EDGAR AWARD WINNERS

  • 2012
  • Best Novel: Gone by Mo Hayder
  • Best First Novel: Bent Road by Lori Roy
  • Best Paperback Original: The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • Simon & Schuster/Mary Higgins Clark Award: Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry
  • 2011
  • Best Novel: The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
  • Best First Novel: Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva
  • Best Paperback Original: Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard
  • The Simon & Schuster/Mary Higgins Clark Award: The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
  • 2010
  • Best Novel: The Last Child by John Hart
  • Best First Novel: In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff
  • Best Paperback Original: Body Blows by Marc Strange
  • 2009
  • Best Novel: Blue Heaven by C. J. Box
  • Best First Novel by an American Author: The Foreigner by Francie Lin
  • Best Paperback Original: China Lake by Meg Gardiner
  • 2008
  • Best Novel: Down River by John Hart
  • Best First Novel by an American Author: In the Woods by Tana French
  • Best Paperback Original: Queenpin by Megan Abbott
  • 2007
  • Best Novel: The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin
  • Best First Novel by an American Author: The Faithful Spy by Alex Berenson
  • Best Paperback Original: Snakeskin Shamisen by Naomi Hirahara
  • 2006
  • Best Novel: Citizen Vince by Jess Walter
  • Best First Novel by an American Author: Officer Down by Theresa Schwegel
  • Best Paperback Original: Girl in the Glass by Jeffrey Ford
  • 2005
  • Best Novel: California Girl by T. Jefferson Parker
  • Best First Novel: Country of Origin by Don Lee
  • Best Paperback Original: The Confession by Domenic Stansberry
  • 2004
  • Best Novel: Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin
  • Best First Novel: Death of a Nationalist by Rebecca Pawel
  • Best Paperback Original: Find Me Again by Sylvia Maultash Warsh
  • 2003
  • Best Novel: Winter and Night by S. J. Rozan
  • Best First Novel: The Blue Edge of Midnight by Jonathon King
  • Best Paperback Original: Out of Sight by T.J. MacGregor
  • 2002
  • Best Novel: Silent Joe by T. Jefferson Parker
  • Best First Novel: Line of Vision by David Ellis
  • Best Paperback Original: Adios Muchachos by Daniel Chavarria
  • 2001
  • Best Novel: The Bottoms by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Best First Novel: Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss
  • Best Paperback Original: The Black Maria by Mark Graham
  • 2000
  • Best Novel: Bones by Jan Burke
  • Best First Novel: The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison
  • Best Paperback Original: Fulton County Blues by Ruth Birmingham
  • 1999
  • Best Novel: Mr. White's Confession by Robert Clark
  • Best First Novel: A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton
  • Best Paperback Original: The Widower's Two-Step by Rick Riordan
  • 1998
  • Best Novel: Cimarron Rose by James Lee Burke
  • Best First Novel: Los Alamos by Joseph Kanon
  • Best Paperback Original: Charm City by Laura Lippman
  • 1997
  • Best Novel: The Chatham School Affair by Thomas H. Cook
  • Best First Novel: Simple Justice by John Morgan Wilson
  • Best Paperback Original: Fade Away by Harlan Coben
  • 1996
  • Best Novel: Come to Grief by Dick Francis
  • Best First Novel: Penance by David Housewright
  • Best Paperback Original: Tarnished Blue by William Heffernan
  • 1995
  • Best Novel: The Red Scream by Mary Willis Walker
  • Best First Novel: The Caveman's Valentine by George Dawes Green
  • Best Paperback Original: Final Appeal by Lisa Scottoline
  • 1994
  • Best Novel: The Sculptress by Minette Walters
  • Best First Novel: A Grave Talent by Laurie R. King
