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Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Edgar Award Winners and Nominees

Complete List of All Since 1946

The Edgar Awards, which first were awarded in 1946, are given in a number of different categories. All Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winners and Nominees since the award began are listed below.

1999 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: A COLD DAY IN PARADISE, by Steve Hamilton (St. Martin's Press)
Nominated:
RECKLESS HOMICIDE, by Ira Genberg (St. Martin's Press)
NUMBERED ACCOUNT, by Christopher Reich (Delacorte)
NICE, by Jen Sacks (St. Martin's Press)
A CRIMINAL APPEAL, by D.R. Schanker (St. Martin's Press)

1998 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: LOS ALAMOS, by Joseph Kanon (Broadway Books)
Nominated:
A CRIME IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, by Suzanne Berne (Algonquin Books)
BIRD DOG, by Phillip Reed (Pocket Books)
FLOWER NET, by Lisa See (HarperCollins)
23 SHADES OF BLACK, by K.J.A. Wishnia (Imaginary Press)

1997 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: SIMPLE JUSTICE, by John Morgan Wilson (Bantam)
Nominated:
BONITA FAYE, by Margaret Mosely
A BROTHER'S BLOOD, by Michael White
THE QUEEN'S MAN, by Sharon Kay Penman
A TEST OF WILLS, by Charles Todd

1996 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: PENANCE, by David Housewright (Foul Play Press)
Nominated:
TIGHT SHOT by Kevin Allman (St. Martin's)
MURDER IN SCORPIO by Martha C. Lawrence (St. Martin's)
THE HARRY CHRONICLES by Allan Pedrazas (St. Martin's)
FIXED IN HIS FOLLY by David J. Walker (St. Martin's)

1995 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE CAVEMAN'S VALENTINE, George Dawes Green (Warner Books)
Nominated:
ONE FOR THE MONEY by Janet Evanovich (Scribner's)
MALLORY'S ORACLE by Carol O'Connell (Putnam)
SUSPICION OF INNOCENCE by Barbara Parker (Dutton)
BIG TOWN by Dough J. Swanson (HarperCollins)

1994 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: A GRAVE TALENT, by Laurie King (St. Martin's)
Nominated:
THE LIST OF 7, by Mark Frost (Wm. Morrow)
CRIMINAL SEDUCTION, by Darian North (Dutton)
THE BALLAD OF ROCKY RUIZ, by Manuel Ramos (St. Martin's)
ZADDIK, by David Rosenbaum (Mysterious Press)

1993 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE BLACK ECHO, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
Nominated:
TRAIL OF MURDER, by Christine Andreae (St. Martin's)
TRICK OF THE EYE, by Jane Stanton Hitchcock (Dutton)
LADYSTINGER, by Craig Smith (Crown)

1992 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: SLOW MOTION RIOT, by Peter Blauner (Wm. Morrow)
Nominated:
DEADSTICK, by Terence Faherty (St. Martin's)
DEADLINE, by Marcy Heidish (St. Martin's)
ZERO AT THE BONE, by Mary Willis Walker (St. Martin's)
A COOL BREEZE IN THE UNDERGROUND, by Don Winslow (St. Martin's)

1991 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: POST MORTEM, by Patricia Daniels Cornwell (Scribner's)
Nominated:
COME NIGHTFALL, by Gary Amo (Pinnacle)
PASSION PLAY, by W. Edward Blain (Putnam)
NOBODY LIVES FOREVER, by Edna Buchanan (Random House)
DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS, by Walter Mosley (Norton)

1990 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE LAST BILLABLE HOUR, by Susan Wolfe (St. Martin's)
Nominated:
BLOOD UNDER THE BRIDGE, by Bruce Zimmerman (Harper & Row)
HIDE AND SEEK, by Barry Berg (St. Martin's)
THE MOTHER SHADOW, by Melodie Johnson Howe (Viking)
THE STORY OF ANNIE D., by Susan Taylor Chehak (Houghton Mifflin)

1989 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: CAROLINA SKELETONS, by David Stout (Mysterious Press)
Nominated:
A GREAT DELIVERANCE, by Elizabeth George (Bantam)
JULIAN SOLO, by Shelly Reuben (Dodd, Mead)
MURDER ONCE DONE, by Mary Lou Bennett (Perseverance Press)
THE MURDER OF FRAU SCHUTZ, by J. Madison Davis (Walker)

