Nominees für die Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2007
Etwas verspätet kommen hier die Nominees in den verschiedenen Kategorien für den Edgar Allan Poe Award 2007, kurz Edgar genannt. Vergeben werden die Preise von den Mystery Writers of America (MWA). Die Gewinner werden am 26. April 2007 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.
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- 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 Television Feature/Mini-Series Teleplay
- Best Motion Picture Screen Play
- Robert L. Fish Memorial Award
- Grand Master
- The Simon & Schuster – Mary Higgins Clark Award
From the critically acclaimed author of Mr. Timothy comes an ingenious tale of murder and revenge, featuring a retired New York City detective and a young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe.
At West Point Academy in 1830, the calm of an October evening is shattered by the discovery of a young cadet’s body swinging from a rope just off the parade grounds. An apparent suicide is not unheard of in a harsh regimen like West Point’s, but the next morning, an even greater horror comes to light. Someone has stolen into the room where the body lay and removed the heart.
At a loss for answers and desperate to avoid any negative publicity, the Academy calls on the services of a local civilian, Augustus Landor, a former police detective who acquired some renown during his years in New York City before retiring to the Hudson Highlands for his health. Now a widower, and restless in his seclusion, Landor agrees to take on the case. As he questions the dead man’s acquaintances, he finds an eager assistant in a moody, intriguing young cadet with a penchant for drink, two volumes of poetry to his name, and a murky past that changes from telling to telling. The cadet’s name? Edgar Allan Poe.
Impressed with Poe’s astute powers of observation, Landor is convinced that the poet may prove usefulâ€”if he can stay sober long enough to put his keen reasoning skills to the task. Working in close contact, the two menâ€”separated by years but alike in intelligenceâ€”develop a surprisingly deep rapport as their investigation takes them into a hidden world of secret societies, ritual sacrifices, and more bodies. Soon, however, the macabre murders and Landor’s own buried secrets threaten to tear the two men and their newly formed friendship apart.
A rich tapestry of fine prose and intricately detailed characters, The Pale Blue Eye transports readers into a labyrinth of the unknown that will leave them guessing until the very end.
Jason Goodwin: The Janissary Tree
When Jason Goodwin explored the Ottoman Empire in Lords of the Horizons, The New York Times Book Review hailed it as â€œa work of dazzling beautyâ€¦the rare coming together of historical scholarshipâ€¦with luminous writing.â€ Now he returns to Istanbul, with a delicious mysteryâ€”The Janissary Tree.
It is 1836. Europe is modernizing, and the Ottoman Empire must follow suit. But just before the Sultan announces sweeping changes, a wave of murders threatens the fragile balance of power in his court. Who is behind them? Only one intelligence agent can be trusted to find out: Yashim Lastname, a man both brilliant and near-invisible in this world. You see, Yashim is a eunuch.
He leads us into the palaceâ€™s luxurious seraglios and Istanbul’s teeming streets, and leans on the wisdom of a dyspeptic Polish ambassador, a transsexual dancer, and a Creole-born queen mother. And he introduces us to the Janissaries. For 400 years, they were the empire’s elite soldiers, but they grew too powerful, and ten years ago, the Sultan had them crushed. Are the Janissaries staging a brutal comeback?
The Janissary Tree is the first in a series featuring the most enchanting detective since Precious Ramotswe of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Splendidly paced and illuminating, it belongs beside Caleb Carr’s The Alienist and the historical thrillers of Arturo Perez-Reverte.
Joanne Harris: Gentlemen and Players
For generations, privileged young men have attended St. Oswald’s Grammar School for Boys, groomed for success by the likes of Roy Straitley, the eccentric Classics teacher who has been a fixture there for more than thirty years. This year, however, the wind of unwelcome change is blowing, and Straitley is finally, reluctantly, contemplating retirement. As the new term gets under way, a number of incidents befall students and faculty alike, beginning as small annoyances but soon escalating in both number and consequence. St. Oswald’s is unraveling, and only Straitley stands in the way of its ruin. But he faces a formidable opponent with a bitter grudge and a master strategy that has been meticulously planned to the final, deadly move.
Denise Mina: The Dead Hour
The most praised thriller writer to burst onto the scene in years returns with a brilliant new story of suicide, murder, violence, and greed.
