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Edgar Nominations 2011

Yay! Edgar nominations from a few days ago.There is a noticeable shift away from the literary' nominations from the last few years. I don't mean that negatively to either this year's nominations or the aforementioned literary books. Just a bit surprising how traditional the list looks this year.
I'll have a prediction spectacular shortly before the award are handed out.
Best Novel:
CAUGHT - Harlan Coben - Dutton
FAITHFUL PLACE - Tana French - Viking
THE QUEEN OF PATPONG - Timothy Hallinan - Morrow
THE LOCK ARTIST - Steve Hamilton - Minotaur
I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE - Laura Lippman - Morrow

Toss up between Ms. French and Mr. Hamilton I should think. The dark horse for me would be Mr Frankin's books which received a good deal of late 2010 praise.
Best First Novel by an American Author:
ROGUE ISLAND - Bruce DeSilva - Forge
THE POACHER'S SON - Paul Doiron - Minotaur
THE SERIALIST - David Gordon - Simon & Schuste…

Winter Preview 2010/11

The Winter Preview is a bit late this year. The Hungry Detective raided the petty cash at the office and spent the Christmas Holiday in the UK. Besides shoveling, Ms. Hungry Detective and I have been trying to keep up with Oscar bait in the theater.
The end of the year has come and gone, but I should have my Best of 2010 up in a few days. That will be a neat trick. Frequent readers of the blog know that I have been at a low ebb. Sorry about that. I'm going to stop beating myself up about it pretty soon. For now you should check out these books. The Good Lord willing so will I.
THE SENTRY - Robert Crais - January 11 Third in the Joe Pike books.  I'll be honest, THE FIRST RULE was not nearly as compelling as THE WATCHMAN. Does that mean I'll be passing up this latest? Hardly.
WORLD'S GREATEST SLUETH - Steve Hockensmith - January 18 Love the setting, love the character, love the light comic touch. This is a pretty reliable series, and one I look forward to every year.