A funny thing happened: I went to the Edgar Awards and came home with an Edgar Award. (That’s it, right there, immediately after it was handed to me—posed on the banquet table so I could take a picture to text to my wife).
I’m going to blog more about this experience later, and post some pictures, but the punchline here is that my novel The Last Policeman was voted the Best Paperback Original (meaning, trade paperback, meaning there was no hardcover version) mystery novel issued in the year 2012.
As I write this, 24 hours later, I am still astonished that I won. Astonished and proud, of course, and grateful to the judges and to my publisher and all of the friends and new friends who read the book and told THEIR friends about it.
So basically, if you are one of those people, thank you. And like I said, I’ll write more about this whole thing maybe on Monday, and in the meantime you can read about all the winners here and see a nice picture (and a mildly embarrassing video clip) of me with the Quirk Books gang here.