Edgar Allan Poe Award

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The Edgar Allan Poe Award ( Edgar for short , also called Mystery Writers of America Award ) is the world's most popular and at the same time most important award for criminal literary works in the USA . It has been awarded by the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) at the Edgar Awards Banquet since 1946 . It is named after Edgar Allan Poe , who is considered the founder of modern crime literature .

Categories / selection process

The Edgar Allan Poe Award is presented annually in several categories. There are currently 13 categories; a prize is not necessarily awarded in every category every year. A separate jury is set up for each category . The General Awards Chair , the chairman of the Edgar selection procedure, which is responsible for the entire coordination, appoints the heads of the individual juries for this purpose. The leaders, in turn, select four other jurors for their jury. Only active MWA members are eligible as jurors. The large number of novels forced the MWA to enlarge the jury in the Best Novel category : there, eight additional judges instead of four have to sort through and select the best works. The jury members of a category stay in close contact throughout the year and constantly communicate about the works they have already read. Each juror creates a so-called top ten list (points are awarded from 10 to 1 point). At the end of the year, this list becomes the basis for a joint TOP Ten list in a first round of voting by the jury . Afterwards, each member has the opportunity to review and correct their own assessment again. The final nominations will then be determined in a second voting round. At the beginning of the new year, the MWA National Board will select the respective winners of a category, who will be honored during the Edgar Awards Banquet .

Current categories

category Original title awarded since
Best novel * Best novel 1954
Best first novel * by
an American author
Best First Novel by an American Author 1946
Best novel as an original paperback * Best paperback original 1970
Best short story * Best short story 1951
Best critical or biographical book *
about works or authors of crime literature
Best Critical or Biographical Work 1977
Best nonfiction book * (about crime and
crime prosecution in real life)
Best fact crime 1948
Best book for children and teenagers Best juvenile 1961
Best book for young adults Best Young Adult 1989
Best film script Best motion picture 1946
Best script for a television movie
or mini-series
Best TV Feature or MiniSeries 1972
Best script for an episode of a television series Best Television Episode Teleplay 1952
Best acting Best play 1950
Special Edgar
for other remarkable achievements
Special Edgar 1949

The winners of the categories marked with an asterisk are listed below

Special prices

category Original title awarded from - to
Lifetime Achievement Award * Grand Master Award since 1955
Raven Award Raven Award since 1953
Robert L. Fish Memorial Award * Robert L. Fish Memorial Award since 1984
Mary Higgins Clark Award * Mary Higgins Clark Award since 2001
Ellery Queen Award * Ellery Queen Award since 1983

The winners of the categories marked with an asterisk are listed below

Edgar Awards and special prizes that are no longer given

category Original title awarded from - to
Best radio play * Best radio drama 1946-1960
Best literary review * Best Outstanding Mystery Criticism 1946-1967
Best foreign film Best Foreign Film 1949-1966
Book Jacket Award Book Jacket Award 1955-1975

The winners of the categories marked with an asterisk are listed below

Award winners

Best Novel - Best Novel

year Prize winner Original title
publisher, location year 1
German title
publisher, location year 1
1954 Charlotte Jay Beat not the Bones
Harper Bros., New York 1952
Except for the bones
Ullstein, Frankfurt / M. 1986
1955 Raymond Chandler The Long Goodbye
Hamish Hamilton, London 1953
The long farewell
nest, Nuremberg 1954
1956 Margaret Millar Beast in View
Random House, New York 1955
Dear mother, I'm fine ...
Diogenes, Zurich 1967
1957 Charlotte Armstrong A Dram of Poison
Coward-McCann, New York 1956
A sip of poison from
Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 1962
1958 Ed Lacy Room to Swing
Harper Bros., New York 1957
No scope for
construction, Berlin 1969
1959 Stanley Ellin The Eighth Circle
Random House, New York 1958
In the eighth circle of Hell
Desch, Munich 1961
1960 Celia Fremlin The Hours Before Dawn
Gollancz, London 1958
The hours before dawn
Diogenes, Zurich 1987
1961 Julian Symons Progress of a Crime
Collins Crime Club, London 1960
In the end it was all in vain
Goldmann, Munich 1962
1962 JJ Marric
(aka John Creasey)
Gideon's Fire
Harper Bros., New York 1961
The first fire
white, Munich 1965
1963 Ellis Peters Death and the Joyful Woman
Collins, London 1961
Death and the laughing virgin
Ullstein, Frankfurt / M. 1965
1964 Eric Ambler The Light of Day
Heinemann, London 1962
In the first morning light
Lichtenberg, Munich 1965
1965 John le Carré The Spy who Came in from the Cold
Gollancz, London 1963
The spy who came out of the cold
Zsolnay, Vienna 1964
1966 Adam Hall
(aka Elleston Trevor)
The Berlin Memorandum
Simon & Schuster, New York 1965
The Berlin Memorandum
Bastei Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach 1989
1967 Nicolas Freeling King of the Rainy Country
Harper & Row, New York 1965
Ullstein, Frankfurt / M. 1967
1968 Donald E. Westlake God Save the Mark
Random House, New York 1967
Money makes you happy
Desch, Munich 1968
1969 Michael Crichton
as Jeffrey Hudson
A Case of Need
World Publishing, New York 1968
The intrigue
Scherz, Bern u. a. 1970
1970 Dick Francis Forfeit
Michael Joseph, London 1968
Every bet on Mord
Ullstein, Frankfurt / M. 1970
1971 Maj Sjöwall &
Per Wahlöö
The Laughing Policeman
Pantheon Books, New York 1970
End of the line for nine
Rowohlt, Reinbek 1971
1972 Frederick Forsyth The Day of the Jackal
Hutchinson, London 1971
The jackal
Piper, Munich 1972
1973 Warren Kiefer The Lingala Code
Random House, New York 1972
The Lingala Code
Heyne, Munich 1973
1974 Tony Hillerman Dance Hall of the Dead
Harper & Row, New York 1973
Shots from the Stone Age
Rowohlt, Reinbek 1976
1975 Jon Cleary Peter's Pence
Collins, London 1974
1976 Brian Garfield Hopscotch
M. Evans, New York 1975
Suicide by someone else's hand
Ullstein, Frankfurt / M. 1976
1977 Robert B. Parker Promised Land
Houghton Mifflin, Boston 1976
Easy prey for professionals
Ullstein, Frankfurt / M. 1977
1978 William Hallahan Catch Me: Kill Me
Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis 1977
A case for diplomats
Goldmann, Munich 1979
1979 Ken Follett The Eye of the Needle
Futura, London 1978
Die Nadel
Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach 1979
1980 Arthur Maling The Rheingold Route
Harper & Row, New York 1979
The Rheingold Route
Goldmann, Munich 1982
1981 Dick Francis Whip Hand
Michael Joseph, London 1979
Ullstein, Frankfurt / M. 1980
1982 William Bayer Peregrine
Congdon & Lattes, New York 1981
The killer falcon
Zsolnay, Vienna 1982
1983 Rick Boyer Billingsgate Shoal
Houghton Mifflin, Boston 1982
Ullstein, Frankfurt / M. 1984
1984 Elmore Leonard La Brava
Arbor House, New York 1983
Heyne, Munich 1986
1985 Ross Thomas Briarpatch
Simon & Schuster, New York 1984
Ullstein protective wall
, Frankfurt / M. 1986
1986 LR Wright The Suspect
Doubleday Canada, Toronto 1985
Tiefer Grund
Rowohlt, Reinbek 1987
1987 Barbara Vine A Dark Adapted Eye
Viking, London 1986
You can see those in the dark
Diogenes, Zurich 1989
1988 Aaron Elkins Old Bones
Mysterious Press, New York 1987
Old bones
Haffmans, Zurich 1992
1989 Stuart M. Kaminsky A Cold Red Sunrise
Scribner's, New York 1988
Kalte Sonne
Goldmann, Munich 1990
1990 James Lee Burke Black Cherry Blues
Little, Brown & Co., Boston 1989
Black Cherry Blues
Ullstein, Frankfurt / M. 1992
1991 Julie Smith New Orleans Mourning
St. Martin's Press, New York 1990
Blues in New Orleans
Fischer, Frankfurt / M. 1992
1992 Lawrence Block A Dance at the Slaughterhouse
William Morrow, New York 1991
Dance in the Haffmans slaughterhouse
near Heyne, Munich 1993
1993 Margaret Marron Bootlegger's Daughter
Mysterious Press, New York 1992
The Shadows of the South
Econ, Düsseldorf 1994
1994 Minette Walters The Sculptress
Macmillan, London 1993
The sculptor
Goldmann, Munich 1995
1995 Mary Willis Walker The Red Scream
Doubleday, New York 1994
The red scream
Goldmann, Munich 1996
1996 Dick Francis Come to Grief
Michael Joseph, London 1995
Diogenes, Zurich 1997
1997 Thomas H. Cook The Chatham School Affair
Bantam Books, New York 1996
Whoever sees the dark
Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach 1999
1998 James Lee Burke Cimarron Rose
Hyperion, New York 1997
Dunkler Strom
Goldmann, Munich 1999
1999 Robert Clark Mr. White's Confession
Picador, New York 1998
The crime of Mr. White
btb, Munich 2001
2000 Jan Burke Bones
Simon & Schuster, New York 1999
Grave silence
Goldmann, Munich 2000
2001 Joe R. Lansdale The Bottoms
Mysterious Press, New York 2000
The forests on the DuMont river
, Cologne 2005
2002 T. Jefferson Parker Silent Joe
Hyperion, New York 2001
The silent man
Ullstein, Munich 2002
2003 SJ Rozan Winter and Night
St. Martin's Minotaur, New York 2002
2004 Ian Rankin Resurrection Men
Orion, London 2001
The gates of darkness
Manhattan, Munich 2003
2005 T. Jefferson Parker California Girl
William Morrow, New York 2004
2006 Jess Walter Citizen Vince
Regan Books, New York 2005
The Heyne Agenda
, Munich 2006
2007 Jason Goodwin The Janissary Tree
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York 2006
The wisdom of the eunuch
Piper, Munich 2006
2008 John Hart Down River
St. Martin's Minotaur, New York 2007
The dark river
C. Bertelsmann, Munich 2009
2009 CJ box Blue Heaven
St. Martin's Minotaur, New York 2008
Mute witness
Heyne, Munich 2007
2010 John Hart The Last Child
St. Martin's Minotaur, New York 2009
The last child
C. Bertelsmann, Munich 2010
2011 Steve Hamilton The Lock Artist
St. Martin's Minotaur, New York 2009
The man from the Safe
Droemer, Munich 2012
2012 Mo Hayder Gone
Atlantic Monthly Press, New York 2010
Goldmann, Munich 2012
2013 Dennis Lehane Live by night In the night of
Diogenes, Zurich 2013
2014 William Kent Krueger Ordinary Grace
Atria Books, New York 2013
For a short time we were happy

