2017 Edgar Award Finalists for Mystery Writing Announced

On the 208th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, the Mystery Writers of America have announced the finalists for the 2017 Edgar awards. The Edgars cover everything from best novel and best short story to best biography and best TV episode teleplay. The 2017 Finalists include big names like Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates, and unsurprisingly, everyone’s favorite fall breakout series Westworld made the longlist for best teleplay. Stay tuned, the winners will be announced in April in New York City!

Best Novel

The Ex by Alafair Burke (HarperCollins Publishers — Harper)
Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman (Penguin Random House — G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye (Penguin Random House — G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
What Remains of Me by Alison Gaylin (HarperCollins Publishers — William Morrow)
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (Hachette Book Group — Grand Central Publishing)

Best First Novel

Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry (Penguin Random House — Penguin Books)
Dodgers by Bill Beverly (Crown Publishing Group)
IQ by Joe Ide (Little, Brown & Company — Mulholland Books)
The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie (Penguin Random House — G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Dancing with the Tiger by Lili Wright (Penguin Random House –Marian Wood Book/Putnam)
The Lost Girls by Heather Young (HarperCollins Publishers — William Morrow)

Best Paperback Original

Shot in Detroit by Patricia Abbott (Polis Books)
Come Twilight by Tyler Dilts (Amazon Publishing — Thomas & Mercer)
The 7th Canon by Robert Dugoni (Amazon Publishing — Thomas & Mercer)
Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty (Prometheus Books — Seventh Street Books)
A Brilliant Death by Robin Yocum (Prometheus Books — Seventh Street Books)
Heart of Stone by James W. Ziskin (Prometheus Books — Seventh Street Books)

Best Fact Crime

Morgue: A Life in Death by Dr. Vincent DiMaio & Ron Franscell (St. Martin’s Press)
The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle that Brought Down the Klan
by Laurence Leamer (HarperCollins Publishers — William Morrow)
Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder: The Unsolved Murder That Shocked Victorian England by Paul Thomas Murphy (Pegasus Books)
While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man’s Descent into Madness by Eli Sanders (Penguin Random House — Viking Books)
The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale (Penguin Random House — Penguin Press)

Best Critical/Biographical

Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd (Penguin Random House — Nan A. Talese)
Encyclopedia of Nordic Crime: Works and Authors of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden Since 1967 by Mitzi M. Brunsdale (McFarland & Company)
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin (W.W. Norton — Liveright)
Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula by David J. Skal (W.W. Norton — Liveright)

Best Short Story

“Oxford Girl” — Mississippi Noir by Megan Abbott (Akashic Books)
“A Paler Shade of Death” — St. Louis Noir by Laura Benedict (Akashic Books)
“Autumn at the Automat” — In Sunlight or in Shadow by Lawrence Block (Pegasus Books)
“The Music Room” — In Sunlight or in Shadow by Stephen King (Pegasus Books)
“The Crawl Space” — Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Joyce Carol Oates (Dell Magazines)

Best Juvenile

Summerlost by Ally Condie (Penguin Young Readers Group — Dutton BFYR)
OCDaniel by Wesley King (Simon & Schuster — Paula Wiseman Books)
The Bad Kid by Sarah Lariviere by (Simon & Schuster — Simon & Schuster BFYR)
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand (Simon & Schuster — Simon & Schuster BFYR)
Framed! by James Ponti (Simon & Schuster — Aladdin)
Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught
(Simon & Schuster — Paula Wiseman Books)

Young Adult

Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger (Simon & Schuster — Simon Pulse)
The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group — Henry Holt BFYR)
Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse (Hachette Book Group — Little, Brown BFYR)
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier (Soho Press — Soho Teen)
Thieving Weasels by Billy Taylor (Penguin Random House — 
Penguin Young Readers — Dial Books)

TV Episode Teleplay

“Episode 1 — From the Ashes of Tragedy” — The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Teleplay by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski (FX Network)
“The Abominable Bride” — Sherlock, Teleplay by Mark Gatiss & Steven Moffat
(Hartswood Films/Masterpiece)
“Episode 1 — Dark Road” — Vera,Teleplay by Martha Hillier (Acorn TV)
“A Blade of Grass” — Penny Dreadful, Teleplay by John Logan (Showtime)
“Return 0” — Person of Interest, Teleplay by Jonathan Nolan & Denise The
(CBS/Warner Brothers)
“The Bicameral Mind” — Westworld, Teleplay by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy
(HBO/Warner Bros. Television)

Robert L. Fish Memorial

“The Truth of the Moment” — Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
by E. Gabriel Flores (Dell Magazines)

Mary Higgins Clark

The Other Sister by Dianne Dixon (Sourcebooks — Sourcebooks Landmark)
Quiet Neighbors by Catriona McPherson (Llewellyn Worldwide — Midnight Ink)
Say No More by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Tor/Forge Books — Forge Books)
Blue Moon by Wendy Corsi Staub (HarperCollins Publishers — William Morrow)
The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd (HarperCollins Publishers — William Morrow)

Grand Master

Max Allan Collins
Ellen Hart

Raven Award

Dru Ann Love

Ellery Queen Award

Neil Nyren

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