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Edgar Awards : Best First Novel by an American Author (Since 1946): Best First Novel by an American Author (1946- )

Edgar Awards

Best First Novel by an American Author

(1946- )

1940s

Winner

Watchful at Night by Julius Fast

Winner

The Horizontal Man by Helen Eustis

Winner

The Fabulous Clipjoint by Fredric Brown

Winner

The Room Upstairs by Mildred B. Davis

1950s

Winner

What a Body by Alan Green

Winner

Nightmare in Manhattan by Thomas Walsh

Winner

Strangle Hold by Mary McMullen

Winner

Don't Cry for Me by William Campbell Gault

Winner

A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin

Winner

Go, Lovely Rose by Jean Potts

Winner

The Perfectionist by Lane Kauffman

Winner

Rebecca's Pride by Donald McNutt Douglass

Winner

Knock and Wait a While by William Rawle Weeks

 

Winner

The Bright Road to Fear by Richard Martin Stein

1960s

Winner

The Grey Flannel Shroud by Henry Slesar

Winner

The Man in the Cage by John Holbrooke Vance

Winner

The Green Stone by Suzanne Blanc

Winner

The Fugitive by Robert L. Fish

Winner

Florentine Finish by Cornelius Hirschberg

Winner

Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman

Winner

In the Heat of the Night by John Ball

Winner

The Cold War Swap by Ross Thomas

Winner

Act of Fear by Michael Collins (Dennis Lynds)

Winner

The Bait by Dorothy Uhnak

1970s

Winner

A Time of Predators by Joe Gores

Winner

The Anderson Tapes by Lawrence Sanders

Winner

Finding Maubee by A. H. Z. Carr

Winner

Squaw Point by R. H. Shimer

Winner

The Billion Dollar Sure Thing by Paul Erdman

Winner

Fletch by Gregory McDonald

Winner

The Alvarez Journal by Rex Burns

Winner

The Thomas Berryman Number by James Patterson

Winner

A French Finish by Robert Ross

Winner

Killed in the Ratings by William L. DeAndrea

1980s

Winner

The Lasko Tangent by Richard North Patterson

Winner

The Watcher by K. Nolte Smith

Winner

Chiefs by Stuart Woods

Winner

The Butcher's Boy by Thomas Perry

Winner

The Bay Psalm Book Murder by Will Harriss

Winner

Strike Three, You're Dead by R. D. Rosen

Winner

When the Bough Breaks by Jonathan Kellerman

Winner

No One Rides for Free by Larry Beinhart

Winner

Death Among Strangers by Deidre S. Laiken

Winner

Carolina Skeletons by David Stout

1990s

Winner

The Last Billable Hour by Susan Wolfe

Winner

Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell

Winner

Slow Motion Riot : a Novel by Peter Blauner

Winner

The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

Winner

A Grave Talent by Laurie R. King

Winner

The Caveman's Valentine by George Dawes Green

Winner

Penance by David Housewright

Winner

Simple Justice by John Morgan Wilson

Winner

Los Alamos by Joseph Kanon

Winner

A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton

2000s

Winner

The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison

Winner

A Conspiracy of Paper : a Novel by David Liss

Winner

Line of Vision by David Ellis

Winner

The Blue Edge of Midnight by Jonathan King

Winner

Death of a Nationalist by Rebecca Pawel

Winner

Country of Origin by Don Lee

Winner

Officer Down by Theresa Schwegel

Winner

The Faithful Spy : a Novel by Alex Berenson

Winner

In the Woods by Tana French

Winner

The Foreigner by Francie Lin

2010s

Winner

In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff

Winner

Rogue Island by Bruce De Silva

Winner

Bent Road by Lori Roy

Winner

The Expats : a Novel by Chris Pavone

Winner

Red Sparrow : a Novel by Jason Matthews

Winner

Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman

Winner

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Winner

Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry

Winner

She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper

Winner

Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin

2020s

Winner

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Finalists

  • My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
  • The Good Detective by John McMahon
  • The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
  • Three-Fifths by John Vercher
  • American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
My Lovely Wife

The Good Detective

The Secrets We Kept
American Spy

Winner

Please See Us by Caitlin Mullen

FINALISTS

  • Murder in Old Bombay by Nev March
  • Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas
  • Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
  • Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

Murder in Old Bombay


Catherine House


Winter House


Darling Rose Gold