Preise: Nominees für die Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2006
Seit dem vergangenen Wochenende stehen sie fest: Die Nominees in den verschiedenen Kategorien für den Edgar Allan Poe Award 2006, kurz Edgar genannt. Vergeben werden die Preise von den Mystery Writers of America (MWA). Die Gewinner werden Ende April bei einer Gala in New York geehrt. Hier finden Sie zunächst eine bebilderte (und lange) Liste mit den nominierten Büchern, Theaterstücken, Filmen, TV-Serien und Personen.
Die Nominees nach Kategorien:
- Best Novel Nominees
- Best First Novel By An American Author
- Best Paperback Original
- Best Critical/Biographical
- Best Fact Crime
- Best Short Story
- Best Young Adult
- Best Juvenile
- Best Play
- Best Television Episode Teleplay
- Best Motion Picture Screen Play
- Robert L. Fish Memorial Award
- Grand Master
- Ellery Queen
- The Simon & Schuster – Mary Higgins Clark Award
Michael Connelly: The Lincoln Lawyer
Criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller’s father was a legendary lawyer whose clients included gangster Mickey Cohen (in a nice twist, Cohen’s gun, given to Dad then bequeathed to his son, plays a key role in the plot). But Dad also passed on an important piece of advice that’s especially relevant when Mickey takes the case of a wealthy Los Angeles realtor accused of attempted murder: „The scariest client a lawyer will ever have is an innocent client. Because if you [screw] up and he goes to prison, it’ll scar you for life.“
Louis Roulet, Mickey’s „franchise client“ (so-called becaue he’s able and willing to pay whatever his defense costs) seems to be the one his father warned him against, as well as being a few rungs higher on the socio-economic ladder than the drug dealers, homeboys, and motorcycle thugs who comprise Mickey’s regular case load. But as the holes in Roulet’s story tear Mickey’s theory of the case to shreds, his thoughts turn more to Jesus Menendez, a former client convicted of a similar crime who’s now languishing in San Quentin. Connelly tellingly delineates the code of legal ethics Mickey lives by: „It didn’t matter…whether the defendant ‚did it‘ or not. What mattered was the evidence against him–the proof–and if and how it could be neutralized. My job was to bury the proof, to color the proof a shade of gray. Gray was the color of reasonable doubt.“ But by the time his client goes to trial, Mickey’s feeling a few very reasonable doubts of his own.
Thomas H. Cook: Red Leaves
Eric Moore has reason to be happy. He has a prosperous business, a comfortable home, a stable family life in a quiet town. Then, on an ordinary night, his teenage son Keith is asked to babysit Amy Giordano, the eight-year-old daughter of a neighboring family. The next morning Amy is missing.
Suddenly Eric is one of the stricken parents he has seen on television, professing faith in his child’s innocence. As the police investigation increasingly focuses on Keith, Eric must counsel his son, find him a lawyer, protect him from the community’s steadily growing suspicion. Except that Eric is not so sure his son is innocent. And if Keith is not . . . and might do the same thing again . . . what then should a father do?
Red Leaves is a story of broken trust and one man’s heroic effort to hold fast the ties that bind him to everything he loves.
Tess Gerritsen: Vanish
A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Body Double.
A nameless, beautiful woman appears to be just another corpse in the morgue. An apparent suicide, she lies on a gurney, awaiting the dissecting scalpel of medical examiner Maura Isles. But when Maura unzips the body bag and looks down at the body, she gets the fright of her life. The corpse opens its eyes.
Very much alive, the woman is rushed to the hospital, where with shockingly cool precision, she murders a security guard and seizes hostages . . . one of them a pregnant patient, Jane Rizzoli.
Who is this violent, desperate soul, and what does she want? As the tense hours tick by, Maura joins forces with Janeâ€™s husband, FBI agent Gabriel Dean, to track down the mysterious killerâ€™s identity. When federal agents suddenly appear on the scene, Maura and Gabriel realize that they are dealing with a case that goes far deeper than just an ordinary hostage crisis.
Only Jane, trapped with the armed madwoman, holds the key to the mystery. And only she can solve itâ€“if she survives the night.
George Pelecanos: Drama City
Lorenzo Brown loves his work. As an officer for the Humane Society, it is his job to cruise the city streets, looking for dogs that are being mistreated – underfed, unclean, trained to kill. He takes pride in making their lives better. And that pride helps Lorenzo resist the pull of easier money doing the kind of work that got him a recent prison bid. Rachel Lopez loves her work, too. By day she is a parole officer, helping people – Lorenzo Brown among them – along a path back to responsibility and advancement. At night she heads for the city’s hotel bars, where she can always find a man who will let her act out her damage. She loses herself in sex and drink and more.
But Rachel’s nights are taking a toll on her days. Lorenzo knows the signs. The trouble is, he truly needs her right now. There is an eruption coming in the streets he’s left behind, the kind of territorial war that takes down everyone even near it. Lorenzo needs every shred of support he can get to keep from getting sucked back into that battleground. He reaches out to Rachel – but she may be too far gone to help either of them.
