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Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Edgar Award Winners and Nominees

Complete List of All Since 1970

The Edgar Awards, which first were awarded in 1946, are given in a number of different categories. All Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winners and Nominees since the award began in 1970 are listed below.

1999 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE WIDOWER'S TWO-STEP, by Rick Riordan (Bantam Books)
Nominated:
ATLANTA GRAVES, by Ruth Birmingham (Berkley Prime Crime)
BUTCHER'S HILL, by Laura Lippman (Avon Books)
ZEN ATTITUDE, by Sujata Massey (HarperPaperbacks)
MURDER MANUAL, by Steven Womack (Ballantine Books)

1998 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: CHARM CITY, by Laura Lippman (Avon)
Nominated:
HOME AGAIN, HOME AGAIN, by Susan Rogers Cooper (Avon)
THE PRIORESS' TALE, by Margaret Frazer (Berkley Prime Crime)
TARNISHED ICONS, by Stuart M Kaminsky (Ivy Books)
SUNSET AND SANTIAGO, by Gloria White (Dell)

1997 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: FADE AWAY by Harlan Coben (Dell)
Nominated:
THE GRASS WIDOW, by Teri Holbrook
STOLEN WORDS, by Sharon Drury
TRIBE, by R. D. Zimmerman
WALKING RAIN, by Susan Wade

1996 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: TARNISHED BLUE by William Heffernan (Onyx)
Nominated:
DEAL BREAKER by Harlan Coben (Dell)
HIGH DESERT MALICE by Kirk Mitchell (Avon)
CHARGED WITH GUILT by Gloria White (Dell)
HARD FROST by R. D. Wingfield (Bantam)

1995 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: FINAL APPEAL by Lisa Scottoline (Harper)
Nominated:
THE BROKEN-HEARTED DETECTIVE by Milton Bass (Pocket)
VIPER QUARRY by Dean Feldmeyer (Pocket)
POWER OF ATTORNEY by Walter Sorrells (Avon)
SUNRISE by Chassie West (Harper)

1994 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: DEAD FOLK'S BLUES by Steven Womack (Ballantine)
Nominated:
THE SERVANT'S TALE by Margaret Frazer (Jove/Berkley)
TONY'S JUSTICE by Eugene Izzi (Bantam)
BEYOND SARU by T. A. Roberts (Cliffhanger)
EVERYWHERE THAT MARY WENT by Lisa Scottoline (Harper)

1993 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: A COLD DAY FOR MURDER by Dana Stabenow (Berkley)
Nominated:
THE GOOD FRIDAY by Lee Harris (Fawcett)
PRINCIPAL DEFENSE by Gini Hartzmark (Ivy)
SHALLOW GRAVES by William Jefferies (Avon)
NIGHT CRUISE by Billie Sue Mosiman (Jove)

1992 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: DARK MAZE by Thomas Adcock (Pocket Books)
Nominated:
MURDER IN THE DOG DAYS by P. M. Carlson (Bantam)
CRACKING UP by Ed Naha (Pocket Books)
MIDTOWN NORTH by Christopher Newman (Fawcett)
FINE DISTINCTIONS by Deborah Valentine (Avon)

1991 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: Nominated:
COMEBACK by L. L. Enger (Pocket Books)
NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING by Jane Haddam (Bantam)
DEAD IN THE SCRUB by B. J. Oliphant (Fawcett)
SPQR by John Maddox Roberts (Avon)

1990 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE RAIN by Keith Peterson (Bantam)
Nominated:
A COLLECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHS by Deborah Valentine (Bantam)
HOT WIRE by Randy Russell (Bantam)
KING OF THE HUSTLERS by Eugene Izzi (Bantam)
MANHATTAN IS MY BEAT by Jeffery Wilds Deaver (Bantam)

1989 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE TELLING OF LIES by Timothy Findley (Dell)
Nominated:
A RADICAL DEPARTURE by Lia Matera (Bantam)
JUDGEMENT BY FIRE by Fredrick D. Huebner (Fawcett)
PREACHER by Ted Thackrey, Jr. (Jove)
TRAPDOOR by Keith Peterson (Bantam)

1988 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: BIMBOS OF THE DEATH SUN by Sharyn McCrumb (TSR)
Nominated:
BULLSHOT by Gabrielle Kraft (Pocket Books)
DEADLY INTRUSION by Walter Dillon (Bantam)
THE LONG WAY TO DIE by James N. Frey (Bantam)
THE MONKEY'S RAINCOAT by Robert Crais (Bantam)

1987 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE JUNKYARD DOG by Robert Campbell (Signet)
Nominated:
THE CAT WHO SAW RED by Lilian Jackson Braun (Jove)
HAZZARD by R. D. Brown (Bantam)
RONIN by Nick Christian (Tor)
SHATTERED MOON by Kate Green (Dell)

1986 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: PIGS GET FAT by Warren Murphy (NAL)
Nominated:
BLACK GRAVITY by Conall Ryan (Ballantine)
BLUE HERON by Philip Ross (Tor)
BROKEN IDOLS by Sean Flannery (Charter)
POVERTY BAY by Earl W. Emerson (Avon)

1985 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: GRANDMASTER by Warren Murphy and Molly Cochran (Pinnacle)
Nominated:
BLACK KNIGHT IN RED SQUARE by Stuart M. Kaminsky (Charter)
THE KEYS TO BILLY TILLIO by Eric Blau (Pinnacle)
THE SEVENTH SACRAMENT by Roland Cutler (Dell)
WORDS CAN KILL by Kenn Davis (Fawcett Crest)

