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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  • Final Appeal

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    To Philadelphia lawyer Grace Rossi, who's starting over after a divorce, a part-time job with a federal appeals court sounds perfect. But Grace doesn't count on being assigned to an explosive death penalty appeal. Nor does she expect ardor in the court in the form of an affair with her boss, Chief Judge Armen Gregorian. Then the truly unimaginable happens and Grace finds herself investigating a murder.

    Terri says: "Not typical Scottoline"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Paperback Original 1995
  • The Sculptress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Minette Walters
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Everyone knows Olive Martin, the huge and menacing woman who was found five years ago with the carved-up bodies of her mother and younger sister. Everyone knows how she pleaded guilty to murder at her trial. And everyone knows not to anger the Sculptress even now that she is safely locked in prison for a minimum of 25 years.

    Kathy says: "Good story, poor narration"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Novel, 1994
  • Dead Folks Blues: A Harry James Denton Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Steven Womack
    • Narrated By Ron Verela
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Thirtysomething, divorced, and working part-time as a car repossessor to stay out of the poorhouse, ex-newspaperman turned private detective Harry James Denton needs clients. But he's surprised when Rachel Fletcher, the woman who stole his heart in college, comes through his Nashville office door.

    Judy says: "Funny!"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Paperback Original 1994
  • Bootlegger's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (188)

    Attorney Deborah Knott is North Carolina's answer to V.I. Warshawski, a legal sleuth with a knack for sniffing out the most baffling crimes. Deborah has just done the unthinkable: entered the heated race for judge of old-boy-ruled Colleton County. The only female candidate, she's busy reeling in voters and giving campaign speeches. There couldn't be a worse time for Gayle Whitehead to beg Deborah to investigate the 18-year-old unsolved murder of Gayle's mother, Janie.

    Veronica says: "Excellent -book"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Novel, 1993
  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6497)
    Performance
    (4323)
    Story
    (4333)

    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "What a Terrific Book"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best First Novel, 1993
  • Slow Motion Riot

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Peter Blauner
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    On an urban battleground dangerously divided along racial lines, probation officer Steve Baum is desperately struggling to hold on to the last remaining shreds of his idealism, until Darryl King invades his world. A deranged young sociopath, one of the most bloodthirsty creations of a diseased society, Darryl has come to drag Baum along with him into an inescapable morass of terror and corruption.

    Joseph says: "Works too hard"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best First Novel, 1992
  • Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By David Simon
    • Narrated By Reed Diamond
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (172)

    A highly acclaimed journalistic masterpiece and true crime classic, Homicide illustrates a year in the life of the detectives of the Homicide Unit in the city of Baltimore. David Simon, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, spent 4 tears on the police beat before taking a leave of absence to write this book.

    Chris says: "It's abridged!"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Fact Crime, 1992
  • Black Cherry Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    Overall
    (882)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (573)

    Dave Robicheaux had begun to put the pieces of his broken life together again when an old friend turned up on his doorstep, dredging up old memories and new threats.

    Geoff says: "Fantastic"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Novel, 1990
  • Bimbos of the Death Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sharyn McCrumb
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Edgar Award-winning author Sharyn McCrumb brings her storytelling talent and keen eye for satire to this hilarious spoof of the bizarre culture surrounding sci-fi/fantasy fandom. It all takes place at Rubicon, the science fiction and fantasy convention of your nightmares.

    Barbara says: "Ghastly reader makes for painful listen"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Paperback Original 1988
  • When the Bough Breaks

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Jonathan Kellerman has gained a loyal legion of fans with his best selling series of thrillers featuring child psychologist Alex Delaware. In When the Bough Breaks - the novel that started it all - Delaware is irresistably drawn to the case of a terrified child who is the only witness in a horrific double murder.

    Darline says: "I liked this mystery."
    Edgar Award Winner, Best First Novel, 1986
  • Billingsgate Shoal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rick Boyer
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    First, a fishing trawler runs aground on the Massachusetts shore. Then, a young scuba diver sent to investigate the wreck is found floating lifeless in the water. Doc Adams, the unhappy friend of the unlucky aquarian, has just been launched through the stormy seas and blood-flecked sands of the Cape Cod coast to plumb a murder he should have prevented. There he uncovers a hidden treasure in illegal arms and barely survives a near-fatal confrontation with a gun.

    Bull says: "Better writing than plotting"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Novel, 1983
  • The Butcher's Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (486)

    Thomas Perry's Edgar Award-winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government.

    richard says: "A writer with extreme talents."
    Edgar Award Winner, Best First Novel, 1983
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2129)
    Performance
    (1479)
    Story
    (1478)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    karen says: "In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best First Novel, 1982
  • Whip Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (66)

    Sid Halley had one good hand and another made of metal. Five hundred pounds of horse had landed on him, directly ending his career as a brilliant jockey – and indirectly ending his marriage to the woman he loved. He had become a private investigator, quite a good one, though his new life could never erase the haunting memories of his past glories.

    Dennis says: "Well written, very British"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Novel, 1981
  • The Lasko Tangent

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Ken Howard
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Self-made millionaire William Lasko has an eye for wealth and the ear of the President and a talent for using both to get whatever he wants. But the Economic Crimes Commission wants to bring the corrupt, untouchable Lasko down, and they enlist the services of straightlaced U.S. Attorney Christopher Paget to do it. Paget has to walk a tightrope, gathering enough evidence to nail Lasko without alienating the White House, knowing full well that men like Lasko make their own rules - including the elimination of enemies like him.

    Rob says: "Sounds as though it was actually "phoned in""
    Edgar Award Winner, Best First Novel, 1980
  • Eye of the Needle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Eric Lincoln
    Overall
    (2382)
    Performance
    (1413)
    Story
    (1416)

    One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

    Arnold says: "On the edge of my seat"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Novel, 1979
  • The Thomas Berryman Number

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    The Thomas Berryman Number begins with three terrifying murders in the South. It ends with a relentless and unforgettable manhunt in the North. In between is the riveting story of a chilling assassin, the woman he loves, and the beloved leader he is hired to kill with extreme prejudice.

    Annette says: "Not a favorite!"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best First Novel, 1977
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