Responding to a late night-call, Paddy Meehan arrives at an elegant villa, where a calm blonde with blood running from her mouth answers the door. She has already convinced the police to leave and soon Paddy realizes howâ€”she slips 50 bucks into Paddy’s hands and begs her to keep the incident, whatever it is, out of the press.
The next morning Paddy sees the lead news story: The blonde woman has been murdered, and far from the spoiled trophy wife Paddy assumed her to be, the victim turns out to be a prosecution lawyer with a social conscience.
Bewildered why the woman didn’t take the chance to leave the house when she could, Paddy begins to make connections no one else has seen. When she witnesses the body of a suicide victim being pulled from the river shortly afterward, Paddy suspects links between the two deaths and follows her idea to its shockingâ€”and deadlyâ€”conclusion.
Nancy Pickard: The Virgin of Small Plains
Small Plains, Kansas, January 23, 1987: In the midst of a deadly blizzard, eighteen-year-old Rex Shellenberger scours his fatherâ€™s pasture, looking for helpless newborn calves. Then he makes a shocking discovery: the naked, frozen body of a teenage girl, her skin as white as the snow around her. Even dead, she is the most beautiful girl heâ€™s ever seen. It is a moment that will forever change his life and the lives of everyone around him. The mysterious dead girlâ€“the â€œVirgin of Small Plainsâ€â€“inspires local reverence. In the two decades following her death, strange miracles visit those who faithfully tend to her grave; some even believe that her spirit can cure deadly illnesses. Slowly, word of the legend spreads.
But what really happened in that snow-covered field? Why did young Mitch Newquist disappear the day after the Virginâ€™s body was found, leaving behind his distraught girlfriend, Abby Reynolds? Why do the townâ€™s three most powerful menâ€“Dr. Quentin Reynolds, former sheriff Nathan Shellenberger, and Judge, Tom Newquistâ€“all seem to be hiding the details of that night?
Seventeen years later, when Mitch suddenly returns to Small Plains, simmering tensions come to a head, ghosts that had long slumbered whisper anew, and the secrets that some wish would stay buried rise again from the grave of the Virgin. Abbyâ€“never having resolved her feelings for Mitchâ€“is now determined to uncover exactly what happened so many years ago to tear their lives apart.
Three families and three friends, their worlds inexorably altered in the course of one night, must confront the ever-unfolding consequences in award-winning author Nancy Pickardâ€™s remarkable novel of suspense. Wonderfully written and utterly absorbing, The Virgin of Small Plains is about the loss of faith, trust, and innocence . . . and the possibility of redemption.
Olen Steinhauer: The Liberation Movements
Olen Steinhauerâ€™s acclaimed literary crime series set in a fictional country in Eastern Europe began in the heady post – World War II era and has taken readers from the first noise of revolution through to the chaos of the 1960s and â€™70s.
The year is 1975, and one of the Peopleâ€™s Militia homicide investigators is on a plane out of the capital, bound for Istanbul. The plane is hijacked by Armenian terrorists, but before the Turkish authorities can fulfill their demands, the plane explodes in midair.
Two investigators – Gavra Noukas, a secret policeman, and Katja Drdova, a homicide detective – are assigned to the case. Both believe that Brano Sev, their enigmatic superior and himself a career secret policeman, is keeping them in the dark both about the details of the case and all its players and about the true motives of their investigation, but they canâ€™t figure out why. That is, until they learn that everything is connected to a seven-year-old murder, a seemingly insignificant murder that has had far-reaching consequences.
The politics and history for which Olen Steinhauerâ€™s novels have been most praised turn intimate and highly compelling in this ambitious new novel.
– Best First Novel By An American Author –
Alex Berenson: The Faithful Spy
A New York Times reporter has drawn upon his experience covering the occupation in Iraq to write the most gripping and chillingly plausible thriller of the post-9/11 era. Alex Berensonâ€™s debut novel of suspense, The Faithful Spy, is a sharp, explosive story that takes readers inside the war on terror as fiction has never done before.
John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.
Now, on the orders of Omar Khadriâ€“the malicious mastermind plotting more al Qaeda strikes on Americaâ€“Wells is coming home. Neither Khadri nor Jennifer Exley, Wellsâ€™s superior at Langley, knows quite what to expect.
For Wells has changed during his years in the mountains. He has become a Muslim. He finds the United States decadent and shallow. Yet he hates al Qaeda and the way it uses Islam to justify its murderous assaults on innocents. He is a man alone, and the CIAâ€“still reeling from its failure to predict 9/11 or find weapons of mass destruction in Iraqâ€“does not know whether to trust him. Among his handlers at Langley, only Exley believes in him, and even she sometimes wonders. And so the agency freezes Wells out, preferring to rely on high-tech means for gathering intelligence.
