2016 Edgar Award Winners: ‘Let Me Die in His Footsteps’ Tops the List

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Let Me Die in His Footsteps

The Mystery Writers of America have voted and this year’s Edgar Award winner for Best Novel is Lori Roy’s Let Me Die in His Footsteps. Let Me Die in His Footsteps is set in the 1950s in a small Kentucky town and centers on two families touched by evil. Roy’s novel was chosen winner in a very competitive category that included nominees The Strangler Vine, The Lady From Zagreb, Life or Death, Canary, and Night Life.

The annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards recognize the best in non-fiction, mystery fiction, and television.

2016 Edgar Award Winners


  • BEST NOVEL
    Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy (Penguin Random House – Dutton)
  • BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR
    The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Atlantic – Grove Press)
  • BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
    The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
  • BEST FACT CRIME
    Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully by Allen Kurzweil (HarperCollins Publishers – Harper)
  • BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL
    The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards (HarperCollins Publishers – HarperCollins)
  • BEST SHORT STORY
    “Obits” – Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King (Simon & Schuster – Scribner)
  • BEST JUVENILE
    Footer Davis Probably is Crazy by Susan Vaught (Simon & Schuster – Paula Wiseman Books)
  • BEST YOUNG ADULT
    A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis (HarperCollins Publishers – Katherine Tegen Books)
  • BEST TELEVISION EPISODE TELEPLAY
    “Gently with the Women” – George Gently, Teleplay by Peter Flannery (Acorn TV)
  • ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD
    “Chung Ling Soo’s Greatest Trick” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Russell W. Johnson (Dell Magazines)
  • GRAND MASTER
    Walter Mosley
  • RAVEN AWARDS
    Margaret Kinsman
    Sisters in Crime
  • ELLERY QUEEN AWARD
    Janet Rudolph, Founder of Mystery Readers International
  • THE SIMON & SCHUSTER – MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD
    Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)

Complete list of 2016 Edgar Award nominees

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