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The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars), named after Edgar Allan Poe, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America. They honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film and theatre published or produced in the past year.



  • Robert L Fish Memorial Award (since 1984)
  • Raven Award (since 1953)
  • Grand Master Award (since 1955)
  • Ellery Queen Award (since 1983)
  • Mary Higgins Clark Award (since 2001)
  • Best radio drama (1946–1960)
  • Outstanding Mystery Criticism (1946–1967)
  • Best foreign film (1949–1966)
  • Best book jacket (1955–1975)

Best Novel award winners

Winners and, where known, shortlisted titles for each year:


1954 - Charlotte Jay, Beat Not the Bones
1955 - Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye
1956 - Margaret Millar, Beast in View
1957 - Charlotte Armstrong, A Dram of Poison
1958 - Ed Lacy, Room to Swing
1959 - Stanley Ellin, The Eighth Circle


1960 - Celia Fremlin, The Hours Before Dawn
1961 - Julian Symons, Progress of a Crime
1962 - J. J. Marric, Gideon's Fire
1963 - Ellis Peters, Death and the Joyful Woman
1964 - Eric Ambler, The Light of Day
1965 - John le Carré, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
1966 - Adam Hall, The Quiller Memorandum
1967 - Nicolas Freeling, King of the Rainy Country
1968 - Donald E. Westlake, God Save the Mark
1969 - Jeffery Hudson, A Case of Need


1970 - Dick Francis, Forfeit
1971 - Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö, The Laughing Policeman
1972 - Frederick Forsyth, The Day of the Jackal
1973 - Warren Kiefer, The Lingala Code
1974 - Tony Hillerman, Dance Hall of the Dead
1975 - Jon Cleary, Peter's Pence
1976 - Brian Garfield, Hopscotch
1977 - Robert B. Parker, Promised Land
1978 - William Hallahan, Catch Me: Kill Me
1979 - Ken Follett, Eye of the Needle




2008 winners

The Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2008, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced in 2007, are Down River by John Hart for Best Novel, In the Woods by Tana French for Best First Novel By An American Author, Queenpin by Megan Abbott for Best Paperback Original, Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi for Best Fact Crime, Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Charles Foley for Best Critical/Biographical, "The Golden Gopher" - Los Angeles Noir by Susan Straight for Best Short Story, The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh for Best Juvenile, Rat Life by Tedd Arnold for Best Young Adult, Panic by Joseph Goodrich for Best Play, "Pilot" - Burn Notice, Teleplay by Matt Nix for Best Television Episode Teleplay, Michael Clayton, Screenplay by Tony Gilroy for Best Motion Picture Screenplay. The Robert L. Fish Memorial Award was presented to "The Catch" - Still Waters by Mark Ammons (Level Best Books).

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