Annal: 2012 Macavity Award for Best Nonfiction

Results of the Macavity Award in the year 2012.

Book:The Sookie Stackhouse Companion

The Sookie Stackhouse Companion

Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris has topped the bestseller charts and become a nationwide phenomenon, thanks to the unconventional, and otherworldly, life of Sookie Stackhouse. Now take a closer look at Sookie and her family, friends, enemies, adventures, and-of course-the lovers who set her world on fire…

Visit Bon Temps, the small Louisiana town that Sookie calls home, with a detailed map created by Charlaine herself, and learn the characteristics of the supernaturals who live there: vampires, two- natured, and fae. Examine all the branches of Sookie’s family tree. And eavesdrop on the private conversations between rival vampires Eric and Bill.

Also, enjoy the compelling, never-before-published novella “Small- Town Wedding,” in which Sookie accompanies her shape-shifting boss, Sam, to his brother’s wedding in Texas, where happily-ever-after seems very far away…. …[more]

Book:Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making

Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making–More Stories and Secrets from Her Notebooks

John Curran

This follow-up to the Edgar-nominated Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks features Christie’s unpublished work, including an analysis of her last unfinished novel, and a foreword by the acclaimed actor David Suchet.

In this invaluable work, the Agatha Christie expert and archivist John Curran examines the unpublished notebooks of the world’s bestselling author to explore the techniques she used to surprise and entertain generations of readers. Also drawing on Christie’s personal papers and letters, he reveals how more than twenty of her novels, as well as stage scripts, short stories, and some more personal items, evolved. As he addresses the last notebook, Curran uses his deep knowledge of Christie to offer an insightful, well-reasoned analysis of her final unfinished work, based on her notes.

Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making features several wonderful gems, including Christie’s own essay on her…[more]

Book:Books, Crooks and Counselors

Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure

Leslie Budewitz

Addressing the misunderstood and misrepresented aspects of the law in today’s writing, this reliable guidebook demonstrates how to use legal concepts, terminology, and procedure to create fiction that is true to life and crackling with real-world tension. Examples from actual cases are provided along with excerpts of authentic courtroom dialogue. Topics covered include criminal and civil law; differences between federal, state, and Native American jurisdiction; police and private investigation; wills and inheritances; and the written and unwritten codes that govern the public and private conduct of lawyers and judges. Providing a quick and simple legal reference, this handbook is the key to creating innovative plots, strong conflicts, authentic characters, and gritty realism.

Book:The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge

The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge

T.J. English

It was a time of hope and desperation, a time of reckoning…

In the early 1960s, the Mad Men era, a mood of menace gripped New York City. The crime rate was growing and violence was becoming a daily reality for citizens in every neighbourhood. At the centre of the unrest was a poisonous divide between two camps: the deeply corrupt and racist police of the era and the African American community. Then, on 28 August 1963—the day on which Martin Luther King Jr stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and declared, ‘I have a dream’—two young white women were murdered in their Manhattan apartment. The killings struck fear through the city and ignited a ten-year saga of racial violence and unrest.

An epic true-life story of murder, injustice and defiance, The Savage City draws on interviews with participants and extensive research to tell the stories of three very different New Yorkers—an innocent man wrongly accused of murder, a corrupt cop and a militant Black Panther—and to explore this traumatic decade in the city’s history.

Book:Wilkie Collins, Vera Caspary and the Evolution of the Casebook Novel

Wilkie Collins, Vera Caspary and the Evolution of the Casebook Novel

A.B. Emrys

Wilkie Collins was one of the most popular novelists during England’s Victorian era. While Collins scholarship has often focused on social issues, this critical study explores his formal ingenuity, particularly the novel of testimony constructed from epistolary fiction, trial reports and prose monologue. His innovations in form were later mirrored by Vera Caspary, who adapted The Woman in White three times into contemporary fiction. This text explores how the formal dialogue between Collins and Caspary has linked sensation fiction with noir thrillers and film noir.

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