Mystery Writers of Americais the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre.
They are the sponsors of the prestigious .
First awarded in 1955, and named after Edgar Allan Poe, these awards are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America to honour the best in mystery fiction published in the past year.
Here is a selection of this year’s nominees. Check out the website for the full list.
Best First Novel
Best Paperback Original
The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani
Stay With Me by Alison Gaylin
The Gone Dead Train by Lisa Turner
World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters
Best 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