Annal: 1994 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best Novel

Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 1994.

Book:The Sculptress

The Sculptress

Minette Walters

In prison, they call her the Sculptress for the strange figurines she carves— symbols of the day she hacked her mother and sister to pieces and reassembled them in a blood-drenched jigsaw. Sullen, menacing, grotesquely fat, Olive Martin is burned-out journalist Rosalind Leigh’s only hope of getting a new book published.

But as she interviews Olive in her cell, Roz finds flaws in the Sculptress’s confession. Is she really guilty as she insists? Drawn into Olive’s world of obsessive lies and love, nothing can stop Roz’s pursuit of the chilling, convoluted truth. Not the tidy suburbanites who would rather forget the murders, not an attack on her life— not even the thought of what might happen if the Sculptress went free…

Book:Free Fall

Free Fall

Robert Crais

Jennifer Sheridan hires Elvis Cole and Joe Pike because she believes that her fiancé, a decorated LA cop in an elite plainclothes unit, is in trouble.  The two are soon caught up in a world of South Central gangs, corrupt cops and conspiracies of silence.  It is not long before every cop in LA is gunning for Elvis and Joe, now accused of murder.

Book:The Journeyman Tailor

The Journeyman Tailor

Gerald Seymour

Word is out that an IRA informer is hiding out on the mountains of County Tyrone, but whilst MI5 must protect him and keep him alive at all costs, the IRA need to find him and silence him—forever.

Book:Smilla's Sense of Snow (Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow)

Smilla's Sense of Snow (Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow)

Peter Høeg

She thinks more highly of snow and ice than she does of love. She lives in a world of numbers, science and memories—a dark, exotic stranger in a strange land. And now Smilla Jaspersen is convinced she has uncovered a shattering crime…

It happened in the Copenhagen snow. A six-year-old boy, a Greenlander like Smilla, fell to his death from the top of his apartment building. While the boy’s body is still warm, the police pronounce his death an accident. But Smilla knows her young neighbor didn’t fall from the roof on his own. Soon she is following a path of clues as clear to her as footsteps in the snow. For her dead neighbor, and for herself, she must embark on a harrowing journey of lies, revelation and violence that will take her back to the world of ice and snow from which she comes, where an explosive secret waits beneath the ice…

Book:Wolf in the Shadows

Wolf in the Shadows: A Sharon McCone Mystery

Marcia Muller

Successful in her investigative work for All Souls Legal Cooperative, happy with her newly renovated house, and feeling somewhat more secure in her relationship with the mysterious environmental activist, Hy Ripinsky, Sharon is shocked to find herself suddenly faced with a wrenching ultimatum.

No longer a small, informal co-op, All Souls has grown. New legal partners, exasperated with Sharon’s free-wheeling ways, want to kick her upstairs with a raise, perks, and a “career opportunity” that will chain her to a desk forever. Offered a take-it-or-leave-it deal, Sharon is in turmoil. And to make matters worse, Hy has disappeared. His abandoned plane, wrecked rental car, and a road map point to RKI, a firm of international security consultants with a reputation for questionable, unorthodox tactics and clients engaged in controversial research. Sharon discovers that they hired Hy as a free-lance operative and that they,…[more]

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