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Edgar Awards
Named after Edgar Allan Poe, and presented each year by the Mystery Writers of America, the Edgar Awards honor the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, television, film and theatre published or produced in the past year.
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  • The Last Child

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1047)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (417)

    his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

    Christine says: "Stick With It!"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Novel, 2010
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1810)
    Performance
    (840)
    Story
    (851)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Fact Crime, 2010
  • The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Otto Penzler (editor), Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and others
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson, Justine Eyre, John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    A great recurring character in a series you love becomes an old friend. You learn about their strange quirks and their haunted pasts and root for them every time they face danger. But where do some of the most fascinating sleuths in the mystery and thriller world really come from? What was the real-life location that inspired Michael Connelly to make Harry Bosch a Vietnam vet tunnel rat? Why is Lee Child's Jack Reacher a drifter?

    Pete says: "Read It But Don't Weep"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Critical/ Biography, 2010
  • Closed for the Season

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mary Downing Hahn
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    The weather-beaten sign on the gate of the Magic Forest says closed for the season. But when the boys ride up to the gate on their bikes, Arthur tells his new friend, Logan, that the old amusement park hasn’t been open for years. Kudzu vines have grown over everything, making the park look sinister even in broad daylight, so Logan is reluctant to go inside, but Arthur urges him on. He’s sure they’ll discover important clues to the mystery they’re trying to solve: Who killed Myrtle Donaldson? And what happened to the money she handled as head bookkeeper at the Magic Forest?

    Beau says: "A Scooby-Doo Novel"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Juvenile, 2010
  • The Postcard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tony Abbott
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    When Jason's grandmother dies, he's sent down to her home in Florida to help his father clean out her things. At first he gripes about spending his summer miles away from his best friend, doing chores, and sweating in the Florida heat, but he soon discovers a mystery surrounding his grandmother's murky past. He stumbles upon many clues that will send him on a thrilling journey to uncover family secrets.

    SoCalBonnie says: "Edgar Award Winner for kids"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Juvenile, 2009
  • The Foreigner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Francie Lin
    • Narrated By James Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Emerson Chang is a mild mannered bachelor on the cusp of 40, a financial analyst in a neatly pressed suit, a child of Taiwanese immigrants who doesn't speak a word of Chinese, and, well, a virgin. His only real family is his mother, whose subtle manipulations have kept him close, all in the name of preserving an obscure idea of family and culture. But when his mother suddenly dies, Emerson sets out for Taipei to scatter her ashes, and to convey a surprising inheritance to his younger brother, Little P.

    Diana Haynes says: "I Beg to Differ"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best First Novel, 2009
  • American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, Movie-Making, and the Crime of the Century

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Howard Blum
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (38)

    It was an explosion that reverberated across the country - and into the very heart of early-20th-century America. On the morning of October 1, 1910, the walls of the Los Angeles Times Building buckled as a thunderous detonation sent men, machinery, and mortar rocketing into the night air. When at last the wreckage had been sifted and the hospital triage units consulted, 21 people were declared dead and dozens more injured.

    D. Littman says: "very interesting popular history"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Fact Crime, 2009
  • Blue Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (164)

    A 12-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of northern Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder - four men who know exactly who the children are, and where their desperate mother is waiting patiently by the phone for news of her children's fate.

    Holly Helscher says: "Interesting Mystery"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Novel, 2009
  • Down River: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (283)

    Adam Chase has spent the last five years in New York City trying to erase his worst memories and the scorn and abandonment of his family. Then a phone call from his best friend awakens in him a torrent of emotion and pain. Having left North Carolina and its red soil for good, he never thought returning would be easy - and being remembered as a murderer doesn't help much.

    Donald says: "Best Audiobook Ever"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Novel, 2008
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4629)
    Performance
    (2685)
    Story
    (2686)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best First Novel, 2008
  • Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

    • ABRIDGED (18 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (177)

    Polls reveal that 85 percent of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Some even believe Oswald was entirely innocent. In this encyclopedic, absorbing audiobook, Vincent Bugliosi shows how the public has come to believe such lies about the day that changed the course of history. Bugliosi has devoted almost 20 years of his life to this project, and is determined to show that, despite the overwhelming popular perception, Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone.

    Lawrence D. Clayton says: "On an equal footing with Helter Skelter"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Fact Crime, 2008
  • The Janissary Tree: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jason Goodwin
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    It is 1836. Europe is modernizing, and the Ottoman Empire must follow suit. But just before the sultan announces sweeping changes, a wave of murders threatens the balance of power in his court. Who is behind them? Only one intelligence agent can be trusted to find out: Yashim Togalu, a man both brilliant and near-invisible in this world. You see, Yashim is a eunuch.

    Judith A. Weller says: "A Real Page Turner"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Novel, 2007
  • The Faithful Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2227)
    Performance
    (866)
    Story
    (859)

    John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

    Margaret says: "Faithful Spy"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best First Novel, 2007
  • Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James L. Swanson
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (970)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (310)

    The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history, the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild 12-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

    Elizabeth says: "Fascinating!"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Fact Crime, 2007
  • Room One: A Mystery or Two

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andrew Clements
    • Narrated By Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Ted Hammond loves a good mystery, and in the spring of his fifth-grade year, he's working on a big one. How can his school in the little town of Plattsford stay open next year if there are going to be only five students? Out here on the Great Plains, in western Nebraska, everyone understands that if you lose the school, you lose the town.

    Mustafa says: "Missing Book Chapters"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Juvenile, 2007
  • Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Feinstein
    • Narrated By John Feinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Steven Thomas is one of two lucky winners of the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association's contest for aspiring journalists. His prize? A trip to New Orleans and a coveted press pass for the Final Four. It's a basketball junkie's dream come true!

    Sidney says: "Enjoyable for kids and basketball fans"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Young Adult, 2006
  • California Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By T. Jefferson Parker
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Orange groves uprooted for tract houses, people flooding into Orange County, and strange new ideas in the air about war, music, sex, and drugs, and new influences including Richard Nixon and Timothy Leary. But for the Becker brothers, the past is always present and it comes crashing back when the body of the lovely and mysterious Janelle Vonn is discovered in an abandoned orange packinghouse. The Beckers and Vonns have a history, beginning with a rumble between the brothers of each clan. But boys grow up.

    Fritz says: "Preposterous"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Novel, 2005
  • Chasing Vermeer

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Blue Balliett
    • Narrated By Ellen Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay together, strange things start to happen: seemingly unrelated events connect, an eccentric old woman seeks their company, and an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears.

    Susan says: "Not great art, but a pleasant"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Juvenile, 2005
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4354)
    Performance
    (2060)
    Story
    (2079)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Fact Crime, 2004
  • Winter and Night

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By S. J. Rozan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Private detective Bill Smith is hurtled headlong into the most provocative - and personal - case of his career when he receives a chilling late-night phone call from the NYPD, who is holding his 15-year-old nephew Gary. But Gary escapes Bill's custody and disappears into the dark, unfamiliar streets. Bill and his partner, Lydia Chin, try to find the missing teen; their search takes them to a small town in New Jersey, where they discover that one of Gary's classmates was murdered.

    Edgar Award Winner, Best Novel, 2003
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