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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Edgar Awards

Today, April 27, the Mystery Writers of America will be announcing the winners of the prestigious Edgar awards--given to the best mystery books of the year in several categories.

This year's nominees are:

Best Novel
The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
Red Leaves by Thomas H. Cook
Vanish by Tess Gerritsen
Drama City by George Pelecanos
Citizen Vince by Jess Walter

Best First Novel by an American Author
Die a Little by Megan Abbott
Immoral by Brian Freeman
Run the Risk by Scott Frost
Hide Your Eyes by Alison Gaylin
Officer Down by Theresa Schwegel

Best Paperback Original
Homicide My Own by Anne Argula
The James Deans by Reed Farrel
Girl in the Glass by Jeffrey Ford
Kiss Her Goodbye by Alan Guthrie
Six Bad Things by Charlie Huston

Best Critical/Biography
Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel by Hallie Ephron
Behind the Mystery by Stuart Kaminsky
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes edited by Leslie S. Klinger
Discovering the Maltese Falcon and Sam Spade by Richard Layman
Girl Sleuth by Melanie Rehak

Best Fact Crime
Rescue Artist by Edward Dolnick
The Elements of Murder by John Emsley
Written in Blood by Diane Fanning
True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael Finkel
Desire Street by Jed Horne

Best Short Story
"Born Bad" in Dangerous Women by Jeffrey Deaver
"The Catch" in Greatest Hits by James Hall
"Her Lord and Master" in Dangerous Women by Andrew Klavan
"Misdirection" in Greatest Hits by Barbara Seranella
"Welcome to Monroe" in A Kudzu Christmas by Daniel Wallace

Best Young Adult
Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams
Last Shot by John Feinstein
Quid Pro Quo by Vicki Grant
Young Bond, Book One by Charlie Higson
Spy Goddess, Book One by Michael Spradlin

Best Juvenile
Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach
Wright & Wrong by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz
The Missing Manatee by Cynthia DeFelice
Flush by Carl Hiaasen
The Boys of San Joaquin by D. James Smith

Best Play
River's End by Cheryl Coons
Safe House by Paul Leeper
Matter of Intent by Gary Earl Ross
Mating Dance of the Werewolf by Mark Stein

Best Television Episode Teleplay
CSI: "A Bullet Runs Through It" by Richard Catalani and Carol Mendelsohn
CSI: "Grave Danger" by Anthony Zuicker, Carol Mendelsohn, and Naren Shanker. Story by Quentin Tarantino.
Law and Order: "Special Victims Unit-911" by Patrick Harbinson
Sea of Souls: "Amulet" by Ed Whitmore
Wire in the Blood: "Redemption" by Guy Burt

Best Motion Picture Screenplay
A History of Violence
The Ice Harvest
Match Point

Edward L. Fish Memorial Award
Eddie Newton "Home"

Grand Master
Stuart Kaminsky

Mary Higgins Clark Award
Breaking Faith by Jo Bannister
Dark Angel by Karen Harper
Shadow Valley by Gwen Hunter

At the Mystery Writers convention, author Janet Evanovich was elected president.

We'll be back with the winners tomorrow or Saturday.


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