Thursday, May 1, 2008

One of Life's Simple Pleasures: Mysteries

For me, mystery books have been a lifelong addiction. Beginning with the Hardy Boys and Encyclopedia Brown (with a few Nancy Drew's thrown in for good measure), I've long enjoyed them.

One of the ways that I find new authors is to keep watch who wins Edgar® Awards each year.

Tonight, the 62nd annual Edgar® Awards will be announced in New York City. Mystery writers from across America will be 'Dressed to Kill' as they they celebrate their work, announce Edgar® Award winners and name a new Grand Master.

The Grand Master award is the genere's highest honor. Past Grand Masters have included: Stephen King, Ira Levin, Mary Higgins Clark, Donald Westlake, Lawrence Block, P.D. James, Ellery Queen, Daphne du Maurier, Alfred Hitchcock, Graham Greene, and Agatha Christie.

This year, I was pleased to learn that one of my favorite mystery writers is being honored as a Grand Master — Bill Pronzini. Pronzini's works are reliably excellent, book after book. His Nameless Detective series is one of my favorites. If you haven't read it, give it a try. If only for the sheer fun of seeing how Pronzini succeeds in creating a detective whose name is never revealed.