Annal: 1997 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best Paperback Original

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

Book:Fade Away

Fade Away: A Myron Bolitar Mystery

Harlan Coben

The home was top-notch New Jersey suburban. The living room was Martha Stewart. The basement was Legos—and blood. For sports agent Myron Bolitar, the disappearance of a man he’d once competed against was bringing back memories—of the sport he and Greg Downing had both played and the woman they both loved. Now, among the stars, the wanna-bes, the gamblers and groupies, Myron is unraveling the strange, violent life of a sports hero gone wrong, and coming face-to-face with a past he can’t relive, and a present he may not survive.

In novels that crackle with wit and suspense, Edgar Award winner Harlan Coben has created one of the most fascinating and complex heroes in suspense fiction—Myron Bolitar—a hotheaded, tenderhearted sports agent who grows more and more engaging and unpredictable with each page-turning appearance.

Book:The Grass Widow

The Grass Widow

Teri Holbrook

After a tragic exile in England, Gale Grayson returns with her daughter to her southern roots, only to find eccentric relatives—and a decades-old scandal alive and well. They’d been talking about Gale’s Aunt Linnie since 1925, when she was found hanging from a pecan tree. When Linnie’s grandson is killed by a shotgun blast, it falls to Gale to sort out the truth—and that means she will have to dig deep into the town’s darkest secrets—and her own painful past.

Book:Silent Words

Silent Words

Joan M. Drury

With her mother’s last words still echoing in her ears, Tyler Jones, the San Francisco-based newspaper columnist and amateur sleuth introduced in The Other Side of Silence, journeys to the family home in northern Minnesota. Tyler, directed to “find the truth,” has no inkling what truth it is she is supposed to search for in this idyllic haven perched on the edge of Lake Superior. One startling truth she uncovers is that she is deeply attached to this landscape of her childhood and ancestry.

As Tyler attempts to fulfill her mother’s deathbed wish, she unearths layer after layer of half-truths, legends, and lies accumulated over the years and passed through the generations, binding some members of this community to a conspiracy of silence. She explores the meaning of family in its many guises, the complexity of human nature regarding our notions of “good” and “bad,” and the lengths to which the living will go to protect their dead. There are bodies, of course, but the real mystery in Silent Words is about the secrets that hide and fester in family histories and hearts.

Book:Tribe

Tribe: A Todd Mills Mystery

R.D. Zimmerman

All he remembered was the furtive encounter, the terror of discovery, the burning cigarette…and the voyeur on the fire escape plummeting to his death.  For twenty years, Todd Mills was safe, closeted, building his career as a two-time Emmy Award-winning TV reporter.  He had it all—until his double life became front-page news.  Since his lover’s murder, Todd hadn’t worked.  It was the first pause in his professional life.

Now he’s out, warily beginning a romance with police detective Steve Rawlins, when an old friend, an ex-girlfriend, calls for help.  The son she gave up for adoption years before has found her—and left his baby.  Now she and the baby are being stalked by a cult of zealots who will stop at nothing to reclaim the child.  But as Todd steps into the firing range of The Congregation, he’s forced to face the nightmare of his own buried past, as murderous secrets return to kill again….

Book:Walking Rain

Walking Rain

Susan Wade

Eight years had passed since fate left its mark on her grandfather’s ranch. Shedding her new name and identity, Amelia Rawlins came out of anonymity and back home—a place of childhood memories, a place where she could walk with her grandfather’s spirit and carry on his work. But the horrors of the past also found a home there, and her return didn’t escape the vengeful eyes of someone who thought Amelia had no right to be spared on that long-ago dreadful day.

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