Writing with the grace and force that have earned him praise as „the poet laureate of the crime world,“ George Pelecanos has created a novel about two scarred and human people who must navigate one of life’s most brutal passages. It is an unforgettable, moving, even shocking story that will leave no reader unchanged.
Jess Walter: Citizen Vince
One day you know more dead people that live ones…
Jess Walter is a writer with a rare talent for finding humanity and emotional truths in lives lived on both sides of the law. With his third novel, Citizen Vince, Walter has crafted a story as inventive as it is suspenseful — an irresistible tale about the price of freedom and the mystery of salvation.
It’s the fall of 1980, eight days before a presidential election that pits the downtrodden Jimmy Carter against the suspiciously sunny Ronald Reagan („Are you better off than you were four years ago?“). In a quiet house in Spokane, Washington, Vince Camden wakes up at 1:59 a.m., pockets his weekly stash of stolen credit cards, and drops in on an all-night poker game with his low-life friends on his way to his witness-protection job dusting crullers at Donut Make You Hungry. This is the sum of Vince’s new life: donuts, forged credit cards, marijuana smuggled in jars of volcanic ash, and a neurotic hooker girlfriend who dreams of being a real estate agent.
But when a familiar face shows up in town, Vince realizes that no matter how far you think you’ve run from your past . . . it’s always close behind you. Over the course of the next unforgettable week, on the run from Spokane to New York’s Lower East Side, Vince Camden will negotiate a maze of obsessive cops, eager politicians, and emerging mobsters, only to find that redemption might just exist in — of all places — a voting booth.
Megan Abbott: Die A Little
Shadow-dodging through the glamorous world of 1950s Hollywood and its seedy flip side, Megan Abbott’s debut, Die a Little, is a gem of the darkest hue. This ingenious twist on a classic noir tale tells the story of Lora King, a schoolteacher, and her brother Bill, a junior investigator with the district attorney’s office. Lora’s comfortable, suburban life is jarringly disrupted when Bill falls in love with a mysterious young woman named Alice Steele, a Hollywood wardrobe assistant with a murky past.
Made sisters by marriage but not by choice, the bond between Lora and Alice is marred by envy and mistrust. Spurred on by inconsistencies in Alice’s personal history and possibly jealous of Alice’s hold on her brother, Lora finds herself lured into the dark alleys and mean streets of seamy Los Angeles. Assuming the role of amateur detective, she uncovers a shadowy world of drugs, prostitution, and ultimately, murder.
Lora’s fascination with Alice’s „sins“ increases in direct proportion to the escalation of her own relationship with Mike Standish, a charmingly amoral press agent who appears to know more about his old friend Alice than he reveals. The deeper Lora digs to uncover Alice’s secrets, the more her own life begins to resemble Alice’s sinister past — and present.
Brian Freeman: Immoral
In a riveting debut thriller that has drawn comparisons to masters of the genre like Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly, Brian Freeman weaves obsession, sex, and revenge into a story that grips the reader with vivid characters and shocking plot twists from the first page to the last.
Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is suffering from an ugly case of déjà vu. For the second time in a year, a beautiful teenage girl has disappeared off the streets of Duluth, Minnesotaâ€”gone without a trace, like a bitter gust off Lake Superior. The two victims couldnâ€™t be more different. First it was Kerry McGrath, bubbly, sweet sixteen. And now Rachel Deese, strange, sexually charged, a wild child. The media hounds Stride to catch a serial killer, and as the search carries him from the icy stillness of the northern woods to the erotic heat of Las Vegas, he must decide which facts are real and which are illusions. And Stride finds his own life changed forever by the secrets he uncovers. Secrets that stretch across time in a web of lies, death, and illicit desire. Secrets that are chillinglyâ€¦immoral.
Scott Frost: Run The Risk
Reminiscent of the best in today’s suspense-from Jeffery Deaver’s roller-coaster twists to James Patterson’s cinematic pacing-Run the Risk introduces a blazing new talent in Scott Frost. As one of the writers behind Twin Peaks, he knows something about creating eerie and atmospheric tension. In this brilliant novel, he gives us a heroine who faces a challenge no one can ever be completely prepared for and a story as urgently and viscerally told as any in recent memory.
Los Angeles homicide detective Alex Delillo works a case that chills her from the start: one with too much ambiguity and far too many surprises. None of the evidence-and yet all of it-seems relevant. A small-time shopkeeper is shot to death. Then a rare, untraceable explosive ignites in a bungalow, hurling the front door across the yard. Finally, a teenaged girl goes missing, her car window smashed, her keys still in the ignition. Even before they tell her, Detective Delillo knows that this girl is her daughter.
Delillo tracks her quarry on a trail of escalating terror toward a fiery showdown that will test her wisdom, her will, and her every skill.