Piper, Munich 2019

2015 Stephen King Mr. Mercedes
Scribner, New York 2014
Mr. Mercedes
Heyne, Munich 2014
2016 Lori Roy Let Me Die in His Footsteps
Dutton, New York 2016
2017 Noah Hawley Before the Fall
Grand Central Publishing, New York 2016
Before the Goldmann case
, Munich 2016
2018 Attica Locke Bluebird, Bluebird
Hachette Book Group - Little, Brown & Co./Mulholland Books, 2017
Bluebird, Bluebird
Polar, Stuttgart 2019
2019 Walter Mosley Down the River Unto the Sea
Mulholland Books, New York 2018

1 = Publisher and publication dates refer to the original or German first editions

Best First Novel by an American Author

year Prize winner Original title
publisher, location year 1
German title
publisher, location year 1
1946 Julius Fast Watchful at Night
Rinehart & Co., New York 1945
1947 Helen Eustis The Horizontal Man
Harper Bros., New York 1946
The night of bad dreams
Goldmann, Munich 1971
1948 Fredric Brown The Fabulous Clipjoint
E.P. Dutton, New York 1947
Hunter's first hunt at
Bastei Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach 1987
1949 Mildred Davis The Room Upstairs
Simon & Schuster, New York 1948
Corpse from a good Scherz family
, Bern a. a. 1968
1950 Alan Green What a Body
Simon & Schuster, New York 1949
Lived healthy is half dead
Scherz, Bern u. a. 1967
1951 Thomas Walsh Nightmare in Manhattan
Little, Brown & Co., Boston 1950
Kidnapper in Manhattan
Goldmann, Munich 1953
1952 Mary McMullen Strangle Hold
Harper Bros., 1951
1953 William Campbell Gault Don't Cry for Me
E.P. Dutton, New York 1952
1954 Ira Levin A Kiss Before Dying
Simon & Schuster, New York 1953
Kiss before death
A. Müller, Rüschlikon / Zurich 1957
1955 Jean Potts Go, Lovely Rose
Scribner's, New York 1954
1956 Lane Kauffman The Perfectionist
Lippincott, 1955
1957 Donald McNutt Douglass Rebecca's Pride
Harper Bros., New York 1956
Yankee go home!
Rowohlt, Reinbek 1974
1958 William Rawle Weeks Knock and Wait a While
Houghton-Mifflin, Boston 1957
1959 Richard Martin Stern The Bright Road to Fear
Ballantine, New York 1958
No way back
Ullstein, Frankfurt / M. 1961
1960 Henry Slesar The Gray Flannel Shroud
Random House, New York 1959
Those who do not advertise die
Goldmann, Munich 1961
1961 John Holbrooke Vance
(Jack Vance)
The Man in the Cage
Random House, New York 1960
The man in the cage
Goldmann, Munich 1963
1962 Suzanne Blanc The Green Stone
Harper Bros., New York 1961
The green gem
Rowohlt, Reinbek 1964
1963 Robert L. Fish The Fugitive
Simon & Schuster, New York 1962
1964 Cornelius Hirschberg Florentine Finish
Harper & Row, New York 1963
Not flawless
Goldmann, Munich 1965
1965 Harry Kemelman Friday the Rabbi Slept Late
Crown, New York 1964
On Friday the rabbi slept for a long time
Rowohlt, Reinbek 1966
1966 John Ball In the Heat of the Night
Harper & Row, New York 1965
Hot moon
Ullstein, Frankfurt / M. 1966
1967 Ross Thomas The Cold War Swep
William Morrow, New York 1966
The one-way man
Ullstein, Frankfurt / M. 1970
1968 Michael Collins
(aka Dennis Lynds)
Act of Fear
Dodd, Mead & Co., New York 1967
Last resort Mord
Ullstein, Frankfurt / M. 1970
1969 E. Richard Johnson Silver Street
Harper & Row, New York 1968
Death on Silver Street
Ullstein, Frankfurt / M. 1967
Dorothy Uhnak The Bait
Simon & Schuster, New York 1968
Girl murder with advance notice
Scherz, Bern u. a. 1971
1970 Joe Gores A Time for Predators
Random House, New York 1969
The corpse maker
Ullstein, Frankfurt / M. 1970
1971 Lawrence Sanders The Anderson Tapes
Putnam, New York 1970
11 p.m., York Avenue
Molden, Vienna a. a. 1971
1972 AHZ Carr Finding Maubee
Putnam, New York 1971
His friend the murderer
Heyne, Munich 1972
1973 RH Shimer Squaw Point
Harper & Row, New York 1972
The ship of the pirate
Heyne, Munich 1974
1974 Paul E. Erdman The Billion Dollar Sure Thing
Scribner's, New York 1973
The billion dollar cut
Piper, Munich 1974
1975 Gregory Mcdonald Fletch
Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis 1974
Victim seeks suitable murderer
Ullstein, Frankfurt / M. 1977
1976 Rex Burns The Alvarez Journal
Harper & Row, New York 1975
The Alvarez clan
Rowohlt, Reinbek 1979
1977 James Patterson The Thomas Berryman Number
Little, Brown & Co., Boston 1976
The order from
Rowohlt, Reinbek 1979
1978 Robert Ross A French Finish
Putnam, New York 1977
1979 William L. DeAndrea Killed in the Ratings
Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, New York 1978
Switched off
Bastei Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach 1982
1980 Richard North Patterson The Lasko Tangent
W. W. Norton , New York 1979
The Seal of Silence
Goldmann, Munich 1995
1981 K. Nolte Smith The Watcher
Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, New York 1980
1982 Stuart Woods Chiefs
W.W. Norton, New York 1981
The successors
Goldmann, Munich 1984
1983 Thomas Perry The Butcher's Boy
Scribner's, New York 1982
Settlement in Las Vegas
Goldmann, Munich 1984
1984 Will Harriss The Bay Palm Book Murder
Walker & Co., New York 1983
1985 RD roses Strike Three, You're Dead
Walker & Co., New York 1984
1986 Jonathan Kellerman When the Bough Breaks
Atheneum, New York 1985
Blackout: novel of a mysterious crime
Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach 1987
1987 Larry Beinhart No One Rides for Free
William Morrow, New York 1986
No trip for Cassella
Rowohlt, Reinbek 1989
1988 Deidre S. Laiken Death Among Strangers
Macmillan, New York 1987
1989 David Stout Carolina Skeletons
Mysterious Press, New York 1988
1990 Susan Wolfe The Last Billable Hour
St. Martin's Press, New York 1989
The last fee
Piper, Munich 1993
1991 Patricia Daniels Cornwell Post Mortem
Scribner's, New York 1990
A case for Kay Scarpetta
Knaur, Munich 1992
1992 Peter Blauner Slow Motion Riot
William Morrow, New York 1991
Scherz, Bern a. a. 1993
1993 Michael Connelly The Black Echo
Little, Brown & Co., Boston 1990
The Black Echo
Ullstein, Frankfurt / M. 1994
1994 Laurie R. King A Grave Talent
St. Martin's Press, New York 1993
The color of death
Rowohlt, Reinbek 1997
1995 George Dawes Green The Caveman's Valentine
Warner Books, Clayton 1994
The jury
Droemer Knaur, Munich 1995
1996 David Housewright Penance
Foul Play Press, New York 1995
1997 John Morgan Wilson Simple Justice
Bantam Books, New York 1996
The Just
Argument, Hamburg 1998
1998 Joseph Canon Los Alamos
Broadway Books, New York 1997
The days before Los Alamos
Blessing, Munich 1997
1999 Steve Hamilton A Cold Day in Paradise
St, Martin's Press, New York 1998
A cold day in paradise
DuMont, Cologne 2001
2000 Eliot Pattison The Skull Mantra
St. Martin's Press, New York 1999
The foreign Tibetan
Rütten and Loening, Berlin 2000
2001 David Liss Conspiracy of Paper
Random House, New York 2000
The Goldmann Paper
Conspiracy, Munich 2001
2002 David Ellis Line of Vision
Putnam, New York 2001
2003 Jonathon King The Blue Edge of Midnight
E.P. Dutton, New York 2002
The knife in the Swamp
Knaur, Munich 2004
2004 Rebecca Pawel Death of a Nationalist
Soho Press, New York 2003
2005 Don Lee Country of Origin
W.W. Norton, New York 2004
When night falls in Tokyo
Goldmann, Munich 2005
2006 Theresa Schwegel Officer Down
St. Martin's Minotaur, New York 2005
2007 Alex Berenson The Faithful Spy
Random House, New York 2006
Courier of Death
Heyne, Munich 2008
2008 Tana French In the Woods
Viking, New York 2007
Scherz, Munich 2008
2009 Francie Lin The Foreigner
Picador, New York 2008
2010 Stefanie Pintoff In the Shadow of Gotham
St. Martin's Minotaur, New York 2009
2011 Bruce DeSilva Rogue Island
Forge, New York 2010
2012 Lori Roy Bent Road
Dutton, New York 2011
2013 Chris Pavone The Expats
Crown Publishers, 2012
The woman nobody knew
Piper, Munich 2012
2014 Jason Matthews Red Sparrow
Scribner, New York 2013
Operation Red Sparrow
Goldmann, Munich 2015
2015 Tom Bouman Dry Bones in the Valley
W. W. Norton, New York 2014
On the hunt, detective novel
Ars Vivendi, Cadolzburg 2017
2016 Viet Thanh Nguyen The Sympathizer
Grove Atlantic, New York 2015
The sympathizer
Blessing, Munich 2017
2017 Flynn Berry Under the Harrow
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London 2016
2018 Jordan Harper She Rides Shotgun
Ecco Press, New York 2017
The Revenge of Polly McClusky
Ullstein, Berlin 2018
2019 James A. McLaughlin Bearskin
Ecco Press, New York 2017

1 = Publisher and publication dates refer to the original or German first editions