  • Best Paperback Original: Dead Folk's Blues by Steven Womack
  • 1993
  • Best Novel: Bootlegger's Daughter by Margaret Maron
  • Best First Novel: The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
  • Best Paperback Original: A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow
  • 1992
  • Best Novel: A Dance at the Slaughterhouse by Lawrence Block
  • Best First Novel: Slow Motion Riot by Peter Blauner
  • Best Paperback Original: Dark Maze by Thomas Adcock
  • 1991
  • Best Novel: New Orleans Mourning by Julie Smith
  • Best First Novel: Postmortem by Patricia D. Cornwell
  • Best Paperback Original: The Man Who Would Be F.Scott Fitzgerald by David Handler
  • 1990
  • Best Novel: Black Cherry Blues by James Lee Burke
  • Best First Novel: The Last Billable Hour by Susan Wolfe
  • Best Paperback Original: The Rain by Keith Peterson
  • 1989
  • Best Novel: A Cold Red Sunrise by Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • Best First Novel: Carolina Skeletons by David Stout
  • Best Paperback Original: The Telling of Lies by Timothy Findley
  • 1988
  • Best Novel: Old Bones by Aaron Elkins
  • Best First Novel: Death Among Strangers by Deidre S. Laiken
  • Best Paperback Original: Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb
  • 1987
  • Best Novel: A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine
  • Best First Novel: No One Rides for Free by Larry Beinhart
  • Best Paperback Original: The Junkyard Dog by Robert Campbell
  • 1986
  • Best Novel: The Suspect by L.R. Wright
  • Best First Novel: When the Bough Breaks by Jonathan Kellerman
  • Best Paperback Original: Pigs Get Fat by Warren Murphy
  • 1985
  • Best Novel: Briar Patch by Ross Thomas
  • Best First Novel: Strike Three, You're Dead by R. D. Rosen
  • Best Paperback Original: Grandmaster by Molly Cochran, Warren Murphy
  • 1984
  • Best Novel: La Brava by Elmore Leonard
  • Best First Novel: The Bay Psalm Book Murder by Will Harriss
  • Best Paperback Original: Mrs. White by Margaret Tracy
  • 1983
  • Best Novel: Billingsgate Shoal by Rick Boyer
  • Best First Novel: The Butcher's Boy by Thomas Perry
  • Best Paperback Original: Triangle by Teri White
  • 1982
  • Best Novel: Peregrine by William Bayer
  • Best First Novel: Chiefs by Stuart Woods
  • Best Paperback Original: The Old Dick by L. A. Morse
  • 1981
  • Best Novel: Whip Hand by Dick Francis
  • Best First Novel: The Watcher by K. Nolte Smith
  • Best Paperback Original: Public Murders by Bill Granger
  • 1980
  • Best Novel: The Rheingold Route by Arthur Maling
  • Best First Novel: The Lasko Tangent by Richard North Patterson
  • Best Paperback Original: The Hog Murders by William L. DeAndrea
  • 1979
  • Best Novel: The Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
  • Best First Novel: Killed in the Ratings by William L. DeAndrea
  • Best Paperback Original: Deceit and Deadly Lies by Frank Bandy
  • 1978
  • Best Novel: Catch Me: Kill Me by William H. Hallahan
  • Best First Novel: A French Finish by Robert Ross
  • Best Paperback Original: The Quark Maneuver by Mike Jahn
  • 1977
  • Best Novel: Promised Land by Robert B. Parker
  • Best First Novel: The Thomas Berryman Number by James Patterson
  • Best Paperback Original: Confess, Fletch by Gregory McDonald
  • 1976
  • Best Novel: Hopscotch by Brian Garfield
  • Best First Novel: The Alvarez Journal by Rex Burns
  • Best Paperback Original: Autopsy by John R. Feegel
  • 1975
  • Best Novel: Peter's Pence by Jon Cleary
  • Best First Novel: Fletch by Gregory McDonald
  • Best Paperback Original: The Corpse That Walked by Roy Winsor
  • 1974
  • Best Novel: Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman
  • Best First Novel: The Billion Dollar Sure Thing by Paul E. Erdman