Alison Gaylin: Hide Your Eyes
New York Rule #1: Don’t get involved
Samantha Leiffer already has a self-centered self-help guru for a mother, a cadre of off-kilter Greenwich Village pals, and an ex-boyfriend who cheated on her with both sexes. She doesn’t need more grief. But when she accidentally spies two people dumping a dubious-looking ice chest into the Hudson, she has an unsettling feeling about its contents…
New York Rule #2: Don’t make eye contact
So, not being the kind of girl to let some psycho get away with murder, Sam sets out to unravel a mysteryâ€”and is soon being stalked by a sinister, shadowy figure who’s wearing one-of-a-kind mirrored contact lenses…
New York Rule #3: If you must break Rules #1 and #2, get some help from New York’s Finest…
Now, aided by a hard-as-nails (but still very hot) homicide detective, Sam is poking into some unsavory placesâ€” and finding out more creepy stuff than she ever wanted to know…
New York Rules #4 and #5:
Don’t expect anything to be what it seems…and when necessary, fight like hell.
Theresa Schwegel: Officer Down
Chicago police officer Samantha Mack’s gun killed her partner. But who pulled the trigger?
Theresa Schwegel graduated from Loyola University and earned an MFA in film at Chapman University. Born and raised in Chicago, she now lives in L.A. This is her first novel.
– Best Paperback Original –
Anne Argula: Homicide My Own
„Homicide My Own“ resides in that strange and fascinating land between mystery fiction and detective fiction, adjoined with the mystique of philosophy and Native American customs. Itâ€™s a story of two slog-bottom cops from Spokane, Washington, who are assigned to what appears to be a routine mission: Theyâ€™re to go to an Indian reservation on the Northwest coast and pick up a man whoâ€™s being held for kidnapping a teenaged girl. Once there, however, one of the cops (given the unusual moniker of â€œOddâ€) becomes obsessed with a decades-old murder, the only unsolved murder in the islandâ€™s history, and he really doesnâ€™t want to head back to Spokane until heâ€™s found some resolution. His partner, Quinn, the acid-tongued menopausal wife of a decent and boring pharmacist (and the novelâ€™s narrator) finds Oddâ€™s behavior rather amusing at first, but then finds it to be much more than amusing.
In an intriguing character study, Anne Argula has developed a novel that not only forces a reader to keep turning the pages; it goes so far as to force the reader to look at life â€“ and death â€“ in a new and uncharacteristic way. Pick this book up at your own risk. . You may find yourself having lost not only the next few hours but also your sense of confidence in, as one might say, â€œthe world as you know it.â€ find yourself having lost not only the next few hours but also your sense of confidence in, as one might say, â€œthe world as you know it.â€
Reed Farrel Coleman: The James Deans
Itâ€™s 1983 and Reaganomics is in full swing. But beneath the facade of junk bonds and easy money, New York remains a gritty metropolis offering Nirvana with one hand and desolation with the other. Moe Prager, ex-NYPD cop turned reluctant P.I. is too busy reeling from a family tragedy to see whatâ€™s coming. Heâ€™s about to be sucked into a case that might deliver him what heâ€™s always wanted or plunge him into purgatory.
Two years earlier, Moira Heaton, a young intern for an up-and-coming politico, vanished without a trace. Although there is no evidence supporting her bossâ€™s involvement, rumors and whispers have conspired to stall his once-promising career. Now, in a last- ditch effort to clear his name, state senator Steven Brightman, with the clout of a wealthy backer, enlists Moeâ€™s help. With twists and turns galore and Moeâ€™s inimitable voice, „The James Deans“ is an absorbing page-turner that will add to the burgeoning reputation of one of todayâ€™s most promising writers.
Jeffrey Ford : The Girl in the Glass
The Great Depression has bound a nation in despair — and only a privileged few have risen above it: the exorbitantly wealthy … and the hucksters who feed upon them. Diego, a seventeen-year-old illegal Mexican immigrant, owes his salvation to master grifter Thomas Schell. Together with Schell’s gruff and powerful partner, they sail comfortably through hard times, scamming New York’s grieving rich with elaborate, ingeniously staged séances — until an impossible occurrence changes everything.
While „communing with spirits,“ Schell sees an image of a young girl in a pane of glass, silently entreating the con man for help. Though well aware that his otherworldly „powers“ are a sham, Schell inexplicably offers his services to help find the lost child — drawing Diego along with him into a tangled maze of deadly secrets and terrible experimentation.
At once a hypnotically compelling mystery and a stunningly evocative portrait of Depression-era New York, „The Girl in the Glass“ is a masterly literary adventure from a writer of exemplary vision and skill.
Allan Guthrie: Kiss Her Goodbye
When people in Edinburgh want to borrow money, they go to Cooper. When they donâ€™t pay it back, they get a visit from Joe Hope. But now Joeâ€™s got problems of his own. His teenage daughter is found dead, an apparent suicide. Then the police arrest him for murder. But for once in his life, Joeâ€™s innocentâ€”and with help from Scotlandâ€™s hardest men (and one of Scotlandâ€™s hardest women), he sets out to find the person who framed him and deliver his own brutal brand of justice.
