Annal: 1993 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best First Novel

Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 1993.

Book:The Black Echo

The Black Echo: A Harry Bosch Novel

Michael Connelly

For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch—hero, maverick, nighthawk—the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal.

The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam “tunnel rat” who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell. Now, Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam. From a dangerous maze of blind alleys to a daring criminal heist beneath the city to the tortuous link that must be uncovered, his survival instincts will once again be tested to their limit.

Joining with an enigmatic and seductive female FBI agent, pitted against enemies inside his own department, Bosch must make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, as he tracks down a killer whose true face will shock him.

Book:Ladystinger

Ladystinger

Craig Smith

Introducing a new master of the con-game story—this time out with a most roguish twist indeed. Ladystinger presents us with a mistress of the scam, but this prettiest grifter of them all may get herself double-looped by her own chicanery. Here is a tightly paced thriller about forty-eight fateful hours in the life of a very appealing and very resourceful con woman, who plies her trade in hotel bars among the unsuspecting marks of New Orleans and Jamaica.

Maggie Rohrer makes her living picking up wealthy businessmen, doping their drinks, and later robbing the unconscious victims in their rooms. It’s risk-free work, since these guys are usually very married, very embarrassed, and very unlikely to report the crime. And if they do, so what? Maggie’s long gone. A profitable hustle, yes, but with a down side. First, because Maggie’s not as hard-bitten as she likes to think, and second, because she’s hooked up with Barry, the sleazy mentor who keeps her…[more]

Book:Trail of Murder

Trail of Murder

Christine Andreae

It began with a phone call about a phone call. For Lee Squires, this particular phone call couldn’t have come at a better time. English professor, poet, and professional house-sitter, Lee is wallowing in the heat and humidity of a Washington, D.C., summer and in the self-pity and depression that have been shadowing her life for some time. It seems that a friend of hers has given her name to Pete Bonsecours, a Montana wilderness outfitter desperately in need of a replacement cook for an upcoming trail ride across the Continental Divide. Lee is more than ready for a change of pace, so it doesn’t take much to convince her to sign on as the new cook. Within days Lee is on her way out to Montana and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Armed with everything from sleeping bag, long underwear, bathing suit, and sunscreen to her old cast-iron Dutch oven and a thermos filled with sourdough starter, Lee is ready for anything—anything but murder.

Filled with the fascinating details of a full-blown trail ride and the gripping suspense of a taut murder mystery, Trail of Murder marks the impressive debut of talented newcomer Christine Andreae.

Book:Trick of the Eye

Trick of the Eye

Jane Stanton Hitchcock

Faith Crowell is 39 years old, content in an artist’s life that is solitary but not lonely. A specialist in trompe l’oeil—the art of painterly illusion that makes things seem to be what they are not—she is about to learn that illusion is more than a painter’s trick: for some it is a way of life.

Frances Griffin is a grande dame, a reclusive widow whose fabulous fortune represents the accumulated wealth of generations of American aristocrats. She is one of the country’s foremost art collectors, but the commission she is about to offer demands far more than artistic technique. In fact, it will test Faith’s very soul. For when Mrs. Griffin proposes that Faith paint the ballroom of her mansion, a room built many years before for her daughter’s debutante ball, it is not Faith’s talent that she desires, but something else. …[more]

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