Friday, January 18, 2008

Edgar Award Nominees

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the nominees for this year's Edgar awards. Edgar Week is April 27th to May 2, and the winners will be announced that week.

Best Novel Nominees are:

Christine Falls by Benjamin Black
Priest by Ken Bruen
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
Soul Patch by Reed Farrel Coleman
Down River by John Hart

Best First Novel By An American Author Nominees:

Missing Witness by Gordon Campbell
In the Woods by Tana French
Snitch Jacket by Christopher Goffard
Head Games by Craig McDonald
Pyres by Derek Nikitas

Best Paperback Original Nominees:

Queenpin by Megan Abbott
Blood of Paradise by David Corbett
Cruel Poetry by Vicki Hendricks
Robbie's Wife by Russell Hill
Who is Conrad Hirst by Kevin Wignall

Best Critical/Biographical Nominees:

The Triumph of the Thriller: How Cops, Crooks and Cannibals Captured Popular Fiction by Patrick Anderson
A Counter-History of Crime Fiction: Supernatural, Gothic, Sensational by Maurizio Ascari
Deviance in Contemporary Crime Fiction by Cristiana Gregoriou
Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Charles Foley
Chester Gould: A Daughter's Biography of the Creator of Dick Tracy by Jean Gould O'Connell

Best Fact Crime

The Birthday Party by Stanley Alpert
Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi
Chasing Justice: My Story of Freeing Myself After Two Decades on Death Row for a Crime I Didn't Commit by Kerry Max Cook
Relentless Pursuit: A True Story of Family, Murder, and the Prosecutor Who Wouldn't Quit by Kevin Flynn
Sacco & Vanzetti: The Men, The Murders and the Judgment of Mankind by Bruce Watson

Best Short Story

"The Catch" - Still Waters by Mark Ammons
"Blue Note" - Chicago Blues by Stuart M. Kaminsky
"Hardly Knew Her" - Dead Man's Hand by Laura Lippman
"The Golden Gopher" - Los Angeles Noir by Susan Straight
"Uncle" - A Hell of a Woman by Daniel Woodrell

Best Young Adult

Rat Life by Tedd Arnold
Diamonds in the Shadow by Caroline B. Cooney
Touching Snow by M. Sindy Felin
Blood Brothers by S.A. Harazin
Fragments by Jeffry W. Johnston

Best Juvenile

The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Shadows on Society Hill by Evelyn Coleman
Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn
The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh
Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things by Wendelin Van Draanen

Best Play

If/Then by David Foley (International Mystery Writers' Festival)
Panic by Joseph Goodrich (International Mystery Writers' Festival)
Books by Stuart M. Kaminsky (International Mystery Writers' Festival)

Best Television Episode Teleplay

"It's Alive" - Dexter, Teleplay by Daniel Cerone (Showtime)
"Yahrzeit" - Waking the Dead, Teleplay by Declan Croghan & Barbara Machin (BBC America)
"Pie-Lette" - Pushing Daisies, Teleplay by Bryan Fuller (ABC/Warner Bros Television
"Senseless" - Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Teleplay by Julie Martin & Siobhan Byrne O'Connor (Wolf Films/NBC Universal)
"Pilot" - Burn Notice, Teleplay by Matt Nix (USA Network/Fox Television Studios)

Best Motion Picture Screen Play

Eastern Promises, Screenplay by Steven Knight (Focus Features)
The Lookout, Screenplay by Scott Frank (Miramax)
Michael Clayton, Screenplay by Tony Gilroy (Warner Bros. Pictures)
No Country for Old Men, Screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, based on the book by Cormac McCarthy (Miramax)
Zodiac, Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, based on the book by Robert Graysmith (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Robert L. Fish Memorial Award

"The Catch" - Still Waters by Mark Ammons

The Simon & Schuster - Mary Higgins Clark Award

In Cold Pursuit by Sarah Andrews
Wild Indigo by Sandi Ault
Inferno by Karen Harper
The First Stone by Judith Kelman
Deadman's Switch by Barbara Seranella

Grand Master - Bill Pronzini

Raven Awards -

Center for the Book in the Library of Congress
Kate's Mystery Books (Kate Mattes, owner)

The website for the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Awards is


impatientreaderdotcom said...

Hi, Lesa. Do you know why James Lee Burke's novel The Tin Roof Blowdown didn't get nominated for an Edgar? I'm totally flabbergasted by that!

Lesa said...

I'm sorry. I don't know any of the reasons why one book ends up as a nominee and another one doesn't. My understanding is the committee is supposed to keep their work secret, but once in a while, someone breaks that agreement. If no one on the committee speaks up, we'll never know.

Imp Reader said...

Okay. Thank you.

Joy said...

I have a book from the Best Fact Crime list (The Birthday Party by Alpert) as a challenge book I will be reading this year. How great to see its a nominee for an award! :)

Lesa said...

I've only read one book on the entire list, and that's one of the nominees for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, Deadman's Switch. Looks like the nominating board went with very dark (noir) titles this year, and I tend not to read the dark ones.

myster & mysis said...

INTERNATIONAL MYSTERY WRITER' FESTIVAL appears to have swept all of the Edgar nominations in the BEST PLAY categry 2008. We were in Owensboro Kentucky, a nice town right on the Ohio River last june. We ended up seeing 6 new plays (Beautifully & fully staged like Broadway). It was affordable, seats fron S7 to $29 top.Many celebrities -- great theatres --- low price riverfront hotel rooms and great food (BBQ --WOW)AND the nicest people in the world!!! I am so glad they got EVERY EDGAR Nomination in the Best Play Categry --the mystery plays were spectacular
check their web-site WE ARE COMING BACK JUNE 12--22, 2008. Perfect Weather too --mid 70
Denise & Mike

Lesa said...

Denise & Mike -

I hope the International Mystery Writers' Festival is just as great this year! Thanks for writing about it.