Charlie Huston: Six Bad Things
Hank Thompson is living off the map in Mexico with a bagful of cash that the Russian mafia wants back and many, many secrets. So when a Russian backpacker shows up in town asking questions, Hank tries to play it cool. But he knows the jig is up when the backpacker mentions the money . . . and the family Hank left behind. Suddenly Hankâ€™s in a desperate race to get to his parents in California before anyone can harm them. Along the way heâ€™ll face Federales and Border Patrol, mafiosi and vigilantes, extortionists and drug dealers, and a couple of psychotic surf bums with an ax to grind. From the golden beaches of the Yucatán to the seedy strip clubs of Vegas, Charlie Huston opens a door to the squalid underworld of crime and corruptionâ€“and invites the reader to live it in the extreme.
– Best Critical/Biographical –
Hallie Ephron: Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: How to Knock ‚em Dead with Style
How to write a page-turner is no mystery with this thorough and authoritative guide. Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: Features comprehensive instruction, exercises, and worksheets for mystery writers of all levels Addresses all subgenres of mystery from hardboiled crimes to romantic thrillers and medical mysteries Covers how to grab readers from the first chapter; how to construct effective plots, and how to revise and submit mystery novels to publishers The author takes the mystery out of the writing process, making it less daunting for beginners and more efficient for experienced writers.
Stuart Kaminsky, Fotos von Laurie Roberts: Behind the Mystery: Top Mystery Writers Interviewed
What a treat for millions of mystery readers! Stuart Kaminsky personally visited and interviewed eighteen of his friends who are leading mystery writers.
Laurie Roberts captures them on film at home, working and relaxing. They traveled to New Mexico to see Tony Hillerman, stopped in South Carolina at Mickey Spillane’s, headed to Chicago to meet with Sara Paretsky.
Visits included Martin Cruz Smith at his cliff house, the Kellermans in Beverly Hills, and Sue Grafton at her Louisville mansion. Readers are also privy to the private lives and thoughts about writing of Evan Hunter, Ann Rule, Elmore Leonard, Donald Westlake, Joseph Wambaugh, John Jakes, Robert B. Parker, James Lee Burke, Michael Connelly, Lisa Scottoline, and Lawrence Block.
Leslie S. Klinger (Ed.): The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Novels
The publication of Leslie S. Klinger’s brilliant new annotations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 56 short stories in 2004 created a Holmes sensation. Here, in this eagerly awaited third volume, Klinger reassembles Doyle’s four seminal novels in their original order, with over 1,000 new notes, 350 illustrations and period photographs, and tantalizing new Sherlockian theories. Inside, readers will find: A Study in Scarlet (1887)â€”a tale of murder and revenge that tells of Holmes and Dr. Watson’s first meeting; The Sign of Four (1889)â€”a cinematic tale of lost treasure; The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901)â€”hailed as the greatest mystery novel of all time; and The Valley of Fear (1914)â€”a fresh murder scene that leads Holmes to solve a long-forgotten mystery.
Whether as a stand-alone volume or as a companion to the boxed short stories, this classic work illuminates the timeless genius of Conan Doyle for an entirely new generation.
Richard Layman (Ed.): Discovering the Maltese Falcon and Sam Spade: The Evolution of Dashiell Hammett’s Masterpiece
Dashiell Hammett’s novel The Maltese Falcon is often named as one of the best twentieth-century novels. John Huston’s film adaptation is one of the earliest examples of film noir. It made Humphrey Bogart a star, and was selected by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 greatest movies of all time.
Now, Discovering The Maltese Falcon and Sam Spade uncovers from institutional and private archives a wealth of treasures about Hammett’s masterpiece, his detective Sam Spade, the three film versions of the novel, stage adaptations, Sam Spade short stories, radio presentations, and even comics. Many of the discoveries here are previously unpublished. The book provides hundreds of rare documents and original source materials, including production notes for the three movie versions.
Contributors include Dashiell Hammett himself, plus Jo Hammett, Richard Layman, Mary Astor, Joseph Shaw, Dorothy Parker, John Huston, Hal Wallis, Darryl F. Zanuck, Joe Gores, William F. Nolan, and more than fifty additional writers. It is illustrated with more than 200 photos, illustrations, and facsimiles. The book is a joy for fans of Hammett, Sam Spade, detective fiction, film noir, and the history of literature and cinema.
Melanie Rehak: Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her
In 1930 a plucky girl detective stepped out of her shiny blue roadster, dressed in a smart tweed suit, ready to restore a stolen inheritance to its rightful owner. Tied up by the villains, she managed to free herself and bring them to justice – all while wearing a pencil skirt and high heels. Eighty million books later, Nancy Drew has survived the Depression, World War II, and the sixties (when she was taken up with a vengeance by women’s libbers), and emerged as beloved by girls today as she was by their grandmothers. Now, in a narrative with all the fast-paced thrill of one of Nancy’s adventures, Melanie Rehak solves a page-turning literary mystery: Who created Nancy Drew? And how did she go from pulp heroine to American icon?
