Thursday, 20 January 2011

The Thrilling Edgar Nominations - 2011

Shots Ezine are delighted to announce that David Morrell and Hank Wagner’s
ITW 100 Thrillers has been nominated for an MWA Edgar Award in the best critical / Biographical Category.

Photo above [pictures some of the contributors to this insightful volume that details the genres’ biggest work].

In a famous essay, Henry James once wrote, "The house of fiction has many windows." The same applies to thrillers. There are many types: the legal thriller, the spy thriller, the action-adventure thriller, the medical thriller, etc. One of their common denominators is that they quicken the reader's heartbeat. Read More

Morrell’s comment that Thriller’s quicken the heartbeat is the common thread that makes Thriller Novels so exhilarating, and one of the few areas of publishing thriving despite the global downturn. Morrell’s essay listed some of the greatest works in the genre, and that essay sowed the seeds of Oceanview Publishing’s Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner.

Best Critical/Biographical
The Wire: Truth Be Told, by Rafael Alvarez (Grove Press)
Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making, by John Curran (HarperCollins)
Sherlock Holmes for Dummies, by Steven Doyle and David A. Crowder (Wiley)
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and his Rendezvous with American History, by Yunte Huang (Norton)
Thrillers: 100 Must Reads, edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner (Oceanview Publishing)

Shots also pass our very best regards to all the other nominated writers and publishers, in the MWA’s celebration of the best of the best.

Best Novel
Caught, by Harlan Coben (Dutton)
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin (Morrow)
Faithful Place, by Tana French (Viking)
The Queen of Patpong, by Timothy Hallinan (Morrow)
The Lock Artist, by Steve Hamilton (Minotaur)
I’d Know You Anywhere, by Laura Lippman (Morrow)

Best First Novel by an American Author
Rogue Island, by Bruce DeSilva (Forge)
The Poacher’s Son, by Paul Doiron (Minotaur)
The Serialist, by David Gordon (Simon & Schuster)
Galveston, by Nic Pizzolatto (Scribner)
Snow Angels, by James Thompson (Putnam)

Best Paperback Original
Long Time Coming, by Robert Goddard (Bantam)
The News Where You Are, by Catherine O’Flynn (Henry Holt)
Expiration Date, by Duane Swierczynski (Minotaur)
Vienna Secrets, by Frank Tallis (Random House)
Ten Little Herrings, by L.C. Tyler (Felony & Mayhem Press)

Best Fact Crime
Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity, by Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry (University of Nebraska Press-Bison)
The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South, by Alex Heard (HarperCollins)
Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery, by Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz (Scribner)
Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin, by Hampton Sides (Doubleday)
The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science, by Douglas Starr (Knopf)

Best Short Story
“The Scent of Lilacs,” by Doug Allyn (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, September/October 2010)
“The Plot,” by Jeffery Deaver (from First Thrills, edited by Lee Child; Forge)
“A Good Safe Place,” by Judith Green (from Thin Ice, edited by Mark Ammons, Kat Fast, Barbara Ross, and Leslie Wheeler; Level Best Books)
“Monsieur Alice Is Absent, by Stephen Ross (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, October 2010)
“The Creative Writing Murders,” by Edmund White (from Dark End of the Street, edited by Jonathan Santlofer and S.J. Rozan; Bloomsbury)

Best Juvenile
Zora and Me, by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon (Candlewick Press)
The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy, by Dori Hillestad Butler (Albert Whitman & Co.)
The Haunting of Charles Dickens, by Lewis Buzbee (Feiwel & Friends)
Griff Carver: Hallway Patrol, by Jim Krieg (Razorbill)
The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman, by Ben H. Winters (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
Best Young Adult: The River, by Mary Jane Beaufrand (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)Please Ignore Vera Dietz, by A.S. King (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
7 Souls, by Barnabas Miller and Jordan Orlando (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
The Interrogation of Gabriel James, by Charlie Price (Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers)
Dust City, by Robert Paul Weston (Razorbill)

Best Play
The Psychic, by Sam Bobrick (Falcon Theatre, Burbank, California)
The Tangled Skirt, by Steve Braunstein (New Jersey Repertory Co.)
The Fall of the House, by Robert Ford (Alabama Shakespeare Festival)

Best Television Episode Teleplay
“Episode 1,” Luther, teleplay by Neil Cross (BBC America)
“Episode 4,” Luther, teleplay by Neil Cross (BBC America)
“Full Measure,” Breaking Bad, teleplay by Vince Gilligan (AMC/Sony)
“No Mas,” Breaking Bad, teleplay by Vince Gilligan (AMC/Sony)
“The Next One’s Gonna Go In Your Throat,” Damages, teleplay by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman (FX Networks)

The Simon & Schuster-Mary Higgins Clark Award
presented at MWA’s Agents & Editors Party on Wednesday, April 27, 2010
Wild Penance, by Sandi Ault (Berkley Prime Crime)
Blood Harvest, by S.J. Bolton (Minotaur) Down River, by Karen Harper (Mira)
The Crossing Places, by Elly Griffiths (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Live to Tell, by Wendy Corsi Staub (Avon)

Robert L. Fish Memorial Award
“Skyler Hobbs and the Rabbit Man,” by Evan Lewis (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, February 2010)

MWA Grand Master : Sara Paretsky

Raven Awards
Centuries & Sleuths (owned by Augie Alesky) in Chicago, and Once Upon a Crime (owned by Pat Frovarp and Gary Schulze) in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Winners will be announced during the 65th MWA Edgar Awards Banquet, which is to be held on April 28 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, USA

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