The Edgar Awards for mysteries and crime writing have unveiled their nominees in ten categories. Ignoring Fifty Shades, in popular circles the book of the year is Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl [Kindle]. A breakout hit that has sold well over 1.5 million copies in hardcover and digital downloads, it has become a cultural touchstone about relationships, about being out of work, about living away from a coast. In six months it has collected 6,323 Amazon reviews compared to The Da Vinci Code's 4,186 reviews in ten years. Moreover, it won one of Salon's inaugural What To Read Awards and Laura Miller named it as the single book, "fiction or nonfiction, that seems to best encapsulate America in 2012." A ten-year staff member at EW, Flynn was dumped from the magazine as she began writing this book. Now she's just finished the screenplay for Reese Witherspoon. Coming later this year is the movie of a previous novel Dark Places starring Amy Adams.
The Edgar Nominees for Best Novel:
The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins
The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
Potboiler by Jesse Kellerman
Sunset by Al Amanda
Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
All I Did Was Shoot My Man by Walter Mosley