Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Awards

The Mystery Writers of America have announced their Edgar Awards for 2012 for the best writing from 2011.  They are:

BEST NOVEL:  Gone by Mo Hayder (Grove/Atlantic – Atlantic Monthly Press)

Nominees:  The Ranger by Ace Atkins (Penguin Group USA – G.P. Putnam’s Sons);  The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino (Minotaur Books);  1222 by Anne Holt (Simon & Schuster – Scribner);  Field Gray by Philip Kerr (Penguin Group USA – G.P. Putnam’s Sons – Marion Wood Books)

BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR:  Bent Road by Lori Roy (Penguin Group USA – Dutton)

Nominees:  Red on Red by Edward Conlon (Random House Publishing Group – Spiegel & Grau);  Last to Fold by David Duffy (Thomas Dunne Books);  All Cry Chaos by Leonard Rosen (The Permanent Press);  Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder (Minotaur Books – Thomas Dunne Books)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL:  The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett (Hachette Book Group – Orbit Books)

Nominees:  The Faces of Angels by Lucretia Grindle (Felony & Mayhem Press);  The Dog Sox by Russell Hill (Pleasure Boat Studio – Caravel Mystery Books);  Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley (HarperCollins Publishers – Harper Paperbacks);  Vienna Twilight by Frank Tallis (Random House Trade Paperbacks)


Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard (Random House – Doubleday)

Nominees:  The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins (Crown Publishing); The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge by T.J. English (HarperCollins – William Morrow);  Girl, Wanted: The Chase for Sarah Pender by Steve Miller (Penguin Group USA – Berkley);  The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter by Mark Seal (Penguin Group USA – Viking)

BEST JUVENILE: Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby (Scholastic Press)

Nominees:  Horton Halfpott by Tom Angleberger (Abrams – Amulet Books);  It Happened on a Train by Mac Barnett (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers);  Vanished by Sheela Chari (Disney Book Group – Disney Hyperion);  The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey (Egmont USA)

BEST YOUNG ADULT:  The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall (Random House Children’s Books – Knopf BFYR)

Nominees:  Shelter by Harlan Coben (Penguin Young Readers Group – G.P. Putnam’s Sons);  The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (Penguin Young Readers Group – G.P. Putnam’s Sons);  The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group – Roaring Creek Press);  Kill You Last by Todd Strasser (Egmont USA)

THE SIMON & SCHUSTER – MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD:  Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry (Crown Publishing Group)

Nominees:  Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton (Minotaur Books);  Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow);  Death on Tour by Janice Hamrick (Minotaur Books);  Murder Most Persuasive by Tracy Kiely (Minotaur Books – Thomas Dunne Books)

Booklist’s own Bill Ott attended the Edgars, and blogged about it for Likely Stories.



About the Author:

Gary Niebuhr is the author of Make Mine a Mystery (2003), Caught up in Crime (2009), and other readers' guides to mystery and detective fiction. He was a Booklist contributor from 2008-2014.

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