  • Best Paperback Original: Death of an Informer by Will Perry
  • 1973
  • Best Novel: The Lingala Code by Warren Kiefer
  • Best First Novel: Squaw Point by R.H. Shimer
  • Best Paperback Original: The Invader by Richard Wormser
  • 1972
  • Best Novel: The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
  • Best First Novel: Finding Maubee by A. H. Z. Carr
  • Best Paperback Original: For Murder I Charge More by Frank McAuliffe
  • 1971
  • Best Novel: The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo
  • Best First Novel: The Anderson Tapes by Lawrence Sanders
  • Best Paperback Original: Flashpoint by Dan J. Marlowe
  • 1970
  • Best Novel: Forfeit by Dick Francis
  • Best First Novel: A Time for Predators by Joe Gores
  • Best Paperback Original: The Dragon's Eye by Scott C. S. Stone
  • 1969
  • Best Novel: A Case of Need by Jeffery Hudson
  • Best First Novel: The Bait by Dorothy Uhnak
  • Best First Novel: Silver Street by E. Richard Johnson
  • 1968
  • Best Novel: God Save the Mark by Donald E. Westlake
  • Best First Novel: Act of Fear by Michael Collins
  • 1967
  • Best Novel: The King of the Rainy Country by Nicolas Freeling
  • Best First Novel: The Cold War Swap by Ross Thomas
  • 1966
  • Best Novel: The Quiller Memorandum by Adam Hall
  • Best First Novel: In The Heat of the Night by John Ball
  • 1965
  • Best Novel: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre
  • Best First Novel: Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman
  • 1964
  • Best Novel: The Light of Day by Eric Ambler
  • Best First Novel: Florentine Finish by Cornelius Hirschberg
  • 1963
  • Best Novel: Death and the Joyful Woman by Ellis Peters
  • Best First Novel: The Fugitive by Robert L. Fish
  • 1962
  • Best Novel: Gideon's Fire by J. J. Marric
  • Best First Novel: The Green Stone by Suzanne Blanc
  • 1961
  • Best Novel: The Progress of a Crime by Julian Symons
  • Best First Novel: The Man in the Cage by John Holbrooke Vance
  • 1960
  • Best Novel: The Hours Before Dawn by Celia Fremlin
  • Best First Novel: The Grey Flannel Shroud by Henry Slesar
  • 1959
  • Best Novel: The Eighth Circle by Stanley Ellin
  • Best First Novel: The Bright Road to Fear by Richard Martin Stern
  • 1958
  • Best Novel: Room to Swing by Ed Lacy
  • Best First Novel: Knock and Wait a While by William Rawle Weeks
  • 1957
  • Best Novel: A Dram of Poison by Charlotte Armstrong
  • Best First Novel: Rebecca's Pride by Donald McNutt Douglass
  • 1956
  • Best Novel: Beast in View by Margaret Millar
  • Best First Novel: The Perfectionist by Lane Kauffman
  • 1955
  • Best Novel: The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  • Best First Novel: Go, Lovely Rose by Jean Potts
  • 1954
  • Best Novel: Beat Not the Bones by Charlotte Jay
  • Best First Novel: A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin
  • 1953
  • Best First Novel: Don't Cry for Me by William Campbell Gault
  • 1952
  • Best First Novel: Strangle Hold by Mary McMullen
  • 1951
  • Best First Novel: Nightmare in Manhattan by Thomas Walsh
  • 1950
  • Best First Novel: What A Body by Alan Green
  • 1949
  • Best First Novel: The Room Upstairs by Mildred Davis
  • 1948
  • Best First Novel: The Fabulous Clipjoint by Fredric Brown
  • 1947
  • Best First Novel: The Horizontal Man by Helen Eustis
  • 1946
  • Best First Novel: Watchful at Night by Julius Fast
Author Comments: 

The Edgar Award, in honor of Edgar Allan Poe, is given by The Mystery Writers of America to the best in mystery fiction and nonfiction produced the previous year. Listed here are the winners in the fiction category. The first Edgar was awarded in 1954.

Highlighted books are books I've read.

http://www.mysterynet.com/edgars/previous/novel.shtml
http://www.powells.com/prizes/edgar.html