Friday, January 16, 2009

Edgar Award Nominees

Well, although I read a number of mysteries this year, I didn't do very well with the award nominees. To be honest, I've read some of the Mary Higgins Clark nominees, but none of the others. I'm not even familiar with most of the novels nominated for Best First Novel by an American Author. Did you do better than I did?

Mystery Writers of America announced the nominees for the 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, television and film published or produced in 2008. The Edgar Awards will be presented to the winners at the 63rd Gala Banquet, April 30, 2009 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.


Missing by Karin Alvtegen (Felony & Mayhem Press)
Blue Heaven by C.J. Box (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Sins of the Assassin by Robert Ferrigno (Simon & Schuster - Scribner)
The Price of Blood by Declan Hughes (HarperCollins - William Morrow)
The Night Following by Morag Joss (Random House - Delacorte Press)
Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz (Simon & Schuster)


The Kind One by Tom Epperson (Five Star, div of Cengage)
Sweetsmoke by David Fuller (Hyperion)
The Foreigner by Francie Lin (Picador)
Calumet City by Charlie Newton (Simon & Schuster - Touchstone)
A Cure for Night by Justin Peacock (Random House - Doubleday)


The Prince of Bagram by Alex Carr (Random House Trade)
Money Shot by Christa Faust (Hard Case Crime)
Enemy Combatant by Ed Gaffney (Random House - Dell)
China Lake by Meg Gardiner (New American Library - Obsidian Mysteries)
The Cold Spot by Tom Piccirilli (Random House - Bantam)


For The Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb and the Murder that Shocked Chicago by
Simon Baatz (HarperCollins)
American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of
the Century
by Howard Blum (Crown Publishers)
Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It To The Revolution by T.J. English (HarperCollins - William Morrow)
The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Hans van
by Jonathan Lopez (Harcourt)
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale (Walker & Company)


African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study by Frankie
Y. Bailey (McFarland & Company)
Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories by
Leonard Cassuto (Columbia University Press)
Scene of the Crime: The Importance of Place in Crime and Mystery Fiction by
David Geherin (McFarland & Company)
The Rise of True Crime by Jean Murley (Greenwood Publishing - Praeger)
Edgar Allan Poe: An Illustrated Companion to His Tell-Tale Stories
by Dr. Harry Lee Poe (Sterling Publishing - Metro Books)


"A Sleep Not Unlike Death" - Hardcore Hardboiled by Sean Chercover (Kensington
"Skin and Bones" - Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine by David Edgerley Gates
(Dell Magazines)
"Scratch of a Woman" - Hardly Knew Her by Laura Lippman (HarperCollins -
William Morrow)
"La Vie en Rose" - Paris Noir by Dominique Mainard (Akashic Books
"Skinhead Central" - The Blue Religion by T. Jefferson Parker (Hachette Book
Group - Little, Brown and Company)


The Postcard by Tony Abbott (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Enigma: A Magical Mystery by Graeme Base (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff (Random House Children's Books - Wendy Lamb
The Witches of Dredmoore Hollow by Riford McKenzie (Marshall Cavendish
Children's Books)
Cemetary Street by Brenda Seabrooke (Holiday House)


Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd (Random House Children's Books - David Fickling
The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo (Harry N. Abrams Books - Amulet Books)
Paper Towns by John Green (Penguin Young Readers Group - Dutton Children's Books)
Getting the Girl by Susan Juby (HarperCollins Children's Books - HarperTeen)
Torn to Pieces by Margo McDonnell (Random House Children's Books - Delacorte Books for Young Readers)


The Ballad of Emmett Till by Ifa Bayeza (Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, based on the story by
Robert Lewis Stevenson (Arizona Theatre Company)
Cell by Judy Klass (International Mystery Writers' Festival)


"Streetwise" - Law & Order: SVU, Teleplay by Paul Grellong (Wolf Films/NBC
"Prayer of the Bone" - Wire in the Blood, Teleplay by Patrick Harbinson (BBC
"Signature" - Law & Order: SVU, Teleplay by Judith McCreary (Wolf Films/NBC
"You May Now Kill the Bride" - CSI: Miami, Teleplay by Barry O'Brien (CBS)
"Burn Card" - Law & Order, Teleplay by David Wilcox (Wolf Films/NBC Universal)


The Bank Job, Screenplay by Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais (Lionsgate)
Burn After Reading, Screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (Focus Features)
In Bruges, Screenplay by Martin McDonagh (Focus Features)
Tell No One, Screenplay by Guillaume Canet, based on the book by Harlan Coben
(Music Box Films)
Transsiberian, Screenplay by Brad Anderson & Will Conroy (First Look

"Buckner's Error" - Queens Noir by Joseph Guglielmelli (Akashic Books)

James Lee Burke
Sue Grafton

Edgar Allan Poe Society, Baltimore, Maryland
Poe House, Baltimore, Maryland


Sacrifice by S.J. Bolton (St. Martin's Minotaur)
The Killer's Wife by Bill Floyd (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Stalking Susan by Julie Kramer (Random House - Doubleday)
A Song for You by Betsy Thornton (St. Martin's Minotaur)
The Fault Tree by Louise Ure (St. Martin's Minotaur)

And, a personal congratulations to Louise Ure, a friend, and one of our author presenters from Authors @ The Teague. I also find it interesting that two of the four Mary Higgins Clark award nominees, Ure's The Fault Tree, and Thornton's A Song for You, are set in Tucson, AZ.

Congratulations to all of the nominees.


Maria said...

I didn't read nearly as many mysteries this year as usual, so I'm not too surprised that I haven't read any of these. I planned to read the "Spellman Files" one...and I'd heard of two others...

Lesa said...

I've read one NF title, Maria, and two of the MHC ones. That's it, and I read a large number of mystery books last year. I also spend a great deal of time on DorothyL, read review journals, and order mysteries for the library. I still hadn't heard of many of these titles and authors.

The Agatha & Anthony Awards seem to do a much better job with selecting books that people have actually heard of and read.

Jen said...

You already know I'm in the dark on most everything here...I'm just reassured to know I wasn't the only one..I thought I was out of the loop or something. I was beginning to think I couldn't call myself a mystery fan on my blog anymore! LOL Just kidding!

Lesa said...

Hi Jen, I bet when the Agatha Award nominations come out, you'll at least recognize all the authors. It's much more reader friendly, IMHO.

Literary Feline said...

If I had favorite awards, these would be it. :-) Thanks for sharing the list!

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Literary Feline! I hope you're one of the readers who have read some of these. Enjoy!

Kay said...

Hmmm....I own BLUE HEAVEN, CHINA LAKE, SACRIFICE, and THE FAULT TREE. Have read none of them, but mean to. I've watched 3 of the 5 television episodes. Sigh. I hadn't heard of several of these as well. I think my mystery reading is not really so much in sinc with the Edgars. I'm more an Agatha and Anthony type.

Lesa said...

Me, too, Kay. I've read Sacrifice and The Fault Tree, and I have Betsy Thornton's MHC nominee in my closet. Those titles are more like the Agatha/Anthony types. I'm with you.

Hope to see you Saturday afternoon at The Poisoned Pen, Kay!

Luanne said...

Sweetsmoke by Fuller was one of my favourites of 2008!

Lesa said...

Thanks, Luanne. It's great to hear from someone who read and enjoyed one of the titles I don't know!