Best novel as an original paperback - Best Paperback Original

year Prize winner Original title
publisher, location year 1
German title
publisher, location year 1
1970 Scott CS Stone The Dragon's Eye
Gold Medal, New York 1969
Dragon eye
Goldmann, Munich 1972
1971 Dan J. Marlowe Flashpoint
Gold Medal, New York 1970
Hunted and caught
Desch, Munich 1972
1972 Frank McAuliffe For Murder I Charge More
Ballantine, New York 1971
1973 Richard Wormser The Invader
Gold Medal, New York 1972
1974 Will Perry Death of an Informer
Pyramid, New York 1973
1975 Roy Winsor The Corpse That Walked
Fawcett, New York 1974
Revenge is not always sweet
Heyne, Munich 1977
1976 John R. Feegel Autopsy
Avon Books, New York 1975
1977 Gregory Mcdonald Confess, Fletch
Avon Books, New York 1976
Murderer seeks suitable scapegoat
Ullstein, Frankfurt / M. 1978
1978 Mike Jahn The Quark Maneuver
Ballantine, New York, 1977
1979 Frank Bandy Deceit and Deadly Lies
Charter, New York 1978
1980 William L. Andrea The Hog Murders
Avon Books, New York 1979
Murder webs
Bastei Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach 1980
1981 Bill Granger Public Murders
Jove, New York 1980
Femicide in Chicago
Ullstein, Frankfurt / M. 1985
1982 LA Morse The Old Dick
Avon Books, New York 1981
Old brooms sweep well
Heyne, Munich 1983
1983 Teri White Triangle
Ace / Charter, New York 1982
1984 Margaret Tracy Mrs. White
Dell, New York 1983
1985 Molly Cochran
Warren Murphy
Pinnacle, Crestwood 1984
The Grand Master
Goldmann, Munich 1986
1986 Warren Murphy Pigs Get Fat
New American Library, New York 1985
1987 Robert W. Campbell The Junkyard Dog
New American Library, New York 1986
Chain dog
Bastei Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach 1988
1988 Sharyn McCrumb Bimbos of the Death Sun
TSR 1987
1989 Timothy Findley The Telling of Lies
Dell, New York 1988
A dead man lies on the Ullstein beach
, Berlin 1997
1990 Keith Peterson
(aka Andrew Klavan)
The Rain
Bantam, New York 1989
1991 David Handler
(aka Russell Andrews)
The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald
Bantam, New York 1990
1992 Thomas Adcock Dark Maze
Pocket Books, New York 1991
Fire and Sulfur
Haffmans, Zurich 1994
1993 Dana Stabenow A Cold Day for Murder
Berkley, New York 1992
Kaltes Feuer
Scherz, Bern u. a. 1996
1994 Steven Womack Dead Folk's Blues
Ballantine, New York, 1993
Dead blues
Droemer Knaur, Munich 1996
1995 Lisa Scottoline Final Appeal
Harper & Row, New York 1994
Roses are red
Limes, Munich 1997
1996 William Heffernan Tarnished Blue
Onyx, Memphis 1995
1997 Harlan Coben Fade Away
Dell, New York 1996
The Insider
Goldmann, Munich 2007
1998 Laura Lippman Charm City
Avon Books, New York 1997
Charm City
Rotbuch, Hamburg 2003
1999 Rick Riordan The Widower's Two-Step
Bantam, New York 1998
2000 Ruth Birmingham Fulton County Blues
Berkley Prime, New York 1999
2001 Mark Graham The Black Maria
Avon Books, New York 2000
2002 Daniel Chavarría Adios Muchachos
Akashic Books, New York 2001
Adiós, you guys!
Edition Cologne, Cologne 2006
2003 TJ MacGregor Out of Sight
Pinnacle, Crestwood 2002
2004 Sylvia Maultash Warsh Find Me Again
Dundurn Group, Toronto 2003
2005 Domenic Stansberry The Confession
Hard Case Crime, New York 2004
2006 Jeffrey Ford Girl in the Glass
Dark Alley, New York 2005
2007 Naomi Hirahara Snakeskin Shamisen
Delta Books, New York 2006
2008 Megan Abbott Queenpin
Simon & Schuster, New York 2007
2009 Meg Gardiner China Lake
Obsidian Mystery, New York 2008
Divine service
Heyne, Munich 2008
2010 Marc Strange Body Blows
Dundurn Press, Toronto 2009
2011 Robert Goddard Long Time Coming
Bantam Books, New York 2010
2012 Robert Jackson Bennett The Company Man
Orbit, New York 2011
2013 Ben H. Winters The Last Policeman
Quirk Books, Philadelphia 2012
The Last Policeman
Heyne Verlag, Munich 2013
2014 Alex Marwood The Wicked Girls
Sphere, London 2012
In the shadow of the lie
Heyne, Munich 2012
2015 Chris Abani The Secret History of Las Vegas
Penguin Books, New York 2014
2016 Lou Berney The Long and Faraway Gone
HarperCollins Publishers
2017 Adrian McKinty Rain Dogs
Prometheus Books - Seventh Street Books, New York 2016
Rain Dogs
Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2017
2018 Anna Mazzola The Unseeing
Sourcebooks - Sourcebooks Landmark, 2017
2019 Alison Gaylin If I Die Tonight
William Morrow, New York 2018

1 = Publisher and publication dates refer to the original or German first editions

Best Short Story - Best Short Story

year Prize winner Original title German title
anthology, publisher, location year
1951 Lawrence G. Blochman Diagnosis: Homicide The thing with the cat fish
In: Bill Pronzini (ed.): Edgar 2 ; Rowohlt, Reinbek 1982
1952 John Collier Fancies and Goodnights
