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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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  • When the Bough Breaks

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    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
    (19)
    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
    (556)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (346)

    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
    (1448)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (860)

    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.

    Old Hippy says: "Absolutely Terrific!"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best First Novel, 1982
  • Whip Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (55)

    There are two worlds in racing: winning and losing. Private detective Sid Halley has gone from one to the other - fast. First his career as a jockey ended when he lost his hand in a fall. Then his wife said a cold goodbye. Now he’s on the trail of thugs who crush losers with vicious pleasure.These are people who aim to win at any price.

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1982)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1050)

    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.

    Scott says: "A Classic WWII Spy Thriller"
    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
    (89)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    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
  • Dance Hall of the Dead

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tony Hillerman
    • Narrated By Michael Ansara
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    A Zuni Indian boy dies in a bizarre ritual slaying - and his best friend, a Navajo youth, is missing. Navajo police lieutenant Joe Leaphorn tracks the friend from Zuni village to Navajo hogan, from anthropological dig to hippie commune, across the desert of New Mexico and Arizona.

    James says: "Pace was off"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Novel, 1974
  • The Laughing Policeman: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    On a cold and rainy Stockholm night, nine bus riders are gunned down by an unknown assassin. The press, anxious for an explanation for the seemingly random crime, quickly dubs him a madman. But Superintendent Martin Beck of the Stockholm Homicide Squad suspects otherwise. This apparently motiveless killer has managed to target one of Beck's best detectives - and he, surely, would not have been riding that lethal bus without a reason.

    Michael J. Cox says: "A disappointing reader"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Novel, 1971
  • The Quiller Memorandum

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Adam Hall
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    You are a secret agent working for the British in Berlin. You are due to go home on leave, but you are being followed by the enemy - or your own people. A man meets you in the theater and briefs you on a plot to revive the power of Nazi Germany. You do not believe him, but you remember that one of the suspects mentioned was a senior SS officer you met while you were working as a spy in Nazi Germany. Next, you make contact with a beautiful girl who may know something. Someone tries to kill both of you.

    Joe Pawlowski says: "An entertaining thriller"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Novel, 1966
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2200)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (1000)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    Edgar Award Winner, Best Fact Crime, 1966
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