Annal: 2000 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best Paperback Original

Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 2000.

Book:Fulton County Blues

Fulton County Blues: A Sunny Childs Mystery

Ruth Birmingham

“Sunny Childs is…a wham-bam thank you ma’am great read.” —J.A. Jance, author of Name Withheld Sunny investigates the death of her late father’s friend, another Vietnam vet—and finds clues suggesting her dad isn’t the war hero she grew up believing in. And when survivors slam doors in her face, Sunny is determined to find the answers. But those answers may be more painful than Sunny ever dreamed…

Book:In Big Trouble

In Big Trouble: A Tess Monaghan Mystery

Laura Lippman

Edgar Award-winner Laura Lippman is developing a reputation as one of the most exciting new detective fiction authors in years. Now she delivers her most suspenseful novel yet, and places Baltimore’s Tess Monaghan…In Big Trouble.

First as a reporter and then as a p.i., Tess Monaghan has learned how to survive and thrive on the streets of Baltimore. But a new case will force her to confront her own past, and a man she loved and lost. It starts when she gets a newspaper photograph of her old boyfriend with a tantalizing shard of headline attached: In Big Trouble. The answers lie far from Baltimore, deep in a world of good-time music, old-fashioned ambiiton, and rich people’s games. For Tess must find out what happened to a man she thought she knew, to a woman who may have changed him forever, and to the victims of a killer who dances to a different—and deadly—drummer.

Book:Lucky Man

Lucky Man: A Tubby Dubonnet Mystery

Tony Dunbar

It’s a city of sin. And murder is only one of them.

New Orleans Attorney Tubby Dubonnet is getting tired of his slow-moving, indolent city—with all its dirt and dancing, its colorful characters and corruption. For Tubby, a change of scenery might be in order, until a moralistic crusading prosecutor tries to destroy the career and reputation of Tubby’s favorite judge.

Suddenly Tubby has a good reason to get out of bed in the morning. Because a little matter of office sex has turned into a nasty mystery of murder, rape, and suicide, real and imagined. And with more than a fair share of femmes fatales around him, and some dangerous criminals masquerading as reputable businessmen, Tubby suddenly has a lot more to do than avoid his next bottle and plot his next meal: he needs a lucky break—just to stay alive…

Book:Outcast

Outcast: A Novel

Jose Latour

Elliot Steil, the son of a Cuban mother and an American-bo rn laborer living on the island before the revolution, is a down-on-his-luck schoolteacher in Havana. Like so many of his fellow Havanans, he has come to accept his rather dull life and for the most part has given up hoping for a better future. But unexpectedly he is offered the opportunity to escape when a man appears on the island, claiming to be an old friend of Elliot’s deceased father. The man offers to take Elliot to the United States, but it isn’t long before he reveals his ulterior motives and Ell iot is left to die in the dangerous waters of the Florida Straits. It is there that Elliot begins to relive the events of his life that have haunted him since his childhood. He is miraculo usly rescued by a family onboard a makeshift raft and soon after ar riving in Miami begins his search for the man who betrayed him. As the search immerses him deeper and deeper into Miami’s darker side of crime and corruption, he slowly unravels the mystery of his bicultural past and its links to the man who knew his father many decades earlier.

Book:The Resurrectionist

The Resurrectionist: A Mystery of Old Philadelphia

Mark Graham

In 1871, a nation shattered by bloody war and divided by race needs to be born again. And so does Civil War veteran and Philadelphia policeman Wilton McCleary. Still bearing the scars of his past, McCleary is fighting for his future and his soul. But now an investigation has plunged him into a realm of sadism, murder, and the raising of the dead…

The Resurrectionist

Nine women of color have disappeared from Philadelphia’s teeming streets. With a crucial election approaching, some suspect that Democratic forces are out to intimidate new Negro voters. But as McCleary investigates, with a beautiful, highly educated black woman at his side, he finds something even more sinister: both the living and the dead have been vanishing. Now, with streets exploding in race riots, McCleary faces a rogue cop’s madness, a cabal’s racism, and a doctor’s ambition—in a case that will force him to face the ultimate human darkness, where victims suffer a fate far worse than death.

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