And the Edgar nominees are…

(looking for the Weekend Update? Not to worry, it’s right here.)

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the nominees for the 60th Annual Edgar Awards, which are:

Best Novel:

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)

Red Leaves by Thomas H. Cook (Harcourt)

Vanish by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine Books)

Drama City by George Pelecanos (Little, Brown)

Citizen Vince by Jess Walter (Regan Books)

Best First Novel Written by an American Author:

Die A Little by Megan Abbott (Simon & Schuster)

Immoral by Brian Freeman (St. Martin’s Minotaur)

Run the Risk by Scott Frost (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Hide Your Eyes by Alison Gaylin (Signet)

Officer Down by Theresa Schwegel (St. Martin’s Minotaur)

Best Paperback Original:

Homicide My Own by Anne Argula (Pleasure Boat Studio)

The James Deans by Reed Farrel Coleman (Penguin – Plume)

Girl in the Glass by Jeffrey Ford (Dark Alley)

Kiss Her Goodbye by Allan Guthrie (Hard Case Crime)
Six Bad Things by Charlie Huston (Ballantine Books)


Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece  by Edward Dolnick (HarperCollins)
The Elements of Murder:  The History of Poison by John Emsley (Oxford University Press)
Written in Blood by Diane Fanning (St. Martin’s True Crime)
True Story:  Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael Finkel (HarperCollins)
Desire Street:  A True Story of Death and Deliverance in New Orleans by Jed Horne (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)


Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel:  How to Knock ’em Dead with Style by Hallie Ephron (Writer’s Digest Books)
Behind the Mystery:  Top Mystery Writers Interviewed by Stuart Kaminsky, photos by Laurie Roberts (Hot House Press)
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Novels edited by Leslie S. Klinger (W.W. Norton)
Discovering the Maltese Falcon and Sam Spade:  The Evolution of Dashiell Hammett’s Masterpiece, Including John Huston’s Movie with Humphrey Bogart  edited by Richard Layman (Vince Emery Productions)
Girl Sleuth:  Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak (Harcourt)


“Born Bad” – Dangerous Women by Jeffery Deaver (Mysterious Press)
“The Catch’ – Greatest Hits by James W. Hall (Carroll & Graf)
“Her Lord and Master” – Dangerous Women by Andrew Klavan (Mysterious Press)
“Misdirection” – Greatest Hits by Barbara Seranella (Carroll & Graf)
“Welcome to Monroe” – A Kudzu Christmas by David Wallace (River City Publishing)


Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)
Wright & Wong: The Case of the Nana-Napper by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz (Penguin Young Readers – Sleuth/Razorbill)
The Missing Manatee by Cynthia DeFelice (Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers)

Flush by Carl Hiassen (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
The Boys of San Joaquin by D. James Smith (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)


Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams (HarperCollins – Laura Geringer Books)
Last Shot by John Feinstein (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Quid Pro Quo by Vicki Grant (Orca Book Publishers)
Young Bond, Book One:  Silverfin by Charlie Higson (Hyperion/Miramax Books)
Spy Goddess, Book One:  Live & Let Shop by Michael Spradlin (HarperCollins Children’s Books)


River’s End by Cheryl Coons (Book and Lyrics), Chuck Larkin (Music) (Marin Theatre Company)
Safe House by Paul Leeper (Tennessee Stage Company)
Matter of Intent by Gary Earl Ross (Theater Loft)
Mating Dance of the Werewolf by Mark Stein (Rubicon Theatre)


CSI – “A Bullet Runs Through It, Parts 1 and 2”, Teleplay by Richard Catalani & Carol Mendelsohn
CSI – “Grave Danger”, Teleplay by Anthony Zuiker, Carol Mendelsohn, Naren Shankar.  Story by Quentin Tarantino
Law & Order:  Special Victims Unit – “911”, Teleplay by Patrick Harbinson
Sea of Souls – “Amulet”, Teleplay by Ed Whitmore
Wire in the Blood – “Redemption”, Teleplay by Guy Burt

Crash – Story by Paul Haggis; Screenplay by Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco (Lions Gate Films)
A History of Violence – Screenplay by Josh Olson, based on the Graphic Novel by John Wagner & Vince Locke (New Line Productions)
The Ice Harvest – Screenplay by Richard Russo & Robert Benton, based on the Novel by Scott Phillips (Focus Features)
Match Point – Screenplay by Woody Allen (BBC)
Syriana – Screenplay by Stephen Gaghan, based on the book by Robert Baer (Warner Brothers)


Eddie Newton, “Home” – EQMM May 2005 (Dell Magazine)

The Mary Higgins Clark Award:

Breaking Faith by Jo Bannister (Allison & Busby Ltd.)

Dark Angel by Karen Harper (MIRA Books)

Shadow Valley by Gwen Hunter (MIRA Books)

Congratulations to all the nominees. The winners will be announced at the Edgar Awards Gala Banquet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York on April 27.