. Joseph K.
Loughlin & Kate Clark Flora (University Press of New England)
Ripperology: A Study of the World's First Serial Killer by Robin
Odell (The Kent State University Press)
The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe and the
Invention of Murder by Daniel Stashower (Dutton)
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson
(HarperCollins – William Morrow)

BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL

Unless the Threat of Death is Behind Them: Hard-Boiled Fiction and
Film Noir by John T. Irwin (Johns Hopkins University Press)
The Science of Sherlock Holmes: From Baskerville Hall to the Valley
of Fear by E.J. Wagner (John Wiley & Sons)

BEST SHORT STORY

"The Home Front" – Death Do Us Part by Charles Ardai (Hachette Book
Group – Little, Brown and Company)
"Rain" – Manhattan Noir by Thomas H. Cook (Akashic Books)
"Cranked" – Damn Near Dead by Bill Crider (Busted Flush Press)
"White Trash Noir" – Murder at the Foul Line by Michael Malone
(Hachette Book Group – Mysterious Press)
"Building" – Manhattan Noir by S.J. Rozan (Akashic Books)

BEST JUVENILE

Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake by Jennifer Allison (Penguin
Young Readers – Sleuth/Dutton)
The Stolen Sapphire: A Samantha Mystery by Sarah Masters Buckey
(American Girl Publishing)
Room One: A Mystery or Two by Andrew Clements (Simon & Schuster Books
for Young Readers)
The Bloodwater Mysteries: Snatched by Pete Hautman & Mary Logue
(Penguin Young Readers – Sleuth/Putnam)
The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery by Nancy
Springer (Penguin Young Readers – Philomel/Sleuth)

BEST YOUNG ADULT

The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks (Scholastic – The Chicken House)
The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson (Penguin YR – Sleuth/Viking)
Crunch Time by Mariah Fredericks (Simon & Schuster – Richard Jackson
Books/Atheneum)
Buried by Robin Merrow MacCready (Penguin YR – Dutton Children's Books)
The Night My Sister Went Missing by Carol Plum-Ucci (Harcourt
Children's Books)

BEST PLAY

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure by Steven Dietz (Arizona Theatre
Company)
Curtains by Rupert Holmes (Ahmanson Theatre)
Ghosts of Ocean House by Michael Kimball (The Players' Ring)

BEST TELEVISION EPISODE TELEPLAY

The Closer – "Blue Blood", Teleplay by James Duff & Mike Berchem
(Turner Network Television)
Dexter – "Crocodile", Teleplay by Clyde Phillips (Showtime)
House – "Clueless", Teleplay by Thomas L. Moran (Fox/NBC Universal)
Life on Mars – Episode 1, Teleplay by Matthew Graham (BBC America)
Monk – "Mr. Monk Gets a New Shrink", Teleplay by Hy Conrad (USA
Network/NBC Universal)

BEST TELEVISION FEATURE/MINI-SERIES TELEPLAY

Conviction, Teleplay by Bill Gallagher (BBC America)
Cracker: A New Terror, Teleplay by Jimmy McGovern (BBC America)
Messiah: The Harrowing, Teleplay by Terry Cafolla (BBC America)
Secret Smile, Teleplay by Kate Brooke, based on the book by Nicci
French (BBC America)
The Wire, Season 4, Teleplays by Ed Burns, Kia Corthron, Dennis
Lehane, David Mills, Eric Overmyer, George Pelecanos, Richard Price,
David Simon & William F. Zorzi (Home Box Office)

BEST MOTION PICTURE SCREENPLAY

Casino Royale, Screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade & Paul Haggis,
based on novel by Ian Fleming (MGM)
Children of Men, Screenplay by Alfonso Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton,
David Arata, Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby, based on a novel by P.D. James
(Universal Pictures
The Departed, Screenplay by William Monahan (Warner Bros. Pictures)
The Good Shepherd, Teleplay by Eric Roth (Universal Pictures)
Notes on a Scandal, Screenplay by Patrick Marber (Scott Rudin
Productions)

ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD

William Dylan Powell
"Evening Gold" – EQMM November 2006 (Dell Magazines)

GRAND MASTER

Stephen King

RAVEN AWARDS

Books & Books (Mitchell Kaplan, owner)
Mystery Loves Company Bookstore (Kathy & Tom Harig, owners)

THE SIMON & SCHUSTER-MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD
Bloodline by Fiona Mountain (St. Martin's Minotaur)


Good luck to all of the nominees, but special wishes go out to two of them, Nancy Pickard and Cornelia Read. Nancy is up for Best Novel for The Virgin of Small Plains. I haven't read it, although it's received a great deal of praise. These are personal best wishes. Nancy was kind enough to appear at the Lee County Reading Festival for me some years ago. She even agreed to come back a second time, but had to cancel due to her mother's illness. That was understandable, and, because she had to cancel, Mary Anna Evans, author of the forthcoming mystery, Effigies, made her first appearance as an author at our festival. Thanks to both of them. Good luck, Nancy.

I'd also like to wish Cornelia Read good luck. We had a wonderful time at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale when she made her first appearance with Lee Child. Again, her novel, A Field of Darkness, is well-deserving of praise.

5 comments:

Cornelia Read said...

Thank you so much, Lesa! This has been a wonderful day...

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Cornelia. I've been picking you all along to be nominated. Your mystery was original with a fresh voice. I hope my wishes bring good luck to you as they have to others in the past - Jonathon King, Louise Ure, Chris Grabenstein. I already have one pick for next year, but it looks like there are a lot of good first mysteries appearing this year. Deanna Raybourn's Silent in the Grave is worthy of attention for 2007. But, A Field of Darkness was my pick for 2006.

Anonymous said...

Lesa--Nancy Pickard here.
Thank you for those kind comments. And how nice to "see" you again.

Lesa said...

Hi Nancy! You're welcome. And, good luck. The Virgin of Small Plains is even going to be a Staff Pick on our library website next month. We all wish you luck.

Anonymous said...

(Nancy) I'm so happy to hear that! Thanks to everybody for their good wishes.