Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 1991.
Blue-blooded, scotch-ad-gorgeous Cameron Sheffield Noyes is the new enfant terrible of American letters. Writer of the wildly best selling first novel Bang, Noyes is the media’s latest darling and the current ringmaster of New York’s literary circus. Between photo shoots for Vanity Fair and interviews for The Paris Review, he’s having a blast trying to outdrink Dylan Thomas, outbrawl Ernest Hemingway, and outsnort the entire brat pack. There’s only one problem: with such a busy schedule, Cam simply can’t find the time to write his long-overdue second novel.
Enter Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag. Once the toast of the publishing world himself, Hoagy is now reduced to eking out a living as a celebrity ghostwriter and reluctant amateur detective, aided by his neurotic basset hound, Lulu. Hoagy agrees to help Cam write his new book, a tell-all account of his meteoric rise that promises to expose the greed and corruption that fester beneath…[more]
Struggling to put a wounded deer out of its misery, intrepid rancher Shirley McClintock stumbles over a human skeleton half-buried in autumn leaves. Then she discovers a second murder, accomplished with the same arrow that had pierced the body of the deer. The crimes are apparently unrelated, but McClintock catches the same rotten stench in both. Only proof is lacking, but that, when she finds it, cannot be used. Not without putting the person nearest her heart into mortal danger.
Blackmail, corruption, treachery, murder—the glory that was Rome.
In this Edgar Award-nominated mystery, John Maddox Roberts takes readers back to a Rome filled with violence and evil. Vicious gangs ruled the streets of Crassus and Pompey, routinely preying on plebeian and patrician alike, so the garroting of a lowly ex-slaved and the disembowelment of a foreign merchant in the dangerous Subura district seemed of little consequence to the Roman hierarchy. But Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger—highborn commander of the local vigiles—was determined to investigate. Despite official apathy, brazen bribes, and sinister threates, Decius uncovers a world of corruption at the highest levels of his government that threatens to destroy him and the government he serves.
For former FBI agent Gregor Demarkian, retirement has just come to an abrupt end. What started as a mysterious summons to a Christmas Eve feast at multimillionaire Robert Hannaford;s isolated country estate was now an invitation to a murder scene. Demerol and a blood-covered statue had ensured that.
Red ribbon, green wreaths, and spilled blue blood…christmas can be murder on the Philadelphia main line!
Add the late patriarch’s penchant for making enemies, seven siblings with ample reasons for wanting Daddy dead, plus a murderer with a genius for mayhem, and you’ve got local police begging the Bureau’s aging former ace to take up society sleuthing. But as the pieces fall into place, so do the bodies. And Gregor can hear the jingle bells toll—it’s going to be a lethal Yule.