The Edgar Awards were presented at the 64th Gala Banquet on 29 April 2010 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.
Best Novel Winner:
The Last Child by John Hart
Fantasticfiction.co.uk had this to say about Hart’s novel:
“Fresh off the success of his Edgar Award-winning, New York Times bestseller Down River, John Hart returns with his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet.
The Last Child is a tale of boundaries: county borders and circles on a map, the hard edge between good and evil, life and death, hopelessness and faith. Perfectly blending character and plot, emotion and action, John Hart again transcends the barrier between thrillers and literature to craft a story as heartrending as it is redemptive.”
Best First Novel by an American Author Winner:
In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff
Publishers’ Weekly had this to say about Pintoff’s debut novel:
“Pintoff’s debut, winner of the first Minotaur Books/MWA Best First Crime Novel award, will remind many of Caleb Carr at his best. The wreck of the steamship General Slocum in 1904 cost Det. Simon Ziele of the New York City police both his fiancee and the full use of his right arm. In response to those losses, Ziele has abandoned big-city policing for the quiet dullness of Dobson, a town in Westchester County, but a brutal murder interrupts his retreat from the world. Someone slashes and bludgeons to death Sarah Wingate, a Columbia mathematics graduate student whose brilliance evoked jealousy in her peers, in her home under circumstances that resemble the notorious murders of Lizzie Borden’s parents. Ziele’s investigation is soon co-opted by Alistair Sinclair, a student of criminology who’s convinced he knows the culprit’s identity. The period detail, characterizations and plotting are all top-notch, and Ziele has enough depth to carry a series.”
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