The Edgar nominations were announced today and of course everyone is in a tizzy. A tizzy cause they were nominated. A tizzy cause they weren't. A triple tizzy if they thought books should have been nominated but weren't. Pretty much everyone is having that last tizzy.
The most notable nomination omission is the book that appeared on at least five "Best of" lists: Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Now, I'm not here to throw stones at the MWA committee that reads all the submissions and selects the nominees, and not just cause I represent at least one of the people on the committee. I read submissions every day too, and I feel their pain.
You can't blame them for an oversight because the book wasn't submitted for consideration.
I checked. Twice.
Other interesting submission blanks:
Richard Price's Lush Life (which was on the Seattle Times and the Washington Post's Notable lists);
Stewart O'Nan's Songs for the Missing (Washington Post and LA Times) and
Colin Harrison's The Finder (Sun-Sentinel, LA Times).
I'm not sure why a publisher wouldn't submit a novel for Edgar consideration, but there you have it: they didn't.
Now, here's the other interesting thing. Listed below are the nominees for three Edgar categories. NO means the book wasn't on any of the Best of Lists that I looked at (not a comprehensive list to be sure). YES means it was.
NO Missing by Karin Alvtegen (Felony & Mayhem Press)
YES Blue Heaven by C.J. Box (St. Martin's Minotaur)
NO Sins of the Assassin by Robert Ferrigno (Simon & Schuster - Scribner)
NO The Price of Blood by Declan Hughes (HarperCollins – William Morrow)
YES The Night Following by Morag Joss (Random House – Delacorte Press)
NO Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz (Simon & Schuster)
BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR
NO The Kind One by Tom Epperson (Five Star, div of Cengage)
NO Sweetsmoke by David Fuller (Hyperion)
NO The Foreigner by Francie Lin (Picador)
Calumet City by Charlie Newton (Simon & Schuster - Touchstone)
A Cure for Night by Justin Peacock (Random House - Doubleday)
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
NO The Prince of Bagram Prison by Alex Carr (Random House Trade)
NO Money Shot by Christa Faust (Hard Case Crime)
NO Enemy Combatant by Ed Gaffney (Random House - Dell)
NO China Lake by Meg Gardiner (New American Library – Obsidian Mysteries)
YES The Cold Spot by Tom Piccirilli (Random House - Bantam)
The thing that makes the Edgars so interesting is that the committee considers ALL the books submitted in a category. As far as I know, most reviewers aren't reading that same number of books and one of the reasons is cause I'm sure many publishers aren't sending all their books to every reviewer. And reviewers know they have limited space and they're writing for commercial readers not "best of".
So, who do you think should have been on the lists?