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Friday, April 29, 2005

Top mysteries of 2004

Mystery_writers_of_america For lawyers and academics who indulge a taste for crime fiction, here's the list of this year's Edgar Awards, as voted by the membership of the Mystery Writers of America:

Best Novel:
California Girl by T. Jefferson Parker

Best First Novel by an American:
Country of Origin by Don Lee

Best Paperback Original Novel:
The Confession by Domenic Stansberry

Best Critical/Biographical Work
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories edited by Leslie S. Klinger

Best Fact Crime
Conviction: Solving the Moxley Murder: A Reporter and a Detective's Twenty-Year Search for Justice by Leonard Levitt

Best Short Story
"Something About a Scar" from Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You by Laurie Lynn Drummond

Best Young Adult Mystery
In Darkness, Death by Dorothy & Thomas Hoobler

Best Juvenile Mystery
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

Best Play
Spatter Pattern (Or, How I Got Away With It) by Neal Bell

Best Television Episode
Law & Order: Criminal Intent, "Want," Teleplay by Elizabeth Benjamin. Story by René Balcer & Elizabeth Benjamin

Best TV Feature of Mini-Series
State of Play by Paul Abbott

Best Motion Picture Screenplay
A Very Long Engagement, Screenplay by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, based on the novel by Sébastien Japrisot

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