Annal: 1997 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best First Novel

Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 1997.

Book:Simple Justice

Simple Justice: A Benjamin Justice Mystery

John Morgan Wilson

Simple Justice is the first in a new series featuring crime reporter Benjamin Justice. His investigations into crime and passion on the mean and violent streets of West Hollywood are sure to appeal to the fans of such enormously popular series detectives as Joe Hansens’s Dave Brandstetter and Sandra Scoppetone’s Laura Laurano.

Following the death of his lover and a scandal involving his Pulitzer Prize-winning article, crime reporter Benjamin Justice has fallen into a hazy, alcoholic life, hiding out in the West Hollywood neighborhood known as the Norma Triangle. He is called back to the world of the living by an unexpected, and unwelcome, visit from Harry Brofsky, his former boss. Brofsky wants Ben to do some background work (strictly off the record) with another reporter on the investigation of a seemingly motiveless killing outside a local gay bar. The investigation throws Justice back into the life of gay bars, spurned lovers, dysfunctional families,…[more]

Book:Bonita Faye

Bonita Faye

Margaret Moseley

And so begins the remarkable story of Bonita Faye, one of the most likable gals you’d ever want to meet. A sassy woman from rural Poteau, Oklahoma, she spends a lifetime looking back on her dramatic liberation from mean, low-down Billy Roy Burnett.

In this funny, touching, and very endearing tale, she tells all—from the night Billy Roy was killed on Cavanal Hill, to the day she leaves Poteau behind and follows her dreams to Paris, France.

By the time you’ve finished hearing it all, Bonita Faye will have won a permanent place in your heart.

Book:A Brother's Blood

A Brother's Blood: A Novel

Michael C. White

In the final days of World War II, Dieter Kallick, one of 200 German prisoners of war pressed into service at a Maine logging village, escaped into the woods. His body would later be found washed up on the shore of Moosehead Lake.

Decades later, Wolfgang Kallick arrives in this same rural town, hoping to unravel the mystery of his brother’s death. His questions trigger disturbing, long-dormant memories in Libby, a flinty Yankee store owner, and she is drawn inexorably into the drama when she realizes that her own family is involved in the case. Then Libby’s own brother is killed. Suspecting that the two deaths, though nearly a half-century apart, are somehow linked, she undertakes her own investigation, not realizing that behind the sullen silence of her close-knit town lies a festering secret darker than she ever imagined.

Book:The Queen's Man

The Queen's Man: A Medieval Mystery

Sharon Kay Penman

Epiphany, 1193. Eleanor of Aquitaine sits upon England’s throne. Her beloved son Richard Lionheart is missing, presumed dead—and the court whispers that her younger son, John, is plotting to seize the crown. Meanwhile, on the snowy highroad from Winchester, a destitute young man falls heir to a blood stained letter, pressed into his hand by a dying man. The missive becomes Justin de Quincy’s passport into the queen’s confidence—and into the heart of danger, as he pursues a cunning murderer and jousts with secret traitors in Eleanor’s court of intrigue and mystery…

Book:A Test of Wills

A Test of Wills: A Mystery

Charles Todd

In 1914, Ian Rutledge left a brilliant career at Scotland Yard to fight in the Great War. Now, in 1919, he is back, burdened with a heavy secret: he is still suffering from shell shock. With him almost constantly is the cynical, taunting voice of the young Scots soldier he was forced to have executed on the battlefield for refusing to fight.

In a desperate gamble to salvage his sanity, Rutledge takes up his duties at Scotland Yard. But a colleague, jealous of Rutledge’s prewar successes, has learned his secret and maneuvers to have him assigned to a case that promises to spell disaster no matter what the outcome.

In a Warwickshire village, a popular retired military officer has been murdered, and the chief suspect is, unhappily for the Inspector, a much-decorated war hero and a friend of the Prince of Wales. Rutledge, fighting his malady and the tormentor in…[more]

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