But as that strategy fails and Khadri moves closer to unleashing the most devastating terrorist attack in history, Wells and Exley must somehow find a way to stop him, with or without the governmentâ€™s consent.
From secret American military bases where suspects are held and â€œinterrogatedâ€ to basement laboratories where al Qaedaâ€™s scientists grow the deadliest of biological weapons, The Faithful Spy is a riveting and cautionary tale, as affecting in its personal stories as it is sophisticated in its political details. The first spy thriller to grapple squarely with the complexities and terrors of todayâ€™s world, this is a uniquely exciting and unnerving novel by an author who truly knows his territory.
Gillian Flynn: Sharp Objects
WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preakerâ€™s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camilleâ€™s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.
NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her familyâ€™s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.
HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victimsâ€”a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.
With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.
John Hart: The King of Lies
John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed façade begin to crack.
Workâ€™s troubled sister, her combative girlfriend, his gold digging socialite wife, and an unrequited lifelong love join a cast of small town characters that create no shortage of drama in this extraordinary, fast-paced suspense novel.
Hartâ€™s mastery of prose and plot belie his newcomer status as he explores the true heart of a man. An illuminating anatomy of a murder and the ripple effect it produces within a family and a community, The King of Lies is a stunning debut.
Steve Hockensmith: Holmes on the Range
Because 1893 is a tough year in Montana, any job is a good job. When Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer sign on as ranch hands at the secretive Bar VR cattle spread, theyâ€™re not expecting much more than hard work, bad pay, and a comfortable campfire around which they can enjoy their favorite pastime: scouring Harperâ€™s Weekly for stories about the famous Sherlock Holmes.
When the boys come across a dead body that looks a whole lot like the leftovers of an unfortunate encounter with a cattle stampede, Old Red sees the perfect opportunity to employ his Holmes-inspired deducifyinâ€™ skills. Putting his ranch work squarely on the back burner, he sets out to solve the case. Big Red, like it or not (and mostly he does not), is along for the wild ride in this clever, compelling, and completely one-of-a-kind mystery.
Cornelia Read: A Field of Darkness
Closet debutante and fledgling journalist Madeline Dare would be the first to tell you her money is so old there’s none left. The summer of 1988 finds her in the rust belt of upstate New York, pining for her often-absent, farmboy-genius-inventor husband and desperate to escape dreary Syracuse.
Maddie’s job writing lightweight features for the local paper is an unlikely source for her longed-for ticket out of town-until she’s shown a set of dog tags found at the site of an unsolved double murder. Eerily, the name on the tags is that of her favorite Oyster Bay cousin, the golden boy of a vindictive and still powerful branch of her family. Maddie knows full well that the rich are not only different-they can also be dangerous. But she’s desperate to prove him innocent.
When she returns to her childhood home to investigate, Maddie finds herself trapped in a minefield of explosive, long-buried family secrets, and her search for the truth triggers a string of grisly new murders. The trail of blue blood will lead from Gatsby’s posh Long Island back to the derelict smokestacks of Syracuse…and right to Maddie’s own door.
Massimo Carlotto: The Goodbye Kiss
An unscrupulous womanizer, as devoid of morals as he once was full of idealistic fervor, returns to Italy where he is wanted for a series of political crimes. To avoid prison he sells out his old friends, turns his back on his former ideals, and cuts deals with crooked cops. To achieve the guise of respectability he is willing to go even further, maybe even as far as murder.
Brian Evenson : The Open Curtain
When Rudd, a troubled teenager, embarks on a school research project, he runs across a series of articles in the 1902 New York Times chronicling a vicious murder committed by the grandson of Brigham Young and involving the Mormon ritual of blood sacrifice. Along with his newly discovered half-brother, Lael, Rudd becomes swept up in the psychological and atavistic effects of this violent, antique ritual.
As the past and the present become an increasingly tangled knot, Rudd is found at the scene of a multiple murder with minor injuries and few memories Lyndi, the daughter of the victims, tries to help Rudd piece together his memory and together they forge a bond unique to survivors of terrible tragedy. Desperate to protect Lyndi but still caught in a web of secrecy and confusion, Rudd short-circuits their Temple wedding ceremony, plunging them both deeper into the violent past by giving himself and Lyndi new secret namesâ€”names that match the killer and the victim of the 100-year-old murder.