With ebullience, wit, and a wealth of little-known source material, Rehak weaves a behind-the-scenes history of Nancy and her groundbreaking creators. Taking us from The Secret of the Old Clock to The Secret of the Spa, Rehak tells all about our fearless sleuth – including the fact that both Nancy and her „author,“ Carolyn Keene, were invented by Edward Stratemeyer, a dime-novel genius who also created the Bobbsey Twins and the Hardy Boys. But Nancy Drew was actually brought to life by two remarkable women: original author Mildred Wirt Benson, a convention-flouting Midwestern journalist, and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, a wife and mother who transformed herself into a CEO to run her father’s company after he died. Together, Benson and Adams created a character that has inspired generations of girls to be as strong-willed and as bold as they were.
– Best Fact Crime –
Edward Dolnick: The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece
In the predawn gloom of a February day in 1994, two thieves entered the National Gallery in Oslo. They snatched one of the world’s most famous paintings, Edvard Munch’s The Scream, and fled with their $72 million trophy. The thieves made sure the world was watching: the Winter Olympics, in Lillehammer, began that same morning. Baffled and humiliated, the Norwegian police called on the world’s greatest art detective, a half-English, half-American undercover cop named Charley Hill.
In this rollicking narrative, Edward Dolnick takes us inside the art underworld. The trail leads high and low, and the cast ranges from titled aristocrats to thick-necked thugs. Lord Bath, resplendent in ponytail and velvet jacket, presides over a 9,000-acre estate. David Duddin, a 300-pound fence who once tried to sell a stolen Rembrandt, spins exuberant tales of his misdeeds. We meet Munch, too, a haunted misfit who spends his evenings drinking in the Black Piglet Café and his nights feverishly trying to capture in paint the visions in his head. The most compelling character of all is Charley Hill, an ex-soldier, a would-be priest, and a complicated mix of brilliance, foolhardiness, and charm. The hunt for The Scream will either cap his career and rescue one of the world’s best-known paintings or end in a fiasco that will dog him forever.
John Emsley: The Elements of Murder: The History of Poison
How can a chemical we need on a daily basis to keep us healthy be fatal at a different dose? Why should elements that are intrinsically dangerous be used in medicine? How did poisoners use the chemical properties of chemicals to cover their tracks?
Emsley gives detailed histories of five of the most toxic elements – arsenic, antimony, lead, mercury, and thallium, highlighting some of the most famous murders and how the murderers used the chemical properties of elements to hide what they were doing. He shows how the elements have been behind many modern day environmental catastrophes including accidental mass poisonings from lead and arsenic, and the Minamata Bay Disaster in Japan.
The array of fascinating stories shows how chemicals have impacted the lives of people ranging from the Greeks and Romans to Newton, Napoleon, Lucrezia Borgia, Mozart, Nelson Mandela, and Saddam Hussein. Emsley also touches on subjects close to home: cot deaths, laxatives, venereal disease, alleged cures for acne, hangovers, and insanity.
Diane Fanning: Written in Blood
An army brat-turned-marine, he saw combat in Vietnam, and returned a decorated soldier. An avid reader, his dreams of being an acclaimed novelist came true. His desire to find love was fulfilled when he married brilliant executive Kathleen Atwater, the first female student accepted at Duke University’s School of Engineering. The Petersons seemed the ideal academic couple-well-respected, prosperous, and happy. All that came crashing down in December of 2001, when Kathleen apparently fell to her death in their secluded home in an exclusive area of Durham, North Carolina. But blood spattered evidence and a missing fireplace poker suggested calculated, cold-blooded murder. Her trusted husband stood accused. Prosecutors introduced evidence at trial that sixteen years earlier, Peterson was one of the last people to see his neighbour alive before she was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in her home in Germany. A dramatic trial followed in the explosive final chapter of a life that no novelist could ever have conceived…
Michael Finkel: True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa
In the haunting tradition of Joe McGinniss’s „Fatal Vision“ and Mikal Gilmore’s „Shot in the Heart“, „True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa“ weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, and deceit with a deeply personal inquiry into the slippery nature of truth.
The story begins in February of 2002, when a reporter in Oregon contacts New York Times Magazine writer Michael Finkel with a startling piece of news. A young, highly intelligent man named Christian Longo, on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list for killing his entire family, has recently been captured in Mexico, where he’d taken on a new identity — Michael Finkel of the New York Times.
