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Edgar Award

The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars), named after Edgar Allan Poe, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America,[1] based in New York City.[2] They honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater published or produced in the previous year.


  • Categories 1
  • Best Novel award winners 2
    • 1950s 2.1
    • 1960s 2.2
    • 1970s 2.3
    • 1980s 2.4
    • 1990s 2.5
    • 2000s 2.6
    • 2010s 2.7
  • 2010 winners 3
  • 2012 winners 4
  • 2013 winners 5
  • 2014 winners 6
  • 2015 winners 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


  • Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for first mystery short story (since 1984)
  • Raven Award (since 1953)
  • Grand Master Award (since 1955)
  • Ellery Queen Award (since 1983)
  • Mary Higgins Clark Award (since 2001)
  • Best radio drama (1946–1960)
  • Outstanding Mystery Criticism (1946–1967)
  • Best foreign film (1949–1966)
  • Best book jacket (1955–1975)

Best Novel award winners

Winners and, where known, shortlisted titles for each year:


1954 Charlotte Jay, Beat Not the Bones
1955 Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye
1956 Margaret Millar, Beast in View
1957 Charlotte Armstrong, A Dram of Poison
1958 Ed Lacy, Room to Swing
1959 Stanley Ellin, The Eighth Circle


1960 Celia Fremlin, The Hours Before Dawn
1961 Julian Symons, The Progress of a Crime
1962 J. J. Marric, Gideon's Fire
1963 Ellis Peters, Death and the Joyful Woman
  • Dell Shannon, Knave of Hearts
  • Mark McShane, Seance
  • Shelley Smith, The Ballad of the Running Man
  • Jean Potts, The Evil Wish
  • Ross Macdonald, The Zebra-Striped Hearse
1964 Eric Ambler, The Light of Day
  • Stanton Forbes, Grieve for the Past
  • Dorothy B. Hughes, The Expendable Man
  • Elizabeth Fenwick, The Make-Believe Man
  • Ellery Queen, The Player on the Other Side
1965 John le Carré, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
1966 Adam Hall, The Quiller Memorandum
1967 Nicolas Freeling, King of the Rainy Country
1968 Donald E. Westlake, God Save the Mark
1969 Jeffery Hudson (Michael Crichton's nom-de-plume), A Case of Need


1970 Dick Francis, Forfeit
1971 Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö, The Laughing Policeman
1972 Frederick Forsyth, The Day of the Jackal
1973 Warren Kiefer, The Lingala Code
1974 Tony Hillerman, Dance Hall of the Dead
1975 Jon Cleary, Peter's Pence
1976 Brian Garfield, Hopscotch
1977 Robert B. Parker, Promised Land
1978 William Hallahan, Catch Me
Kill Me
1979 Ken Follett, Eye of the Needle


1980 Arthur Maling, The Rheingold Route [3]
1981 Dick Francis, Whip Hand
1982 William Bayer, Peregrine
1983 Rick Boyer, Billinsgate Shoal
1984 Elmore Leonard, LaBrava
1985 Ross Thomas, Briarpatch
1986 L. R. Wright, The Suspect
1987 Barbara Vine, A Dark-Adapted Eye
1988 Aaron Elkins, Old Bones
1989 Stuart M. Kaminsky, A Cold Red Sunrise


1990 James Lee Burke, Black Cherry Blues
1991 Julie Smith, New Orleans Mourning
1992 Lawrence Block, A Dance at the Slaughterhouse
1993 Margaret Maron, Bootlegger's Daughter
1994 Minette Walters, The Sculptress
1995 Mary Willis Walker, The Red Scream
1996 Dick Francis, Come to Grief
1997 Thomas H. Cook, The Chatham School Affair
1998 James Lee Burke, Cimarron Rose
1999 Robert Clark, Mr. White's Confession


