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Guyot

Phil Hawley got ripped off.

Seems as though many first novelists who debut in PBO get stuck "in between" categories.

Too bad. Other than that, the list is pretty good, imho, with the exception of one or two obvious FOMWA noms.

I am pulling for Megan Abbott, though I don't know her. But she is great.

Guyot

It's also always fun to see MWA throw in their "literary" noms, to try and bring more mainstream pub to the organization.

Not completely fair, but it always makes me grin.

David J. Montgomery

About typical of the Edgars (or any awards for that matter). Some good choices, some glaring omissions, and some real p.o.s. puzzlers. At least I've heard of almost all the books this year (in the major categories).

For the top 3 categories, here would be my winners out of these:

BEST NOVEL
Down River by John Hart (St. Martin's Minotaur)

BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR
Missing Witness by Gordon Campbell (HarperCollins – William Morrow)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
Who is Conrad Hirst? by Kevin Wignall (Simon & Schuster)

I doubt those 3 will win, but they would be very respectable choices.

Norm

I have only read In The Woods and Priest, and both are stunning novels and would be worthy winners in their categories.
But I thought Tana French was Irish?

David J. Montgomery

Oh man, that Tana French book was UNreadable. I can't imagine how it was nominated. Reading it was like having toothpicks stuck in my eyes.

But you bring up an interesting point... According to the book jacket, she lived in the States at one point, but it indicates she's from Ireland.

David J. Montgomery

According to the MWA rules for Best First Novel, "Only first-time US-born novelists are eligible for this award."

Hopefully they confirmed French's eligibility. I would assume they did.

Karen Olson

I'm honestly shocked that Laura Lippman's novel isn't on the Best list.

David J. Montgomery

I'm not shocked, but I am disappointed.

Tim Maleeny

I think the Best Paperback Original category is by far the strongest list. Corbett's and Abbott's books are standouts, but the whole list is really strong. Some of the other lists have a quasi-literary feel to them, with books that I wouldn't have chosen over some superb books that are perhaps more traditional mysteries. Shocked and disappointed that neither Marcus Sakey nor Sean Chercover were on the shortlist for best first novel.

Ali

I don't wish to comment on the Books, but on the film screenplay front, two of my favourite movies made the list -

• Eastern Promises, screenplay by Steven Knight (Focus Features)

• Zodiac, screenplay by James Vanderbilt, based on the book by Robert Graysmith(Warner Bros. Pictures)

I loved them both, with passion - and the No Country for Old Men just opened in London - but I haven't seen it yet -

But both Zodiac and Eastern Promises made me stand and clap when the credits came up.

Ali

Marcus Sakey

Ali, run-don't-walk to see No Country. It's tremendous. One of the best translations of novel I've ever seen.

Norm

Apparently Tana French was born in Vermont although she has lived in Ireland since 1990.
I disagree In The Woods wasn't unreadable, but it did make me want to scream at the narrator many times.
I think it was probably intended to do that?

Ali

Thanks Marcus -

As a reader of Cormac's work - No Country, Horses, The Road etc - I am looking forward to seeing what the Coen Bros have done with No Country - advanced WOM is that it is faithful to the spirit of Cormac's book - hope to see it shortly

Ali

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"Some real p.o.s. puzzlers."

David,
Gotta know. What's p.o.s. stand for?

David J. Montgomery

Piece of shit.

In retrospect, it was a little mean. I meant it, of course... But it was mean. :)

Ali

ROFL, Britain and the US are two countries united and diverse due to the shared language.....POS means in the UK [in retail terms] POINT OF SALE.....so if a book or retail Item has a POS deal it means the publisher or merchant has paid the bookstore or shop to place the rack / display near the 'till' i.e at Point of Sale.....Thanks for the clarification

Ali

David J. Montgomery

I've seen POS used to mean Point of Sale here, too.

I suppose I was being overly coy in my meanness.

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I wouldn't say you were being mean, David. Since when is being honest mean?:)

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