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2007 Edgar Nominees

Still catching up…way back on last Friday, the Mystery Writers of America announced the nominees for the 2007 Edgar Allan Poe Awards. Winners will be announced at a gala banquet on April 26 (attendees can choose from steak, salmon, or mystery meat).

For a full list, click here. A partial list is below:

Best Novel

The Pale Blue Eye, by Louis Bayard (HarperCollins)
The Janissary Tree, by Jason Goodwin (Farrar)
Gentleman and Players, by Joanne Harris (Morrow)
The Dead Hour, by Denise Mina (Little, Brown)
The Virgin of Small Plains, by Nancy Pickard (Random/Ballantine)
The Liberation Movements, by Olen Steinhauer (St. Martin’s Minotaur)

Best First Novel by an American Author

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

Best Paperback Original

The Goodbye Kiss, by Massimo Carlotto (Europa)
The Open Curtain, by Brian Evenson (Coffee House)
Snakeskin Shamisen, by Naomi Hirahara (Delta)
The Deep Blue Alibi, by Paul Levine (Bantam)
City of Tiny Lights, by Patrick Neate (Riverhead)

Best Fact Crime

Strange Piece of Paradise, by Terri Jentz (Farrar)
A Death in Belmont, by Sebastian Junger (Norton)
Finding Amy: A True Story of Murder in Maine, by Capt. Joseph K. Loughlin & Kate Clark Flora (Univ. Press of New England)
Ripperology: A Study of the World’s First Serial Killer, by Robin Odell (Kent State Univ.)
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 (Morrow)

Best Short Story

“The Home Front,” from Death Do Us Part, by Charles Ardai (Little, Brown)
“Rain,” from Manhattan Noir, by Thomas H. Cook (Akashic)
“Cranked,” from Damn Near Dead, by Bill Crider (Busted Flush)
“White Trash Noir,” from Murder at the Foul Line, by Michael Malone (Mysterious)
“Building,” from Manhattan Noir, by S.J. Rozan (Akashic)

Best Juvenile

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

Best Young Adult

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

Grand Master

Stephen King

The Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award

Bloodline by Fiona Mountain (St. Martin’s/Minotaur)

Neate’s City of Tiny Lights was one of my favorite books last year, so I’ll be rooting for that one. And while I really enjoyed the Manhattan Noir anthology, the two stories nominated here weren’t among my favorites. Ah, well, award giving, like reviewing, is a subjective business.

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Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.

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