Edgar Award Nominees: Bleak House Hits a Trifecta

Today’s announcement of the 2008 Edgar Award nominees by the Mystery Writers of America was especially timely as this morning  Benjamin LeRoy of  Bleak House Books  came to LJ’s offices  to present Bleak House’s spring 2008 list of mysteries and crime fiction. Naturally Ben was in an ebulliant mood as three of his titles had been nominated for Edgar Awards: Reed Farrell Coleman’s Soul Patch. (for Best Novel),  Craig Mcdonald’s Head Games (for Best First Novel by an American Author), and Stuart Kaminsky’s  "Blue Note", from Chicago Blues (for Best Short Story). Not bad for a small Madison, WI, press that launched in 2001

"The nominations are a validation and a recognition  for us," said Ben, who pointed out that McDonald’s  Head Games, a rollicking and bizarre caper about the hunt for Pancho Villa’s head, had been rejected by all the major houses before Bleak House picked it up. And, he added, the San Francisco Chronicle just named it as one of the Top Ten Mysteries of 2007. 

I certainly wish this bright young man and his authors  the best of luck at the Edgar Awards  banquet on May 1. All his hard work at discovering and  publishing the most original and best voices in crime fiction has certainly paid off. His next stop today: a first-time visit with a reporter at the  New York Times.  

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Wilda "Willy" Williams (wwilliams@mediasourceinc.com) is LJ's Fiction Editor. She specializes in popular fiction and edits the Mystery, Science Fiction, Christian Fiction, and Word on Street Lit columns.