2000 Jan Burke, Bones
2001 Joe R. Lansdale, The Bottoms
2002 T. Jefferson Parker, Silent Joe
2003 S. J. Rozan, Winter and Night
2004 Ian Rankin, Resurrection Men
2005 T. Jefferson Parker, California Girl
2006 Jess Walter, Citizen Vince
2007 Jason Goodwin, The Janissary Tree
2008 John Hart, Down River
2009 C. J. Box, Blue Heaven


2010 John Hart, The Last Child
2011 Steve Hamilton, The Lock Artist
2012 Mo Hayder, Gone
2013 Dennis Lehane, Live by Night
2014 William Kent Krueger, Ordinary Grace
2015 Stephen King, Mr. Mercedes

2010 winners

The Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2010, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, and film published or produced in 2009, are:

The Robert L. Fish Memorial Award was presented to "A Dreadful Day" – Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine by Dan Warthman (Dell Magazines).[4]

2012 winners

For works published in 2011.

2013 winners

  • Best Novel: Live by Night by Dennis Lehane[5]
  • Best First Novel by an American Author: The Expats by Chris Pavone
  • Best Paperback Original: The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters[5]
  • Best Fact Crime: Midnight in Peking by Paul French
  • Best Critical/Biographical: The Scientific Sherlock Holmes by James O'Brien
  • Best Short Story: "The Unremarkable Heart" - Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance by Karin Slaughter
  • Best Juvenile: The Quick Fix by Jack D. Ferraiolo
  • Best Young Adult: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • Best Television Episode Teleplay: "A Scandal in Belgravia" - Sherlock, teleplay by Steven Moffat
  • Robert L. Fish Memorial Award: "When They Are Done With Us" - Staten Island Noir by Patricia Smith
  • Grand Master: Ken Follett and Margaret Maron
  • Raven Awards: Oline Cogdill, Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore San Diego and Redondo Beach, CA
  • Ellery Queen Award: Akashic Books
  • The Simon & Schuster-Mary Higgins Clark Award: The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan

2014 winners

  • Best Novel: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
  • Best First Novel by an American Author: Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
  • Best Paperback Original: The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
  • Best Fact Crime: The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower
  • Best Critical/Biographical: America Is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture by Erik Dussere
  • Best Short Story: "The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository" - Bibliomysteries by John Connolly
  • Best Juvenile: One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
  • Best Young Adult: Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
  • Best Television Episode Teleplay: "Episode 1" - The Fall, teleplay by Allan Cubitt
  • Robert L. Fish Memorial Award: "The Wentworth Letter" - Criminal Element's Malfeasance Occasional by Jeff Soloway
  • Grand Master: Robert Crais and Carolyn Hart[6]
  • Raven Awards: Aunt Agatha’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan[6]

2015 winners

  • Best Novel: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
  • Best First Novel: Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman
  • Best Paperback Original: The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani
  • Best Fact Crime: Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann
  • Best Critical/Biographical: Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe by J.W. Ocker
  • Best Short Story: "What Do You Do?"- Rogues by Gillian Flynn
  • Best Juvenile: Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • Best Young Adult: The Art of Secrets by James Klise
  • Best Television Episode Teleplay: "Episode 1" - Happy Valley by Sally Wainwright
  • Robert L. Fish Memorial Award- "Getaway Girl" - Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine by Zoe Z. Bell
  • Mary Higgins Clark Award: The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey
  • Grand Master: Lois Duncan and James Ellroy
  • Raven Award: Ruth and Jon Jordan, Crimespree Magazine and Kathryn Kennison, Magna Cum Murder
  • Ellery Queen Award: Charles Ardai

See also


  1. ^ Neimeyer, Mark. "Poe and Popular Culture", collected in The Cambridge Companion to Edgar Allan Poe. Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-521-79727-6. p. 206.
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^ 2010 Edgar Winners Press Release
  5. ^ a b
  6. ^ a b

External links

  • Mystery Writers of America
  • The official website of Edgar Awards (includes nominees)
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