Naomi Hirahara: Snakeskin Shamisen
From Summer of the Big Bachi to Gasa-Gasa Girl, Naomi Hiraharaâ€™s acclaimed novels have featured one of mystery fictionâ€™s most unique heroes: Mas Arai, a curmudgeonly L.A. gardener, Hiroshima survivor, and inveterate gambler.
Few things get Mas more excited than gambling, so when he hears about a $500,000 winâ€“from a novelty slot machine!â€“heâ€™s torn between admiration and derision. But the stakes are quickly raised when the winner, a friend of Masâ€™s pal G. I. Hasuike, is found stabbed to death just days later. The last thing Mas wants to do is stick his nose in someone elseâ€™s business, but at G.I.â€™s prodding he reluctantly agrees to follow the trail of a battered snakeskin shamisen (a traditional Okinawan musical instrument) left at the scene of the crimeâ€¦and suddenly finds himself caught up in a dark mystery that reaches from the islands of Okinawa to the streets of L.A.â€“a world of heartbreaking memories, deception, and murder.
Paul Levine: The Deep Blue Alibi
They are Floridaâ€™s most mismatched legal duo – one a glamorous Miami blue blood, the other a Coconut Grove beach bum. And when they get together, you can throw every law right out the windowâ€¦.
What do you get when you mix beautiful people, family secrets, and a yacht washed up on Sunset Key with a hundred grand in cash and a dying man? If youâ€™re Steve Solomon, you see a case that can get Solomon & Lord off the ground. If youâ€™re Victoria Lord, you see a golden opportunity to go out on your own. With her uncle a murder suspect and her hunky ex-boyfriend back in the picture, Victoria is pushing to take control as Solomon struggles to keep from losing it.
As an explosive trial looms, theyâ€™re fighting against time, the law, and each other – to expose a killer who came to paradiseâ€¦and hasnâ€™t left.
Patrick Neate: City of Tiny Lights
A literary mystery that introduces a new kind of British detective, Ugandan-Indian Tommy Akhtar, and a side of London that the mystery world has never seen
A contemporary murder mystery set in the heart of London, this is the story of Tommy Akhtar, hard-drinking veteran of the Mujahideen, devoted on, sometime private investigator and sometime idol to the thug-lites of the ethnic motley of West London. Hired by a bewitching prostitute, he’s to track down the whereabouts of her missing friend, last seen meeting a client in a local dive. But as the search heats up, Tommy’s case takes a turn for the sinister, as he’s drawn into a murder investigation and the dark side of both the establishment and those who plan to overthrow it.
Written with all the energy and vividness that earned Neate a 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2001 Whitbread Novel Award, City of Tiny Lights is poised to find a wide new audience for its talented, charismatic young author.
John T. Irwin: Unless the Threat of Death Is Behind Them : Hard-Boiled Fiction and Film Noir
Early in the twentieth century a new character type emerged in the crime novels of American writers such as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler: the â€œhard-boiledâ€ detective, most famously exemplified by Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon. Unlike the analytical detectives of nineteenth-century fiction, such as Edgar Allan Poeâ€™s Inspector Dupin, the new detectives encountered cases not as intricate logical puzzles but as stark challenges of manhood. In the stories of these characters and their criminal opposites, John T. Irwin explores the tension within ideas of American masculinity between subordination and independence and, for the man who becomes â€œhis own boss,â€ the conflict between professional codes and personal desires. He shows how, within different works of hard-boiled fiction, the professional either overcomes the personal or is overcome by it, ending in ruinous relationships or in solitary integrity, and how within the genre all notions of manly independence are ultimately revealed to be illusions subordinate to fate itself. Tracing the stylistic development of the genre, Irwin demonstrates the particular influence of the novel of manners, especially the writing of F. Scott Fitzgerald. He goes on to argue that, from the time of World War II, when hard-boiled fiction began to appear on the screen in film noir just as women entered the workforce in large numbers, many of its themes came to extend to female empowerment. Finally, he discusses how these themes persist in contemporary dramatic series on television, representing the conflicted lives of Americans into the twenty-first century.
