Edgar Awards 2008 – Die Gewinner
Am 1. Mai wurden in New York die Gewinner der diesjährigen Edgar Awards in den jeweiligen Kategorien bekannt gegeben. Die â†’â€Edgarsâ€ zählen zu den renommiertesten Krimipreisen und werden von den â†’ Mystery Writers of America (MWA) vergeben. Hier die Liste der Preisträger:
John Hart: Down River
John Hartâ€™s debut, The King of Lies, was compelling and lyrical, with Janet Maslin of The New York Times declaring, â€œThere hasnâ€™t been a thriller as showily literate since Scott Turow came along.â€ Now, in Down River, Hart makes a scorching return to Rowan County, where he drives his characters to the edge, explores the dark side of human nature, and questions the fundamental power of forgiveness.
Adam Chase has a violent streak, and not without reason. As a boy, he saw things that no child should see, suffered wounds that cut to the core and scarred thin. The trauma left him passionate and misunderstoodâ€”a fighter. After being narrowly acquitted of a murder charge, Adam is hounded out of the only home heâ€™s ever known, exiled for a sin he did not commit. For five long years he disappears, fades into the faceless gray of New York City. Now heâ€™s back and nobody knows why, not his family or the cops, not the enemies he left behind.
But Adam has his reasons.
Within hours of his return, he is beaten and accosted, confronted by his family and the women he still holds dear. No one knows what to make of Adamâ€™s return, but when bodies start turning up, the small town rises against him and Adam again finds himself embroiled in the fight of his life, not just to prove his own innocence, but to reclaim the only life heâ€™s ever wanted.
Best First Novel By An American Author
Tana French: In the Woods
As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled shoes, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.
Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox â€“ his partner and closest friend â€“ find themselves investigating a case with chilling links to that long-ago disappearance. Now, with only snippets of buried memories to guide him, Rob has the chance to unravel both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.
Best Paperback Original
Megan Abbott: Queenpin
A young woman hired to keep the books at a down-at-the-heels nightclub is taken under the wing of the infamous Gloria Denton, a mob luminary who reigned during the Golden Era of Bugsy Siegel and Lucky Luciano. Notoriously cunning and ruthless, Gloria shows her eager young protégée the ropes, ushering her into a glittering demimonde of late-night casinos, racetracks, betting parlors, inside heists, and big, big money. Suddenly, the world is at her feet â€” as long as she doesnâ€™t take any chances, like falling for the wrong guy. As the roulette wheel turns, both mentor and protégée scramble to stay one step ahead of their bosses and each other.
Best Critical / Biographical
Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower, Charles Foley: Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters
This remarkable annotated collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyleâ€™s previously unpublished private correspondence offers unique insight into one of the worldâ€™s most popular authors. For the first time, Conan Doyle emerges from the shadow of Sherlock Holmes, revealing a man whose character and exploits rival that of his famous creation. In particular, Conan Doyleâ€™s correspondence with his mother exposes his endless search for fulfillment and success outside the Holmes stories.
At age sixteen Conan Doyle began studying medicine at Edinburgh University. Just months shy of graduating, he made the adventurous decision to accept a position as a surgeon on a whaling ship heading to the Arctic. He returned to Edinburgh, graduated, and struggled to establish his own medical practice while simultaneously writing and promoting his stories. He suffered years of disappointment as both doctor and author; yet, to his amazement, just two months after the first Sherlock Holmes short stories, he had garnered such a following that he completely abandoned medicine for literature.
As the public clamored endlessly for Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle explored other pursuits: He was a doctor during the Boer War, a World War I correspondent, and the foremost spokesman for Spiritualism. As his life changed, Doyleâ€™s correspondence with his mother remained constant. In his letters to â€œthe Mam,â€ Doyle shares the dismay he felt over the critical reception of his other writing, and as his irritation with the Holmes adventures mounts he announces his desire to kill off the character. She is his confidante and trusted counsel throughout her long life.
The editors are known for their expertise and scholarship on the works of Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes. Daniel Stashower is an award-winning mystery novelist and author of Teller of Tales, a widely praised biography of Conan Doyle. Jon Lellenberg is the U.S. agent for the Conan Doyle estate and author of The Quest for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Charles Foley is the writerâ€™s great-nephew and executor of the estate.
Best Fact Crime
Vincent Bugliosi: Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy
Polls reveal that over 75 percent of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald; some even believe Oswald was entirely innocent. In this absorbing and historic bookâ€”the first ever to cover the entire caseâ€”Vincent Bugliosi shows how we have come to believe such lies about an event that changed the course of history.
The brilliant prosecutor of Charles Manson and the man who forged an iron-clad case of circumstantial guilt around O. J. Simpson in his best-selling Outrage, Bugliosi is perhaps the only man in America capable of â€œprosecutingâ€ Oswald for the murder of President Kennedy. His book is a narrative compendium of fact, forensic evidence, reexamination of key witnesses, and common sense. Every detail and nuance is accounted for, every conspiracy theory revealed as a fraud upon the American public. Bugliosiâ€™s irresistible logic, command of the evidence, and ability to draw startling inferences shed fresh light on this American nightmare. At last we know what really happened. At last it all makes sense. 32 pages of illustrations.
Best Short Story
Susan Straight: The Golden Gopher
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Best Young Adult
Tedd Arnold: Rat Life
The dead body found in the Chemanga River has nothing to do with Todd. Heâ€™s been busy making beds at the family motel and writing alien stories to entertain his friends. Sure, a murder is big news, but what would really interest him? A paying job and a story line free of UFOs and poop jokes. And then he meets Rat.
Just a little older than Todd, Ratâ€™s already been to Vietnam and back. Heâ€™s got a tattoo and a messed-up family life. And when he offers Todd a gig at the drive-in theater, Todd takes it. After all, it pays actual money. But hanging out with Rat leads to a host of strange experiences and perplexing questions. More and more, that corpse from the river is on Toddâ€™s mind, and no matter how he shifts the pieces around, Rat is always part of the puzzle.
Katherine Marsh: The Night Tourist
Jack Perdu, a shy, ninth-grade Classics prodigy, lives with his father on the Yale University campus. Smart and introverted, Jack spends most of his time alone, his nose buried in a book. But when Jack suffers a near fatal accident, his life is forever changed.
His father sends him to a mysterious doctor in New York City â€” a place Jack hasnâ€™t been since his mother died there eight years ago. While in the city, Jack meets Euri, a young girl who offers to show him the secrets of Grand Central Station, the secrets only true urban explorers know about. Fifteen flights below the train station, however, Jack discovers more than just hidden tracks and mysterious staircases. He has stumbled upon New Yorkâ€™s ghostly underworld, which may provide Jack with a chance to see his mother again. But as secrets about Euriâ€™s past are revealed, so are the true reasons for Jackâ€™s visit to the underworld.
Masterfully told, The Night Tourist weaves together New York Cityâ€™s secret history and its modern-day landscape to create a highly vivid ghost world, full of magical adventure and page-turning action.
Best Television Episode Teleplay
â€œPilotâ€ – Burn Notice, Teleplay von Matt Nix (USA Network/Fox Television Studios)
Best Motion Picture Screen Play
Michael Clayton, Screenplay von Tony Gilroy (Warner Bros. Pictures)