Annal: 1999 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best Novel

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

Book:Mr. White's Confession

Mr. White's Confession

Robert Clark

St. Paul, Minnesota, 1939. The body of a beautiful dime-a-dance girl is found on a hillside, and Police Lieutenant Wesley Horner, struggling and alone after his wife’s recent death, heads the investigation into her murder. His chief suspect is Herbert White, an eccentric recluse and hobby photographer who spends his days recording his life in detailed journal entries and scrapbooks. In Mr. White’s Confession, Robert Clark illuminates the complex relationships between truth and fiction, past and present, faith and memory.

Book:Beyond Recall

Beyond Recall

Robert Goddard

At a wedding party in Cornwall, Chris Napier, the bride’s uncle, is accosted by a drunken, disheveled, and evidently distraught intruder. The man turns out to be Chris’s childhood friend Nicky Lanyon, whose father was hanged for the murder of Joshua Carnoweth-Chris’s great-uncle and the man behind the Napier family’s inherited state of affluence. Pleading his father’s innocence, Nicky commits suicide, forcing Chris to test the truth of his friend’s conviction. The conduct of more than one member of his own family begins to dog his hesitant footsteps into a past slowly darkening with the shadows of corruption, greed, lies, child abuse, and good old-fashioned revenge.

Book:Blood Work

Blood Work

Michael Connelly

Blood Work—that’s what Terrell McCaleb used to call his job at the FBI. Until a heart condition forced him to take early retirement, he headed all investigations of serial murders in the Los Angeles area. Now he is recovering from a heart transplant operation and leads a quiet life. But McCaleb’s calm seas turn rough when a story in the L.A. Times brings him face-to-face with Graciela Rivers, a darkly intriguing woman who hooks him with the story of her sister’s unsolved murder. Against doctor’s orders and his own better judgement, McCaleb agrees to take up the case. Soon Terry is on the trail of a killer whose crimes are more baffling and horrifying than anything he has ever encountered. It’s a mind-bending, breakneck case that leads McCaleb into the darkest place he’s ever known, unsure whether he even wants to survive his own investigation.

Book:The Last Days of Il Duce

The Last Days of Il Duce

Domenic Stansberry

Domenic Stansberry’s award-winning novel tells the story of Niccolo Jones, a broken-down man plagued by his obsession with his brother Joe’s ex-wife Marie. Set in the old Italian neighborhood of North Beach in San Francisco, the novel flashes back and forth between their childhood days in the 1950s and events thirty years later. The kids are adults now, and everything has changed.

Nick’s story begins when Joe is murdered, igniting in Nick an unquenchable desire for revenge. The crime also awakens Nick’s memories of days gone by, particularly his own illicit feelings for Marie. But the price of passion is as costly now as it was for Nick thirty years ago; for The Last Days of Il Duce is as much about the secrets of the past as it is about the sins of the present.

Dark, elegantly written, intricate, and astonishing, The Last Days of Il Duce is a superb novel in the classic noir tradition.

Book:A Likeness in Stone

A Likeness in Stone

J. Wallis Martin

In the spellbinding tradition of Minette Walters and Ruth Rendell, author Julia Wallis Martin crafts an intelligent, atmospheric British suspense novel as engrossing as it is original.

An entire house, long submerged in the dark waters of a reservoir, unearths a starting find: the corpse of Helena Warner, an Oxford college student who disappeared twenty years earlier. For former homicide detective Bill Driver, it means the reopening of a case that, in his mind, was never really closed. And Driver thinks he knows who did it. But three of Helena’s friends-her cold former lover Ian Gilmore, her jealous best friend Joan Poole, and talented but institutionalized artist Richard Wachmann-conspire to keep a decades-old, deadly secret from seeing the light of day…all the wile, a killer continues to strike again and again.

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