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Edgar Awards

Founded in 1945, the Mystery Writers of America is the preeminent American organization of mystery writers. Each year in April, the MWA bestows the coveted Edgar Allan Poe Awards for achievement in various categories.

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Best Novel
The Bottoms by Joe R. Lansdale

Best First Novel
A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss

Best Paperback Original
The Black Maria by Mark Graham


Best Novel
Bones by Jan Burke (Simon & Schuster)

River Of Darkness by Rennie Airth (Viking Press)
L. A. Requiem by Robert Crais (Doubleday)
Strawberry Sunday by Stephen Greenleaf (Scribner & Sons)
In A Dry Season By Peter Robinson (Avon)

 Best First Novel By An American Author
The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison (St. Martin's Minotaur)

Certifiably Insane by Arthur W. Bahr (Simon & Schuster)
Big Trouble by Dave Barry (Putnam)
God Is A Bullet by Boston Teran (Knopf)
Inner City Blues by Paula L. Woods Woods (W. W. Norton & Co.)

 Best Paperback Original
Fulton County Blues by Ruth Birmingham (Berkley Prime Crime)

Lucky Man  by Tony Dunbar (Dell)
The Resurrectionist by Mark Graham (Avon Books)
The Outcast by Jose Latour (Akashic Books)
In Big Trouble by Laura Lippman (Avon)

  Best Fact Crime
Blind Eye by James B. Stewart (Simon & Schuster)

The Ghosts Of Hopewell by Jim Fisher (Southern Illinois University Press)
Mean Justice by Edward Humes (Simon & Schuster)
And Never Let Her Go by Ann Rule (Simon & Schuster)
Disco Bloodbath by James St. James (Simon & Schuster)

 Best Critical/Biographical Work
Teller Of Tales: The Life Of Arthur Conan Doyle by Daniel Stashower (Henry Holt & Sons)

Oxford Companion To Crime & Mystery Writing Edited by Rosemary Herbert (Oxford University Press)
A Suitable Job For A Woman by Val Mcdermid (Poisoned Pen Press)
The Web Of Iniquity: Early Detective Fiction by American Women  By Catherine Ross Nickerson (Duke University Press)
Ross Macdonald by Tom Nolan (Scribner)

 Best Short Story
"Heroes" by Anne Perry (Murder And Obsession, Edited By Otto Penzler)

"Triangle" by Jeffery Deaver (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine/March)
"Snow" by Stuart M. Kaminsky (First Cases,Vol. Iii, Edited By Robert J. Randisi (Signet))
"Paleta Man" by Laurie R. King (Irreconcilable Differences, Edited By Lea Matera (Harpercollins))
"Crack" James W. Hall (Murder And Obsession, Edited By Otto Penzler, (Delacorte Press))

 Best Juvenile
The Night Flyers by Elizabeth Mcdavid Jones (Pleasant Company Publications)

Howie Bowles, Secret Agent by Kate Banks, Illus. By Isaac Millman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Shadow Horse by Alison Hart (Random House)
Dolphin Luck by Hilary Mckay (Mcelderry Books Division, Simon & Schuster)
Green Thumb by Rob Thomas (Simon & Schuster)

 Best Young Adult
Never Trust A Dead Man by Vivian Vande Velde (Harper Collins)

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Farrar, Straus And Giroux)
That Kind Of Money by Vicki Cameron (Indigo Books)
The Ghost In The Tokaido Inn by Dorothy & Thomas Hoobler (Delacorte Press)
Monster by Walter Dean Myers (Harper Collins)

 Best Television Episode
Law & Order: "Refuge, Part 2" by Rene Balcer (NBC)

Law & Order: "Hate"  by Rene Balcer (NBC)
Law & Order: "Merger, Part 2" By Lynn Mamet (NBC)
Law & Order: "Empire" by Teleplay By Robert Palm, Story By Rene Balcer & Robert Palm (NBC)
Law & Order: "Killerz" by Richard Sweren (NBC)

