Mystery Awards Finalists Announced

The Mystery Writers of America have just announced their nominees for the 2015 Edgar Allan Poe Awards which honors the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television. The winners will be announced at the MWA annual awards banquet on April 29, 2015. In the meantime here are the nominees for "Best Novel." (For the full list of nominees click here.)

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash
Wolf by Mo Hayder
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
The Final Silence by Stuart Neville
Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin
Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash:
After their mother dies unexpectedly, 12-year-old Easter and her 6-year-old sister Ruby are kidnapped by their errant father Wade, an ex-minor league baseball player whom they haven't seen in years, while their court appointed guardian races against time to find them before a vengeful killer does.
"Narrated in alternating voices, this book captures the reader's attention from the start and never lets go. Readers who enjoyed Cash's first book or who are fans of well-written Southern fiction will enjoy this novel." (Library Journal Reviews)

Wolf by Mo Hayder:
After a vagrant finds a dog wandering alone carrying a scrap of paper with the words "HELP US" attached it is collar, Caffery races against time to find the dog's owners, while a wealthy local family, held hostage in their remote home, fight for their lives.
"Wolf is exceptionally original in premise and nightmarish in its rendering." (BookPage Reviews)
"Dark and twisty, this gripping crime novel ... is an outstanding read..." (Library Journal Reviews)

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King:
Months after a crazed hit-and-run driver kills several attendees at a Midwestern job fair, a depressed retired cop and two unlikely allies join forces to find and stop the killer, who has sent a letter threatening another attack.
"King's interest in crime fiction was evident from his work for the Hard Case Crime imprint—The Colorado Kid (2005) and Joyland (2013)—but this is the most straight-up mystery-thriller of his career." (Booklist Reviews)

The Final Silence by Stuart Neville:
Rea Carlisle has inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. It doesn’t take her long to clear out the dead man’s remaining possessions, but one of the upstairs rooms remains stubbornly locked. When Rea finally forces it open, she discovers a chair, a table, and a leather-bound book, its pages filled with a host of chilling mementos—locks of hair, fingernails: a catalog of victims. Horrified, Rea wants to go straight to the police, but her politician father intervenes. Rea turns to disgraced police inspector Jack Lennon who is a lead suspect in another murder. Lennon suspects they're both part of a grisly conspiracy.
"Psychological thriller and police procedural blend for a pulse-pounding crime novel from a master of the genre." (Booklist Reviews)

Reinstated on the force, demoted, and wearing a chip on his shoulder, Rebus re-teams with internal affairs officer, Malcolm Fox, to solve a cold case from 30 years ago in the 19th book in the Rebus series and the third one featuring Fox.
"Rankin's intricate plot and well-developed characters make this novel a must-read for Rankin fans, who will especially enjoy the Rebus-Fox matchup... the author makes his latest title and his enigmatic protagonist accessible to new readers." (Library Journal Express Reviews)

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter:
A standalone thriller by the best-selling author of Unseen is set in 1974 Atlanta and finds reluctant rookie cop Kate Murphy teamed with agenda-seeking Maggie Lawson in a manhunt for a cop killer.
"Winning leads, the retro setting, and a riveting plot make this one of Slaughter's best." (Booklist Reviews)

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