1999 Edgar Award Nominee Bios
Best Novel Nominees
Mr. White's Confession (Picador USA, a division of St. Martin's Press)
Robert Clark is the author of "In the Deep Midwinter," a novel; "River of the West," a cultural history of the Columbia River, and "The Solace of Food," a biography of James Beard. A native of St. Paul, he now lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. "Mr. White's Confession" has already received the PNBA Book Award.
Blood Work (Little, Brown & Co.)
Michael Connelly is a former Los Angeles Times crime reporter who was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is a past Edgar Award winner with seven novels featuring Los Angeles homicide detective Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch.
Beyond Recall (Henry Holt)
Robert Goddard is the author of 11 novels. A Cambridge graduate, he lives and writes in Hampshire, England. This year's nominee deals with family intrigue and a long-forgotten murder.
The Last Days of Il Duce (Permanent Press)
Domenic Stansberry sets this revenge and love mystery work which marks his second Edgar nomination in San Francisco's North Beach Italian-American community. The author, who lives across the bay in Marin County, has also written a book of short stories titled "Exit Paradise," about Italian-Americans in California and works on projects for the film and multi-media industries.
A Likeness in Stone (St. Martin's Press)
J. Wallis Martin lives in London and is also a screen writer. The author's first psychological novel introduces retired Chief Inspector Bill Driver and deals with the two-decades-past murder of an Oxford undergraduate whose body has just been discovered.
Best First Novel by an American Author NomineesD. R. Schanker practices law in Indianapolis, the setting for his work featuring Nora Lumsey. Nora is fresh out of law school, clerking for a state judge and instructed to draft an opinion upholding the conviction of a deaf black child who has confessed to the drive-by shooting of an elderly white woman. His shorter fiction has appeared in regional literary reviews and the Chicago Tribune.
Reckless Homicide (St. Martin's Press)
Ira Genberg is a leading trial attorney in Atlanta, who has used his professional background to craft his novel about the legal aftermath of an aviation disaster in which a lawyer is tried for reckless homicide arising out of his prior successful defense of a pilot against drug use charges.
A Cold Day in Paradise (St. Martin's Press)
Steve Hamilton (St. Martin's Press)
works in the computer industry in
New York State. His entry starring Alex McKnight, former minor league
baseball player, ex-police officer and now reluctant private eye, now
in its fourth printing, won the St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers
of America Best First P.I. novel contest. His second work, "Winter of
the Wolf" will be published next winter.
Numbered Account (Delacorte)
Christopher Reich was born in Tokyo and worked for a major Swiss bank in Geneva and Zurich before deciding to become a full time writer in 1995. His work experience provides the background for the tale of a son entering the labyrinthine world of Swiss banking to track down his father's killer.
Nice (St. Martin's Press)
Jen Sacks is a freelance reporter and editor writing on finance, economics, sex, spying, defense, politics, international culture, crime and technology. A former managing editor of CEO/International Strategies, she has edited major economic works for the U.S. Department of Commerce. She lives in Manhattan, the setting for her novel, in which a young magazine editor breaks up with her lovers by murdering them rather than hurting their feelings.
A Criminal Appeal (St. Martin's Press)
Best Paperback Original Nominees
Atlanta Graves (Berkley Books)
Ruth Birmingham is the pen name of Walter Sorrells, one of whose earlier works, "Power of Attorney," was a Edgar Award nominee. This year's entry, written under the nom de plume, inaugurates a new woman private investigator series. An Atlanta resident, Sorrells is a contributing writer for the "New South Radio Drive-In" heard on National Public Radio affiliates.
Butcher's Hill (Avon Books)
Laura Lippman, a Baltimore Sun Feature writer and reporter who received an Edgar in 1997 for "Charm City," draws on her journalistic background in her third novel featuring private eye and former newspaper reporter Tess Monaghan. The latest in the series, set in Baltimore, reflects tensions in a multi-racial neighborhood.
