Annal: 1993 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best Novel

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

Book:Bootlegger's Daughter

Bootlegger's Daughter: A Deborah Knott Mystery

Margaret Maron

Unconventional, still unwed (at the ripe old age of 34) North Carolina attorney Deborah Knott has done the unthinkable: tossed her hat into the heated race for district judge of old boy-ruled Colleton County. The only female candidate, she’s busy defending indigent clients and reeling in voters. Then suddenly, the young daughter of Janie Whitehead begs her to help solve Janie’s senseless, never-solved, eighteen-year-old murder. Deborah takes on the case; following twisted, typically Southern bloodlines, turning up dangerous, decades-old secrets, and inspiring someone to go on an all-out campaign to derail her future—political and otherwise. But it will take more than sleazy smear tactics to scare this determined steel magnolia off the scent of down-home deceit…even in a town where a cool slug of moonshine made by Deborah’s father can go down just as smoothly as a cold case of triple murder.

Book:32 Cadillacs

32 Cadillacs: A DKA File Novel

Joe Gores

32 Cadillacs is the fourth novel in Joe Gores’ delightful series about the San Francisco private eye firm Dan Kearny Associates. This time the squadmust recover 32 cadillacs stolen from their largest client by Gypsies to be a casket for their dying king. The result is a fast, furious, funny, nonstop action tale with esoteric Gypsy lore and hard-edged investigation.

Book:Backhand

Backhand: An Anna Lee Mystery

Liza Cody

The third novel featuring Anna Lee, private investigator. She is drawn into a web of exploitation and deception which leads her from the sleaze of London’s back streets to the dangerous glitter of Florida. The author won the Crime Writers’ Association Silver Dagger Award for “Bucket Nut”

Book:Pomona Queen

Pomona Queen

Kem Nunn

Lost in a southern California barrio, Earl Dean has a hard time believing there is one living soul in this foul-smelling night who wants to be found by a salesman hawking vacuum cleaners. What awaits Earl in the faint flow of a distant porch light is the world of Dan Brown…

Dan Brown’s brother has been killed. Dan has plans to handle the revenge, and Earl has strayed into the cross fire. Dan is the last of the road warriors, a murderous, drug-crazed biker who only thinks of laws as things to break. But more than Buddy Brown lies dead in the moonlight. From a time when the valley was the hub of the nation’s citrus industry to the defoliated sorry mess of today, it has come down to one fact. Earl Dean, broken-hearted vacuum cleaner salesman, owns the last single acre of orange groves in Pomona. And like his great-grandfather before him, he must come forward to claim his inheritance.

Book:White Butterfly

White Butterfly: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

Walter Mosley

It’s 1956 and, times being what they are, no one in official Los Angeles pays much attention as a serial killer murders three black bar girls. But when a white stripper is similarly murdered-and when she turns out to be a UCLA coed, and the daughter of a politically powerful L.A. prosecutor-all hell breaks loose. The heat is finally on to find the killer.

Stymied, the LAPD calls on Easy Rawlins for help, for Easy can go places and do things the police cannot. Reluctantly, Easy accepts their plea and begins a deadly quest that takes him through the seedy jazz joints of Bone Street and the dingy rooms of Hollywood Row. It is a brutal, dangerous odyssey that leads to a startling and heartbreaking conclusion-and jeopardizes his marriage and his life.

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