The next day, on page A-3 of the Times, comes another bit of troubling news: a note, written by the paper’s editors, explaining that Finkel has falsified parts of an investigative article and has been fired. This unlikely confluence sets the stage for a bizarre and intense relationship. After Longo’s arrest, the only journalist the accused murderer will speak with is the real Michael Finkel. And as the months until Longo’s trial tick away, the two men talk for dozens of hours on the telephone, meet in the jailhouse visiting room, and exchange nearly a thousand pages of handwritten letters.
With Longo insisting he can prove his innocence, Finkel strives to uncover what really happened to Longo’s family, and his quest becomes less a reporting job than a psychological cat-and-mouse game — sometimes redemptively honest, other times slyly manipulative. Finkel’s pursuit pays off only at the end, when Longo, after a lifetime of deception, finally says what he wouldn’t even admit in court — the whole, true story. Or so it seems.
Jed Horne: Desire Street: A True Story of Death and Deliverance in New Orleans
In a New Orleans supermarket parking lot in the fall of 1984 ,two disparate lives become inextricably bound for the next fourteen years. The first, the life of Delores Dye, a white housewife and grandmother. The second, a young black man with a gun in hand. Moments following their maybe not so chance encounter, Mrs. Dye lay dead on the sunbaked macadam, and the killer had made off with her purse, her groceries, and her car. Four days later, following a tip, authorities arrested a known drug dealer and father of five named Curtis Kyles. Kyles would then be tried for Mrs. Dye’s murder an unprecedented five times, though he maintained his innocence throughout each trial. Convicted and sentenced to death in his second trial, he would spend fourteen years on death row. After a fifth jury was unable to reach a verdict, New Orleans Parish District Attorney Harry Connick, Sr., finally conceded defeat and dropped the murder charge.
But the case slowly yielded a deeper drama: The crime turned out to have been the side effect of an intricately plotted act of revenge. That police and prosecutors may have been complicit in the vengeance that framed Kyles cuts to the heart of a system of justice for Southern blacks in the era since lynch mobs were shamed into obsolescence. A compellingly written legal drama that has at its heart passionate intrigue and justice gone awry.
- „Born Bad“ von Jeffery Deaver in „Dangerous Women“ (Mysterious Press)
- „The Catch“ von James W. Hall in „Greatest Hits“ (Carroll & Graf)
- „Her Lord and Master“ von Andrew Klavan in „Dangerous Women“ (Mysterious Press)
- „Misdirection“ von Barbara Seranella in „Greatest Hits“ (Carroll & Graf)
- „Welcome to Monroe“ von David Wallace in „A Kudzu Christmas“ (River City Publishing)
– Best Young Adult –
Peter Abrahams: Down the Rabbit Hole
Welcome to Echo Falls.Home of a thousand secrets, where Ingrid Levin-Hill, super sleuth, never knows what will happen next.
Ingrid is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or at least her shoes are. Getting them back means getting involved in a murder investigation rivaling those solved by her idol, Sherlock Holmes, and Ingrid has enough on her plate with club soccer, school, and the plum role of Alice in the Echo Falls production of Alice in Wonderland. But much as in Alice’s adventures down the rabbit hole, things in Ingrid’s small town keep getting curiouser and curiouser. Her favorite director has a serious accident onstage (but is it an accident?), and the police chief is on Ingrid’s tail, grilling her about everything from bike-helmet law to the color of her cleats. Echo Falls has turned into a nightmare, and Ingrid is determined to wake up. Edgar Awardâ€“nominated novelist Peter Abrahams builds suspense as a smart young girl finds that her small town isn’t nearly as safe as it seems.
John Feinstein: Last Shot
Steven Thomas is one of two lucky winners of the U.S. Basketball Writerâ€™s Associationâ€™s contest for aspiring journalists. His prize? A trip to New Orleans and a coveted press pass for the Final Four. Itâ€™s a basketball junkieâ€™s dream come true!
But the games going on behind the scenes between the coaches, the players, the media, the money-men, and the fans turn out to be even more fiercely competitive than those on the court. Steven and his fellow winner, Susan Carol Anderson, are nosing around the Superdome and overhear what sounds like a threat to throw the championship game. Now they have just 48 hours to figure out who is blackmailing one of MSUâ€™s star players . . . and why.
Vicki Grant: Quid Pro Quo
Cyril MacIntyre may only be thirteen years old,
but he knows the law.
I hated law school, but if I hadnâ€™t spent three years of my life there, I wouldnâ€™t have known anything about fraud, blackmail or the principle of equity. In other words, I wouldnâ€™t have known what I needed to know to save my motherâ€™s life.
Quid Pro Quo is a high-stakes, fast-moving legal thriller about real people, and funny people at that. Cyril MacIntyreâ€™s mother is a twenty-eight-year-old ex-street kid who drags her son to all her law school classes, then proceeds to get herself kidnapped. That aside, Cyrilâ€™s life isnâ€™t too different from that of other thirteen-year-olds. He has all the usual adolescent issues to deal with: parent problems, self-esteem problems, skin, hair and girl problems. He just has legal problems too. And heâ€™s got to solve them if he wants to save his motherâ€™s life.
