Friday, May 2, 2008

May I have the envelope please?

The Mystery Writers of America has announced 2008's winners of the Edgar Awards.

Best Novel
  • 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
  • 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)

Best Fact Crime
  • The Birthday Party by Stanley Alpert (Penguin Group - G.P. Putnam's Sons)
  • Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi (W.W. Norton and Company)

  • Chasing Justice: My Story of Freeing Myself After Two Decades on Death Row for a Crime I Didn't Commit by Kerry Max Cook (HarperCollins - William Morrow)

  • Relentless Pursuit: A True Story of Family, Murder, and the Prosecutor Who Wouldn't Quit by Kevin Flynn (Penguin Group - G.P. Putnam's Sons)

  • Sacco & Vanzetti: The Men, The Murders and the Judgment of Mankind by Bruce Watson (Penguin Group - Viking)

Best Short Story
  • "The Catch" - Still Waters by Mark Ammons (Level Best Books)
  • "Blue Note" - Chicago Blues by Stuart M. Kaminsky (Bleak House Books)

  • "Hardly Knew Her" - Dead Man's Hand by Laura Lippman (Harcourt Trade Publishers)

  • "The Golden Gopher" - Los Angeles Noir by Susan Straight (Akashic Books)

  • "Uncle" - A Hell of a Woman by Daniel Woodrell (Busted Flush Press)

Best Young Adult
  • Rat Life by Tedd Arnold (Penguin - Dial Books for Young Readers)
  • Diamonds in the Shadow by Caroline B. Cooney (Random House Children's Books - Delacorte Press)

  • Touching Snow by M. Sindy Felin (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

  • Blood Brothers by S.A. Harazin (Random House Children's Books - Delacorte Press)

  • Fragments by Jeffry W. Johnston (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - Simon Pulse)

Best Juvenile
  • The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • Shadows on Society Hill by Evelyn Coleman (American Girl Publications)

  • Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn (Clarion Books)

  • The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh (Hyperion Books for Young Readers)

  • Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things by Wendelin Van Draanen (Random House Children's Books - Alfred A. Knopf)

Best Play
  • If/Then by David Foley (International Mystery Writers' Festival)
  • Panic by Joseph Goodrich (International Mystery Writers' Festival)

  • Books by Stuart M. Kaminsky (International Mystery Writers' Festival)

Best Television Episode Teleplay
  • "It's Alive" - Dexter, Teleplay by Daniel Cerone (Showtime)
  • "Yahrzeit" - Waking the Dead, Teleplay by Declan Croghan & Barbara Machin (BBC America)

  • "Pie-Lette" - Pushing Daisies, Teleplay by Bryan Fuller (ABC/Warner Bros Television

  • "Senseless" - Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Teleplay by Julie Martin & Siobhan Byrne O'Connor (Wolf Films/NBC Universal)

  • "Pilot" - Burn Notice, Teleplay by Matt Nix (USA Network/Fox Television Studios)

Best Motion Picture Screen Play
  • Eastern Promises, Screenplay by Steven Knight (Focus Features)
  • The Lookout, Screenplay by Scott Frank (Miramax)

  • Michael Clayton, Screenplay by Tony Gilroy (Warner Bros. Pictures)

  • No Country for Old Men, Screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, based on the book by Cormac McCarthy (Miramax)

  • Zodiac, Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, based on the book by Robert Graysmith (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Robert L. Fish Memorial Award

  • "The Catch" - Still Waters by Mark Ammons (Level Best Books)

Mary Higgins Clark Award
  • In Cold Pursuit by Sarah Andrews (St. Martin's Minotaur)
  • Wild Indigo by Sandi Ault (Penguin Group - Berkley Prime Crime)

  • Inferno by Karen Harper (Harlequin - MIRA Books)

  • The First Stone by Judith Kelman (Penguin Group - Berkley Prime Crime)

  • Deadman's Switch by Barbara Seranella (St. Martin's Minotaur)

Congratulations to all the winners as well as the nominees!


davethemysteryguy said...

I think the Cohen's were robbed. 'No Country' was a much better movie. Of course, I think any Cohen brothers movie is good.

R.J. Mangahas said...

Hey Dave, nice to see you again. Although I did enjoy 'No Country,' I really don't know if it was robbed, just because I didn't see the other nominations. I too really like the Cohens. My top picks are probably Barton Fink and Fargo.