Annal: 1997 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best Novel

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

Book:The Chatham School Affair

The Chatham School Affair

Thomas H. Cook

Attorney Henry Griswald has a secret: the truth behind the tragic events the world knew as the Chatham School Affair, the controversial tragedy that destroyed five lives, shattered a quiet community, and forever scarred the young boy. Layer by layer, in The Chatham School Affair, Cook paints a stunning portrait of a woman, a school, and a town in which passionate violence seems impossible…and inevitable. “Thomas Cook’s night visions, seen through a lens darkly, are haunting,” raved the New York Times Book Review, and The Chatham School Affair will cement this superb writer’s position as one of crime fiction’s most prodigious talents, a master of the unexpected ending.

Book:Hearts and Bones

Hearts and Bones

Margaret Lawrence

Independent Hannah Trevor is a midwife in the small Maine town of Rufford several years after the end of the Revolutionary War. In the dead of a particularly brutal winter, an horrific act—the rape and murder of a young wife—draws Hannah into the constabulary’s investigation and threatens to destroy everything she holds dear. Now an honorable man has been accused of the crime—Hannah’s former lover, the father of her illegitimate daughter.

Book:Mean Streak

Mean Streak: A Mystery

Carolyn Wheat

Riordan broke Cass’s heart when he left her for a younger—and blonder—woman. Now he wants her to defend him—but not before he arranges a makeover, a new wardrobe, and a crash course in federal law for her. Controlling, manipulative, and dangerously sexy, Riordan is guilty of many things. When the charge is bribery, however, Cass believes Riordan is innocent - the pawn of an ambitious D.A. But when witnesses start turning up dead, Cass has to convince herself that the man she loves didn’t pull the trigger…

Book:Pentecost Alley

Pentecost Alley

Anne Perry

The ritual murder of a prostitute named Ada McKinley in a bedroom on decrepit Pentecost Alley would ordinarily occasion no stir in Victoria’s great metropolis. But under the victim’s body the police find a Hellfire Club badge inscribed with the name Finlay Fitzjames—a name that instantly draws Superintendent Thomas Pitt into the case.

Finlay’s father—immensely wealthy, powerful, and dangerous—refuses to consider the possibility that his son has been in Ada McKinley’s bed. The implication is clear: Pitt is to arrest someone other than Finlay Fitzjames for Ada’s demise.

But Thomas Pitt is not a man to be intimidated, and with the help of his quick-witted wife, Charlotte, and her well-connected friends, he stubbornly pursues his investigation—one that twists and turns like London’s own ancient streets….

Anne Perry has devised the most intricate mystery of her prolific career in Pentecost Alley, whose brilliant resolution will astonish and satisfy even the most discerning.

Book:With Child

With Child

Laurie R. King

Adrift in mist-shrouded San Francisco mornings and alcohol-fogged nights, homicide detective Kate Martinelli can’t escape the void left by her departed lover, who has gone off to rethink their relationship. But when twelve-year-old Jules Cameron comes to Kate for a professional consultation, Kate’s not sure she’s that desperate for distraction.

Jules is worried about her friend Dio, a homeless boy she met in a park. Dio has disappeared without a word of farewell, and Jules wants Kate to find him Reluctant as she is, Kate can’t say no—and soon she finds herself forming a friendship with the bright, quirky girl. But the search for Dio will prove to be much more than both bargained for—and it’s only the beginning.

When Jules disappears while taking a trip with Kate, a desperate search begins…and Kate knows all too well the odds of finding the child alive…

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