Edgar Allan Poe Award

The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars), named after Edgar Allan Poe, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America. They honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theatre published or produced in the previous year.

 

Best Short Story category winners

1999 selection

Poachers

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Short Story 1999

by Tom Franklin

In ten stunning and bleak tales set in the woodlands, swamps and chemical plants along the Alabama River, Tom Franklin stakes his claim as a fresh, original Southern voice. His lyric, deceptively simple prose...


Mary Higgins Clark category winners

The Raven category winners

Best Fact Crime category winners

2014 selection

The Hour of Peril

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Fact Crime 2014, Agatha Award for Best Non-Fiction 2013

by Daniel Stashower

"It's history that reads like a race-against-the-clock thriller." Harlan Coben

Daniel Stashower, the two-time Edgar award–winning author of The Beautiful Cigar Girl, uncovers the riveting true story of the...


2007 selection

Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase to Catch Lincoln's Killer

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Fact Crime 2007

by James L. Swanson

The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin, John Wilkes Booth, led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild twelve-day chase through...


2006 selection

The Rescue Artist

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Fact Crime 2006

by Edward Dolnick

In the predawn hours of a gloomy February day in 1994, two thieves entered the National Gallery in Oslo and made off with one of the world's most famous paintings, Edvard Munch's Scream. It was a brazen crime...


2002 selection

Son of a Grifter

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Fact Crime 2002

by Kent Walker & Mark Schone

In 1988 a troubled young man and his flamboyant mother were arrested for murdering a wealthy widow in her New York City mansion. Suddenly, America was transfixed by a pair of real-life film noir characters....


Best First Novel category winners

2016 selection

The Sympathizer: A Novel

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2016, Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2016, Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction 2016, Center for Fiction First Novel Prize 2015

by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared...


2011 selection

Rogue Island

Liam Mulligan #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2011, Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 2011

by Bruce DeSilva

2011 Edgar Award Winner for Best First Novel

Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes,...


2010 selection

In the Shadow of Gotham

Simon Ziele #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2010

by Stefanie Pintoff

Dobson, New York, 1905.

Detective Simon Ziele lost his fiancée in the General Slocum ferry disaster—a thousand perished on that summer day in 1904 when an onboard fire burned the boat down in the waters of...


2009 selection

The Foreigner

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2009

by Francie Lin

Winner of the Edgar® Award for Best First Novel by an American Author

Set against the Taiwanese criminal underworld, The Foreigner is Francie Lin's audacious debut novel. A noirish tale about family, fraternity,...


2006 selection

Officer Down

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2006

by Theresa Schwegel

The Chicago Police Department says Samantha Mack shot her partner, Fred, during the confusion of a bungled pursuit. Mack says it was their quarry, a violent pedophile named Marco Trovic, who fired the deadly...


2000 selection

The Skull Mantra

Inspector Shan #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2000

by Eliot Pattison

Winner of the 2001 Edgar Award for Best First Novel, The Skull Mantra was a sensation when first published and received wide acclaim from critics and readers alike. The Skull Mantra is ranked as a novel about...


1999 selection

A Cold Day in Paradise

Alex McKnight #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 1999

by Steve Hamilton

When first published, A Cold Day in Paradise won both the Edgar and Shamus awards for Best First Novel, launching Steve Hamilton into the top ranks of today's crime writers. Now, see for yourself why this extraordinary...


1994 selection

A Grave Talent

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 1994

by Laurie R. King

THE EDGAR AWARD-WINNING NOVEL

THE FIRST KATE MARTINELLI MYSTERY

In Laurie R. King's Grave Talent, the unthinkable has happened in a small community outside of San Francisco. A series of shocking murders has occurred,...


Best Juvenile category winners

Best novel category winners

2013 selection

Live by Night

Coughlin #2

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2013

by Dennis Lehane

From New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane comes this epic, unflinching tale of the making and unmaking of a gangster in the Prohibition Era of the Roaring Twenties—now a Warner Bros. movie starring...


2011 selection

The Lock Artist

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2011, Barry Best Novel 2011, CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2011

by Steve Hamilton

"I was the Miracle Boy, once upon a time. Later on, the Milford Mute. The Golden Boy. The Young Ghost. The Kid. The Boxman. The Lock Artist. That was all me.

But you can call me Mike."

Marked by tragedy, traumatized...