E. J. Wagner: The Science of Sherlock Holmes : From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear
Everyone loves a mystery, and mystery-lovers are fascinated by Sherlock Holmes and forensic science. The Science of Sherlock Holmes is an objective, comprehensive, and entertaining exploration of Sherlock Holmesâ€™s contributions to forensic science. As described in Wileyâ€™s Winter 2006 catalog – â€œFrom autopsies to zoology: how Holmes eliminated the impossibleâ€ – this book uses the legendary adventures of Sherlock Holmes as a jumping-off point to discuss the growth of forensic science during the 19th and early 20th century. The book explores the emergence of science from superstition, how forensic autopsies evolved from anatomical dissection, and the huge advances in blood chemistry and poison detection during the Victorian era. Delving into the early use of fingerprints, photography and trace evidence, it demonstrates how fact followed fiction in developing techniques of crime scene investigation. The Science of Sherlock Holmes presents sardonic new insights into landmark criminal cases that influenced the forensic world, including the 1849 Parkman/Webster dismemberment at Harvard Medical College, the slaughter of Jessie Mâ€™pherson in 1862 Scotland and the sanguinary cases of Lizzie Borden and Jack the Ripper. The book includes rare period illustrations.
Terri Jentz: Strange Piece of Paradise
In the summer of 1977, Terri Jentz and her Yale roommate, Shayna Weiss, make a cross-country bike trip. They pitch a tent in the desert of central Oregon. As they are sleeping, a man in a pickup truck deliberately runs over the tent. He then attacks them with an ax. The horrific crime is reported in newspapers across the country. No one is ever arrested. Both women survive, but Shayna suffers from amnesia, while Terri is left alone with memories of the attack. Their friendship is shattered.
Fifteen years later, Terri returns to the small town where she was nearly murdered, on the first of many visits she will make â€œto solve the crime that would solve me.â€ And she makes an extraordinary discovery: the violence of that night is as present for the community as it is for her. Slowly, her extensive interviews with the townspeople yield a terrifying revelation: many say they know who did it, and he is living freely in their midst. Terri then sets out to discover the truth about the crime and its aftermath, and to come to terms with the wounds that broke her life into a before and an after. Ultimately she finds herself face-to-face with the alleged axman.
Powerful, eloquent, and paced like the most riveting of thrillers, Strange Piece of Paradise is the electrifying account of Terriâ€™s investigation into the mystery of her near murder. A startling profile of a psychopath, a sweeping reflection on violence and the myth of American individualism, and a moving record of a brave inner journey from violence to hope, this searing, unforgettable work is certain to be one of the most talked about books of the year.
Sebastian Junger: A Death in Belmont
In the spring of 1963, the quiet suburb of Belmont, Massachusetts, is rocked by a shocking sex murder that exactly fits the pattern of the Boston Strangler. Sensing a break in the case that has paralyzed the city of Boston, the police track down a black man, Roy Smith, who cleaned the victim¹s house that day and left a receipt with his name on the kitchen counter. Smith is hastily convicted of the Belmont murder, but the terror of the Strangler continues.
On the day of the murder, Albert DeSalvo -the man who would eventually confess in lurid detail to the Stranglerâ€™s crimes -is also in Belmont, working as a carpenter at the Jungersâ€™ home. In this spare, powerful narrative, Sebastian Junger chronicles three lives that collide – and ultimately are destroyedâ€”in the vortex of one of the first and most controversial serial murder cases in America.
Joseph K. Loughlin und Kate Clark Flora: Finding Amy : A True Story of Murder in Maine
Combining the drama of a true crime story with the detail of a police procedural, Finding Amy chronicles the investigation into one of the most shocking murders in recent Maine history. Twenty-five-year-old Amy St. Laurent was attractive, intelligent, and responsible. One October evening, she went out to show a friend from Florida the exciting nightlife of Portlandâ€™s Old Port section. She played pool. She danced. And then she disappeared. The police investigation into her murder riveted the state of Maine for months.
This inside account of the investigation alternates between Kate Clark Floraâ€™s objective tale of dedicated police work and the dramatic recollections of then-Lieutenant Joseph K. Loughlin, who oversaw the case. From the first call to a Portland detective about a missing woman to the policeâ€™s growing certainty that she had been murdered, from the heroic efforts to locate the body to the flight from Maine of their chief suspect, and from the painstaking work of collecting evidence and building a case to the struggles over jurisdictional questions to the twists and turns of the eventual trial, Finding Amy is a dramatic story of brutal murder and exemplary police work.
