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2015 Edgar Award Nominations Announced

It’s the 206th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, the namesake of the Edgar Awards, created by the Mystery Writers of America. The awards honor the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television, published or produced in 2014. Visit for details about the nominees. The winners will be announced at a banquet on April 29 in New York City. See the nominees below, with Booklist reviews linked when available.

Best NovelThis Dark Road to Mercy

This Dark Road to Mercy, by Wiley Cash
Wolf, by Mo Hayder
Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King
The Final Silence, by Stuart Neville
Saints of the Shadow Bible, by Ian Rankin
Cop Town, by Karin Slaughter

Best First Novel by An American AuthorBad Country

Dry Bones in the Valley, by Tom Bouman
Invisible City, by Julia Dahl
The Life We Bury, by Allen Eskens
Bad Country, by C.B. McKenzie
Shovel Ready, by Adam Sternbergh
Murder at the Brightwell, by Ashley Weaver

Best Paperback OriginalThe Day She Died

The Secret History of Las Vegas, by Chris Albani
Stay With Me, by Alison Gaylin
The Barkeep, by William Lashner
The Day She Died, by Catriona McPherson
The Gone Dead Train, by Lisa Turner
World of Trouble, by Ben H. Winters

Best Fact CrimeTinseltown

Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America, by Kevin Cook
The Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art, by Carl Hoffman
The Other Side: A Memoir, by Lacy M. Johnson
Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood, by William Mann
The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, the Model, and the Murder that Shook the Nation, by Harold Schechter

Best Critical/BiographicalPoe-Land

The Figure of the Detective: A Literary History and Analysis, by Charles Brownson
James Ellroy: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction, by Jim Mancall
Kiss the Blood Off My Hands: Classic Film Noir, by Robert Miklitsch
Judges & Justice & Lawyers & Law: Exploring the Legal Dimensions of Fiction and Film, by Francis M. Nevins
Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe, by J. W. Ocker

Best Short StoryRogues

“The Snow Angel,” from Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, by Doug Allyn
“200 Feet,”  from Strand Magazine, by John Floyd
“What Do You Do?” from Rogues, by Gillian Flynn
“Red Eye,” from Faceoff,  by Dennis Lehane vs. Michael Connelly
“Teddy,” from Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, by Brian Tobin

Best JuvenileSaving Kabul Corner

Absolutely Truly, by Heather Vogel Frederick
Space Case, by Stuart Gibbs
Greenglass House, by Kate Milford
Nick and Tesla’s Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove, by “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith
Saving Kabul Corner, by N.H. Senzai
Eddie Red, Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile, by Marcia Wells

Best Young AdultFake ID

The Doubt Factory, by Paolo Bacigalupi
Nearly Gone, by Elle Cosimano
Fake ID, by Lamar Giles
The Art of Secrets, by James Klise
The Prince of Venice Beach, by Blake Nelson

Best Television Episode TeleplayHappy Valley

“The Empty Hearse,” from Sherlock, teleplay by Mark Gatiss
“Unfinished Business,” from Blue Bloods, teleplay by Siobhan Byrne O’Connor
“Episode 1,” from Happy Valley, teleplay by Sally Wainwright
“Dream Baby Dream,” from The Killing, teleplay by Sean Whitesell
“Episode 6,” from The Game, Teleplay by Toby Whithouse

Robert L. Fish Memorial Award

“Getaway Girl,” from Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, by Zoë Z. Dean


Grand Master

Lois Duncan
James Ellroy

Raven Awards

Ruth & Jon Jordan, Crimespree Magazine
Kathryn Kennison, Magna Cum Murder

Ellery Queen Award

Charles Ardai, Editor & Founder, Hard Case Crime





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