Edgar Award Nominees Announced

On Monday, January 21, Mystery Writers of America – “the premier organization for mystery Edgar Awardwriters, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre” – announced the nominees for the Edgar Awards.  Named after celebrated American mystery, horror and detective writer Edgar Allen Poe, the awards honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2014.

Winners will be announced on April 29th at the organization’s Gala Banquet in New York City.  Here is a complete list of nominees for the 2015 awards.


  • This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash
  • Wolf by Mo Hayder
  • Mercedes by Stephen King
  • The Final Silence by Stuart Neville
  • Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin
  • Coptown by Karin Slaughter

First Novel by an American Author

  • Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman
  • Invisible City by Julia Dahl
  • The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
  • Bad Country by C.B. McKenzie
  • Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh
  • Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver

Paperback/E-Book Original

  • The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Albani
  • Stay With Me by Alison Gaylin
  • The Barkeep by William Lashner
  • The Day She Died by Catriona McPherson
  • The Gone Dead Train by Lisa Turner
  • World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters

Fact Crime

  • Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America by Kevin Cook
  • The Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art by Carl Hoffman
  • The Other Side: A Memoir by Lacy M. Johnson
  • Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William Mann
  • The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, the Model, and the Murder that Shook the Nation by Harold Schechter


  • The Figure of the Detective: A Literary History and Analysis by Charles Brownson
  • James Ellroy: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction by Jim Mancall
  • Kiss the Blood Off My Hands: Classic Film Noir by Robert Miklitsch
  • Judges & Justice & Lawyers & Law: Exploring the Legal Dimensions of Fiction and Film by Francis M. Nevins
  • Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe by J.W. Ocker

Short Story

  • “The Snow Angel” – Ellery Queen Mystery magazine by Doug Allyn
  • “200 Feet” – Strand magazine by John Floyd
  • “What Do You Do?” – Rogues by Gillian Flynn
  • “Red Eye” – Faceoff by Dennis Lehane vs. Michael Connelly
  • “Teddy” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Brian Tobin


  • Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick
  • Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
  • Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • Nick and Tesla’s Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove by “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith
  • Saving Kabul Corner by N.H. Senzai
  • Eddie Red, Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells

Young Adult

  • The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
  • Fake ID by Lamar Giles
  • The Art of Secrets by James Klise
  • The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson

Television Episode Teleplay

  • “The Empty Hearse” – “Sherlock,” teleplay by Mark Gatiss (Hartswood Films/Masterpiece)
  • “Unfinished Business” – “Blue Bloods,” teleplay by Siobhan Byrne O’Connor (CBS)
  • “Episode 1” – “Happy Valley,” teleplay by Sally Wainwright (Netflix)
  • “Dream Baby Dream” – “The Killing,” teleplay by Sean Whitesell (Netflix)
  • “Episode 6” – “The Game,” teleplay by Toby Whithouse (BBC America)

Simon & Schuster-Mary Higgins Clark Award (for the book most closely written in the Mary Higgins Clark Tradition according to guidelines set forth by Mary Higgins Clark)

  • A Dark and Twisted Tide by Sharon Bolton
  • The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey
  • Invisible City by Julia Dahl
  • Summer of the Dead by Julia Keller
  • The Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day

Robert L. Fish Memorial Award:  “Getaway Girl” – Ellery Queen Mystery magazine By Zoë Z. Dean

Grand Masters:  Lois Duncan and James Ellroy

Raven Awards

  • Ruth & Jon Jordan, Crimespree Magazine
  • Kathryn Kennison, Magna Cum Murder

Ellery Queen Award:  Charles Ardai, editor and founder, Hard Case Crime

Congratulations to all the nominees!

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