 Best Television Feature / Mini-Series
A Slight Case Of Murder by Steven Schachter & William H. Macy
(Based On A Novel By Donald Westlake (Tnt))

Dalziel & Pascoe: Bones And Silence by Alan Plater (Based On A Novel By Reginald Hill (A&E)
Big Brass Ring by George Hickenlooper & F. X. Feeney (Showtime)
Murder In A Small Town by Gilbert Pearlman & Gene Wilder (A&E)
In The Company Of Spies by Roger Towne (Showtime)

 Best Movie
Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels
Screenplay by Guy Ritchie (Polygram)

Cookie's Fortune Screenplay by Anne Rapp (Ort)
Run, Lola, Run Screenplay by Tom Tykwer (Sony Picture Classics)
The Talented Mr. Ripley Screenplay by Anthony Minghella (Miramax)
Titus Screenplay by Julie Taymor & William Shakespeare (Fox)

 Best Play
The Art Of Murder by Joe Di Pietro. Produced By Jonathan Pollard,
The American Stage Company's Becton Theatre, March 3, 1999

Everybody's Ruby by Thulani Davis. Produced By George C. Wolfe,
The Joseph Papp Public Theatre, March 8, 1999

 Grand Master
Mary Higgins Clark
 Ellery Queen Award
To Honor Writing Teams And Outstanding People
In The Mystery Publishing Industry

Susanne Kirk
Robert L. Fish Memorial Award
For The Best First Short Story By An American Author

"Cro-Magnon, P.I." By Mike Reiss
(Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine July/August)

For Outstanding Achievement In The Mystery Field Outside
The Realm Of Creative Writing
The Mercantile Library
Director- Harold Augenbraum


Best Novel
Mr. White's Confession by Robert Clark

Best First Novel
A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton

Best Paperback Original
The Widower's Two-Step by Rick Riordan


Best Novel
Cimarron Rose by James Lee Burke

Best First Novel
Los Alamos by Joseph Kenon

Best Paperback Original
Charm City by Laura Lippman


The Chatham School Affair, by Thomas A. Cook


Come To Grief, by Dick Francis


The Red Scream, by Mary Willis Walker


Sculptress, by Minette Walters


Bootleggerís Daughter, by Margaret Maron


A Dance At The Slaughterhouse, by Lawrence Block


New Orleans Mourning, by Julie Smith


Black Cherry Blues, by James Lee Burke


A Cold Red Sunrise, by Stuart M. Kaminsky


Old Bones, by Aaron Elkins


A Dark-Adapted Eye, by Barbara Vine


The Suspect, by L.R. Wright


Briarpatch, by Ross Thomas


LaBrava, by Elmore Leonard


Billingsgate Shoal, by Rick Boyer


Peregrine, by William Bayer


Whip Hand, by Dick Francis


The Rheingold Route, by Arthur Maling


Eye of the Needle, by Ken Follett


Catch Me: Kill Me, by William Hallahan


Promised Land, by Robert Parker


Hopscotch, by Brian Garfield


Peterís Pence, by Jon Cleary


Dance Hall of the Dead, by Tony Hillerman


The Lingala Code, by Warren Kiefer


The Day of the Jackal, by Frederick Forsyth


The Laughing Policeman, by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo


Forfeit, by Dick Francis


A Case of Need, by Jeffery Hudson


God Save the Mark, by Donald E. Westlake


King of the Rainy Country, by Nicolas Freeling


The Quiller Memorandum, by Adam Hall


The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, by John Le Carre


The Light of Day, by Eric Ambler


Death and the Joyful Woman, by Ellis Peters


Gideonís Fire, by J.J. Marric


Progress of a Crime, by Julian Symons


The Hours Before Dawn, by Celia Fremlin


The Eighth Circle, by Stanley Ellin


Room to Swing, by Ed Lacy


A Dram of Poison, by Charlotte Armstrong


Beast in View, by Margaret Millar


The Long Goodbye, by Raymond Chandler


Beat Not the Bones, by Charlotte Jay

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