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The Edgar awards are presented in the year after that of the publication of the work. The following is the list for the year’s best novel as determined by the Mystery Writers of America, the preeminent American organization for mystery writers. The most recent awards were presented at the MWA's 57th Gala Banquet May 1, 2003 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

Ordinary Grace

William Kent Krueger 2014
The Lock Artist

Steve Hamilton 2011

Mo Hayder 2011
The Last Child

John Hart 2010
Blue Heaven

C J Box 2009
Down River

John Hart 2008
The Janissary Tree

Jason Goodwin 2007
Citizen Vince

Jess Walter 2006
California Girl

T. Jefferson Parker 2005
Resurrection Men

Ian Rankin 2004
Winter And Night

S. J. Rozan 2003
Silent Joe

T. Jefferson Parker 2002
The Bottoms

Joe R. Landsdale 2001

Jan Burke 2000
Mr Whitersquos Confession

Robert Clark 1999
Cimarron Rose

James Lee Burke Billy Bob Holland novels 1997
The Chatham School Affair

Thomas A. Cook 1997
Come To Grief

Dick Francis 1996
The Red Scream

Mary Willis Walker 1995
The Sculptress

Minette Walters 1994
Bootleggerrsquos Daughter

Margaret Maron 1993
A Dance At The Slaughterhouse

Lawrence Block Matt Scudder novels 1992
New Orleans Mourning

Julie Smith 1991
Black Cherry Blues

James Lee Burke Dave Robicheaux novels 1989
A Cold Red Sunrise

Stuart M. Kaminsky 1989
Old Bones

Aaron Elkins Gideon Oliver novel 1988
A Darkadapted Eye

Barbara Vine 1987
The Suspect

L. R. Wright 1986

Ross Thomas non-series books: 1984
La Brava

Elmore Leonard 1983
Billingsgate Shoal

Rick Boyer 1983

William Bayer 1982
The Rheingold Route

Arthur Maling 1980
Whip Hand

Dick Francis 1979
The Eye Of The Needle

Ken Follett 1978
Catch Me Kill Me

William Hallahan 1978
Promised Land

Robert B. Parker Spenser novels 1976

Brian Garfield 1976
Peterrsquos Pence

Jon Cleary 1975
Dance Hall of the Dead

Tony Hillerman Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn novel 1973
The Lingala Code

William Kiefer 1973
The Day Of The Jackal

Frederick Forsyth 1971
The Laughing Policeman

Sjowall & Wahloo 1971

Dick Francis 1969
A Case Of Need

Jeffrey Hudson 1969
God Save The Mark

Donald Westlake 1968
The King Of The Rainy Country

Nicholas Freeling 1967
The Quiller Memorandum

Adam Hall 1965
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

John LeCarre novel 1963