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Edgar Award

Every year, the Mystery Writers of America honor the best in mystery fiction in all forms of media, including literature, radio plays, and theatre. Short for Edgar Allen Poe, the Edgar Award has been presented since 1954, and the categories for literature include, but are not limited to: Best Novel, Best Paperback Original, Best Short Story, and Best Young Adult.

Dedicating to upholding the traditions of the mystery genre, the Mystery Writers of America organization have been expanding the Edgar Awards continuously over the past decade. Past honorees have included C.J.Box for Blue Haven, Jan Burke for Bones, and Dick Francis for Whip Hand.

Each year, a jury of about 70 judges chooses the winners from over 1000 books and 500 short stories, as well as plays, films, and television/radio programs. The Edgar Award is a highly prestigious honor in the genre, and the winners receive a statuette in the shape of Edgar Allen Poe's head

2010 Winner

The Last Child

The Last Child By John Hart

"A Thomas Dunne book for Minotaur Books" --T.p. verso.

2007 Winner

The Janissary Tree

2004 Winner

Resurrection Men

Resurrection Men By Ian Rankin

"Resurrection men" is also a name applied to those who engage in the practice of body-snatching. Resurrection Men is a 2002 novel by Ian Rankin. It is the thirteenth of the Inspector Rebus novels.

2001 Winner

The Bottoms

The Bottoms By Joe R Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Sunset and Sawdust , Lost Echoes , Leather Maiden , and Vanilla Ride . The Bottoms  and Mucho Mojo were  New York Times notable books. He has received the B... read more

2000 Winner


Bones By Jan Burke

Only one person knows where Julia Sayre is: her killer. Four years ago, the young mother of two disappeared, a story that soon became a personal mission for Irene Kelly. But the search for Julia proved fruitless. Now on death row for unimaginable act... read more

1997 Winner

The Chatham School Affair

The Chatham School Affair By Thomas H Cook

Attorney Henry Griswald has a secret: the truth behind the tragic events the world knew as the Chatham School Affair, the controversial tragedy that destroyed five lives, shattered a quiet community, and forever scarred the young boy. Layer by layer,... read more

1996 Winner

Come To Grief

Come To Grief By Dick Francis

When ex-jockey Sid Halley becomes convinced that one of his closest friends--and one of the racing world's most beloved figures--is behind a series of shockingly violent acts, he faces the most troubling case of his career.

1994 Winner

The Sculptress

The Sculptress By Minette Walters

The Sculptress (1993) is a crime novel by English writer Minette Walters. She won an Edgar and a Macavity Award for the book, and the story was also made into a BBC series in 1996, starring Pauline Quirke as Olive Martin.

1986 Winner

A Dark-Adapted Eye

A Dark-Adapted Eye By Barbara Vine

A Dark-Adapted Eye (1986) is a psychological thriller novel by Ruth Rendell, written under the nom-de-plume Barbara Vine. The novel won the American Edgar Award.

1985 Winner

The Suspect

The Suspect By L R Wright

The Suspect is a 1944 film noir set in Victorian times. It is based on the novel This Way Out, by James Ronald. Directed by Robert Siodmak and released by Universal Pictures, it tells the story of Philip Marshall, a kind but henpecked bank teller who... read more

1983 Winner


Labrava By Elmore Leonard

E-book extras: "Martin Amis Interviews 'The Dickens of Detroit'"; Elmore Leonard's "If It Sounds Like Writing, Rewrite It"; "All By Elmore: The Crime Novels & The Westerns"; Selected FilmographyJoe LaBrava first fell in love in a darkened movie theat... read more

1980 Winner

Whip Hand

Whip Hand By Dick Francis

Whip Hand is a crime novel by Dick Francis, the second novel in the Sid Halley series. The novel received Gold Dagger Award in 1979.

1978 Winner

Eye Of the Needle

Eye Of the Needle By Ken Follett

An enemy spy, brilliant aristocrat and brutal assassin knows the secret to the Allies' greatest deception. But someone stands in his way, a lonely Englishwoman on an isolated island, who is beginning to love this killer who has mysteriously entered ... read more

1976 Winner

Promised Land

Promised Land By Robert B Parker

The Promised Land (Ziemia Obiecana) is a 1975 Polish film directed by Andrzej Wajda, based on a novel by Władysław Reymont. Set in the industrial city of Łódź, The Promised Land tells the story of a Pole, a German, and a Jew struggling to build ... read more

1973 Winner

Dance Hall Of the Dead

Dance Hall Of the Dead By Tony Hillerman

Dance Hall Of The Dead is the second of the Navajo Tribal Police series of crime fiction novels by Tony Hillerman. Centered around the character of police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, Dance Hall of the Dead is, like many of Hillerman's books, set on ... read more

1971 Winner

The Day Of the Jackal

The Day Of the Jackal By Frederick Forsyth

The Day of the Jackal (1971) is a thriller novel by English writer Frederick Forsyth, about a professional assassin who is contracted by the OAS French terrorist group of the early 1960s, to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. The Day of... read more

1969 Winner


1968 Winner

A Case Of Need

A Case Of Need By Jeffery Hudson

A Case of Need is a mystery novel written by Michael Crichton under the pseudonym Jeffery Hudson. It was first published in 1968 by The World Publishing Company (New York) and won an Edgar Award in 1969. The novel was re-released in 1993 under Cricht... read more

1965 Winner

The Quiller Memorandum

The Quiller Memorandum By Adam Hall

The Quiller Memorandum is a film adaptation of the 1965 spy novel The Berlin Memorandum, by Trevor Dudley-Smith, screenplay by Harold Pinter, directed by Michael Anderson, featuring George Segal, Max von Sydow, Senta Berger and Alec Guinness. The fil... read more

1964 Winner

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold By John Le Carre

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a novel by British author John le Carré. Set during the political tensions of the Cold War, the revolutionary espionage novel portrays the intelligence services of both Eastern and Western nations as sacrificing ... read more

1963 Winner

The Light Of Day

The Light Of Day By Eric Ambler

Eric Ambler was born in London in 1909. Before turning to writing full-time, he worked at an engineering firm, and wrote copy for an advertising agency. His first novel was published in 1936. During the course of his career, Ambler was awarded two Go... read more

1956 Winner

A Dram Of Poison

A Dram Of Poison By Charlotte Armstrong

55-year-old poetry instructor Kenneth Gibson has remained a bachelor his whole life, but when he meets 32-year-old Rosemary, who seems helpless and alone, he decides to offer to help her by offering his hand. What he imagines to be a platon... read more

1955 Winner

Beast In View

Beast In View By Margaret Millar

Beast in View is a suspense novel and psychological thriller by Margaret Millar which won the Edgar Award in 1956, was adapted for an episode of the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents in 1964, and was included on a list of the The Top 100 My... read more

1954 Winner

The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye By Raymond Chandler

Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888 - 1959) was the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Although he was born in Chicago, Chandler spent most of his boyhood and youth in England where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as ... read more

1953 Winner

Beat Not the Bones

Beat Not the Bones By Jay Charlotte

Beat Not the Bones is a 1952 suspense novel by Charlotte Jay (pseudonym of Geraldine Halls) which won the inaugural Edgar award for best novel . The novel follows the actions of a sheltered young women who arrives in New Guinea from Australia, determ... read more

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