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

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

WINNER OF THE 2014 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL

WINNER OF THE 2014 DILYS AWARD

A SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF 2013

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


2013 selection

Live by Night

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2013

by Dennis Lehane

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world.

Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies,...


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...


2009 selection

Blue Heaven

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2009

by C. J. Box & C.J. Box

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


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,...


2007 selection

The Janissary Tree

Yashim the Eunuch #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2007

by Jason Goodwin

Be on the lookout for Investigator Yashim’s next adventure, AN EVIL EYE, on sale March 29th! When Jason Goodwin explored the Ottoman Empire in Lords of the Horizons, The New York Times Book Review hailed...


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...


2004 selection

Resurrection Men: An Inspector Rebus Novel

Inspector John Rebus #13

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2004

by Ian Rankin

Inspector John Rebus has messed up badly this time, so badly that he's been sent to a kind of reform school for damaged cops. While there among the last-chancers known as "resurrection men," he joins a covert...


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...


2001 selection

The Bottoms

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2001

by Joe R. Lansdale

A thriller with echoes of William Faulkner and Harper Lee, The Bottoms is classic American storytelling in its truest, darkest, and more affecting form.

 

Its 1933 in East Texas and the Depression lingers in...


2000 selection

Bones: An Irene Kelly Mystery

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2000

by Jan Burke

For Four Long Years, No One Has Known What Became of Julia Sayre

On the morning after this mother of two disappeared, her family sought the help of reporter Irene Kelly. But despite Irene's best efforts, until...


1997 selection

The Chatham School Affair

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 1997

by Thomas H. Cook

Attorney Henry Griswald has a secret: the truth behind the tragic events the world knew as the Chatham School Affair, the controversial tragedy that destroyed five lives, shattered a quiet community, and forever...


1996 selection

Come to Grief

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 1996

by Dick Francis

When ex-jockey Sid Halley becomes convinced that one of his closest friends--and one of the racing world's most beloved figures--is behind a series of shockingly violent acts, he faces the most troubling case...


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....


1990 selection

Black Cherry Blues: A Novel

Dave Robicheaux #3

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 1990

by James Burke

Dave Robicheaux was once a Louisiana homicide cop. Now he's trying to start a new life, opening up a fishing business and caring for his adopted girl, Alafair.

Compared to Louisiana, Robicheaux thought Montana...


1985 selection

Briarpatch

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

Labrava

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 1984

by Elmore Leonard

Joe LaBrava first fell in love with femme fatale movie queen Jean Shaw in a darkened theater when he was twelve. Now he's finally meeting his dream woman in the flesh, albeit in a rundown Miami crisis center....


1979 selection

Eye Of The Needle

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 1979

by Ken Follett

One enemy spy knows the secret to the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin -- code name: "The Needle" -- who holds the key to ultimate Nazi victory.

Only one person stands...


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...


1966 selection

The Quiller Memorandum

Quiller #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 1966

by Adam Hall

You are a secret agent working for the British in Berlin. You are due to go home on leave, but you are being followed-by your own people, or by the enemy. A man meets you in the theater and briefs you on a plot...


1965 selection

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

George Smiley #3

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 1965

by John le Carre

John le Carré's third novel-A #1 New York Times bestseller for 34 weeks-and the book that launched his career worldwide

In the shadow of the newly erected Berlin Wall, Alec Leamas watches as his last agent...


1964 selection

The Light of Day

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 1964

by Eric Ambler

The Light of Day was the basis for Jules Dassin’s classic film, Topkapi.

When Arthur Abdel Simpson first spots Harper in the Athens airport, he recognizes him as a tourist unfamiliar with city and in need of...


1955 selection

The Long Goodbye: A Novel

Marlowe #6

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 1955

by Raymond Chandler

Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, who he's divorced and re-married and who ends up dead. and...