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2013 Mystery Writers of America Edgar® Awards Nominees and Winners

Including Grand Masters, Raven Awards, and Other MWA Annual Awards


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes

83 years after his death, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes makes two appearances at the 2013 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award nominations.

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The 2013 Edgar® Award nominees were announced by the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) on Wednesday, January, 16, 2013, the 204th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allen Poe.

Winners Announced at the 67th Edgar® Awards Gala Banquet
May, 2, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. (Note: Winners of the Simon & Schuster - Mary Higgins Clark Award Announced at MWA’s Agents & Editors Party, Wednesday, May 1, 2013)

Read the history and full list of the MWA Grand Masters throughout the years.

Following is the complete list of nominees; winners in each category are marked with an asterisk (*).

Read more about The Mystery Writers of America, the organization that “makes crime pay,” and the history and criteria for the MWA Edgar® Awards.

2013 Gala Grand Masters: Ken Follett, Margaret Maron

(See the entire list of Grand Masters throughout Edgar Awards history.)

2013 Edgar® Award Best Novel

The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins (Penguin Group USA - G.P. Putnam's Sons)

The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye (Penguin Group USA - Amy Einhorn Books/G.P. Putnam's Sons)

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn (Crown Publishers)

Potboiler by Jesse Kellerman (Penguin Group USA - G.P. Putnam's Sons)

Sunset by Al Lamanda (Gale Cengage Learning - Five Star)

* Live by Night by Dennis Lehane (HarperCollins Publishers - William Morrow)

All I Did Was Shoot My Man by Walter Mosley (Penguin Group USA - Riverhead Books)

2013 Edgar® Award for Best First Novel

The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay (Random House Publishing- Ballantine)

Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman (Minotaur Books - Thomas Dunne Books)

Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal (Random House Publishing- Bantam Books)

* The Expats by Chris Pavone (Crown Publishers)

The 500 by Matthew Quirk (Hachette Book Group - Little, Brown and Company - Reagan Arthur)

Black Fridays by Michael Sears (Penguin Group USA - G.P. Putnam's Sons)

2013 Edgar® Award for Best Paperback Original

Complication by Isaac Adamson (Soft Skull Press)

Whiplash River by Lou Berney (HarperCollins Publishers - William Morrow Paperbacks)

Bloodland by Alan Glynn (Picador)

Blessed are the Dead by Malla Nunn (Simon & Schuster - Atria Books - Emily Bestler Books)

* The Last Policeman: A Novel by Ben H. Winters (Quirk Books)

2013 Edgar® Award for Best Fact Crime

* Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China by Paul French (Penguin Group USA - Penguin Books)

Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King (HarperCollins Publishers - Harper)

More Forensics and Fiction: Crime Writers' Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answered by D.P. Lyle, MD (Medallion Press)

Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre (Crown Publishers)

The People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - and the Evil that Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry (Farrar Straus & Giroux Originals)

2013 Edgar® Award for Best Critical/Biographical Book

Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe: The Hard-Boiled Detective Transformed by John Paul Athanasourelis (McFarland and Company)

Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke (Simon & Schuster - Atria Books - Emily Bestler Books)

* The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics by James O'Brien (Oxford University Press)

In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of an American Hero edited by Otto Penzler (Smart Pop)

2013 Edgar® Award for Best Short Story

— "Iphigenia in Aulis" - An Apple for the Creature by Mike Carey (Penguin Group USA - Ace Books)

— "Hot Sugar Blues" - Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance by Steve Liskow (Hachette Book Group - Little, Brown and Company - Mulholland Books)

— "The Void it Often Brings With It" - Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Tom Piccirilli (Dell Magazines)

* "The Unremarkable Heart" - Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance by Karin Slaughter (Hachette Book Group - Little, Brown and Company - Mulholland Books)

— "Still Life No. 41" - Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Teresa Solana (Dell Magazines)

2013 Edgar® Award for Best Juvenile Book

Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O'Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind by Tom Angleberger (Abrams - Amulet Books)

13 Hangmen by Art Corriveau (Abrams - Amulet Books)

* The Quick Fix by Jack D. Ferraiolo (Abrams - Amulet Books)

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (Penguin Young Readers Group - Dial Books for Young Readers)

2013 Edgar® Award for Young Adult Book

Emily's Dress and Other Missing Things by Kathryn Burak (Macmillan Children's Publishing Group - Roaring Brook Press)

The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George (Penguin Young Readers Group - Viking)

Crusher by Niall Leonard (Random House Children's Books - Delacorte BFYR)

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield (Penguin Young Readers Group - Dutton Children's Books)

* Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Disney Publishing Worldwide - Hyperion)

2013 Edgar® Award for TV Episode Teleplay

— "Pilot" - Longmire, Teleplay by Hunt Baldwin & John Coveny (A&E/Warner Horizon Television)
(Read more about the Longmire TV series and the books from which it originated.

— "Child Predator" - Elementary, Teleplay by Peter Blake (CBS Productions)

— "Slaughterhouse" - Justified, Teleplay by Fred Golan (Sony Pictures Television/FX Productions)

* "A Scandal in Belgravia" - Sherlock, Teleplay by Steven Moffat (BBC/Masterpiece)

— "New Car Smell" - Homeland, Teleplay by Meredith Stiehm (Showtime/Fox21)

Robert L. Fish Memorial Award

* "When They Are Done With Us" - Staten Island Noir by Patricia Smith (Akashic Books)

The Simon & Schuster - Mary Higgins Clark Award

Dead Scared by S.J. Bolton (Minotaur Books)

A City of Broken Glass by Rebecca Cantrell (Forge Books)

The Reckoning by Jane Casey (Minotaur Books)

* The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)

Sleepwalker by Wendy Corsi Staub (HarperCollins Publishers - Harper)

Raven Awards

—Oline H. Cogdill, the mystery columnist for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

—Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, San Diego & Redondo Beach, CA

Ellery Queen Award

—Akashic Books

Read about the nominees and winners of the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards.

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