2010 selection

The Last Child

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2010, Barry Best Novel 2010, CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2009

by John Hart

Winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Novel

Heralded by the Washington Post as a "a magnificent creation, Huck Finn channeled through Lord of the Flies", John Hart's The Last Child is his most significant work...


2009 selection

Blue Heaven

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2009

by C. J. Box

A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother are on the run in the Idaho woods, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder—four men who know exactly who William and Annie are. And where their...


2008 selection

Down River

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2008

by John Hart

Down River is the winner of the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Everything that shaped him happened near that river....

Now its banks are filled with lies and greed, shame, and murder....

John Hart's debut, The...


2007 selection

The Janissary Tree

Yashim the Eunuch #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2007

by Jason Goodwin

WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL

This first book in the Investigator Yashim series is a richly entertaining tale, full of exotic history and intrigue, introduces Investigator Yashim: In 1830s Istanbul,...


2006 selection

Citizen Vince

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2006

by Jess Walter

At 1:59 a.m. in Spokane, Washington—eight days before the 1980 presidential election—Vince Camden pockets his stash of stolen credit cards and drops by an all-night poker game before heading to his witness-protection...


2005 selection

California Girl

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2005

by T. Jefferson Parker

The Orange County, California, that the Becker brothers knew as boys is no more—unrecognizably altered since the afternoon in 1954 when Nick, Clay, David, and Andy rumbled with the lowlife Vonns, while five-year-old...


2003 selection

Winter and Night

Lydia Chin & Bill Smith #8

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2003, Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2003

by S. J. Rozan

From the critically acclaimed, award-winning S. J. Rozan comes her finest novel to date - an explosive novel about the corrosive power of secrets and corruption in a small town.

In the middle of the night, private...


1992 selection

A Dance at the Slaughterhouse

Matthew Scudder #9

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 1992

by Lawrence Block

A successful socialite's beautiful wife was raped and murdered in her own home -- and Matt Scudder believes the victim's "grieving" husband was responsible for the outrage. But to prove it, the haunted p.i....


1985 selection

Briarpatch

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 1985

by Ross Thomas & Lawrence Block

From Edgar Award-winning author Ross Thomas comes Briarpatch, a thrilling mystery of one man’s personal mission to find justice for his family. Now, the basis for the USA Network television series executive...


1984 selection

Labrava

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 1984

by Elmore Leonard

New York Times bestselling author Elmore Leonard delivers his trademark blend of action, sex, violence, humor, and hard-boiled suspense in this thrilling crime classic, LaBrava.

Joe La Brava is an ex–Secret...


1974 selection

Dance Hall of the Dead

Navajo Mysteries #2

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 1974

by Tony Hillerman

Two Native-American boys have vanished into thin air, leaving a pool of blood behind them. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police has no choice but to suspect the very worst, since the blood that...


Best Paperback Original category winners

2016 selection

The Long and Faraway Gone

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Paperback Original 2016

by Lou Berney

WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD, THE MACAVITY AWARD, THE ANTHONY AWARD, AND THE BARRY AWARD FOR BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

NOMINATED FOR THE 2015 LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE

With the compelling narrative tension and psychological...


2010 selection

Body Blows

Joe Grundy #2

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Paperback Original 2010

by Marc Strange

When the live-in servant and not-so-secret lover of ex-boxer Joe Grundys millionaire boss Leo Alexander turns up murdered, its up to Joe to get to the bottom of the incident in order to clear Leos name. But...


2004 selection

Find Me Again: A Rebecca Temple Mystery

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Paperback Original 2004

by Sylvia Maultash Warsh

Rebecca Temple meets a Polish count who has written a novel based on his family, which he claims is descended from royalty, then finds him dead and his manuscript missing.


Best Young Adult Novel category winners

2011 selection

The Interrogation of Gabriel James

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Young Adult Novel 2011

by Charlie Price

Winner of the Mystery Writers of America's 2011 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Fiction

American Library Association Quick Picks for Young Adults

Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List

Eyewitness to two killings,...


2010 selection

Reality Check

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Young Adult Novel 2010

by Peter Abrahams

QB of the varsity football team. Passing grades in all his classes. Dating the hottest—and smartest—girl at school. Summer job paying more than minimum wage. Things in Cody's world seem to be going pretty...


1998 selection

Ghost Canoe

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Young Adult Novel 1998

by Will Hobbs

After a sailing ship breaks up on the rocks off Washington's storm-tossed Cape Flattery, Nathan McAllister, the fourteen-year-old son of the lighthouse keeper, refuses to believe the authorities, who say there...