The Mystery Writers of America revealed the nominees for the 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Awards on January 19th. These awards honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television. On April 26, 2018, the Edgar Awards will be presented to the winners in New York City. If you are interested in the full list of nominees, in all categories, you can visit their website. Here are the titles for the category of Best Novel:
Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
Forced by duty to return to his racially divided East Texas hometown, an African-American Texas Ranger risks his job and reputation to investigate a highly charged double-murder case involving a black Chicago lawyer and a local white woman.
The Dime by Kathleen Kent
A woman from a family of take-no-prisoners police detectives relocates from Brooklyn to Dallas, where she tackles adversaries ranging from drug cartels and cult leaders to difficult vagrants and society wives before a first major investigation is challenged by unruly subordinates, a stalker, a criminal organization and an unsupportive girlfriend.
Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr
Hiding on the French Riviera when his cover is blown, Bernie Gunther finds himself in a cat-and-mouse game with an old and dangerous enemy before fleeing to Berlin, where he places his survival in the hands of dubious former allies.
A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee
In the days of the British Raj in 1919, Captain Sam Wyndham, a former Scotland Yard detective newly arrived in Calcutta, is confronted with the murder of a British official who was found with a note in his mouth warning the British to leave India.
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti
A once-professional killer protects his daughter from the legacy of his criminal past, an effort that is challenged by his daughter’s struggles with the death of her mother and the reckoning of old enemies.
All summaries are from the publishers.
*This article first appeared in the February 2018 issue of Syosset Public Library’s newsletter, The Book Club Insider.*
-posted by Jean S., Readers’ Services