Robin Odell: Ripperology: A Study of the World’s First Serial Killer
Ripperology -a sometimes obsessive interest in studying the crimes of Jack the Ripper – is a subject of timeless interest that has suffered from confusion, exaggeration, and hyperbole for over a century. Jack the Ripper was probably the first serial killer to appear in a large metropolis at a time when the general populace was literate and the press was a force for social change. The press was also partly responsible for creating many myths surrounding the Ripper.
Robin Odellâ€™s Ripperology is the first study to present a sequential history of literary investigations of Jack the Ripperâ€™s crimes and to address the seven principal phases of Ripper speculations: the initial wave of journalism that followed the 1888 murders; the â€œrevelationsâ€ of highers-up in Scotland Yard who pretended to know more than they actually did; the period between 1925 and 1949 when sensational and factually shaky book-length â€œsolutionsâ€ were proposed, including the theories that Jack avenged his sonâ€™s syphilis or was a female midwife in disguise; the dawn of more responsible study, between 1950 and 1975, in which the author himself played an important role; better documented studies spurred by the opening of Scotland Yard files in 1976; the explosion of new Ripper hypotheses in the 1990s; and current theories, including Patricia Cornwellâ€™s DNA-based accusation of artist Walter Sickert.
Ripperology does not attempt to give a detailed, encyclopedic account of the murders. Rather, its aim is to tell the story of the extraordinary literary efforts directed at solving the mystery. While there are no formal conclusions, and this book does not seek to saturate the reader with minutiae, exaggerated claims are debunked and misconceived ideas are dispelled. Author Odell, having studied these unsolved serial killings for four decades, guides the reader in his easy narrative rich with documentation. Ripperology will be welcomed by true crime aficionados.
Daniel Stashower: The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe and the Invention of Murder
A gruesome murder, a stunned city, and Edgar Allan Poe come to life with vivid detail in this shocking true story.
On July 28, 1841, the battered body of a young woman was found floating in the Hudson River. It was soon discovered to be the lovely Mary Rogers, a twenty-year-old cigar salesgirl who had gone missing three days earlier. By nightfall, news of the girlâ€™s death had spread and sent Manhattan into a spasm of horror and outrage.
In the months that followed, the gruesome details of the murder pushed American journalism into previously unimagined realms of lurid sensationalism. But despite media pressures, New York Cityâ€™s unregulated and disjointed police force proved unable to mount an effective investigation, and the crime remained unsolved.
A year after Mary Rogers was murdered, as public interest in the case began to wane, a struggling writer named Edgar Allan Poe decided to take on the case. At the time of the murder, thirty-one-year-old Poe had recently published his groundbreaking detective story „The Murders in the Rue Morgue.“ A year later, however, his fortunes had taken a downward turn. Desperate for success, Poe sent his famous detective, C. Auguste Dupin, on the case of a lifetime: to solve the baffling murder of Mary Rogers in „The Mystery of Marie Rogêt.“
In The Beautiful Cigar Girl, Edgar Award-winning author Daniel Stashower deftly captures the drama and mystery of New York in the mid-nineteenth century, illuminating the spellbinding crime that transformed a city.
James L. Swanson: Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer
The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history — the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.
At the very center of this story is John Wilkes Booth, America’s notorious villain. A Confederate sympathizer and a member of a celebrated acting family, Booth threw away his fame and wealth for a chance to avenge the South’s defeat. For almost two weeks, he confounded the manhunters, slipping away from their every move and denying them the justice they sought.
Based on rare archival materials, obscure trial transcripts, and Lincoln’s own blood relics, Manhunt is a fully documented work, but it is also a fascinating tale of murder, intrigue, and betrayal. A gripping hour-by-hour account told through the eyes of the hunted and the hunters, this is history as you’ve never read it before.
Charles Ardai: The Home Front
erschienen in Death Do Us Part, hrsg. von Harlan Coben
Thomas H. Cook: Rain
erschienen in Manhattan Noir, hrsg. von Lawrence Block
Bill Crider: Cranked
erschienen in Damn Near Dead, hrsg. von Duane Swierczynski
S.J. Rozan: Building
erschienen in Manhattan Noir, hrsg. von Lawrence Block
Kevin Brooks: The Road of the Dead
Late one night, two brothers learn that their sister has died in the worst way imaginable. Sheâ€™s found, strangled, in a desolate place hundreds of miles from their East London home.