Zen Attitude (Harper PaperBacks)
Sujata Massey lives and works in Baltimore. She got her start in mystery writing with an unpublished author's grant from Malice Domestic, was nominated for an Anthony Award for her first novel "The Salaryman's Wife" and is the creator of the amateur sleuth Rei Shimura.
Murder Manual (Ballantine Books)
Steven Womack, a former Edgar Award winner, is a Nashville native and has eight published works. His 1999 nominee is the fourth in his series featuring a bumbling ex-newspaperman turned private detective, Harry James Winton. He has also written a trilogy featuring a public relations executive/ spinmeister and screenplays for network and cable dramas.
Best True Crime Nominees
Death Sentence (Dutton)
Jerry Bledsoe, who lives in his native Virginia and North Carolina, has won many journalistic prizes, including two national Headliner and two Ernie Pyle Awards, and was a four-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize. He has written 14 books including the New York Times #1 bestseller, "Bitter Blood." "Death Sentence" examines the life of Velma Barfield, the only woman executed in the United States between 1962 and 1998.
Tough Jews (Simon & Schuster)
Richard Cohen, a Los Angeles native, is a contributing editor of "Rolling Stone." This work, based on transplanted Brooklynites, including the author's father and TV personality, Larry King's nostalgic schmoozing in a Los Angeles delicatessen about their growing-up years among local gangsters later known as "Murder Incorporated."
Greentown: Murder and Mystery in Greenwich America's Wealthiest Community (Arcade)
Timothy Dumas is a senior writer for Greenwich Magazine and grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, the site of the 1975 unsolved murder of Martha Moxley. The prime suspect in the case was Robert and Ethel Kennedy's nephew, Thomas Skakel, the last person to see the murder victim alive.
One of Ours (W.W. Norton)
Richard A. Serrano is a Washington-based national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. He was a member of the Times team which won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Rodney King riots and earlier for the Kansas City Star/Times coverage of the Hyatt Hotel skywalk collapse. He covered the Clinton impeachment. "One of Ours" is his reportage on Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing.
To the Last Breath (St. Martin's Press)
Carlton Stowers tells the story of three women's successful effort against huge obstacles to prove that a two-year-old was murdered by her own father. The author, who lives in Texas, has published more than 30 true crime books including Edgar award winner "Careless Whispers," a biography of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and many other works, which have been selected by leading major book clubs, optioned to the movies, and been the basis for a television mini-series.
Best Critical/Biographical Work Nominees
The Seven Deadly Sins in the Work of Dorothy L. Sayers (Kent State University Press)
Janice B. Brown is an Associate Professor of English Literature at Grove City College, Pennsylvania. The book, an outgrowth of her Ph.D. doctoral dissertation was written while she was in Papua, New Guinea teaching missionary children. It offers an in-depth examination of the role of the seven deadly sins, as described in early Christianity, in Sayers' 12 mystery novels and 44 short stories.
Cordially Yours, Brother Cadfael (Bowling Green University Press)
Anne K. Kaler, editor, examines Ellis Peters' series on her 12th century monk-detective Brother Cadfael. Editor Kaler is a professor of English at Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd, Pennsylvania.
Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir (St. Martin's Press)
Eddie Muller is an author, journalist, illustrator and graphic designer. "Dark City" includes more than 200 black and white photos and film noir movie posters. Muller co-authored "Grindhouse: The Forbidden World of Adults Only Cinema" and co-edited "Who Shot JFK? A Guide to all the Major Conspiracy Theories."
Midnight Dreary: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe (Rutgers University Press)
John Evangelist Walsh has written on a wide range of actual mysteries including the search for St. Peter's body, the great Piltdown fraud, and the Shroud of Turin. He also wrote literary biographies including those of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost.
Mystery and Suspense Writers (Charles Scribner's Sons Reference)
Robin Winks, editor-in-chief, and Maureen Corrigan, associate editor, trace the evolution of the genre from its 19th century origins to today. Editor Robin Winks is the Randolph W. Townsend, Jr. Professor of History at Yale. Associate editor Maureen Corrigan is adjunct professor of English at Georgetown.
