Annal: 2002 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best Paperback Original

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

Book:Adios Muchachos

Adios Muchachos

Daniel Chavarria, Carlos Lopez

Following the success of Outcast by Jose Latour, Akashic presents the second in a line of Cuban noir, straight outta Havana. The first suspense novel in English translation by internationally acclaimed Uruguayan mystery writer Daniel Chavarría, Adios Muchachos is a dark, erotic, brutally funny romp through the sexual underworld and black-market boardrooms of post–Cold War Cuba. Seen through Chavarría’s compassionate but uncompromising eyes, present-day Havana is a crossroads for petty hustlers looking for an easy mark, two-time losers looking for a fresh start, and high-rolling international speculators looking to take advantage of them all.

The novel describes the ill-fated alliance between Alicia, a stunningly beautiful prostitute who openly displays her voluptuous wares by bicycle on the city streets, and Victor King, a desperately ambitious Canadian businessman with an enormous appetite…[more]

Book:Dead of Winter

Dead of Winter

P.J. Parrish

In the quaint town of Loon Lake, Michigan, a killer is taking his vengeance. One by one, the bodies are found, brutally executed with coded death cards beside each corpse—the signature of a psychopath. Detective Louis Kincaid had come north looking for refuge to forget the horrors of his past. But now he’s landed in the middle of an investigation that’s more than a mystery.

Book:Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen

Jeffery Deaver

The New York Times bestselling author of The Empty Chair and The Devil’s Teardrop, is back displaying his “ticking-bomb suspense” (People) in this never-before-published thriller.

Every New York City neighborhood has a story, but what John Pellam uncovers in Hell’s Kitchen has a darkness all its own. The Hollywood location scout and former stuntman is in the Big Apple hoping to capture the unvarnished memories of longtime Kitchen residents such as Ettie Washington in a no-budget documentary film. But when a suspicious fire ravages the elderly woman’s crumbling tenement, Pellam realizes that someone might want the past to stay buried.

As more buildings and lives go up in flames, Pellam takes to the streets, seeking the twisted pyromaniac who sells services to the highest bidder. But Pellam is unaware that the fires are merely flickering preludes to the arsonist’s ultimate masterpiece, a conflagration of nearly unimaginable proportion, with Hell’s Kitchen—and John Pellam—at its blackened and searing epicenter.

Book:The Mother Tongue

The Mother Tongue

Teri Holbrook

Gale Grayson has come back to Statlers Cross, Georgia, to write, hoping to find in her quiet hometown the strength to confront the memories and mysteries of her husband’s life and death.

But the delicate balance in the rural community has been altered by outsiders: a family of immigrants and a visiting professor who hopes to study the area’s most isolated residents—families with a dialect and rules of their own.

In a place trapped between the present and the past, a shocking act of violence uncovers dark and dangerous truths about people whose roots go back for generations. The ties between the living and the dead are strong, and even the presence of visiting Scotland Yard detective Daniel Halford may not help unravel such a brutal crime.

It falls to Gale, her grandmother Ella, and her precocious daughter, Katie Pru, to piece together a terrifying tapestry of history and hatred whose tangled threads weave a complicated tale of betrayal. Yet it is in the photographs of Gale’s young protegee Nadianna Jesup that the truth may be found … a truth that is sheer murder for anyone who stumbles across it.

Book:Straw Men

Straw Men

Martin J. Smith

He is a madman known as the Scarecrow. For eight years he has languished in prison, convicted of a vicious attack that left a rookie policewoman near death—and unable to remember her past. When DNA evidence surfaces that frees him, Teresa Harnett must face the possibility that her flawed memory put the wrong man behind bars. But then the phone calls begin—and the crackly, threatening voice of the Scarecrow reawakens her terror. Only Teresa’s onetime nemesis. psychologist Jim Christensen, can pull the truth from her shattered mind—before the man who left her for dead can finish the job…

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