March 16, 2018

Parker, Lee Win 2005 Edgar Awards

By LJ Staff

T. Jefferson Parker’s thriller about the 40-year-old murder of a beauty queen and Don Lee’s highly praised literary tale of missing graduate student in Japan were the top winners at the Mystery Writers of America’s 59th Annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards Banquet, held April 28 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. Parker’s California Girl (Morrow) was named Best Novel while Lee’s Country of Origin (Norton) was cited as Best First Novel by an American Author. Other winners included Domenic Stansberry’s The Confession (Hard Case Crime) for Best Paperback Original; The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories, edited by Leslie S. Klinger (Norton), for Best Critical/Biographical; Leonard Levitt’s Conviction: Solving the Moxley Murder: A Reporter and a Detective’s Twenty-Year Search for Justice (Regan Books) for Best Fact Crime; and Laurie Lynn Drummond’s ‘Something About a Scar’ from Anything You Can Say And Will Be Used Against You for Best Short Story. The 2005 awards honored the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, television, and film published or produced in 2004.

Honored as this year’s Grand Master was Marcia Muller, author of the Sharon McCone series. Wryly noting that she had a problem with self-esteem due to ‘too many years of being reviewed in Kirkus‘, Muller offered a heart-felt thanks to the late Mysterious Press editor Sara Ann Freed (‘her faith allowed me to grow as a writer’) and her husband, crime writer Bill Pronzini. Cited for a special Raven Award were librarians Diane Kovacs and Kara Robinson, who run the DorothyL electronic mailing list for mystery lovers. Founded in 1991 by Kovacs and Ann Okerson, the online listserv now has more than 3000 subscribers. The Mystery Writers of America celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.