Best Short Story Nominees
"Looking for David" (EQMM Feb. 1998)
Lawrence Block is the author of more than 40 books. A four-time Edgar Award winner], he has also won four Shamus Awards, and was the first recipient of the Nero Wolfe Award. He has been named a Grand Master by the MWA. His most recent works include "Hit Man" and "Everybody Dies."
Tom Franklin -no bio available
"The Halfway Woman" ()
Clark Howard -no bio available
"For Jeff" (EQMM)
Perry Michael Smith. This author's prior work includes the mystery novel "Last Rites."
"Sacrifice" (Murderous Intent Mystery Magazine)
L. L. Thrasher, who lives in Canby, Oregon, posted this story on the Internet after it had been rejected by several publications including Murderous Intent, whose editor saw it on the Web, liked it, and published it.
Best Young Adult Nominees
Finn (Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster)
Katherine Jay Bacon lives on a Vermont farm and sets her current work in a similar environment. In this, her third novel, her youthful protagonist comes to stay with his grandmother after surviving a small plane crash which killed both of his parents. Author Bacon, herself a grandmother of 26, graduated from Radcliffe College in 1978, 30 years after dropping out of school to marry and live in Paris.
PaperQuake: A Puzzle (Harcourt Brace & Company)
Kathryn Reiss teaches in the English Department of Mills College, Oakland, California. Her 1994 novel "Pale Phoenix" was an Edgar Nominee. Set in the San Francisco Bay Area "PaperQuake," focuses on a young girl's paralyzing fear of earthquakes and her find of an ominous message dating back to the 1906 San Francisco quake.
For Mike (Delacorte Press)
Shelley Sykes lives with her family in Arendtsville, Pennsylvania, where she enjoys investigating haunted houses. For Mike is the author's first novel. It was selected as an honor book in the 14th annual De La Corte Prize competition, which she submitted directly to the publisher and for which she received a $5,000 advance.
The Killer's Cousin (Delacorte Press)
Nancy Werlin lives in the Boston metropolitan area. Her tense psychological drama centers on a teen-ager just acquitted of killing his girl friend moving to the home of relatives where he is spooked by his pre-teen-age cousin who seeks to drive him from his place of refuge.
Best Children's Nominees
The Kidnappers (Atheneum)
Willo Davis Roberts has sold 93 books since launching her career in 1955. More than 20 of her books are currently in print. Three of her titles, "Megan's Island," "The Absolutely True Story," and "Twisted Summer," were previous Edgar Award winners. Four others were nominated for Edgars. She lives in Granite Falls, Washington, is married to David Roberts, a writer/photographer, has two sons, two daughters, and 12 grandchildren.
Alice Rose & Sam (Hyperion)
Kathryn Lasky has written more than 50 books for adults and children and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has been cited for the Newberry Honor, received a National Jewish Book Award for Children, and two ALA awards. This novel, set in the silver-mining town of Virginia City, Nevada, is the story of a young girl who witnesses a murder and solves it with the help of young newspaperman who later becomes famous as Mark Twain.
The Wreckers (Delacorte Press)
Iain Lawrence, a former journalist, is the caretaker at a remote radio-transmitter site on an island off the northern coast of British Columbia. In this, his first novel, he tells the story of a group living on the Cornish coast two hundred years ago who lured storm tossed ships into crashing into sharp rocks and then salvaging the ships. He has also written two non-fiction books on sailing.
Holes (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Louis Sacher grew up in Southern California where he went to law school, began writing children's stories in his spare time, and then opted for writing instead of the law. He has won the Newberry Award and the National Book Award for young peoples' literature. Holes is the story of a youngster sentenced to a boys' juvenile detention camp as the result of a miscarriage of justice and how the situation is corrected.
Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief (Knopf)
Wendelin Van Draanen, a computer science teacher in a Southern California High School, has applied her work experience with youngsters to her Sammy Keyes Mystery Series featuring the eponymous sleuth.