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2012 Edgar Awards Predictions - EXPLOSION!

I predicted absolutely nothing last year. My general advice if you are betting this is to go in the opposite direction. To the authors I have 'chosen' this year... I'm sorry.

I spent most of 2011 out of the Crime Fiction trade so I'm even less acquainted with this year's books more than normal. In general it was great to see all of small press stuff got nominated, particularly as it is an indication that I'm not the only one who is left wanting by the major Crime Fiction publishers.

My fingers are crossed in a big way for THE RANGER. I have read Mr. Atkins going back to CROSSROAD BLUES. It is always great to see authors who you love recognized. Even if THE RANGER fails to capture the big prize I hope it brings more people to his work. 

Good luck to all the authors. I hope the night is a blast no matter how things end up. Cheers!

THE RANGER - Ace Atkins -Penguin Group USA – G.P. Putnam’s Sons

BENT ROAD - Lori Roy - Penguin Group USA - Dutton

THE FACES OF ANGELS - Lucretia Grindle - Felony and Mayhem Press

THE SAVAGE CITY: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge - T.J. English -HarperCollins – William Morrow

ON CONAN DOYLE: Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling - Michael Dirda - Princeton University Press

"THE CASE OF DEATH AND HONEY" – A Study in Sherlock - Neil Gaiman -Random House Publishing Group – Bantam Books

VANISHED - Sheela Chari -Disney Book Group – Disney Hyperion

THE GIRL IS MURDER - Kathryn Miller Haines -Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group – Roaring Creek Press

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club - Jeffrey Hatcher - Arizona Theatre Company, Phoenix, AZ

“Pilot” – Homeland, Teleplay - Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff - Showtime


Leslie said…
I think you got two right, Dirda and "Homeland." It was a tough year to call it!

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