Annal: 1976 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best First Novel

Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 1976.

Book:The Alvarez Journal

The Alvarez Journal

Rex Burns

Detective Gabriel Wager of the Denver Police Department is very interested in the Rare Things Import Shop. He’s working on a tip that 500 to 1000 pounds of marijuana is coming into Denver each week, using the shop as a front. Its owner, a little old man named Montoya, seems harmless, but Rafael Alvarez is another story.

The file on Alvarez says it all: arrested for possession of marijuana; arrested for suspicion of burglary; and arrested for smuggling marijuana. Wager realizes pretty quickly that the case isn’t going to be an easy one, for Alvarez is a professional—and slippery. Wager is working with a new partner, Detective Denby, and he’s not finding that very easy either.

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