Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel

Finalists have been announced since 1954.


2014 selection

Ordinary Grace: A Novel

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2014

by William Kent Krueger





“That was it. That was all of it. A grace so ordinary there was...

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


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...

2000 selection


Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2000

by Jan Burke

In this Edgar Allen Poe Award–winning novel, Irene Kelly is on the hunt for the body of a murder victim…with the killer as her guide: “a journey into the heart of darkness” (Los Angeles Times).

Only one...

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


Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 1985

by Ross Thomas & Lawrence Block

A long-distance call from a Texas city on his birthday gives Benjamin Dill the news that his sister--it's her birthday, too, they were born exactly ten years apart--has died in a car bomb explosion. It's the...

1984 selection


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...