We were happy to see many of our favorite books and authors nominated for this years MWA Edgar Awards. Many of the books that made it into our Top 10 lists of the year, like Reed Farrel Coleman’s lyrical noir Where It Hurts and Alison Gaylin’s tale of celebricide What Remains Of Me, made the cut. Two of our favorite debuts of the year, Flynn Berry’s Under the Harrow (a tale of sisterly revenge) and Joe Ide’s IQ (an imaginative take on Sherlock Holmes, set in South Central LA), made the list for best first novel.
This may be the first year of mother-daughter nominees, with Patricia Abbott up for Best Paperback Original for Shot in Detroit and Megan Abbott up for Best Short Story for her contribution to Mississippi Noir. Some of out favorite anthologies, including Mississippi Noir, St. Louis Noir, and In Sunlight Or In Shadow: Stories Inspired By The Painting Of Edward Hopper had at least one story nominated for Best Short Story.
A special shout-out goes to our friends at Seventh Street Books who took up half the space in the Paperback Original category! Adrian McKinty is up for even more accolades for his Sean Duffy series with his latest, Rain Dogs. We’re very pleased to have James W. Ziskin, speaking and signing his Edgar-nominated latest, Heart Of Stone, here this upcoming Tuesday, January 24th at 7PM. Can’t make it to the event? Pre-order signed copies!
This year’s list also highlights both the breadth of the awards and the porous nature of crime fiction. You’ll find some crossover hits on the list – Jane Steele, Lyndsay Faye’s take on Jane Eyre as a serial killer, is on the shelves in our historical fiction section. Before the Fall, Noah Hawley’s tale of a plane crash and its consequences, usually resides in general fiction. Since 1989, The Edgar Awards have honored exceptional young adult crime fiction, and have for decades highlighted the best true crime and biographies of the year.
Congratulations to all the nominees, and best of luck ahead!