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The Best Mystery Books - Top 100


Founded in 1945, the Mystery Writers of America is the preeminent American organization of mystery writers. Each April, the MWA bestows the coveted Edgar Allan Poe Awards for achievement in various categories. The award for Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author was inaugurated in 1946.

In the Shadow of Gotham

Stefanie Pintoff 2010
The Foreigner

Francie Lin 2009
In the Woods

Tana French 2008
The Faithful Spy

Alex Berenson 2007
Officer Down

Theresa Schwegel 2006
Country of Origin

Don Lee 2005
Death of a Nationalist

Rebecca Pawel 2004
The Blue Edge Of Midnight

Jonathon King 2003
Line Of Vision

David Ellis 2002
A Conspiracy Of Paper

David Liss 2001
The Skull Mantra

Eliot Patterson 2000
A Cold Day In Paradise

Steve Hamilton 1999
Los Alamos

Joseph Kanon 1998
Simple Justice

John Morgan Wilson 1997

David Housewright 1996
The Cavemans Valentine

George Dawes Green 1995
A Grave Talent

Laurie King 1994
The Black Echo

Michael Connelly Harry Bosch series novels 1992
Slow Motion

Peter Blauner 1992

Patricia Cornwell Kay Scarpetta novels 1990
The Last Billable Hour

Susan Wolfe 1990
Carolina Skeletons

David Stout 1989
Death Among The Strangers

Deidre S. Laiken 1988
No One Rides For Free

Larry Beinhart 1987
When The Bough Breaks

Jonathan Kellerman Alex Delaware novels 1985
Strike Three Youre Dead

R. D. Rosen 1985
The Bay Psalm Book Murder

Will Harriss 1984
The Butchers Boy

Thomas Perry 1982

Stuart Woods Will Lee novels 1981
The Watcher

Kay Nolte Smith 1981
The Lasko Tangent

Richard North Patterson novels 1979
Killed In The Ratings

William L. DeAndrea 1978
A French Finish

Robert Ross 1978
The Thomas Berryman Number

James Patterson novels 1976
The Alvarez Journal

Rex Burns 1976

Gregory McDonald 1974
The Billion Dollar Sure Thing

Paul E. Erdman 1974
Squaw Point

R. H. Shimer 1973
Finding Maubee

A.H.Z. Carr 1971
The Anderson Tapes

Lawrence Sanders 1971
A Time For Predators

Joe Gores 1970
Silver Street

E. Richard Johnson 1969
Act Of Fear

Michael Collins 1968
The Cold War Swap - Spy in the Vodka

Ross Thomas Mac McCorkle, a saloon owner and Mike Padillo, a spy in Bonn, Germany novel 1966
In The Heat Of The Night

John Ball 1966
Friday The Rabbi Slept Late

Harry Kellerman 1965
The Florentine Finish

Cornelius Hirschberg 1964
The Fugitive

Robert L. Fish 1963
The Green Stone

Suzanne Blanc 1962
The Man In The Cage

John Holbrooke 1961