1988 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: DEATH AMONG STRANGERS, by Deidre S. Laiken (Macmillan)
Nominated:
DETECTIVE, by Parnell Hall (Donald I. Fine)
HEAT LIGHTNING, by John Lantigua (Putnam)
LOVER MAN, by Dallas Murphy (Scribner's)
THE SPOILER, by Domenic Stansberry (Atlantic Monthly Press)

1987 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: NO ONE RIDES FOR FREE, by Larry Beinhart (Wm. Morrow)
Nominated:
DEAD AIR, by Mike Lupica (Villard)
FLOATER, by Joseph Koenig (Mysterious Press)
LOST, by Gary Devon (Knopf)
RICEBURNER, by Richard Hyer (Scribner's)

1986 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, by Jonathan Kellerman (Atheneum)
Nominated:
THE ADVENTURE OF THE ECTOPLASMIC MAN, by Daniel Stashower (Wm. Morrow)
THE GLORY HOLE MURDERS, by Tony Fennelly (Carroll & Graf)
SLEEPING DOG, by Dick Lochte (Arbor House)

1985 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: STRIKE THREE, YOU'RE DEAD, by R. D. Rosen (Walker)
Nominated:
A CREATIVE KIND OF KILLER, by Jack Early (Franklin Watts)
FOUL SHOT, by Doug Hornig (Scribner's)
SOMEONE ELSE'S GRAVE, by Alison Smith (St. Martin's)
SWEET, SAVAGE DEATH, by Orania Papazoglou (Doubleday Crime Club)

1984 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE BAY PSALM BOOK MURDER, by Will Harriss (Walker)
Nominated:
CAROLINE MINUSCULE, by Andrew Taylor (Dodd, Mead)
DEAD MAN'S THOUGHTS, by Carolyn Wheat (St. Martin's)
THE GOLD SOLUTION, by Herbert Resnicow (St. Martin's)
RED DIAMOND, PRIVATE EYE, by Mark Schorr (St. Martin's)

1983 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE BUTCHER'S BOY, by Thomas Perry (Scribner's)
Nominated:
BY FREQUENT ANGUISH, by S.F.X Dean (Walker)
IN THE HEAT OF THE SUMMER, by John Katzenbach (Atheneum)
TWO IF, by SEA, by Ernest Savage (Scribner's)
UNHOLY COMMUNION, by Richard Hughes (Doubleday)

1982 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: CHIEFS, by Stuart Woods (Norton)
Nominated:
THE BLACK GLOVE, by Geoffrey Miller (Viking)
GIANT KILLER, by Vernon Tom Hyman (Marek)
MURDER AT THE RED OCTOBER, by Anthony Olcott (Academy Chicago)
NOT A THROUGH STREET, by Ernest Larsen (Random House)

1981 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE WATCHER, by K. Nolte Smith (Coward, McCann & Geoghegan)
Nominated:
WINDS OF THE OLD DAYS, by Betsy Aswald (Dial)
THE REMBRANDT PANEL, by Oliver Banks (Little, Brown)
DOUBLE NEGATIVE, by David Carkeet (Dial)
THE OTHER ANN FLETCHER, by Susanne Jaffe (NAL)

1980 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE LASKO TANGENT, by Richard North Patterson (Norton)
Nominated:
NIGHT TRAINS, by Peter Heath Fine (Lippincott)
FOLLOW THE LEADER, by John Logue (Crown)

1979 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: KILLED IN THE RATINGS, by William L. DeAndrea (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich)
Nominated:
THE SCOURGE, by Thomas L. Dunne (Coward, McCann & Geoghegan)
FALLING ANGEL, by William Hjortsberg (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich)
BLOOD SECRETS, by Craig Jones (Harper & Row)
THE MEMORY OF EVA RYKER, by Donald A. Stanwood (Coward, McCann & Geoghegan)

1978 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: A FRENCH FINISH, by Robert Ross (Putnam)
Nominated:
DEWEY DECIMATED, by Charles A. Goodrun (Crown)
THE FAN, by Bob Randall (Random House)

1977 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE THOMAS BERRYMAN NUMBER, by James Patterson (Little, Brown)
Nominated:
STRAIGHT, by Steve Knickmeyer (Random House)
YOUR DAY IN THE BARREL, by Alan Furst (Atheneum)
FINAL PROOF, by Marie R. Reno (Harper & Row)
THE BIG PAY-OFF, by Janice Law (Houghton-Mifflin)

