Blog: Nominees for the 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Awards


Mystery Writers of America has announced, on the 203rd anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, its nominees for the 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery produced in 2011. Eligible novels were published in the U.S. in English and nominated by the publisher.

The winners will be announced on April 26 in New York City. Each will receive a bust of Edgar Allan Poe.

Best Novel

  • Book:The Ranger
  • Book:Gone: A Jack Caffery Thriller
  • Book:The Devotion of Suspect X
  • Book:1222: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel
  • Book:Field Gray

Best First Novel by an American Author

  • Book:Red on Red
  • Book:Last to Fold
  • Book:All Cry Chaos
  • Book:Bent Road
  • Book:Purgatory Chasm

Best Paperback Original

  • Book:The Company Man (Robert Jackson Bennett)
  • Book:The Faces of Angels
  • Book:The Dog Sox
  • Book:Death of the Mantis
  • Book:Vienna Twilight

Best Fact Crime

  • Book:The Murder of the Century
  • Book:The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge
  • Book:Destiny of the Republic
  • Book:Girl, Wanted: The Chase for Sarah Pender
  • Book:The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

Best Critical/Biographical

  • Book:The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson
  • Book:Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making
  • Book:On Conan Doyle
  • Book:Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film
  • Book:Scripting Hitchcock

Best Juvenile

  • Book:Horton Halfpott
  • Book:It Happened on a Train: (Brixton Brothers)
  • Book:Vanished (Sheela Chari)
  • Book:Icefall (Matthew J. Kirby)
  • Book:The Wizard of Dark Street

Best Young Adult

  • Book:Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel
  • Book:The Name of the Star
  • Book:The Silence of Murder
  • Book:The Girl is Murder
  • Book:Kill You Last


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Book:The Murder of the Century

The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars

Paul Collins

Book:Destiny of the Republic

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

Candice Millard

Book:The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter

Mark Seal

Book:The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson

The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of Our Time

Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer, John-Henri Holmberg

Book:Horton Halfpott

Horton Halfpott: Or, The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor; or, The Loosening of M'Lady Luggertuck's Corset

Tom Angleberger