1984 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: MRS. WHITE by Margaret Tracy (Dell)
Nominated:
FALSE PROPHETS by Sean Flannery (Charter)
HUNTER by Eric Sauter (Avon)
KILL FACTOR by Richard Harper (Fawcett)
TRACE by Warren Murphy (Signet)

1983 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: TRIANGLE by Teri White (Ace/Charter)
Nominated:
CLANDESTINE by James Ellroy (Avon)
THE MISSING AND THE DEAD by Jack Lynch (Fawcett)
VITAL SIGNS by Ralph Burrows, M.D. (Fawcett)

1982 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE OLD DICK by L.A. Morse (Avon)
Nominated:
DEAD HEAT by Ray Obstfeld (Charter)
DEADLINE by John Dunning (Fawcett)
PIN by Andrew Neiderman (Pocket)
THE UNFORGIVEN by Patricia J. MacDonald (Dell)

1981 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: PUBLIC MURDERS by Bill Granger (Jove)
Nominated:
TOUGH LUCK, L.A. by Murray Sinclair (Pinnacle)
BLOOD INNOCENTS by Thomas H. Cook (Playboy)
LOOKING FOR GINGER NORTH by John Dunning (Fawcett)

1980 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE HOG MURDERS by William L. DeAndrea (Avon)
Nominated:
THE KREMLIN CONSPIRACY by Sean Flannery (Charter)
VORTEX by David Heller (Avon)
THE QUEEN IS DEAD by Glen Keger (Jove)
THE INFERNAL DEVICE by Michael Kurland (New American Library)

1979 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: DECEIT AND DEADLY LIES by Frank Bandy (Charter)
Nominated:
STUD GAME by David Anthony (Pocketbooks)
THE SWITCH by Elmore Leonard (Bantam)
HEARTSTONE by Philip Margolin (Pocket Books)
CHARNEL HOUSE by Graham Masterton (Pinnacle)

1978 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE QUARK MANEUVER by Mike Jahn (Ballantine)
Nominated:
TIME TO MURDER AND CREATE by Lawrence Block (Dell)
THEY'VE KILLED ANNA by Mark Olden (Signet)
THE TERRORIZERS by Donald Hamilton (Gold Medal)

1977 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: CONFESS, FLETCH by Gregory Mcdonald (Avon)
Nominated:
THE CAPTIVE CITY by Daniel Da Cruz (Ballantine)
FREEZE FRAME by R.R. Irvine (Popular Library)
THE DARK SIDE by Kenn Davis and John Stanley (Avon)
THE RETALIATORS by Donald Hamilton (Fawcett)

1976 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: AUTOPSY by John R. Feegel (Avon)
Nominated:
THE ASSASSINATION by David Vowell (Bantam)
THE MIDAS COFFIN by Simon Quinn (Dell)
CHARLIE'S BACK IN TOWN by Jacqueline Park (Popular Library)
THE SET-UP by Robin Moore and Milt Machlin (Pyramid)

1975 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE CORPSE THAT WALKED by Roy Winsor (Fawcett)
Nominated:
FLATS FIXED - AMONG OTHER THINGS by Don Tracy (Pocket Books)
THE GRAVY TRAIN HIT by Curtis Stevens (Dell)
JUMP CUT by R.R. Irvine (Popular Library)
WHO KILLED MR. GARLAND'S MISTRESS? by Richard Forrest (Pinnacle)

1974 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: DEATH OF AN INFORMER by Will Perry (Pyramid)
Nominated:
THE BIG FIX by Roger L. Simon (Straight Arrow)
DEADLOCKED! by Leo P. Kelley (Facett Gold Medal)
THE MEDITERRANEAN CAPER by Clive Cussler (Pyramid)
STARLING STREET by Dinah Palmtag (Dell)

1973 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE INVADER by Richard Wormser (Gold Medal)
Nominated:
NOT DEAD YET by Daniel Banko (Gold Medal)
POWER KILL by Charles Runyon (Gold Medal)
THE SMITH CONSPIRACY by Richard Neely (Signet)

1972 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: FOR MURDER I CHARGE MORE by Frank McAuliffe (Ballantine)
Nominated:
THE WHITE WOLVERINE CONTRACT by Philip Atlee (Gold Medal)
SPACE FOR HIRE by William F. Nolan (Lancer Books)
NOR SPELL, NOR CHARM by Alicen White (Lancer Books)
AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Charles Williams (Signet Books)

1971 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: FLASHPOINT by Dan J. Marlowe (Gold Medal)
Nominated:
THE DROWNING by Jack Ehrlich (Pocket Books)
O.D. AT SWEET CLAUDE'S by Matt Gattzden (Belmont)
AFTER THINGS FELL APART by Ron Goulart (Ace)
GRAVE DESCEND by John Lange (Signet Books)
MAFIOSO by Peter McCurtin (Belmont)

1970 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE DRAGON'S EYE by Scott C. S. Stone (Gold Medal)
Nominated:
ASSAULT ON MING by Alan Caillou (Avon)
THE SOUR LEMON SCORE by Richard Stark (Gold Medal)
THE GOVERNESS by Elsie Cromwell (Paperback Library)
A PLAGUE OF SPIES by Michael Kurland (Pyramid)