1976 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE ALVAREZ JOURNAL, by Rex Burns (Harper & Row)
Nominated:
THE DEVALINO CAPER, by A.J. Russell (Random House)
HARMATTAN, by Thomas Klop (Bobbs-Merrill)
WALTZ ACROSS TEXAS, by Max Crawford (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
PAPERBACK THRILLER, by Lynn Meyer (Random House)

1975 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: FLETCH, by Gregory Mcdonald (Bobbs-Merrill)
Nominated:
THE JONES MAN, by Vern E. Smith (Henry Regnery)
THE KREUTZMAN FORMULA, by Virgil Scott and Dominic Koski (Simon & Schuster) SATURDAY GAMES, by Brown Meggs (Random House)
TARGET PRACTICE, by Nicholas Meyer (Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich)

1974 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE BILLION DOLLAR SURE THING, by Paul E. Erdman (Scribner's)
Nominated:
KICKED TO DEATH, by A CAMEL, by Clarence Jackson (Harper & Row)
MAN ON A STRING, by Michael Wolfe (Harper & Row)
MANY HAPPY RETURNS, by Justin Scott (David McKay)
SOMEONE'S DEATH, by Charles Larson (Lippincott)

1973 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: SQUAW POINT, by R.H. Shimer (Harper & Row)
Nominated:
BOX 100, by Frank Leonard (Harper & Row)
THE DEAD OF WINTER, by William H. Hallahan (Bobbs-Merrill)
THE HEART OF THE DOG, by Thomas A. Roberts (Random House)
A PERSON SHOULDN'T DIE LIKE THAT, by Arthur Goldstein (Random House)

1972 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: FINDING MAUBEE, by A.H.Z. Carr (Putnam)
Nominated:
GYPSY IN AMBER, by Martin Cruz Smith (Putnam)
ASK THE RIGHT QUESTION, by Michael Z. Lewin (Putnam)
TO SPITE HER FACE, by Hildegarde Dolson (Lippincott)
THE STALKER, by Bill Pronzini (Random House)

1971 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE ANDERSON TAPES, by Lawrence Sanders (Putnam)
Nominated:
INCIDENT AT 125th STREET, by J.E. Brown (Doubleday)
TAKING GARY FELDMAN, by Stanley Cohen (Putnam)
THE BLESSING WAY, by Tony Hillerman (Harper & Row)
THE NAKED FACE, by Sidney Sheldon (Wm. Morrow)

1970 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: A TIME FOR PREDATORS, by Joe Gores (Random House)
Nominated:
YOU'LL LIKE MY MOTHER, by Naomi Hintze (Putnam)
QUICKSAND, by Myrick Land (Harper & Row)

1969 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: TIE: SILVER STREET, by E. Richard Johnson (Harper & Row) and THE BAIT, by Dorothy Uhnak (Simon & Schuster)
Nominated:
THE DINOSAUR, by Lawrence Kamarck (Random House)

1968 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: ACT OF FEAR, by Michael Collins (Dodd, Mead)
Nominated:
MORTISSIMO, by P.E.H. Dunston (Random House)
THE KILLING SEASON, by John Redgate (Trident)
THE TIGERS ARE HUNGRY, by Charles Early (Wm. Morrow)
HELL GATE, by James Dawson (McKay)

1967 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE COLD WAR SWAP, by Ross Thomas (Morrow)
Nominated:
A KIND OF TREASON, by Robert S. Elegant (Holt, Rinehart & Winston)
FANCY'S KNELL, by Babs Deal (Doubleday)
THE PEDESTAL, by George Lanning (Harper & Row)

1966 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, by John Ball (Harper & Row)
Nominated:
BEFORE THE BALL WAS OVER, by Alexandra Roudybush (Doubleday Crime Club)
THE EXPENDABLE SPY, by Jack D. Hunter (Dutton)
THE FRENCH DOLL, by Vincent McConner (Hill & Wang)

1965 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: FRIDAY THE RABBI SLEPT LATE, by Harry Kemelman (Crown)
Nominated:
THE GRAVEMAKER'S HOUSE, by Rubin Weber (Harper & Row)
IN THE LAST ANALYSIS, by Amanda Cross (Macmillan)

1964 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: FLORENTINE FINISH, by Cornelius Hirschberg (Harper & Row)
Nominated:
THE PROWLER, by Frances Rickett (Simon & Schuster)
THE NEON HAYSTACK, by James M. Ullman (Simon & Schuster)
THE FIFTH WOMAN, by H. Fagyas (Doubleday Crime Club)

