Presented by the Mystery Writers of America. See a complete list of winners and nominees at The Edgars.

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Ordinary Grace
William Kent Krueger

MYS KRUEGER

Best Novel – 2014. Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his thirteenth year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community.


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Live by Night
Dennis Lehane

MYS LEHANE

Best Novel – 2013. In 1926, during the Prohibition, Joe Coughlin defies his strict law-and-order upbringing by climbing a ladder of organized crime that takes him from Boston to Cuba where he encounters a dangerous cast of characters who are all fighting for their piece of the American dream.


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Gone
Mo Hayder

HAYDER

Best Novel – 2012. Investigating a serial carjacker whose actual targets are young children in back seats, Jack Caffery teams up once again with police diver Sergeant Flea Marley, whose life is endangered by a discovery in an abandoned, half-submerged tunnel.


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The Lock Artist
Steve Hamilton

MYS HAMILTON

Best Novel – 2011. Traumatized at the age of eight and pushed into a life of crime by reason of his unforgiveable talent—lock picking—Michael sees his chance to escape, and with one desperate gamble risks everything to come back home to the only person he ever loved, and to unlock the secret that has kept him silent for so long.


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The Last Child
John Hart

MYS HART

Best Novel – 2010. A heartrending thriller about a young boy’s hunt for his missing sister, and the dark truths he uncovers in his North Carolina hometown.


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Blue Heaven
C.J. Box

MYS BOX

Best Novel – 2009. Fleeing the killers whom they witnessed committing murder, twelve-year-old Annie and her younger brother William escape into the Idaho woods, pursued by the murderers and a group of dirty cops seeking to prevent the youngsters from revealing what they know.


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Down River
John Hart

HART

Best Novel – 2008. Five years after fleeing to New York in the wake of a murder acquittal, Adam Chase returns to North Carolina, only to find himself trapped in the middle of a new case of murder as the people around him begin to die and he becomes the prime suspect in the crimes.


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The Janissary Tree
Jason Goodwin

MYS GOODWIN

Best Novel – 2007. When the Ottoman Empire of 1836 is shattered by a wave of political murders that threatens to upset the balance of power, Yashim, an intelligence agent and a eunuch, conducts an investigation into clues within the empire’s once-elite military forces.


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Citizen Vince
Jess Walter

MYS WALTER

Best Novel – 2006. Beginning his witness-protection job at a doughnut restaurant in the week before the 1980 presidential election, small-time thief Vince Camden finds himself unwittingly embroiled in a local politician’s troubles.


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California Girl
T. Jefferson Parker

PARKER

Best Novel – 2005. Living in Orange County, California, in the late 1960s, three brothers pursue leads relevant to their respective careers as a homicide detective, a minister, and a reporter when a woman from a childhood rival family is found murdered.


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Resurrection Men
Ian Rankin

MYS RANKIN

Best Novel – 2004. Sent to a rehabilitation school after a serious mistake, Inspector John Rebus discovers that his classmates are plotting a drug heist and joins forces with Detective Sergeant Siobhan Clarke to investigate ties to an art dealer’s murder.


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