1953 Philip MacDonald Something to Hide The clairvoyant - crime stories
Rowohlt, Reinbek 1964
1954 Roald Dahl Someone Like You
1955 Stanley Ellin The House Party The weekend party
In: Bill Pronzini (ed.): Edgar 1 ; Rowohlt, Reinbek 1982
1956 Philip MacDonald Dream No More A friend in need
In: Bill Pronzini (ed.): Edgar 3 ; Rowohlt, Reinbek 1983
1957 Stanley Ellin The Blessington Method The Blessington murders
In: Bill Pronzini (ed.): Edgar 3 ; Rowohlt, Reinbek 1983
1958 Gerald Kersh The Secret of the Bottle
1959 William O'Farrell Over there, darkness Where the Dark Begins
In: Bill Pronzini ( Edgar .): Edgar 1 ; Rowohlt, Reinbek 1982
1960 Roald Dahl The Landlady The landlady
In: kisses, kisses! Book guild Gutenberg, Frankfurt / M. u. a. 1976
1961 John Durham tiger
1962 Avram Davidson Affair at Lahore Cantonment
1963 David Ely The Sailing Club Der Klub
In: Bill Pronzini (ed.): Edgar 2 ; Rowohlt, Reinbek 1982
1964 Leslie Ann Brownrigg One obeys
1965 Lawrence Treat H as in homicide
1966 Shirley Jackson The Possibility of Evil
1967 Rhys Davies The Chosen One The Chosen One
In: Bill Pronzini (ed.): Edgar 2 ; Rowohlt, Reinbek 1982
1968 Edward D. High The oblong room The rectangular room
u. a. in: The Most Perfect Murders . Scherz, Bern a. a. 1986
1969 Warner Law The Man Who Fooled the World The man who made a fool of the world
In: Bill Pronzini (ed.): Edgar 1 ; Rowohlt, Reinbek 1982
1970 Joe Gores Goodbye, Pops Lebwohl, Dad
In: Bill Pronzini (Ed.): Edgar 2 ; Rowohlt, Reinbek 1982
1971 Margaret Finn Brown In the Forrests of Riga the Beasts Are Very Wild Indeed The wild animals are really wild in the forests of Riga
In: Bill Pronzini (Ed.): 25 years thriller anniversary reader ; Rowohlt, Reinbek 1987
1972 Robert L. Fish Moonlight Gardener Mondscheingärtner
u. a. in: The Most Perfect Murders . Scherz, Bern a. a. 1986
1973 Joyce Harrington The Purple Shroud The purple shroud
In: Bill Pronzini (ed.): Edgar 1 ; Rowohlt, Reinbek 1982
1974 Harlan Ellison The Whimper of Whipped Dogs The whining of beaten dogs
In: Bill Pronzini (ed.): Edgar 3 ; Rowohlt, Reinbek 1983
1975 Ruth Rendell The Fallen Curtain The fallen curtain and other stories
Ullstein, Hamburg 1982
1976 Jesse Hill Ford The Jail A prison for the sheriff
In: Bill Pronzini (ed.): Edgar 1 ; Rowohlt, Reinbek 1982
1977 Etta Revesz Like a Terrible Sream Like a horrible scream
In: Bill Pronzini (Ed.): Edgar 3 ; Rowohlt, Reinbek 1983
1978 Thomas Walsh Chance after chance Die Chance
In: Bill Pronzini (ed.): Edgar 2 ; Rowohlt, Reinbek 1982
1979 Barbara Owens The Cloud Beneath the Eaves The cloud
In: Bill Pronzini (ed.): Edgar 3 ; Rowohlt, Reinbek 1983
1980 Geoffrey Norman Armed and Dangerous
1981 Clark Howard Hornman
1982 Jack Richie The Absence of Emily
1983 Frederick Forsyth There Are No Snakes in Ireland There are no snakes in Ireland
Piper, Munich 1982
1984 Ruth Rendell The New Girlfriend The new friend
In: Bill Pronzini (ed.): 25 years thriller anniversary reading book ; Rowohlt, Reinbek 1987
1985 Lawrence Block By Dawn's Early Light
1986 John Lutz Ride the lightening
1987 Robert Sampson Rain in Pinton County
1988 Harlan Ellison Soft monkey The soft monkey
In: Ellen Datlow; Terri Windling (ed.): The new book of fantasy ; Bastei Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach 1990
1989 Bill Crenshaw Flicks
1990 Donald E. Westlake Too many crooks
1991 Lynne Barrett Elvis Lives
1992 Wendy Hornsby Nine Sons
1993 Benjamin M. Protection Mary, Mary, Shut the Door
1994 Lawrence Block Keller's Therapy
1995 Doug Allyn The Dancing Bear
1996 Jean B. Cooper The Judge's Boy
1997 Michael Malone Red clay
1998 Lawrence Block Basement on the spot
1999 Tom Franklin Poachers
2000 Anne Perry Heroes
2001 Peter Robinson Missing in action Missing.
In: Inspector Banks Returns - and Other Crime Stories; Ullstein, Hamburg 2007
2002 SJ Rozan Double-crossing delancy
2003 Raymond Steiber Mexican Gatsby
2004 G. Miki Hayden The Maids
2005 Laurie Lynn Drummond Something About a Scar
2006 James W. Hall The catch
2007 Charles Ardai The Home Front
2008 Susan Straight The Golden Gopher
2009 T. Jefferson Parker Skinhead Central
2010 Luis Alberto Urrea Amapola
2011 Doug Allyn The Scent of Lilacs
2012 Peter Turnbull The Man Who Took His Hat Off to the Driver of the Train
2013 Karin Slaughter The Unremarkable Heart - Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance
2014 John Connolly The Caston Private Lending Library & Book Depository
2015 Gillian Flynn What do you do?
2016 Stephen King Bazaar of Bad Dreams Bad Dreams Bazaar
2017 Lawrence Block Autumn at the automat
2018 John Crowley Spring Break - New Haven Noir
2019 Art Taylor (writer) English 398: Fiction Workshop