1963 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE FUGITIVE, by Robert L. Fish (Simon & Schuster)
Nominated:
COUNTERWEIGHT, by Daniel Broun (Holt, Rinehart & Winston)
THE CHASE, by Richard Unekis (Walker)

1962 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE GREEN STONE, by Suzanne Blanc (Harper)
Nominated:
FELONY TANK, by Malcolm Braley (Gold Medal)
CLOSE HIS EYES, by Olivia Dwight (Harper)
THE CIPHER, by Alex Gordon (Simon & Schuster)
NIGHT OF THE KILL, by Breni James (Simon & Schuster)
SHOCK TREATMENT, by Winfred Van Atta (Doubleday Crime Club)

1961 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE MAN IN THE CAGE, by John Holbrooke Vance (Random House)
Nominated:
THE MERCENARIES, by Donald E. Westlake (Random House)
CASE PENDING, by Dell Shannon (Harper)
THE KILLING AT BIG TREE, by David McCarthy (Doubleday)
THE MARRIAGE CAGE, by William Johnston (Lyle Stuart)

1960 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE GREY FLANNEL SHROUD, by Henry Slesar (Random House)
Nominated:
A DREAM OF FALLING, by Mary O. Rank (Houghton-Mifflin)

1959 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE BRIGHT ROAD TO FEAR, by Richard Martin Stern (Ballantine)
Nominated:
THE MAN WHO DISAPPEARED, by Edgar J. Bohle (Random House)
NOW WILL YOU TRY FOR MURDER?, by Harry Olesker (Simon & Schuster)
DEATH OF A SPINSTER, by Frances Duncombe (Scribner's)

1958 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: KNOCK AND WAIT A WHILE, by William Rawle Weeks (Houghton-Mifflin)
Nominated:
BAY OF THE DAMNED, by Warren Carrier (John Day)
ROOT OF EVIL, by James Cross (Messner)

1957 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: REBECCA'S PRIDE, by Donald McNutt Douglass (Harper)

1956 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE PERFECTIONIST, by Lane Kauffman (Lippincott)
Nominated:
IN HIS BLOOD, by Harold R. Daniels (Dell)
MUCH ADO ABOUT MURDER, by Fred Levon (Dodd, Mead)

1955 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: GO, LOVELY ROSE, by Jean Potts (Scribner's)

1954 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: A KISS BEFORE DYING, by Ira Levin (Simon & Schuster)

1953 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: DON'T CRY FOR ME, by William Campbell Gault and E. P. Dutton, publisher
Nominated:
THE INWARD EYE, by Peggy Bacon (Scribner's)

1952 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: STRANGLE HOLD, by Mary McMullen and Harper Bros., publisher
Nominated:
CARRY MY COFFIN SLOWLY, by Lee Herrington (Simon & Schuster)
THE CHRISTMAS CARD MURDERS, by David William Meredith (Knopf)
CURE IT WITH HONEY, by Thurston Scott (Harper)
THE ELEVENTH HOUR, by Robert B. Sinclair (Mill)

1951 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: NIGHTMARE IN MANHATTAN, by Thomas Walsh (Little, Brown)
Nominated:
THE HOUSE WITHOUT A DOOR, by Thomas Sterling (Simon & Schuster)
HAPPY HOLIDAY!, by Thaddeus O'Finn (Rinehart)
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, by Patricia Highsmith (Harper)

1950 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: WHAT A BODY, by Alan Green (Simon & Schuster)
Nominated:
THE INNOCENT, by Evelyn Piper (Simon & Schuster)
THE DARK LIGHT, by Bart Spicer (Dodd, Mead)
THE SHADOW AND THE BLOT, by N.D. Lobell and G.G. Lobell (Harper)
THE END IS KNOWN, by Geoffrey Holiday Hall (Simon & Schuster)
WALK THE DARK STREETS, by William Krasner (Harper)

1949 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE ROOM UPSTAIRS, by Mildred Davis and Simon & Schuster, publisher
Nominated:
WILDERS WALK AWAY, by Herbert Brean (Wm. Morrow)
SHOOT THE WORKS, by Richard Ellington (Wm. Morrow)

1948 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE FABULOUS CLIPJOINT, by Fredric Brown and E. P. Dutton & Co., publisher

1947 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE HORIZONTAL MAN, by Helen Eustis (Harper)

1946 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Winner and Nominees

Winner: WATCHFUL AT NIGHT, by Julius Fast (Rinehart & Co.)