Friday, January 19, 2007


And the Nominees Are...

Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce its Nominees for the 2007 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced in 2006. The Edgar Awards will be presented to the winners at our 61st Gala Banquet, April 26, 2007 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.


The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard (HarperCollins)
The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Gentleman and Players by Joanne Harris (HarperCollins – William Morrow)
The Dead Hour by Denise Mina (Hachette Book Group - Little, Brown and Company)
The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard (Random House – Ballantine Books)
The Liberation Movements by Olen Steinhauer (St. Martin's Minotaur)


The Faithful Spy by Alex Berenson (Random House)
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (Crown - Shaye Areheart Books)
King of Lies by John Hart (St. Martin's Minotaur – Thomas Dunne Books)
Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith (St. Martin's Minotaur)
A Field of Darkness by Cornelia Read (Warner Books – Mysterious Press)


The Goodbye Kiss by Massimo Carlotto (Europa Editions)
The Open Curtain by Brian Evenson (Coffee House Press)
Snakeskin Shamisen by Naomi Hirahara (Bantam Dell Publishing – Delta Books)
The Deep Blue Alibi by Paul Levine (Bantam Dell Publishing – Bantam Books)
City of Tiny Lights by Patrick Neate (Penguin Group – Riverhead Books)


Strange Piece of Paradise by Terri Jentz (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger (W.W. Norton and Co.)
Finding Amy: A True Story of Murder in Maine by Capt. Joseph K. Loughlin & Kate Clark Flora (University Press of New England)
Ripperology: A Study of the World's First Serial Killer by Robin Odell (The Kent State University Press)
The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe and the Invention of Murder by Daniel Stashower (Dutton)
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson (HarperCollins – William Morrow)


Unless the Threat of Death is Behind Them: Hard-Boiled Fiction and Film Noir by John T. Irwin (Johns Hopkins University Press)
The Science of Sherlock Holmes: From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear by E.J. Wagner (John Wiley & Sons)


"The Home Front" – Death Do Us Part by Charles Ardai (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown and Company)
"Rain" – Manhattan Noir by Thomas H. Cook (Akashic Books)
"Cranked" – Damn Near Dead by Bill Crider (Busted Flush Press)
"White Trash Noir" – Murder at the Foul Line by Michael Malone (Hachette Book Group – Mysterious Press)
"Building" – Manhattan Noir by S.J. Rozan (Akashic Books)


Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake by Jennifer Allison (Penguin Young Readers – Sleuth/Dutton)
The Stolen Sapphire: A Samantha Mystery by Sarah Masters Buckey (American Girl Publishing)
Room One: A Mystery or Two by Andrew Clements (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
The Bloodwater Mysteries: Snatched by Pete Hautman & Mary Logue (Penguin Young Readers – Sleuth/Putnam)
The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery by Nancy Springer (Penguin Young Readers – Philomel/Sleuth)


The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks (Scholastic – The Chicken House)
The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson (Penguin YR – Sleuth/Viking)
Crunch Time by Mariah Fredericks (Simon & Schuster – Richard Jackson Books/Atheneum)
Buried by Robin Merrow MacCready (Penguin YR – Dutton Children's Books)
The Night My Sister Went Missing by Carol Plum-Ucci (Harcourt Children's Books)


Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure by Steven Dietz (Arizona Theatre Company)
Curtains by Rupert Holmes (Ahmanson Theatre)
Ghosts of Ocean House by Michael Kimball (The Players' Ring)


The Closer – "Blue Blood", Teleplay by James Duff & Mike Berchem (Turner Network Television)
Dexter – "Crocodile", Teleplay by Clyde Phillips (Showtime)
House – "Clueless", Teleplay by Thomas L. Moran (Fox/NBC Universal)
Life on Mars – Episode 1, Teleplay by Matthew Graham (BBC America)
Monk – "Mr. Monk Gets a New Shrink", Teleplay by Hy Conrad (USA Network/NBC Universal)


Conviction, Teleplay by Bill Gallagher (BBC America)
Cracker: A New Terror, Teleplay by Jimmy McGovern (BBC America)
Messiah: The Harrowing, Teleplay by Terry Cafolla (BBC America)
Secret Smile, Teleplay by Kate Brooke, based on the book by Nicci French (BBC America)
The Wire, Season 4, Teleplays by Ed Burns, Kia Corthron, Dennis Lehane, David Mills, Eric Overmyer, George Pelecanos, Richard Price, David Simon & William F. Zorzi (Home Box Office)


Casino Royale, Screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade & Paul Haggis, based on novel by Ian Fleming (MGM)
Children of Men, Screenplay by Alfonso Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby, based on a novel by P.D. James (Universal Pictures
The Departed, Screenplay by William Monahan (Warner Bros. Pictures)
The Good Shepherd, Teleplay by Eric Roth (Universal Pictures)
Notes on a Scandal, Screenplay by Patrick Marber (Scott Rudin Productions)


William Dylan Powell
"Evening Gold" – EQMM November 2006 (Dell Magazines)


Stephen King


Books & Books (Mitchell Kaplan, owner)
Mystery Loves Company Bookstore (Kathy & Tom Harig, owners)

Bloodline by Fiona Mountain (St. Martin's Minotaur)

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pattinase (abbott) said...

Congrats, Bill. Well-deserved and one of my favorite stories in DND.

Anonymous said...

Ditto. Does that mean you'll be coming to New York for the awards?

And here I was just about to complain that - as usual - I've never even heard of half of the nominees.

Anonymous said...

And amazingly, I've actually read all of the short story nominees. I'd vote for you.

But Stephen King as Grandmaster when there are still so many deserving mystery writers (which he isn't, mostly) who haven't been named, seems wrong.