Ruben is the smarter of the two, with a gift for getting into other peopleâ€™s hearts; Cole may be older, but heâ€™s a devilâ€™s angel who doesnâ€™t care if he lives or dies. Together, they set out to find their own answers and retrace Rachelâ€™s final journey.
Alane Ferguson: The Christopher Killer
Fascinated by forensics, seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney persuades her father, the county coroner in sleepy Silverton, CO, to take her on as his assistant. But she never expects her first case to involve the death of a friend! Rachel Geller, a beautiful young waitress, is found strangled in a field with a Christopher medal around her neckâ€”clearly marking her as the fourth victim of a serial killer. Cameryn is determined to help find Rachelâ€™s killer, and attending the autopsy gives her the first clue. But as she follows her instincts and gets closer to the killer, Cameryn suddenly finds herself on the verge of becoming his fifth victim!
Mariah Fredericks: Crunch Time
The thought of the SATs makes Daisy, Leo, Jane, and Max just crazy. Daisy thinks the whole system is bogus. Leo thinks testing’s a game you play to win; not good for Max, who’s convinced he’s a loser. And Jane couldn’t care less about the whole thing. So when the four of them decide to bag the SAT prep class before junior year at Dewey, they form their own study group, a haven from the dog-eat-dog college-acceptance competition.
Pregroup, Max has loved Daisy, his best friend. Daisy has loved basketball. Leo, it seems, has loved Leo. And Jane the unloved (except by her stepdad, rumor goes) has loved none of the above. As they discover, rivalry and rejection aren’t limited to the race for the Ivy Leagues — love has a scoring system all its own.
Then — oops! — it’s discovered that someone has cheated on the SATs. Everyone — adults included — in this vivid, funny, four-voiced novel has a reaction, a theory, and a new worry.
Robin Merrow MacCready: Buried
Claudine has long buried her own needs and dreams to care for her alcoholic mother. But after Mom suddenly disappears, a much darker truth that lies buried under years of angry denial and enabling behavior is waiting to be uncovered. When Claudine eventually hits rock bottom, she must literally dig to find the secret that waits in a shallow grave behind the family’s trailer. Buried is a suspenseful and mind-twisting psychological thriller that will keep readers turning the pages and help them grasp the drama and destruction of codependency.
Carol Plum-Ucci: The Night My Sister Went Missing
A tiny pistol, passed from friend to friend at a party on an abandoned pier, suddenly fires, and Casey Carmody falls into the water below. Kurt, Casey’s older brother, endures a seemingly endless night at the police station while the coast guard searches for his sister and his friends are questioned, one by one.
Who was foolish enough to pull the trigger? Was the gunfire accidental or deliberate? Or was the whole drama one of Casey’s practical jokes? And where is Casey–or her body–now?
Dark secrets are revealed and petty jealousies rear their ugly heads as each eyewitness comes to the questioning room with his or her own version of „the truth.“
Jennifer Allison: Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake
Zany Gilda Joyce leaves her wacky disguises at home but brings all of her psychic and investigative skills with her as she sets out to investigate a mysterious death at a Catholic girlsâ€™ school. Is Our Lady of Sorrows really haunted by the ghost of Dolores Lambert? Or is the student body suffering from group hysteria? Solving this mystery will put Gilda in more danger than she ever imaginedâ€”and will take all of her brashness, bravery, and smarts.
Sarah Masters Buckey: The Stolen Sapphire: A Samantha Mystery
Samantha and Nellie set sail for Europe aboard an ocean liner in 1906. Also traveling on the ship is a world-famous archaeologist with the legendary sapphire he discovered. Before the archaeologist can deliver his treasure to a London museum, the priceless jewel disappears. Samantha realizes that every one of the ship’s first-class passengers is a suspectâ€”and one of them must be the thief! Can Samantha and Nellie uncover the real culprit and find the missing jewel? The book includes an illustrated â€œLooking Backâ€ essay and a glossary of French words used in the story.
Andrew Clements: Room One: A Mystery or Two
Ted Hammond loves a good mystery, and in the spring of his fifth-grade year, he’s working on a big one. How can his school in the little town of Plattsford stay open next year if there are going to be only five students? Out here on the Great Plains in western Nebraska, everyone understands that if you lose the school, you lose the town.
But the mystery that has Ted’s full attention at the moment is about that face, the face he sees in the upper window of the Andersons‘ house as he rides past on his paper route. The Andersons moved away two years ago, and their old farmhouse is empty, boarded up tight. At least it’s supposed to be.
