Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Fact Crime

Finalists have been announced since 1948.

 

2010 selection

Columbine

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Fact Crime 2010

by Dave Cullen

On April 20, 1999, two boys left an indelible stamp on the American psyche. Their goal was simple: to blow up their school, Oklahoma-City style, and to leave "a lasting impression on the world." Their bombs...


2009 selection

American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Fact Crime 2009

by Howard Blum

It was an explosion that reverberated across the country—and into the very heart of early-twentieth-century America. On the morning of October 1, 1910, the walls of the Los Angeles Times Building buckled as...


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...


2004 selection

The Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Fact Crime 2004

by Erik Larson

Erik Larson—author of #1 bestseller IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS—intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining...


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....


1998 selection

The Death of Innocents: A True Story of Murder, Medicine, and High-Stake Science

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Fact Crime 1998

by Richard Firstman & Jamie Talan

Unraveling a twenty-five-year tale of multiple murder and medical deception, The Death of Innocents is a work of first-rate journalism told with the compelling narrative drive of a mystery novel. More than just...


1986 selection

Savage Grace: The True Story of Fatal Relations in a Rich and Famous American Family

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Fact Crime 1986

by Natalie Robins & Steven M Aronson

A spellbinding tale of money and madness, incest and matricide, Savage Grace is the saga of Brooks and Barbara Baekeland -- beautiful, rich, worldly -- and their handsome, gentle son, Tony. Alternately neglected...


1984 selection

Very Much a Lady

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Fact Crime 1984

by Shana Alexander

A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.


1966 selection

In Cold Blood

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Fact Crime 1966

by Truman Capote

National Bestseller 

On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was...


1965 selection

Gideon's Trumpet

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Fact Crime 1965

by Anthony Lewis

A history of the landmark case of James Earl Gideon's fight for the right to legal counsel. Notes, table of cases, index. The classic backlist bestseller. More than 800,000 sold since its first pub date of 1964....