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  • n. novel in which the reader is challenged to solve a puzzle before the detective explains it at the end


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  • Reviews by Jon L. Breen As the Mystery Writers of America's annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards approach, consider a new novel from a multiple winner of the fan-voted Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity mystery awards who has never even been nominated for the peer-juried Edgar; a new collection by the writer whose denial of a Grand Master Award in his lifetime is one of Edgar's most notable oversights; a new collection by another non-winner who has, however, been nominated five times in three different categories; and (in the biggest surprise of all) the first mystery novel in 45 years by the very first Edgar winner.



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