Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel

Finalists have been announced since 1946.

 

2014 selection

Red Sparrow: A Novel

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2014

by Jason Matthews

IN THE GRAND SPY-TALE TRADITION OF JOHN LE CARRÉ . . . comes this shocking thriller written with insider detail known only to a veteran CIA officer.

In present-day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President...


2013 selection

The Expats: A Novel

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2013

by Chris Pavone

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

EDGAR AWARD WINNER  *  ANTHONY AWARD WINNER

BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE ACCIDENT

Can we ever escape our secrets?

In the cobblestoned streets of Luxembourg, Kate Moore's days are filled...


2012 selection

Bent Road: A Novel

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2012

by Lori Roy

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel

"Don't be fooled by the novel's apparent simplicity: What emerges from the surface is a tale of extraordinary emotional power, one of longstanding pain set against...


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,...


2008 selection

In the Woods

Dublin Murder Squad #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2008, Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 2008, Barry Best First Novel 2008

by Tana French

A gripping thriller from New York Times bestseller and the acclaimed author of Broken Harbor and The Secret Place

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their...


2007 selection

The Faithful Spy: A Novel

John Wells #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2007

by Alex Berenson

“A well-crafted page-turner that addresses the most important issue of our time. It will keep you reading well into the night.”–Vince Flynn

A New York Times reporter has drawn upon his experience covering...


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...


2005 selection

Country of Origin: A Novel

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2005

by Don Lee

A dazzling debut novel by the prize-winning author of Yellow, set in the unique and exotic nightworld of Tokyo.In this "poignant story of prejudice, betrayal and the search for identity" (Newsweek International...


2004 selection

Death of a Nationalist

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2004

by Rebecca Pawel

Praise for Rebecca Pawel:

"Pawel anchors a tense and exciting story with a terrific and complex plot."—Detroit Free Press

"[Pawel] turns the clock back to 1939 and Madrid’s tumultuous past. . . . An intriguing...


2001 selection

A Conspiracy of Paper: A Novel

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2001, Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 2001, Barry Best First Novel 2001

by David Liss

THE HISTORICAL THRILLER OF THE YEAR

Benjamin Weaver is an outsider in eighteenth-century London: a Jew among Christians; a ruffian among aristocrats; a retired pugilist who, hired by London's gentry, travels...


2000 selection

The Skull Mantra

Inspector Shan #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2000

by Eliot Pattison

The corpse is missing its head and is dressed in American clothes. Found by a Tibetan prison work gang on a windy cliff, the grisly remains clearly belong to someone too important for Chinese authorities to...


1999 selection

A Cold Day in Paradise

Alex McKnight #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 1999

by Steve Hamilton

A Cold Day in Paradise launched Steve Hamilton into the top ranks of today’s crime writers. Now, see for yourself why this extraordinary novel has galvanized the literary and mystery community as no other...


1998 selection

Los Alamos

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 1998

by Joseph Kanon

In a dusty, remote community of secretly constructed buildings and awesome possibility, the world's most brilliant minds have come together. Their mission: to split an atom and end a war. But among those who...


1994 selection

A Grave Talent

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 1994

by Laurie R. King

THE FIRST BOOK IN THE KATE MARTINELLI MYSTERY SERIES

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, the...


1993 selection

The Black Echo: A Novel

Harry Bosch #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 1993

by Michael Connelly

For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch -- hero, maverick, nighthawk -- the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal.

The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a...


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...


1983 selection

The Butcher's Boy

The Butcher's Boy #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 1983

by Thomas Perry & Michael Connelly

The Edgar Award–winning novel by the “master of nail-biting suspense”(Los Angeles Times)

Thomas Perry exploded onto the literary scene with The Butcher’s Boy. Back in print by popular demand, this spectacular...


1982 selection

Chiefs: A Novel (25th Anniversary Edition)

Will Lee #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 1982

by Stuart Woods

The compelling thriller that launched the career of best-selling novelist Stuart Woods in an anniversary hardcover edition. In the bitter winter of 1920, the first body is found in Delano, Georgia; the naked...


1980 selection

The Lasko Tangent

Christopher Paget #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 1980

by Richard North Patterson

"Mr. Patterson is a natural storyteller....Fast moving...A handsome job."--The New York Times William Lasko is a self-made millionaire with an eye for wealth and influence, the ear of the president, and a talent...


1977 selection

The Thomas Berryman Number

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 1977

by James Patterson

Three terrifying murders in the South culminate in a relentless manhunt in the North that centers on a ruthless assassin, the woman he loves, and the beloved leader he is hired to kill with extreme prejudice....


1975 selection

Fletch

Fletch #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 1975

by Gregory Mcdonald

Fletch

He’s an investigative reporter whose methods are a little unorthodox. Currently he’s living on the beach with the strung-out trying to find to the source of the drugs they live for.

Fletch

He’s taking...


1953 selection

Don't Cry for Me

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 1953

by William Campbell Gault

He was a heel . . . a blue-blood gone bad, a low-brow with class, a bum with an income. He liked low-slung cars and top-heavy girls, and he took his pleasure where he found it. He was the consort of bookies,...