Annal: 2002 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best First Novel

Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 2002.

Book:Line of Vision

Line of Vision

David Ellis

A courtroom thriller about obsession, betrayal, and delicious revenge-all told by a mesmerizing and confident new writer of suspense.

Marty Kalish is a young man suffocating in the heat of an affair with a married woman named Rachel. When Rachel’s husband disappears one night, Marty is one of the first to be questioned. With few likely suspects, the police arrest him for murder. We know Marty was outside their home that night. We know he has a motive. We know he’s guilty of something. But is it murder? Everything we learn-about Marty as a man, his affair with Rachel, and the night in question-comes from Marty himself. We want him to be innocent, but the more he tells us, the more we fear he is guilty. And as the twists and turns of the plot unfold, we can’t be completely sure.

David Ellis’s masterful debut is one of the most compulsively readable tales of courtroom intrigue in years.

Book:Gun Monkeys

Gun Monkeys

Victor Gischler

Charlie Swift just pumped three .38-caliber bullets into a dead polar bear in his taxidermist girlfriend’s garage. But he’s a gun monkey, and no one can blame him for having an itchy trigger finger. Ever since he drove down the Florida Turnpike with a headless body in the trunk of a Chrysler, then took down four cops, Charlie’s been running hard through the sprawling sleaze of central Florida. And to make matters worse, he’s holding on to some crooked paperwork that a lot of people would like to take off his hands. Now, with his boss disappeared and his friends dropping like flies, Charlie has got his work cut out just to survive. If he wants to keep the money and get the girl too, he’s really going to have to go ape…

Nominated for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, Gun Monkeys is a fast, furious collage of wit and wise guys, violence and thrills—and a full-throttle run through the dark side of the Sunshine State.

Book:The Jasmine Trade

The Jasmine Trade: A Novel of Suspense Introducing Eve Diamond

Denise Hamilton

Everything was set. Seventeen-year-old Marina Lu had even ordered custom-made gowns for the ten bridesmaids who, in several months’ time, would have preceded her down the aisle at her storybook wedding.

There isn’t going to be a wedding. Marina lies dead, alone in her shiny status car in a suburban shopping center parking lot, her two-carat diamond engagement ring refracting another abruptly shattered Los Angeles dream. Was her death merely a carjacking gone bad? Or is there more to the story?

Marina’s murder chillingly introduces Los Angeles Times reporter Eve Diamond to a subculture of “parachute kids,” the rich Asian teens who are left to their own devices in California while their parents live and work in Hong Kong. Seeking American education and political stability for their children, the affluent parents often leave only an elderly housekeeper in…[more]

Book:Open Season

Open Season: A Joe Pickett Novel

C.J. Box

Few first mysteries have been welcomed as enthusiastically as Open Season, or with better cause.

“When a high-powered bullet hits living flesh, it makes a distinctive -pow-WHOP-sound that is unmistakable even at tremendous distance.” And so it begins for Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden who, with the shot of a rifle, is thrust into a race to save not only an endangered species, but also the life and family he loves.

C. J. Box knows the wilderness and he knows how to create a wonderfully authentic, vividly alive sense of place. Most of all, he knows how to create a memorable new hero: a man who is full of failings, but strong and honorable. This is mystery writing at its best-and the beginning of a brilliant new career.

Book:Red Hook

Red Hook

Gabriel Cohen

It’s not the dead body—Jack Leightner has seen hundred of bodies in his tour with the NYPD. It’s not the dank setting—the narrow banks along Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. So why does the sight of the fatally stabbed young man make the detective almost faint in the canal’s tangled weeds?

Jack doesn’t understand why he becomes obsessed with this low-priority case, why he allows it to jeopardize his career and even his life. Especially since the investigation draws him exactly where he doesn’t want to go: into the heart of Red Hook. The neighborhood is Leightner’s bad dream, scene of his troubled childhood and a terrible secret.

The place also compels Jack’s estranged son Ben, a young documentary filmmaker fascinated by its history. The Hook has been home to dockworkers and drug dealers, Al Capone and Joey Gallo, a giant public housing project, and one of the nation’s…[more]

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