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2018 Edgar Award Winners

The 2018 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 Jane Langton and Peter Lovesey were chosen as 2018 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 2018.

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Best Novel
Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

The deaths of a black man from Chicago and a local white woman in Lark, a one-stoplight East Texas town, within days of each other, just have to be related events. The trouble is, no one in local law enforcement wants to connect the crimes. Then, when Darren Matthews, a black Texas Ranger, shows up to conduct a more thorough investigation, Aryan Brotherhood-fueled bitterness erupts. Darren's passion for justice is heightened by a promise he makes to the first victim's widow, a gut feeling about the husband of victim number two, tenderness toward the black woman who runs the local café, and his own complicated family history. (summary provided by Booklist)

Best First Novel
She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper

Eleven-year-old Polly knows little about her father, Nate, who has been in prison for most of her life. When he suddenly appears after school, in a car that doesn't belong to him, she is wary but goes with him. Nate isn't a man of many words, but watchful Polly learns that she can never return to her mother's house. Thanks to Nate's actions in prison, Polly isn't safe, and the next few weeks are a whirlwind of robberies, strength training, and brainstorming ways to survive the hit that the prison gang Aryan Steel has put out on the two of them. (summary provided by School Library Journal)

Best Fact Crime
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

From 1921 to 1926, at least two dozen people were murdered by a killer or killers apparently targeting members of the Osage Indian Nation, who at the time were considered "the wealthiest people per capita in the world" thanks to the discovery of oil beneath their lands. The violent campaign of terror is believed to have begun with the 1921 disappearance of two Osage Indians, Charles Whitehorn and Anna Brown, and the discovery of their corpses soon afterwards, followed by many other murders in the next five years. The outcry over the killings led to the involvement in 1925 of an "obscure" branch of the Justice Department, J. Edgar Hoover's Bureau of Investigation, which eventually charged some surprising figures with the murders. (summary provided by Publisher's Weekly)

Best Young Adult
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Fifteen-year-old Will's big brother has been shot and killed. According to the rules that Will has been taught, it is now his job to kill the person responsible. He easily finds his brother's gun and gets on the elevator to head down from his eighth-floor apartment. But it's a long way down to the ground floor. At each floor, a different person gets on to tell a story. Each of these people is already dead. As they relate their tales, readers learn about the cycle of violence in which Will is caught up. The protagonist faces a difficult choice, one that is a reality for many young people. (summary provided by School Library Journal)