Charlie Higson: Young Bond, Book One: Silverfin
What does it take to become the greatest secret agent the world has ever known? In this thrilling prequel to the adventure of James Bond, 007, readers meet a young boy whose inquisitive mind and determination set him on a path that will someday take him across the globe, in pursuit of the most dangerous criminals of all time.
When we first meet young James, he’s just started boarding school at Eton in the 1930â€™s, and from there, the action moves to the Highlands of Scotland, where Alfie Kelly, a local boy, has gone missing. James teams up with the boyâ€™s cousin, Red, to investigate the mystery, and they soon discover that Alfieâ€™s disappearance is linked to a madman and his sinister plot for global power.
Acclaimed British author Charlie Higson has written a brilliantly crafted tale that reveals the unknown story of a boy who grew up to become one the most iconic figures of our time. SilverFin is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that will mesmerize readers of all ages.
Michael Spradlin: Spy Goddess, Book One: Live & Let Shop
I was never a delinquent.
I’m just misunderstood.
Of course, that’s not how the judge saw it.
That’s how I wound up at freaky Blackthorn Academy. Talk about boring. There isn’t even a mall nearby. I mean, what did they expect a girl from Beverly Hills to do?
Also, from the start I could tell there was something really weird about Blackthorn:
The headmaster, Mr. Kim, knew way too much about me.
The class schedule features Intro to Code Theory and Microelectronics.
A whole section of the school is off-limits.
Then the FBI showed up … and Mr. Kim disappeared.
Well, here’s something Mr. Kim didn’t know about me: Rachel Buchanan never gives up when there are secrets to uncover. Watch out, Blackthorn Academy!
– Best Juvenile –
Elise Broach: Shakespeare’s Secret
When Hero starts sixth grade at a new school, she’s less concerned about the literary origins of her Shakespearean name than about the teasing she’s sure to suffer because of it. So she has the same name as a girl in a book by a dusty old author. Hero is simply not interested in the connections. But that’s just the thing; suddenly connections are cropping up all over, and odd characters and uncertain pasts are exactly what do fascinate Hero. There’s a mysterious diamond hidden in her new house, a curious woman next door who seems to know an awful lot about it, and then, well, then there’s Shakespeare. Not to mention Danny Cordova, only the most popular boy in school. Is it all in keeping with her namesake’s origin-just much ado about nothing? Hero, being Hero, is determined to figure it out.
In this fast-paced novel, Elise Broach weaves an intriguing literary mystery full of historical insights and discoveries.
Laura Burns & Melinda Metz: Wright & Wong: The Case of the Nana-Napper
When Agatha and Orville go to visit Nana Wong, they find the door ajar and Nana gone! Agatha thinks her granny’s been kidnapped, but the police are no help. The rejected detectives decide to investigate, and uncover photos of a strange man among Nana’s negativesâ€”could he be the kidnapper?
Cynthia DeFelice: The Missing Manatee
All Skeet Waters wants is to catch a big, beautiful tarpon on his fly rod – and to keep everything else in his life in Florida the way it’s always been. But on his spring break from school, Skeet overhears his mother telling his father to move out permanently. Then, while riding in his boat to escape his parents‘ troubles, he discovers a manatee that’s been shot in the head. Skeet puts aside his search for the manatee and its killer when Dirty Dan the Tarpon Man offers to take him out to catch his first tarpon on a fly. Because of Dan, Skeet begins to
unravel the mysteries surrounding the manatee’s apparent murder and his parents‘ dissolving marriage.
Skeet discovers that life is a lot like tarpon fishing, in which you can’t look just at the surface of the water – you have to look through it, at what lies beneath.
Carl Hiassen: Flush
You know itâ€™s going to be a rough summer when you spend Fatherâ€™s Day visiting your dad in the local lockup.
Noahâ€™s dad is sure that the owner of the Coral Queen casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harborâ€“which has made taking a dip at the local beach like swimming in a toilet. He canâ€™t prove it though, and so he decides that sinking the boat will make an effective statement. Right. The boat is pumped out and back in business within days and Noahâ€™s dad is stuck in the clink.
Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed. He will prove that the Coral Queen is dumping illegally . . . somehow. His allies may not add up to muchâ€“his sister Abbey, an unreformed childhood biter; Lice Peeking, a greedy sot with poor hygiene; Shelly, a bartender and a woman scorned; and a mysterious pirateâ€“but Noahâ€™s got a plan to flush this crook out into the open. A plan that should sink the crooked little casino, once and for all.
D. James Smith: The Boys of San Joaquin
Paolo calls Rufus „a Mack truck with no one driving.“ Rufus is the O’Neil family dog, and he shows up one morning with part of a twenty-dollar bill in his teeth.
