Wednesday, May 13, 2009

2009 Edgar Award Winners

Mystery Writers of America recently announced, as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, the Winners for the 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced in 2008. The Edgar® Awards were presented at the 63rd Gala Banquet, April 30, 2009 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. Here are some of the winners:

Best Novel - Blue Heaven by C.J. Box

A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of North Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder—four men who know exactly who William and Annie are, and who know exactly where their desperate mother is waiting for news of her children's fate.

Best First Novel by An American Author - The Foreigner by Francie Lin

Emerson Chang is a mild mannered bachelor on the cusp of forty, a financial analyst in a neatly pressed suit, a child of Taiwanese immigrants who doesn't speak a word of Chinese, and, well, a virgin. When his mother suddenly dies, Emerson sets out for Taipei to scatter her ashes, and to convey a surprising inheritance to his younger brother, Little P. Now enmeshed in the Taiwanese criminal underworld, Little P seems to be running some very shady business out of his uncle's karaoke bar, and he conceals a secret--a crime that has not only severed him from his family, but may have annihilated his conscience.

Best Paperback Original - China Lake by Meg Gardiner

Evan Delaney learns that not only has her ex- sister-in-law joined a religious cult, but the unstable young mother plans to regain custody of her son and disappear with him into the fold of the fanatical group. But when murder raises the stakes, Evan is dragged even deeper into the nightmare.

For the complete list of Edgar Award nominees and winners, go to .


Anonymous said...

Blue Heaven by C.J. Box sounds very similar to John Grisham's The Client. I would probably read it to see how alike it is. mkw

Anonymous said...

Box's newest book, Three Weeks to Say Goodbye, is every bit as suspensful as Blue Heaven. I love it when I find a great suspense author like C. J. Box.