2012 Edgar Nominees


2012 Edgar Nominees

The Edgar Awards will be presented by the Mystery Writers of America on April 26, 2012.

Check out the website for the complete list of nominees in all categories (e.g. best nonfiction crime, best young adult).

Winners are indicated by *

Here are the nominees for
Best Novel

The Ranger by Ace Atkins

# 1 with Quinn Colson, an army ranger returning home from Afghanistan, in rural northeast Mississippi

* Gone by Mo Hayder

# 5 with Jack Caffery, a troubled police detective, and police diver Sergeant Flea Marley in the West Country, England

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

A clever mathematics teacher orchestrates a cover-up after a confrontation between a violent man and his terror-stricken ex-wife results in the man's accidental death.

1222 by Anne Holt

# 8 with Hanne Wilhelmsen, a lesbian police officer in Oslo, Norway. In this book, she is in a wheelchair, having been wounded in the line of duty. She is no longer a police officer.

## Related post: MBTB mini-review of 1222

Field Gray by Philip Kerr

# 7 with Bernie Gunther, a German private eye who hates the Nazis, in Berlin, Germany, 1936-1947, and later in Argentina, Cuba, and elsewhere

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Best First Novel

Red on Red by Edward Conlon

Follows an unlikely partnership between two NYPD detectives, including one who is drawn to cases of rough urban combat and another who is compelled by suicide, missing persons, and supernatural cases.

Last to Fold by David Duffy

# 1 with Turbo Vlost, an ex-KGB operative, now a private investigator in New York City

All Cry Chaos by Leonard Rosen

# 1 with Henri Poincaré, a veteran Interpol agent

* Bent Road by Lori Roy

Celia Scott and her family move back to her husband's hometown in Kansas, where his sister died under mysterious circumstances twenty years before, and where Celia and two of her children struggle to adjust--especially when a local girl disappears.

Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder

# 1 with Conway Sax, a no-nonsense auto mechanic with a knack for solving difficult problems, around Framingham, Massachusetts

Best Paperback Original

* The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett

After eleven union men are found dead in a trolley car in 1919, a man named Hayes must discover the truth behind the murders--and behind the McNaughton Corporation and the Evesden, the company town it built--before he meets a grim end.

The Faces of Angels by Lucretia Grindle

A sweltering day in Florence, and newly-wed Mary Warren breaks away from her tour group in the Boboli Gardens to wander into a shady tunnel of trees. But the tranquil setting conceals a complex maze and a masked killer: within minutes Mary is severely attacked and her husband brutally murdered. A year later, and the murderer is still at large.

The Dog Sox by Russell Hill

Follows the adventures of Ray Adams and his girlfriend Ava after Ray buys her a semi-professional baseball team in Knights Landing, California, for her birthday and renames it the Dog Sox.

Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley

# 3 with David Bengu, a large assistant police superintendent known as “Kubu” (hippopotamus), in Botswana

Vienna Twilight by Frank Tallis

# 5 with Max Liebermann, a psychoanalytic detective in turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna, Austria
posted by Sharon

The Fifth Victim
by Zoë Sharp


Book # 9 with Charlotte “Charlie” Fox, a self-defense expert

Description: Charlie Fox is hired as a bodyguard for the daughter of a rich businesswoman whose circle of friends are increasingly the target of kidnappings while also seeking vengeance against the man who put her partner in a coma.

First book: Killer Instinct


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