Best Critical or Biographical Work

year Prize winner Original title
publisher, location year 1
German title
publisher, location year 1
1977 Marvin Lachman , Otto Penzler , Charles Shibuk , Chris Steinbrunner Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection
McGraw-Hill, Columbus 1976
1978 John McAleer Rex Stout
Little, Brown & Co., Boston 1977
1979 Gwen Robins The Mystery of Agatha Christie
Doubleday, New York 1978
1980 Ralph E. Hone Dorothy L. Sayers, A Literary Biography
Kent State University Press, Kent 1979
1981 John M. Reilly Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers
St. Martin's Press, New York 1980
1982 Jon L. Breen What About Murder?
Scarecrow Press, Lanham 1981
1983 Roy Hoopes Cain
Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Orlando 1982
1984 Donald Spoto The Dark Side of Genius:
The Life of Alfred Hitchcock
Little, Brown & Co., Boston 1983
Alfred Hitchcock: The dark side of the genius
Kabel, Hamburg 1984
1985 Jon L. Breen Novel Verdicts: A Guide to Courtroom Fiction
Scarecrow Press, Lanham 1984
1986 Peter Lewis John le Carre
Ungar Press, New York 1985
1987 Eric Ambler Here Lies: An Autobiography
Farrar, Straus, Giroux, New York 1986
Diogenes, Zurich 1986
1988 Leroy Lad Panek Introduction to the Detective Story
Popular Press, Madison 1987
1989 Francis M. Nevins, Jr. Cornell Woolrich:
First You Dream, Then You Die
Mysterious Press, New York 1988
1990 Norman Sherry The Life of Graham Greene
Penguin, New York 1989
1991 John Conquest Trouble is Their Business: Private Eyes in Fiction, Film, and Television, 1927–1988
Garland, New York 1990
1992 Kenneth Silverman Edgar A. Poe:
Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance
HarperCollins, New York 1991
1993 John Loughery Alias ​​SS Van Dine
Scribner's, New York 1992
1994 Burl Barer The Saint: A Complete History
McFarland & Co., Jefferson 1993
The Saint: The Man Without a Name
Goldmann, Munich 1997
1995 William L. DeAndrea Encyclopedia Mysteriosa
Pearson Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs 1994
1996 Robert Polito Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson
Alfred A. Knopf, New York 1995
1997 Michael Atkinson The Secret Marriage of Sherlock Holmes
University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor 1996
1998 Natalie Hevener Kaufman ,
Carol McGinnis Kay
G is for Grafton: The World of Kinsey Millhone
Henry Holt, New York 1997
1999 Maureen Corrigan , Robin W. Winks Mystery and Suspense Writers
Scribner's, New York 1998
2000 Daniel Stashower Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle
Henry Holt, New York 1999
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The life of the father from Sherlock Holmes
Baskerville books, Cologne 2006
2001 Ethan Lewis , Robert Kuhn McGregor Conundrums for the Long Week-End
Kent State University Press, Kent 2000
2002 Dawn B. Sova Edgar Allan Poe: A to Z
Checkmark Books, New York 2001
2003 Mike Ashley Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction
Carroll & Graf, New York 2002
2004 Andrew Wilson (Author) Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith
Bloomsbury, New York 2003
Beautiful shadow - The life of Patricia Highsmith
Berlin, Berlin 2003
2005 Leslie S. Klinger The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes:
The Complete Short Stories
WW Norton & Co., New York 2004
2006 Melanie Rehak Girl Sleuth:
Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her
Harcourt Inc., San Diego 2005
2007 EJ Wagner The Science of Sherlock Holmes:
From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear
John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken 2006
EJ Wagner: The Science of Sherlock Holmes and the Beginnings of Forensic Medicine
Weinheim, Wiley-VCH 2008
2008 Jon Lellenberg , Daniel Stashower , Charles Foley Arthur Conan Doyle:
A Life in Letters
Penguin Press, New York 2007
2009 Harry Lee Poe Edgar Allan Poe: An Illustrated Companion to His Tell-Tale Stories
Metro Books, New York 2008
2010 Otto Penzler The Lineup:
The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives
Little, Brown & Co., New York 2009
2011 Yunte Huang Charlie Chan : The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous With American History
W. W. Norton, New York 2010
2012 Michael Dirda On Conan Doyle, or, The Whole Art of Storytelling
Princeton University Press, Princeton 2011
2013 James F. O'Brien The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics
Oxford University Press, 2012
2014 Erik Dussere America is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture
Oxford University Press, 2013
2015 JW ocher Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe
The Countryman Press, Woodstock / Vermont 2014
2016 Martin Edwards The Golden Age of Murder
HarperCollins Publishers
2017 Ruth Franklin Shirley Jackson : A Rather Haunted Life
W.W. Norton - Liveright
2018 Lawrence P. Jackson Chester B. Himes : A Biography
W.W. Norton & Company
2019 Leslie S. Klinger Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s
Pegasus Books, New York October 2018

1 = Publisher and publication dates refer to the original or German first editions

