2013 Edgar Awards Honor Best Mystery Writers
May 07, 2013
Ken Follet, author of thrillers and historical novels, said it best when he noted the power that a great story can have over a reader. He said, "If they're hoping it will turn out this way, and fearing it will turn out that way, they're going to turn the page." Follet knows what he is talking about, as he was just awarded the Grand Master prize by the Mystery Writers of America, which honors an author’s body of work.
Each spring since 1946, the Mystery Writers of America - the premier organization for mystery and crime writers - present the Edgar® Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre. Named in honor of Edgar Allan Poe, the winners are presented with an Edgar, a replica of the head of the mystery master Edgar Allan Poe.
The Edgars are the Oscars for mystery writers, honoring the best novels, nonfiction books, television shows, and films in the mystery, crime, suspense, and intrigue fields published or produced during the previous year.
This year the Best Novel award was given to Dennis Lehane for his book, Live by Night, which follows the son of a police captain as he explores the criminal underground of Prohibition era America. I was pleased to see the Best Young Adult prize was given to Elizabeth Wein for her excellent book, Code Name Verity, one of my personal favorites. The Best Fact Crime award went to author Paul French for his work Midnight in Peking, which explored the death of a young Englishwoman in China in the 1930s as the country was experiencing tremendous change. The debut novel prize, titled Best First Novel by an American Author, went to The Expats by Chris Pavone. Pavone’s novel follows an American woman living abroad in Europe who is terrified her past is coming back to haunt her.
You can also visit MCPL’s Edgar Award book recommendations.