Friday, May 03, 2013

And Then Came Edgar

At a gala banquet on Thursday evening, the Mystery Writers of America announced the winners of its 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television published or produced in 2012. This year’s winners are as follows:

Best Novel: Live by Night, by Dennis Lehane (Morrow)

Also nominated: The Lost Ones, by Ace Atkins (Putnam); The Gods of Gotham, by Lyndsay Faye (Putnam); Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (Crown); Potboiler, by Jesse Kellerman (Putnam); Sunset, by Al Lamanda (Five Star); and All I Did Was Shoot My Man, by Walter Mosley (Riverhead)

Best First Novel by an American Author: The Expats, by Chris Pavone (Crown)

Also nominated: The Map of Lost Memories, by Kim Fay (Ballantine); Don’t Ever Get Old, by Daniel Friedman (Minotaur/Thomas Dunne); Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, by Susan Elia MacNeal (Bantam); The 500, by Matthew Quirk (Reagan Arthur); and Black Fridays, by Michael Sears (Putnam)

Best Paperback Original: The Last Policeman, by Ben H. Winters (Quirk)

Also nominated: Complication, by Isaac Adamson (Soft Skull Press); Whiplash River, by Lou Berney (Morrow); Bloodland, by Alan Glynn (Picador); and Blessed Are the Dead, by Malla Nunn (Emily Bestler)

Best Fact Crime: Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China, by Paul French (Penguin)

Also nominated: Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, by Gilbert King (Harper); More Forensics and Fiction: Crime Writers’ Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answered, by D.P. Lyle (Medallion); Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies, by Ben Macintyre (Crown); The People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo--and the Evil that Swallowed Her Up, by Richard Lloyd Parry (Farrar Straus & Giroux)

Best Critical/Biographical: The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics, by James O’Brien (Oxford University Press)

Also nominated: Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe: The Hard-boiled Detective Transformed, by John Paul Athanasourelis (McFarland & Company); Books to Die For: The World’s Greatest Mystery Writers on the World’s Greatest Mystery Novels, edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke (Emily Bestler); In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of an American Hero, edited by Otto Penzler (Smart Pop)

Best Short Story: “The Unremarkable Heart,” by Karin Slaughter (in Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance, edited by Lee Child; Mulholland)

Also nominated: “Iphigenia in Aulis,” by Mike Carey (in An Apple for the Creature, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner; Ace); “Hot Sugar Blues,” by Steve Liskow (in Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance); “The Void It Often Brings With It,” by Tom Piccirilli (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine [EQMM], November 2012); and “Still Life No. 41,” by Teresa Solana (EQMM, March/April 2012)

Best Juvenile: The Quick Fix, by Jack D. Ferraiolo (Amulet)

Also nominated: Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O’Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind, by Tom Angleberger (Amulet); 13 Hangmen, by Art Corriveau (Amulet); Spy School, by Stuart Gibbs (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers); and Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Best Young Adult: Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein (Hyperion)

Also nominated: Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things, by Kathryn Burak (Roaring Brook Press); The Edge of Nowhere, by Elizabeth George (Viking); Crusher, by Niall Leonard (Delacorte BFYR); Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone, by Kat Rosenfield (Dutton Children’s Books)

Best Television Episode Teleplay:A Scandal in Belgravia,” Sherlock, teleplay by Steven Moffat (BBC/Masterpiece)

Also nominated: “Pilot, ” Longmire, teleplay by Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny (A&E); “Child Predator,” Elementary, teleplay by Peter Blake (CBS); “Slaughterhouse,” Justified, teleplay by Fred Golan (Sony/FX); “New Car Smell,” Homeland, teleplay by Meredith Stiehm (Showtime/Fox21)

Robert L. Fish Memorial Award: “When They Are Done With Us, by Patricia Smith (in Staten Island Noir, edited by Patricia Smith; Akashic Books)

Grand Masters: Ken Follett and Margaret Maron

Raven Awards: Oline Cogdill and Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, San Diego and Redondo Beach, California

Ellery Queen Award: Johnny Temple, Akashic Books

The Simon & Schuster-Mary Higgins Clark Award: The Other Woman, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)

Also nominated: Dead Scared, by S.J. Bolton (Minotaur); A City of Broken Glass, by Rebecca Cantrell (Forge); The Reckoning, by Jane Casey (Minotaur); Sleepwalker, by Wendy Corsi Staub (Harper)

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