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BOOM! Edgar Prediction 2011

Edgar Awards tomorrow. Yah! Always exciting even if it is obvious that over the last year or so I have pulled away from Crime Fiction. I still enjoy Crime Fiction a great deal, but the spark has dimmed in the last 12 months. In any case. Thursday night I'll be locked into an appropriate twitter feed.

My predictions are in Red.

Best Novel:
CAUGHT - Harlan Coben - Dutton  
CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER - Tom Franklin - Morrow
FAITHFUL PLACE - Tana French - Viking
THE QUEEN OF PATPONG - Timothy Hallinan - Morrow
THE LOCK ARTIST - Steve Hamilton - Minotaur
I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE - Laura Lippman - Morrow 

Went with Ms. French's book based on the unilateral love-fest for her first. My second choice would be CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER.

Best First Novel by an American Author:
ROGUE ISLAND - Bruce DeSilva - Forge
THE POACHER'S SON - Paul Doiron - Minotaur
THE SERIALIST - David Gordon - Simon & Schuster
GALVESTON - Nic Pizzolatto - Scribner
SNOW ANGELS - James Thompson - Putnam 

I drew a blank on most of these titles. I went with SNOW ANGELS because it was the book I wanted to pick up most often last year. Second choice would be THE SERIALIST.

Best Paperback Original:
LONG TIME COMING - Robert Goddard - Bantam
THE NEWS WHERE YOU ARE - Catherine O’Flynn - Henry Holt
EXPIRATION DATE - Duane Swierczynski - Minotaur
VIENNA SECRETS - Frank Tallis - Random House
TEN LITTLE HERRINGS - L.C. Tyler - Felony & Mayhem Press 

Only choice is Mr. Swierczynski's book, easily one of the best things I read last year. I have no second choice. That would be blasphemy.

Best Fact Crime:
SCOREBOARD, BABY: A STORY OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL, CRIME, and COMPLICITY - 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 - Alex Heard - HarperCollins
FINDING CHANDRA: A TRUE WASHINGTON MURDER MYSTERY - Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz - Scribner
HELLHOUND IN HIS TRAIL THE STALKING OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND THE INTERNATIONAL HUNT FOR HIS ASSASSIN - Hampton Sides - Doubleday
THE KILLER OF LITTLE SHEPARDS: A TRUE CRIME STORY AND THE BIRTH OF FORENSIC SCIENCE - Douglas Starr - Knopf 

I went with Mr. Sides because level headed journalism should always be rewarded.

Best Critical/Biographical:
THE WIRE" TRUTH BE TOLD - Rafael Alvarez - Grove Press
AGATHA CHRISTIE'S SECRET NOTEBOOKS: FIFTY YEARS OF MYSTERIES IN THE MAKING - John Curran - HarperCollins
SHERLOCK HOLMES FOR DUMMIES - Steven Doyle and David A. Crowder - Wiley
CHARLIE CHAN" THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE HONORABLE DETECTIVE AND HIS RENDEZVOUS WITH AMERICAN HISTORY - Yunte Huang - Norton
THRILLERS" 100 MUST READERS - David Morrell and Hank Wagner - Oceanview Publishing
  
I wanted to go with Mr. Huang's book on Charlie Chan as I love the movies but I'm picking the the book on Ms. Christie because of the long shadow she still casts over the form.

Best Short Story:
“THE SECRET OF LILACS,” - Doug Allyn - Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, September/October 2010
“THE PLOT,” - Jeffery Deaver - from First Thrills, edited by Lee Child; Forge
“A GOOD SAFE PLACE,” - 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,” - Edmund White - from Dark End of the Street, edited by Jonathan Santlofer and S.J. Rozan; Bloomsbury

I went with Mr. White's short because it was the most 'meta' of the lot.

Best Juvenile:
ZORA AN ME - Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon - Candlewick Press
THE BUDDY FILES" THE CASE OF THE LOST BOY - Dori Hillestad Butler - Albert Whitman & Co.
THE HAUNTING OF CHARLES DICKENS - Lewis Buzbee - Feiwel & Friends
GRIFF CARVER: HALLWAY PATROL - Jim Krieg - Razorbill
THE SECRET LIFE OF MS. FINKLEMAN - 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 - Charlie Price - Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers)
DUST CITY - Robert Paul Weston - Razorbill

The publisher for the Best Juvie and YA is called Razorbill. That seems pretty badass so.....

Best Play:
The PSYCHIC - Sam Bobrick - Falcon Theatre, Burbank, California
The TANGLES SKIRT - Steve Braunstein - New Jersey Repertory Co.
The FALL OF THE HOUSE - Robert Ford - Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Unlike the rest of my picks (haha) this is a flat out guess.... sorry.

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

Never watched an episode of BREAKING BAD... and I never will. Looks depressing. I'm a MAD MEN guy. Which is depression in a different form. However, Vince Gilligan wrote for X-Files, and I watched every episode of that. Go figure.

The Simon & Schuster-Mary Higgins Clark Award (presented at MWA’s Agents & Editors Party on Wednesday, April 27, 2010):
WILD PENANCE - Sandi Ault - Berkley Prime Crime
BLOOD HARVEST - S.J. Bolton - Minotaur
DOWN RIVER - Karen Harper - Mira
THE CROSSING PLACES - Elly Griffiths - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
LIVE TO TELL - Wendy Corsi Staub - Avon

Comments

Josh said…
I know that Breaking Bad appears to be a depressing exercise in television viewing, but I am pleading you (with the strongest sense of urgency) to reconsider! I absolutely LOVE Draper and company on Mad Men and thought that nothing could match it in terms of story, character development, and general awesomeness... until I watched the first 2 seasons of Breaking Bad. It has officially usurped Mad Men's throne as the reigning king of dramatic television programming. Again, I'm begging you, try the first season out (it was only 6 or seven episodes long due to the writer's strike), and I guarantee you won't be disappointed. At which point in time you will love and adore both shows featured on AMC.
Dan Wagner said…
Hey Josh -- I'm only half serious about this, but I have held off for years watching another critical darling, THE WIRE. We will have to see. You make a compelling case though. Thanks for reading the blog.

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