A shrinking school in a dying town. A face in the window of an empty house. At first these facts don’t seem to be related. But Ted Hammond learns that in a very small town, there’s no such thing as an isolated event. And the solution of one mystery is often the beginning of another.
Roni Delicata is the pushy crime reporter for the school newspaper The Bloodwater Pump. Brian Bain is a quiet science geek who has a tendency to blow things up. Ordinarily, they would have nothing to do with each other. But today isnâ€™t an ordinary day: their snobby classmate Alicia Camden has been snatched.
Soon enough, Roni and Brian are on the case. But as they dig deeper into the mystery, they find nothing but suspects: Aliciaâ€™s hothead boyfriend Maurice, her creepy stepfather, and even Driftwood Doug, the hobo who always seemed to be watching Alicia from the woods. Itâ€™s up to Roni and Brian to find Alicia and reveal the shocking secret that led to her disappearance.
An eerie mystery that never loses its sense of humor, Snatched marks the beginning of a great new series set in the small town of Bloodwater featuring two offbeat detectives youâ€™ll be thrilled to meet.
Nancy Springer: The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery
When Enola Holmes, the much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappearedâ€”on her 14th birthday nonethelessâ€”she knows she alone can find her. Disguising herself as a grieving widow, Enola sets out to the heart of London to uncover her motherâ€™s whereaboutsâ€”but not even the last name Holmes can prepare her for what awaits. Suddenly involved in the kidnapping of the young Marquess of Basilwether, Enola must escape murderous villains, free the spoiled Marquess, and perhaps hardest of all, elude her shrewd older brotherâ€”all while collecting clues to her motherâ€™s disappearance!
- Steven Dietz: Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Arizona Theatre Company)
- Rupert Holmes: Curtains (Ahmanson Theatre)
- Michael Kimball: Ghosts of Ocean House (The Players‘ Ring)
- The Closer – „Blue Blood“, Teleplay by James Duff & Mike Berchem (Turner Network Television)
- Dexter – „Crocodile“, Teleplay by Clyde Phillips (Showtime)
- House – „Clueless“, Teleplay by Thomas L. Moran (Fox/NBC Universal)
- Life on Mars – Episode 1, Teleplay by Matthew Graham (BBC America)
- Monk – „Mr. Monk Gets a New Shrink“, Teleplay by Hy Conrad (USA Network/NBC Universal)
- Conviction, Teleplay by Bill Gallagher (BBC America)
- Cracker: A New Terror, Teleplay by Jimmy McGovern (BBC America)
- Messiah: The Harrowing, Teleplay by Terry Cafolla (BBC America)
- Secret Smile, Teleplay by Kate Brooke, based on the book by Nicci French (BBC America)
- The Wire, Season 4, Teleplays by Ed Burns, Kia Corthron, Dennis Lehane, David Mills, Eric Overmyer, George Pelecanos, Richard Price, David Simon & William F. Zorzi (Home Box Office)
- Casino Royale, Screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade & Paul Haggis, based on novel by Ian Fleming (MGM)
- Children of Men, Screenplay by Alfonso Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby, based on a novel by P.D. James (Universal Pictures)
- The Departed, Screenplay by William Monahan (Warner Bros. Pictures)
- The Good Shepherd, Teleplay by Eric Roth (Universal Pictures)
- Notes on a Scandal, Screenplay by Patrick Marber (Scott Rudin Productions)
- William Dylan Powell „Evening Gold“ – EQMM November 2006 (Dell Magazines)
- Books & Books (Mitchell Kaplan, owner)
- Mystery Loves Company Bookstore (Kathy & Tom Harig, owners)
Fiona Mountain: Bloodline
The anonymous note means nothing to ancestor detective Natasha Blake. Then one of her clients, an enigmatic old man who had commissioned a family tree of his granddaughter’s boyfriend, is shot dead at his isolated farm in the Cotswolds, just as shocking facts about the past are brought to light. Is there a link?
Seemingly unconnected yet haunting stories begin to emerge, like slowly developing photographs: two young soldiers—one German, one British—playing football; two young women—inseparable friends until a fatal mistake tears them apart; and the eerie echo of a child in an English country house.
It is these individual lives that becomes the clues in Natasha’s investigation, ghostly fingerprints that she must use to solve a cold-blooded, blue-blooded crime, hidden for generations in the bluebell woods at Poacher’s Dell.