Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel

Finalists have been announced since 1946.

 

2018 selection

She Rides Shotgun

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2018

by Jordan Harper

*WINNER OF A 2018 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT NOVEL*

*WINNER OF AN ALEX AWARD FROM THE ALA*

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Booklist

A propulsive, gritty novel about a girl marked for death...


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...


2014 selection

Red Sparrow: A Novel

Dominika Egorova & Nathaniel Nash #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2014

by Jason Matthews

Now a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton!

From the New York Times bestselling author and veteran CIA officer Jason Matthews comes the electrifying modern spy thriller Red Sparrow....


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,...


1991 selection

Postmortem

Kay Scarpetta #1

Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 1991, Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 1991

by Patricia Cornwell

Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign...


1986 selection

When the Bough Breaks

Alex Delaware #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 1986

by Jonathan Kellerman

In the first Alex Delaware novel, Dr.  Morton Handler practiced a strange brand of psychiatry.  Among his specialties were fraud, extortion, and  sexual manipulation. Handler paid for his sins when  he...