Best non-fiction book - Best Fact Crime

(1949 no award of the award)

year Prize winner Original title
publisher, location year 1
German title
publisher, location year 1
1948 Edward D. Radin Twelve Against the Law
Duel, Sloan & Pearce, New York 1946
1950 Joseph Henry Jackson Bad Company
Harcourt, Brace & Co., New York 1949
1951 Edward D. Radin Twelve Against Crime
Putnam, New York 1950
1952 St. Clair McKelway True Tales from the Annals of Crime and Rascality
Random House, New York 1951
1953 Alder Stanley Gardner The Court of Last Resort
W. Sloane, New York 1952
Last refuge: criminal
report Ullstein, Frankfurt / M. 1959
1954 John Bartlow Martin Why Did They Kill?
Ballantine Books, New York 1953
1955 Charles Boswell , Lewis Thompson The Girl with the Scarlet Brand
Fawcett Publications, New York 1954
1956 Manly Wade Wellman Dead and Gone
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1954
1957 Charles Samuels , Louise Samuels Night Fell on Georgia
Dell Publishing, New York 1955
1958 Harold R. Danforth , James D. Horan The DA's Man
Crown Publishers, New York 1957
1959 Wenzell Brown They Died in the Chair
Popular Library, New York 1958
1960 Thomas Michael Gallagher Fire at Sea: The Story of the Morro Castle
Rinehart, New York 1959
Fire at Sea: The sinking of Morro Castle
Verl. Dt. Folk books, Stuttgart 1960
1961 Miriam Allen deFord The Overbury Affair
Avon Book Division, New York 1960
1962 Barrett Prettyman Jr. Death and the Supreme Court
Harcourt, Brace & World, New York 1961
1963 Francis Russell Tragedy in Dedham
McGraw-Hill, New York 1962
1964 Gerold Frank The Deed
Simon & Schuster, New York 1963
1965 Anthony Lewis Gideon's Trumpet
Random House, New York 1964
1966 Truman Capote In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences
Random House, New York 1965
In cold blood: Truthful report on a multiple murder and its consequences
Limes, Wiesbaden 1966
1967 Gerold Frank The Boston Strangler
New American Library, New York 1966
The strangler of Boston: A factual report
Molden, Vienna / Munich 1967
1968 Victoria Lincoln A Private Disgrace
Putnam, New York 1967
1969 John Evangelist Walsh Poe the Detective
Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ, 1967
1970 Herbert B. Ehrmann The Case That Will Not Die; Commonwealth vs: Sacco and Vanzetti
Little, Brown & Co., Boston 1977
1971 Mildred Savage A Great Fall
Simon & Schuster, New York 1970
1972 Sandor Frankel Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
Stein & Day, New York 1971
1973 Lewis Chester , Magnus Linklater
Stephen Fay
Hoax: The Inside Story of the Howard Hughes - Clifford Irving Affair
Viking Press, New York 1972
Hoffmann & Campe, Hamburg 1972, ISBN 3-455-01940-4
1974 Barbara Levy Legacy of Death
Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 1973
1975 Vincent Bugliosi , Curt Gentry Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
W. W. Norton & Co., New York 1974
Helter Skelter: The murder frenzy of Charles Manson: A Chronicle of Horror
Riva, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-86883-057-6
1976 Tom Wicker A Time to Die
Quadrangle / New York Times Book Co., New York 1975
1977 Thomas Thompson Blood and Money
Doubleday, Garden City, NY 1976
1978 Barbara Amiel , George Jonas By Persons Unknown: The Strange Death of Christine Demeter
Grove Press, New York 1977
1979 Vincent Bugliosi, Ken Hurwitz Til Death Do Us Part: A True Murder Mystery
W. W. Norton & Co., New York 1978
1980 Robert Lindsey (Author) The Falcon and the Snowman: A True Story of Friendship and Espionage
Simon & Schuster, New York 1979
1981 Fred Harwell A True Deliverance
Alfred A. Knopf, New York 1979
1982 Robert W. Greene The Sting Man: Inside Abscam
Dutton, New York 1981
1983 Richard Hammer The Vatican Connection
Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York 1982
A fair for the godfather
SV Internat., Schweizer Verl.-Haus, Zurich 1982, ISBN 3-7263-6369-6
1984 Shana Alexander Very Much a Lady: The Untold Story of Jean Harris and Dr. Herman Tarnower
Little, Brown & Co., Boston 1983
1985 Mike Weiss Double Play: The San Francisco City Hall Killings
Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., Reading, Mass. 1984
1986 Natalie S. Robins , Stephen ML Aronson Savage Grace
William Morrow, New York 1985
1987 Carlton Stowers Careless Whispers
Taylor Publ., Dallas / Texas 1986
1988 Richard Hammer CBS Murders
William Morrow, New York 1987
1989 Harry N. MacLean In Broad Daylight
Harper & Row, New York 1988
1990 Jack Olsen Doc: The Rape of the Town of Lovell
Atheneum, New York 1989
1991 Peter Maas In a Child's Name: The Legacy of a Mother's Murder
Simon & Schuster, New York 1990
1992 David Simon Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
Houghton Mifflin, Boston 1991
Homicide: One year on murderous streets
Kunstmann, Munich 2011, ISBN 978-3-88897-723-7
1993 Harry Farrell Swift Justice: Murder and Vengeance in a California Town
St. Martin's Press, New York 1992
1994 Bella Stumbo Until the Twelfth of Never: The Deadly Divorce of Dan & Betty Broderick
Pocket Books, New York 1993
Separation is the death of love: The unimaginable divorce drama of Betty Broderick
Bastei Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach 1995, ISBN 3-404-13620-9
1995 Joe Domanick To Protect and Serve: The LAPD's Century of War in the City of Dreams
Pocket Books, New York 1994
1996 Pete Earley Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town
Batam Books, New York 1995
1997 Darcy O'Brien Power to Hurt: Inside a Judge's Chambers: Sexual Assault, Corruption, and the Ultimate Reversal of Justice for Women
Harper Collins Publishers, New York 1996
1998 Richard Firstman , Jamie Talan The Death of Innocents
Bantam Books, New York 1997
1999 Carlton Stowers To the Last Breath: Three Women Fight for the Truth Behind a Child's Tragic Murder
St. Martin's Press, New York 1998
Sheer horror
Bastei Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach 2000, ISBN 3-404-14386-8
2000 James B. Stewart Blind Eye: How the Medical Establishment Let a Doctor Get Away With Murder
Simon & Schuster, New York 1999
2001 Dick Lehr , Gerard O'Neill Black Mass: The Irish Mob, the FBI, & a Devil's Deal
PublicAffairs, New York 2000
2002 Kent Walker Son of a Grifter: The Twisted Tale of Sante and Kenny Kimes, the Most Notorious Con Artists in America: A Memoir by the Other Son
William Morrow, New York 2001
2003 Joseph Wambaugh Fire Lover: A True Story
William Morrow, New York 2002
2004 Erik Larson The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
Crown Publishers, New York 2003
The Devil of Chicago: An Architect, a Murderer and the World's Fair that Changed America
Joke, Frankfurt / M .: 2004, ISBN 3-502-15395-7
2005 Leonard Levitt Conviction: Solving the Moxley Murder: A Reporter and a Detective's Twenty-year Search for Justice
ReganBooks, New York 2004
2006 Edward Dolnick Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece
Harper Collins Publishers, New York 2005
2007 James L. Swanson Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer
HarperPerrenial, New York 2006
2008 Vincent Bugliosi Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy
W. W. Norton & Co., New York 2007
2009 Howard Blum American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, Movie Making, and the Crime of the Century
Crown Publishers, New York 2008
2010 Dave Cullen Columbine
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York 2008
2011 Ken Armstrong , Nick Perry Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime and Complicity
University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln 2010
2012 Candice Millard Destiny of the Republic
Doubleday, New York 2011
2013 Paul French Midnight in Beijing: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China.
Penguin Group USA, 2012