Paolo, age twelve, figures that there must be more where that bill came from, and since his cousin Billy needs to repair a bent wheel on his bike, there’s a reason for looking. He, Georgie, and Billy end up in the monsignor’s garden behind the Cathedral of San Joaquin, but it’s not exactly treasure they find, it’s a hand that shoots out of the undergrowth to grab Paolo’s neck. The search for the stash leads the boys — sometimes scared spitless — on many a byway around Orange Grove City, California, in the summer of 1951. And onto the byway of conscience.
„Suppose you found a treasure. Couldn’t you keep it?“ Paolo asks his uncle. „I mean, say you know who it belongs to, and they probably need it….But when you find it, nobody has it. Isn’t nobody’s property in particular, then,“ he reasons. „Well, maybe somebody has it, but it isn’t theirs. It would be yours, wouldn’t it?“
„How in the heck is a guy supposed to be somebody in this world without any money?“
- River’s End von Cheryl Coons (Book and Lyrics), Chuck Larkin (Music) (Marin Theatre Company)
- Safe House von Paul Leeper (Tennessee Stage Company)
- Matter of Intent von Gary Earl Ross (Theater Loft)
- Mating Dance of the Werewolf von Mark Stein (Rubicon Theatre)
- CSI – „A Bullet Runs Through It, Parts 1 and 2“ Teleplay von Richard Catalani & Carol Mendelsohn
- CSI – „Grave Danger“ Teleplay von Anthony Zuiker, Carol Mendelsohn, Naren Shankar. Story von Quentin Tarantino
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – „911“ Teleplay von Patrick Harbinson
- Sea of Souls – „Amulet“ Teleplay von Ed Whitmore
- Wire in the Blood – „Redemption“ Teleplay von Guy Burt
- Crash – Story von Paul Haggis; Screenplay von Paul Haggis und Bobby Moresco (Lions Gate Films)
- A History of Violence – Screenplay von Josh Olson, basiert auf der Graphic Novel von John Wagner & Vince Locke (New Line Productions)
- The Ice Harvest – Screenplay von Richard Russo & Robert Benton, basiert auf dem Roman von Scott Phillips (Focus Features)
- Match Point – Screenplay von Woody Allen (BBC)
- Syriana – Screenplay by Stephen Gaghan, basiert auf dem Buch von Robert Baer (Warner Brothers)
- Eddie Newton „Home“ – EQMM May 2005 (Dell Magazine)
- Brian Skupin and Kate Stine, Co-Publishers of Mystery Scene Magazine
- Black Orchid Bookshop (Bonnie Claeson & Joe Guglielmelli, owners)
- Men of Mystery Conference (Joan Hansen, creator)
– The Simon & Schuster – Mary Higgins Clark Award –
Jo Bannister: Breaking Faith
When she called her business Looking forSomething? Brodie Farrell hoped to receive challenging commissions from interesting clients. Even by her standards, though, â€˜demon rockâ€™ musician Jared Fry is hard to please. Fortunately his manager, the charismatic Eric Chandos, is easier to like, and itâ€™s with him that Brodie works to find a new home for the rock star.
An old coaching inn on the Downs seems the perfect choice. Though the locals are appalled â€“ and their teenagers thrilled â€“ at the arrival of the self-styled Satanist, Fryâ€™s primary concern is his new swimming pool. And thatâ€™s when he realises that the protesters outside are the least of his problems.
Brodieâ€™s troubles are only just beginning, too. She has a long-term relationship with gruff, hard-working Detective Superintendent Jack Deacon and an important platonic friendship with Daniel Hood, a quiet young teacher with hidden depths. So why does she find herself so drawn to Chandos? And how much is she going to risk before reality intercedes?
Karen Harper: Dark Angel
One morning Leah Kurtz goes to wake her adopted infant daughter and instantly knows something is terribly wrong. She is convinced that her baby has been switched with another child. Afraid that no one will believe her, Leah turns to an unlikely ally, despite the fact that her Amish community frowns on its members seeking help in the outside world.
Dr. Mark Morelli studies the genetic illnesses that plague the Amish, but he has other, private reasons for coming to Maplecreekâ€¦reasons that may be tied to the mysterious disappearance of Leah’s daughter. Together, Leah and Mark must uncover a conspiracy â€” before there are deadly consequences.
Gwen Hunter: Shadow Valley
Mackenzie Morgan thinks she’s doing the right thing by taking her teenaged daughter, Bella, into the Appalachians on a photography shoot. Fleeing a crumbling marriage, Mac needs some time to bond with her daughter and escape the betrayal that still leaves her numb. But when a drifter abducts Bella and carries her on horseback deep into the woods, Mac must pull from her greatest reserves to fight for her daughter’s safe return.
When her soon-to-be ex-husband arrives, old wounds flare, and Mac turns to Caleb Howell, a local ranger, who helps keep her focused on the most important task: finding Bella. Then astonishing evidence comes to light that reveals the abduction was not as random as they first believed. But as hours turn into days, Mac must struggle to keep her hope â€” and her terrified daughter â€” alive.