To kick-off, I thought I'd look at award-winning crime novels - starting with one of the most prestigious accolades, the Edgar Award for Best Novel, given by the Mystery Writers of America each year. The list of winners this decade is:
- 2000: Jan Burke, BONES
- 2001: Joe R. Lansdale, THE BOTTOMS
- 2002: T. Jefferson Parker, SILENT JOE
- 2003: S. J. Rozan, WINTER AND NIGHT
- 2004: Ian Rankin, RESURRECTION MEN
- 2005: T. Jefferson Parker, CALIFORNIA GIRL
- 2006: Jess Walter, CITIZEN VINCE
- 2007: Jason Goodwin, THE JANISSARY TREE
- 2008: John Hart, DOWN RIVER
- 2009: C. J. Box, BLUE HEAVEN
On this list alone, it seems T. Jefferson Parker has had a pretty good decade, Edgars-wise. Like James Lee Burke in the 1990s, he's picked up multiple Edgar awards (as a sidenote, James Lee Burke seemed to still be shortlisted a lot in the 2000s for several of his books for several high-ranking awards, if not getting the 'wins' as much this time around).
Have you read any of these titles? Which is your favourite? Which do you think is the best out of all ten Edgar Award winners this decade?