Thursday, January 19, 2012

The 2012 Edgar Nominees

Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce on the 203rd anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, its Nominees for the 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television published or produced in 2011. The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at our 66th Gala Banquet, April 26, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.


The Ranger
by Ace Atkins (Penguin Group USA – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
by Mo Hayder (Grove/Atlantic – Atlantic Monthly Press)
The Devotion of Suspect X
by Keigo Higashino (Minotaur Books)
by Anne Holt (Simon & Schuster - Scribner)
Field Gray
by Philip Kerr (Penguin Group USA - G.P. Putnam’s Sons – Marion Wood Books)


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)
Bent Road
by Lori Roy (Penguin Group USA - Dutton)
Purgatory Chasm
by Steve Ulfelder (Minotaur Books – Thomas Dunne Books)


The Company Man
by Robert Jackson Bennett (Hachette Book Group – Orbit Books)
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)


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)
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
by Candice Millard (Random House - Doubleday)
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
by Mark Seal (Penguin Group USA - Viking)


The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets
Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of our Time
by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer & John-Henri Holmberg (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making
by John Curran (HarperCollins)
On Conan Doyle: Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling
by Michael Dirda (Princeton University Press)
Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film
by Philippa Gates (SUNY Press)
Scripting Hitchcock: Psycho, The Birds and Marnie
by Walter Raubicheck and Walter Srebnick (University of Illinois Press)


"Marley’s Revolution" – Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
by John C. Boland (Dell Magazines)
"Tomorrow’s Dead" – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
by David Dean (Dell Magazines)
"The Adakian Eagle” – Down These Strange Streets
by Bradley Denton (Penguin Group USA – Ace Books)
"Lord John and the Plague of Zombies" – Down These Strange Streets
by Diana Gabaldon (Penguin Group USA – Ace Books)
"The Case of Death and Honey" – A Study in Sherlock
by Neil Gaiman
(Random House Publishing Group – Bantam Books)
“The Man Who Took His Hat Off to the Driver of the Train” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Peter Turnbull (Dell Magazines)


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


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 Silence of Murder
by Dandi Daley Mackall (Random House Children’s Books – Knopf BFYR)
The Girl is Murder
by Kathryn Miller Haines
(Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group – Roaring Creek Press)
Kill You Last
by Todd Strasser (Egmont USA)

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club
by Jeffrey Hatcher
(Arizona Theatre Company, Phoenix, AZ)
The Game’s Afoot
by Ken Ludwig (Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, OH)


“Innocence” – Blue Bloods,
Teleplay by Siobhan Byrne O’Connor (CBS Productions)
“The Life Inside” – Justified,
Teleplay by Benjamin Cavell
(FX Productions and Sony Pictures Television)
“Part 1” – Whitechapel,
Teleplay by Ben Court & Caroline Ip (BBC America)
“Pilot” – Homeland,
Teleplay by Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon & Gideon Raff (Showtime)
“Mask” – Law & Order: SVU,
Teleplay by Speed Weed (Wolf Films/Universal Media Studios)


"A Good Man of Business" – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
by David Ingram (Dell Magazines)

Martha Grimes

M is for Mystery Bookstore, San Mateo, CA
Molly Weston, Meritorious Mysteries

Joe Meyers of the Connecticut Post/Hearst Media News Group

(Presented at MWA’s Agents & Editors Party on Wednesday, April 25, 2012)
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)
Learning to Swim
by Sara J. Henry (Crown Publishing Group)
Murder Most Persuasive
by Tracy Kiely (Minotaur Books – Thomas Dunne Books)

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Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

My sincere congratulations to all the nominees!

And an especially big congrats to my friend Molly Weston. No one has ever deserved a Raven Award more. Yay, Molly!!!!

I haven't read all the books nominated, although now, of course, I'll plan to - and looking forward to it.

There is one book here which I did read and which I included on my "Best of 2011 List." Hallie Ephron's COME AND FIND ME, which is one of the nominees for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Fingers Crossed, Hallie!

And, of course, just like everyone else in the mystery community, while I applaud the nominees, I'm a little sad not to see a couple books here which I was so sure I would. dang.

Hallie Ephron said...

Thanks for the shout out in Facebook, Kaye! It's always amazing to me how many of the books that get nominated that it turns out I haven't read - haven't even heard of!

One that was on my year's top 10 is one I"m up against for the Mary Higgins Clark award -- Hmmmm. Learning to Swim. It's wonderful. But don't tell the judges.

I was also happy to see Steve Ulfelder's Purgatory Chasm -- he's another New England author and I think he first shopped this book at Crime Bake a few years ago.

Mary Welk said...

Congratulations to all the nominees, especially to you, Hallie. I'll cross my fingers and hope you win. :) Like Hallie, I haven't heard of many of these books or authors, but I'll do a little online research before Edgar time and learn more about them, or read the books.

I can't close this post without commenting on the (once again)high number of male writers nominated for Edgars. I believe that, except for the Mary Higgins Clark award, men outnumber women 4 to 1 in all of the categories. A good book is a good book, regardless of who writes it. Still, I have to wonder why so few women are represented in this list when there are so many fine women writers out there.

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Have not read Purgatory Chasm, but that is one I've heard excellent things about.

I forgot to mention another nominee that I included on my "Best of 2011 List" - The Faces of Angels by Lucretia Grindle.

Mary, I expect you and I will find that we've probably read ALL the Agatha nominees - or pretty close.

Auntie Knickers said...

As usual, I haven't read any of them. And oddly enough, since I'm not a Mary Higgins Clark fan, two that I'm most interested in reading because of past experience with the authors (S.J. Bolton and Hallie Ephron) are nominated for the award named for her. This is why I started my Edgar Best Novel reading project, anyway.

Justice for Sarah Pender said...

Steve Miller should never have been nominated for "Best Fact Crime". He bends the truth so much that his book "Girl Wanted, the chase for Sarah Pender" has more to do with a work of fiction.

On several occasion, important information is deliberatly hidden from the readers to mislead them. Some important documents are misquoted.

While Steve Miller relentlessly attacks Sarah Pender on her sexuality -in a manner that reeks of sexism- he never reveals to the reader that a key witness against Pender , Floyd Pennington, had two counts of child molesting in his record. Neither is the reader ever informed that Pennington, after an early release (thanks to his false testimony against Pender) raped someone within a year.

there is controversy around Sarah Pender's case. To make up your own mind about this nomination, read
Debunking Girl Wanted.

Thanks to whoever will listen and hear both sides of the story.