2014 Daniel Stashower The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War
Minotaur Books, New York 2013
2015 William J. Mann Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood
Harper, New York 2014
2016 All amusement Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully
HarperCollins Publishers
2017 Kate Summerscale The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer
Penguin Random House
2018 David Grann Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Penguin Random House - Doubleday 2017
The crime
btb, Munich 2017
2019 Robert W. Fieseler Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation
Liveright Publishing Corporation, New York 2018

1 = Publisher and publication dates refer to the original or German first editions

Prize winners special prizes

Lifetime Achievement Award - Grand Master Award

The Grand Master Award is the highest distinction and the most prestigious award from the MWA. Authors must not only have achieved special achievements in the crime genre during their literary life to date, but must also be characterized by consistently high literary quality. And so the names in the following list almost read like a "Who's Who in Crime" .

In the years 1956–1957, 1960, 1965, 1968 and 1977 the Grand Master Award was not given. It was not until 1979 that there was a regular, annual presentation at the Edgar Awards Banquet . Two or three award winners have been honored over several years.

Robert L. Fish Memorial Award

The Robert L. Fish Memorial Award is an award for young American writers of crime short stories. It has been awarded annually since 1984 (exception: 1992) by the Mystery Writers of America on the occasion of the presentation of the Edgar Allan Poe Awards at the Edgar Awards Banquet . The award is named after the US author Robert L. Fish (1912–1981). A cash prize will be donated from the writer's estate; in addition, the winner receives a certificate from the MWA. The Alaskan journalist Mike Doogan, who was nominated for the important Shamus Award in the category Best First Novel in 2007 for his first novel Lost Angel , recently demonstrated that the winners can also be successful with a "great novel" .

EQMM = Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine | AHMM = Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

year Award winners Short story title Anthology (publisher)
1984 Lilly Carlson Locked Doors EQMM, October 1983
1985 Bill Crenshaw Poor dumb mouths AHMM, May 1984
1986 Doug Allyn Final rites AHMM, December 1985
1987 Mary Kittredge Father to the Man AHMM, November 1986
1988 Eric M. Heideman Roger, Mr. Whilkie! AHMM, July 1987
1989 Linda O. Johnston Different drummers EQMM, July 1988
1990 Connie Colt Hawks AHMM, June 1989
1991 Jerry F. Skarky Willie's story AHMM, June 1990
1993 Stephen Saylor A will is a way EQMM, March 1992
1994 DA McGuire Wicked twist AHMM, October 1993
1995 Batya Swift Yasgur Me and Mr. Harry EQMM, December 1994
1996 James Sarafin The Word for Breaking August Sky AHMM, July 1995
1997 David Vaughn Prosecutor of DuPrey EQMM, January 1996
1998 Rosaland Roland If Thine Eye Offend Thee Murder X 13 (Crown Valley Press)
1999 Bryn Bonner Clarity EQMM, May 1998
2000 Mike Reiss Cro-Magnon, PI AHMM, July / August 1999
2001 MJ Jones The Witch and the Relic Thief AHMM, October 2000
2002 Ted Hertel, Jr. My Bonnie Lies Mammoth Book of Legal Thrillers
2003 Mike Doogan Was Can Be Murder Mysterious North
2004 Sandy Balzo The grass is always greener EQMM, March 2003
2005 Thomas Morrissey Can't Catch Me Brooklyn Noir
2006 Eddie Newton Home EQMM, May 2005
2007 William Dylan Powell Evening gold EQMM, November 2006 (Dell Magazines)
2008 Mark Amons The catch Still Waters, (Level Best Books)
2009 Joseph Guglielmelli Buckner's Error Queens Noir (Ed .: Robert Knightly, Akashic Books)
2010 Dan Warthman A Dreadfull Day AHMM, January / February 2009 (Dell Magazines)
2011 Evan Lewis Skyler Hobbs and the Rabbit Man EQMM, February 2010
2012 David Ingram A good man of business EQMM, January 2011
2013 Patricia Smith When They Are Done With Us Staten Island Noir - Akashic Books
2014 Jeff Soloway The Wentworth Letter Malfeasance Occasional: Girl Trouble (Ed .: Clare Toohey, St. Martin's e-books)
2015 Zoe Z. Dean Getaway girl EQMM, November 2014
2016 Russell W. Johnson Chung Ling Soo's greatest trick EQMM, January 2015
2017 E. Gabriel Flores The Truth of the Moment EQMM, December 2016
2018 Lisa D. Gray The Queen of Secrets Akashic Books, New York August 2017
2019 Nancy Novick How Does He Die This Time? EQMM, August 2018

The Simon & Schuster - Mary Higgins Clark Award

The Mary Higgins Clark Award is a special prize for women authors whose novels are in the literary tradition of Mary Higgins Clark . In cooperation with the MWA, the publishing house Simon & Schuster , New York, sponsors an annual novel that is submitted for the Edgar Allan Poe Award in the categories Best Novel, Best First Novel or Best Paperback Original . Identical to all categories of the Edgar Award, an MWA jury is appointed, which makes the selection on the basis of specified criteria (female protagonist of certain age, no brutal violence, no pronounced sex, etc.). The reason for the (originally) 10-year limited sponsorship is the 25-year successful collaboration between the publisher and the author, which was achieved in 2001 and who was president of MWA in 1987 and who also received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 2000 .

year Laureate Original title
publisher, location year 1
German title
publisher, location year 1
2001 Barbara D'Amato Authorized Personnel Only
Forge, New York 2000
2002 Judith Kelman Summer of Storms
Putnam, New York 2001
The past can be forever
Knaur, Munich 2003
2003 Rose Conners Absolute Certainty
Scribner's, New York 2002
2004 M (arcia) K (ay) Preston Song of the Bones
Intrigue Press, Madison 2003
2005 Rochelle Majer Krich Grave Endings
Ballantine Books, New York 2004
2006 Karen Harper Dark Angel
MIRA Books, Don Mills 2005
Cora Black Wings
, Hamburg 2006
2008 Sandi Ault Wild Indigo
Berkley Prime Crime, New York 2007
2009 Bill Floyd The Killer's Wife
St. Martin's Minotaur, New York 2008
2010 Sharon Bolton Awakening
Minotaur Books, New York 2009
House Manhattan, Munich 2009
2011 Elly Griffiths The Crossing Places
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston 2010
Dead Path
Wunderlich, Reinbek 2009
2012 Sara J. Henry Learning to Swim
Crown Publishers, New York 2011
A heartbeat to death
dtv, Munich 2011
2013 Hank Phillippi Ryan The Other Woman
Forge Books, Ferndale 2012
2014 Jenny Milchman Cover of Snow
Ballantine Books, New York 2013
Ice grave
Bastei Lübbe, Cologne 09/2014
2015 Jane Casey The Stranger You Know
Minotaur Books, New York 2014
2016 Lori Rader-Day Little Pretty Things
Seventh Street Books, Amherst / NY 2015
2017 Charles Todd (writer) The Shattered Tree
William Morrow, New York 2016
2018 Carol Goodman The Widow's House
Harper Collins, New York 2017
2019 Sujata Massey The Widows of Malabar Hill
Soho Crime, New York 2018