Unknown said...

Thanks, Jeff and Patti. We haven't made any plans about attending the Edgars yet. Still in shock.

FizzWater said...

Well, I came here to announce it to everyone and congratulate you, but Jaysus, what BSP!!!

Seriously, congrats on a well-deserved nom.

Unknown said...

Thanks, Paul. I don't indulge in much BSP, so I splurged.

Sarah Weinman said...

Fabulous news, Bill!

Ray Banks said...

Congratulations, Bill. And congratulations to David and Duane for having an Edgar nominated anthology... kinda.

If you win, d'you think you'll cry?

I would. Like with snot and everything.

Steven said...

Wow! Well deserved. Congratulations. Hope you make it up to NYC. Time to start writing the speech...

Jeff Abbott said...

Congratulations Bill and well-deserved and well-done!

Unknown said...

Ray, if I win, I'll probably have a stroke. When you look at the other nominees, you'll see why. I'm working on my "it's an honor just to be nominated" spiel. I think I can say it with a straight face.

And Steven, thanks. I hope to be there.

Unknown said...

Thanks, Jeff!

FizzWater said...

Okay, I'd be happy if Bill won, but I'm not gonna cry with snot and everything like Ray is if Bill wins!

Maybe I'll weep silently.

Lance said...

Congrats on the nomination

Victor Gischler said...

You da man!!!

Dave White said...


So awesome.

Unknown said...

Thanks, Dave. There are so many good stories in that book (including yours), that I'm shocked mine was chosen.

Unknown said...

Loved your story, too, Victor. I'm still shocked mine was picked out of that great group.

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

You rock, sir.

Anonymous said...

Way to go, Bill! I hope you win. BTW, there seems to be a lot of Sherlocke Holmes-related work on the list. Is it always like that?

Stuart MacBride said...

Well done Bill! Much deserved - it was a great story. We'll have our fingers crossed for you.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic news Bill. Great story in a great anthology.

Kent Morgan said...

Let me add my congrats. You must feel gratified in a year when there were so many books of short stories published. Don't think the book has shown up locally so I'll have to order a copy from our independent mystery bookstore, Whodunit.

Anonymous said...

Inasmuch as an award is only as good as those to who it's given, the Edgar is elevated by your nomination, Bill...break a raven!

Ms. Littlefeather might be available to accept in your stead if you for some reason can't make it to NYC...

Yes, Stephen King isn't much of a mystery writer (too often, he's not much of a writer at all, and then there are those occasions that make realize how good he can be when he tries), but I suspect that his GOH status won't spoil this ceremony for anyone...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Bill!! Anyone who hasn't read "Cranked", find a copy of DAMN NEAR DEAD... it's a hoot!!

Check out the Busted Flush Press website for more information on DAMN NEAR DEAD and other releases: . There are several independent bookstores who have signed copies, but you can also order it through other indies, chain stores, and online retailers. It really is one of the best anthologies of the year, so don't miss it!

Anonymous said...

David here again! This time speaking as assistant manager of Houston's Murder By The Book. We have a limited number of DAMN NEAR DEAD which are SIGNED by several contributors. Order your copies now! Oh, and Bill will sign here (with Joe Lansdale), Thursday, February 15, 6:30 p.m. Murder By The Book,, (713) 524-8597

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Unknown said...

Thanks to everyone. I'm going to try to remain humble and remember all the little people I've stepped on while making my way to the top.

Cap'n Bob said...

Bill who?

Cap'n Bob said...

Just razzing you, old pal. I can't think of anyone more deserving of some kind of award.
I'm surprised you weren't made Grandmaster. With all due respect to King, I don't think of him as a mystery writer.

Unknown said...

Well, he did write The Colorado Kid. And he's surely a descendant of Poe.

Walter Satterthwait said...

Hey, Bill.



Vince said...

Congratulations, Bill! Now at some point you have to sign my copy of DND.

Unknown said...

Drop by any day, Vince. Too bad I won't be at Left Coast Crime in Seattle next month.

Graham Powell said...

Congratulations, and congrats as well to David and Duane for publishing a terrific anthology.

Unknown said...

And we should also mention Bryon and Dave, whose blog project story was the precursor to this one.

Bill Peschel said...

That's great! Your coverage of Paris Hilton is second to none in this industry. A well-deserved nomination.

Oh, the story was very good, too.

Unknown said...

They really should give me some kind of award for the Paris Hilton coverage. Maybe the "It's Hot" award.

Anonymous said...

You write books?

Unknown said...

In my spare time.

Benjie said...

Can't let it go without joining the congrats bandwagon. So, Congratulations, Bill. It couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Unknown said...

Thanks, Benjie.

Unknown said...

I'm so proud of you Bill, I'm already crying with snot and everything. You rule.

Thanks for making the rest of us DAMN NEAR DEAD chumps look good by association...

Unknown said...

I certainly don't want to be around you and Ray when you two win awards. Not unless I'm wearing a raincoat. But thanks, Duane, and thanks for including my story in the book.

James Reasoner said...

Belated congrats from me, too, Bill!

Unknown said...

Thanks, James. It's never too late!

Anonymous said...

I missed this earlier. Congratulations! That's fantastic.

Unknown said...

Thanks, Barbara.

Juri said...

Congrats from me too!

Unknown said...

Thanks, Juri. I'm glad that Finland got the word.

Anonymous said...

You rock, Mr. Crider! Congrats!

Unknown said...

Thanks, Lonnie!

Anonymous said...

I'll congratulate you if you win. Apparently getting nominated, judging from ther length of the list that goes out the door and around the block, is easier than going through a WalMarft checkout line in over 40 minutes. Yes, I worded that correctly.

Unknown said...

And I didn't even win.