Friday, January 18, 2008

Announcement of the Edgar Nominees

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the nominees for the 2008 Edgar Awards. They are:

Best Novel Nominees

  • Christine Falls by Benjamin Black (Henry Holt and Company)
  • Priest by Ken Bruen (St. Martin's Minotaur)
  • The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon (HarperCollins)
  • Soul Patch by Reed Farrel Coleman (Bleak House Books)
  • Down River by John Hart (St. Martin's Minotaur)

Best First Novel By An American Author Nominees

  • Missing Witness by Gordon Campbell (HarperCollins - William Morrow)
  • In the Woods by Tana French (Penguin Group - Viking)
  • Snitch Jacket by Christopher Goffard (The Rookery Press)
  • Head Games by Craig McDonald (Bleak House Books)
  • Pyres by Derek Nikitas (St. Martin's Minotaur)

Best Paperback Original

  • Queenpin by Megan Abbott (Simon & Schuster)
  • Blood of Paradise by David Corbett (Random House - Mortalis)
  • Cruel Poetry by Vicki Hendricks (Serpent's Tail)
  • Robbie's Wife by Russell Hill (Hard Case Crime)
  • Who is Conrad Hirst? by Kevin Wignall (Simon & Schuster)

Best Critical/Biographical

  • The Triumph of the Thriller: How Cops, Crooks and Cannibals Captured Popular Fiction by Patrick Anderson (Random House)
  • A Counter-History of Crime Fiction: Supernatural, Gothic, Sensational by Maurizio Ascari (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Deviance in Contemporary Crime Fiction by Christiana Gregoriou (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Charles Foley (The Penguin Press)
  • Chester Gould: A Daughter's Biography of the Creator of Dick Tracy by Jean Gould O'Connell (McFarland & Company)

The awards will be announced at the MWA's 62nd Annual Edgar Awards banquet on Thursday May 1, 2008 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

At that banquet, Bill Pronzini, author of the "Nameless Detective" series will be honored with the 2008 Grand Master Award.

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