Annal: 1999 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best First Novel

Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 1999.

Book:A Cold Day in Paradise

A Cold Day in Paradise: An Alex McKnight Mystery

Steve Hamilton

Other than the bullet lodged less than a centimeter from his heart, former Detroit police officer Alex McKnight thought he had put the nightmare of his partner’s death and his own near-fatal injury behind him. After all, Maximilian Rose, convicted of the crimes, has been locked in the state pen for years, But in the small town of Paradise, Michigan, where McKnight has traded his badge for a cozy cabin in the woods, a murderer with Rose’s unmistakable trademarks appears to be back to his killing ways. With Rose locked away, McKnight can’t understand who else would know the intimate details of the old murders—not to mention the signature blood-red rose left on his doorstep. And it seems like it’ll be a frozen day in Hell before McKnight can unravel the cold truth from a deadly deception in a town that’s anything but Paradise.

Book:A Criminal Appeal

A Criminal Appeal: A Novel

D.R. Schanker

Fresh out of law school, Nora Lumsey—a farm-bred, big-boned woman, recovering bigot, and a compulsive meddler—has just begun her clerkship for Judge Carter Albertson of the Indiana Court of Appeals when she is instructed to draft an opinion affirming the conviction of Dexter Hinton, a deaf black child who has confessed to the murder of an elderly white woman in a drive-by shooting. When Nora discovers a personal connection to Dexter’s family, she finds her passion to do justice at odds with her role as a ghostwriter for the judge and “handmaiden to the law,” and she is torn between her idealism and her ethical obligations to the court.

Risking disbarment and criminal prosecution, Nora joins Owedia Braxton, Dexter’s former teacher at the deaf school, in the cause of winning Dexter’s freedom and finding the real killer. Their investigation draws them into a complex web of inner-city…[more]

Book:Nice

Nice: A Novel

Jen Sacks

Grace is nice to a fault. She never picks fights, and doesn’t like to criticize or hurt people’s feelings. Problem is, the men in her life never seem to take a hint. And she just can’t bear to tell them outright when she isn’t interested. So she kills them. A clean break—no messy emotions, no heated arguments. But someone is onto her. His name is Sam, and he and Grace, with one very dangerous thing in common, make a killer couple. It’s a match made in heaven-as long as they can both survive the relationship…

Book:Numbered Account

Numbered Account

Christopher Reich

A job he shouldn’t have taken…A woman he shouldn’t have loved…A secret he shouldn’t expose…if he wants to live.

Nick Neumann had it all: a Harvard degree, a beautiful fiancée, a star-making Wall Street career. But behind the dazzling veneer of this golden boy is a man haunted by the brutal killing of his father seventeen years before.

Now chilling new evidence has implicated his father’s employer, the United Swiss Bank, in the crime. Nick doesn’t know how. Or why. But he has a plan to find out: move to Zurich. Work for the same bank. Follow in his father’s footsteps. Look for the same secrets…and uncover something so shocking, so unexpected, justice may not be enough.

For as a circle of treachery tightens around him, as a woman with secrets of her own enters his life, Nick makes another chilling discovery. Not just about his father but about himself. And how far he’s willing to go to find out what happened seventeen years before—when a man died and a conspiracy was born.

Book:Reckless Homicide

Reckless Homicide

Ira Genberg

Michael Ashmore, senior partner at a top law firm, has a reputation he cherishes. In a world of liars, he’s an honest man. So he shouldn’t start an affair with a junior attorney at his firm. But he loves her. As a major airline’s counsel, he shouldn’t hide a failed drug test for his pilot brother, Charlie. But the test showed a mere trace of a prescription sleeping pill. And Charlie swears he’ll never touch a pill again.

Then Charlie’s plane crashes, killing everyone on board. Charlie is found loaded with barbiturates. Now Michael, himself charged with rechless homicide, doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell. And that’s just what someone planned. For Michael Ashmore, soft-hearted, hard-headed trial lawyer, has been chosen as the perfect patsy in a chilling conspiracy. And he has until the verdict comes in to find out who and why.

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