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2017 Edgar Award Winners

The 2017 Edgar Awards were announced recently at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. These awards are presented each year by the Mystery Writers of America and honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film. 

Authors Max Allen Collins and Ellen Har were chosen as 2017 Grand Masters. The Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to the genre. 
Please see below for a description of the winning books for 2017.

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Best Novel
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs-the painter-and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family. With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and crew members--including a Wall Street titan and his wife, a Texan-born party boy just in from London, a young woman questioning her path in life, and a career pilot--the mystery surrounding the tragedy heightens. As the passengers' intrigues unravel, odd coincidences point to a conspiracy. Was it merely by dumb chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something far more sinister at work? (summary provided by publisher)

Best 1st Novel
Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry

Nora arrives at her sister Rachel's village farmhouse in the English countryside for a weekend visit and finds Rachel and her dog viciously murdered. Even as she supplies DI Moretti details on Rachel's routines and ex-boyfriends, Nora is flooded with shock and the fear that her sister's past has resurfaced. When they were teens, Rachel was brutally beaten while walking home from a party. When the police failed to find Rachel's attacker, she and Nora scoured reports of attacks on women for years, hoping to find the clue that would solve the case. Eventually, they stopped their hunt, and Nora can't shake the feeling that Rachel would still be alive if they'd kept looking. (summary provided by Booklist)

Best Paperback Original
Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty

The chronicles of Carrickfergus detective Sean Duffy open a sardonic portal to 1980s Belfast; every detail rings true, from the persistent threat of mercury-tilt car bombs to the complex criminal motivations that breed in a climate of unrest. Financial Times reporter Lily Bigelow is covering a Finnish technology giant's highly publicized visit. The morning before the Finns' scheduled departure, Lily's body is found in Carrickfergus Castle, an apparent suicide from the castle walls. Duffy isn't convinced, but the only other explanation is a locked-room murder. (summary provided by Booklist)

Best Fact Crime
The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale

That Robert Coombes killed his mother at age 13 was never a question-he admitted it freely in a confession-but the subsequent trial of a defendant so young and his sentencing to Broadmoor asylum rather than a prison was sensational to Victorian newspaper readers. What happened next, however, was shocking. Coombes's incarceration seems to have actually benefitted him, contrary to the common notion of the affects of 19th-century asylum life. (summary provided by Library Journal)

Best Young Adult
Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

Amsterdam, 1943: in the wake of the German occupation of Holland, 18-year-old Hanneke has begun trafficking in the illegal black market, finding scarce goods like food and alcohol to sell. But she is taken aback when a customer implores her to find a person instead a missing Jewish girl in a blue coat. Hanneke's reluctant decision to help sets in motion a chain of events that dramatically changes her life and the lives of others and raises the question, should she find the missing girl, what then? (summary provided by Booklist)