1 = Publisher and publication dates refer to the original or German first editions

Ellery Queen Award

The Ellery Queen Award , presented during the Edgar Awards Banquet , is intended for teams of authors and other outside personalities, such as: B. editors, publishers, screenwriters etc. who have made a special contribution to the mystery scene . The prize is awarded irregularly.

year Prize winner profession
1983 Emma Lathen
(Mary Jane Latsis and Martha Henissart)
Women writers
1985 Joan Kahn Writer, formerly Crime Ed. Harper & Row
1987 Eleanor Sullivan Writer, formerly Ed. EQMM 1
1988 Ruth Cavin Writer, Ed. St. Martin's Press
1989 Richard Levinson
William Link
Screenwriting team (Inspector Columbo series)
1990 Joel Davis writer
1992 Margaret Norton Author
1994 Otto Penzler Writer and publisher
1995 Martin Harry Greenberg Ed.
1996 Jacques Barzun Cultural historian and much more
1997 François Guérif Author, publisher
1998 Hiroshi Hayakawa film producer
1999 Sara Ann Freed before Ed. Mysterious Press
2000 Susanne Kirk Writer, formerly Ed. Scribners
2001 Douglas Greene Ed. Crippen & Landru
2002 Janet Hutchings
Cathleen Jordan
2003 Ed Gorman writer
2005 Carolyn Marino Ed. HarperCollins Publishers
2006 Kate Stine
Brian Skupin
Edited by Mystery Scene Magazine
2012 Joe Meyers Journalist, Connecticut Post
2013 Johnny Temple Founder and Editor of Akashic Books
2015 Charles Adai Publisher of the Hard Case Crime publishing house
2016 Janet Rudolph Founder of Mystery Readers International
2017 Neil Nyren Chief Editor at GP Putnam's Son, New York
2018 Robert Pépin
2019 Linda Landrigan Editor of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

1 = "Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine"

Edgar Awards and special prizes that are no longer given

Best Radio Play - Best Radio Drama

Between 1946 and 1960, the Mystery Writers of America awarded an Edgar Award for the best detective radio play or radio play series broadcast. In 1956, 1957 and 1959 the prize was not awarded. The technical development and increasing importance of television caused the MWA to discontinue this category. The teams of authors Robert Arthur / David Kogan (1950 + 1953) and James Moser / Jack Webb (1951 + 1952) were awarded twice in the Best Radio Drama category.

year Author (s) Radio play title producer
1946 Frances + Richard Lockridge Mr. and Mrs. North National Broadcasting Company
Frederic Dannay / Manfred B. Lee 1 Ellery Queen Columbia Broadcasting System
1947 Howard Haycraft The Adventures of Sam Spade Columbia Broadcasting System
1948 William Spear Suspense Columbia Broadcasting System
1949 John Roeburt Inner Sanctum Columbia Broadcasting System
1950 Robert Arthur / David Kogan Murder by experts Mutal Broadcasting System
1951 James Moser / Jack Webb Dragnet National Broadcasting Company
1952 James Moser / Jack Webb Dragnet National Broadcasting Company
1953 Robert Arthur / David Kogan The Mysterious Traveler Mutal Broadcasting System
1954 E. Jack Neuman The shot Columbia Broadcasting System
1955 Stanley Niss The Tree Columbia Broadcasting System
1958 Jay MacMullen The Galindez-Murphy Case:
A Chronicle of Terror
Columbia Broadcasting System
1960 Lucille Fletcher Sorry, wrong number Columbia Broadcasting System

1 = The team of authors Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee became famous under the pseudonym "Ellery Queen"

Best Literary Criticism - Best Outstanding Mystery Criticism

Between 1946 and 1967, the Mystery Writers of America presented an Edgar Award for best literary criticism. While this was done annually until 1955, there were only four awards after that until 1967. The journalist, translator, author and later co-founder of the Mystery Writers of America and namesake of the Anthony Award , Anthony Boucher , was honored with most of the awards. But other prominent names can also be found in the list of critics: For example Helen McCloy , who was awarded the Nero Wolfe Award in 1980 for her novel Burn This .

year Critic publication
1946 Anthony Boucher San Francisco Chronicle
1947 William C. Webber Saturday Review of Literature
1948 Howard Haycraft Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
1949 James Sandoe Chicago Sun-Times
1950 Anthony Boucher New York Times
1951 Dorothy B. Hughes Albuquerque Tribune
1952 Lenore Glen Offord San Francisco Chronicle
1953 Anthony Boucher New York Times
1954 Helen McCloy Westport Town Crier
Brett Halliday Westport Town Crier
1955 Drexel Drake Chicago Tribune
1957 Curtis W. Casewit Denver Post
1961 James Sandoe New York Herald Tribune
1964 Hans Stefan Santesson The Saint Mystery Magazine
1967 John T. Winterly Saturday Review

See also

Web links


  1. 1973 filmed under the direction of Robert Altman (Ger. Death knows no return )
  2. 1996 TV adaptation by Wolf Gremm under the same title
  3. Ambler's most successful and best-known novel under the title Topkapi, changed in 1969 . It was filmed under this title as a comedy by Jules Dassin in 1964 . The most important roles played Melina Mercouri , Maximilian Schell , Robert Morley and Peter Ustinov , who was awarded an Oscar for his role as Simpson .
  4. Filmed in England in 1965 by Martin Ritt . In the lead role Richard Burton , who was nominated for an Oscar.
  5. 1966 filmed by Michael Anderson with Alec Guinness , George Segal , Max von Sydow and Senta Berger (German: The Quiller Memorandum - Danger from the Dark )
  6. 1973 filmed by Stuart Rosenberg under the title The Laughing Policeman (German mass murder in San Francisco )
  7. Filmed in 1973 under the direction of Fred Zinnemann . An American remake less oriented towards the original was made in 1997 under the direction of Michael Caton-Jones (with Bruce Willis , Sidney Poitier , Richard Gere, among others ).
  8. 1980 made into a film by Ronald Neame (with Walter Matthau )
  9. ^ Also later published under the title On own account (Rowohlt, Reinbek 1998)
  10. Filmed in 1981 by Richard Marquand . In the main and title role Donald Sutherland . The film was nominated for the 1982 Edgar Award in the Best Motion Picture category.
  11. 1996 BBC television adaptation of Stuart Orme
  12. The US edition was only published in 2013 by Penguin Books, New York. The novel was therefore included in the 2013 Edgar Awards.
  13. some editions with full name: James David Horan
  14. changing spelling of the author's name: In Germany (according to DNB ) as Thomas Gallagher . In the Anglo-American language area (according to WorldCat ) as Thomas Michael Gallagher . Incorrectly in the MWA database (currently (01/2018) only accessible via the official site of the Mystery Writers of America (English)) as Thomas Gallager .
  15. later editions almost exclusively under the short title In Cold Blood ; Filmed in 1967 by Richard Brooks
  16. later editions almost exclusively under the short title in cold blood
  17. Biography of Lizzie Borden
  18. here correct spelling of the author's name. The one in the MWA database, also in Roger M. Simon: The Essential Mystery Lists: For Readers, Collectors, and Librarians. Scottsdale / Arizona: Poisened Pen Press, Edition 2007 and the name Linkletter listed on the web by multiple copies is incorrect and not listed in international library catalogs or VIAF. See for everyone here (English, accessed August 4, 2011)
  19. 1976 filmed by Tom Gries; 2004 remake by John Gray