Congratulations to The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of our Time by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer and John-Henri Holmberg and The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. Both of these 2011 books are among the titles nominated for a 2012 Edgar Allen Poe Award.
The 2012 Edgars, as they are informally called, are selected by Mystery Writers of America. The winners will be announced this Spring at the 66th annual banquet. This year’s Edgar Awards Grand Master is bestselling author Martha Grimes.
RT featured The Tattooed Girl in the September 2011 issue, as that month’s non-fic pick. The book is an unauthorized but incredibly in-depth guide to all things Stieg Larsson and his series. In the September issue, RT’s Managing Editor Liz French interviewed Dan Burstein, one of the book’s co-authors. He gave us a look inside the non-fic work and what inspired its creation ...
Liz French: Normally my first question would be, WHY cover this author and his books, but it’s a no-brainer — megabestseller, tragic early death, contentious heirs, kick-ass heroine, etc. But I would like to hear how you came around to liking the series so much that you devoted a book to it.
Dan Burstein: I had actually managed to avoid The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo when it first came out, thinking it was some violent, troubled, tattooed girl's coming of age story that was not particularly relevant to my life. Then, in May 2010, an old family friend from California visited with my wife and myself in New York. This is a woman whose humanistic, aesthetic, intellectual and literary values I have admired for the 50 years I have known her, since the days when she and my mother were in literary book groups together. She was shocked that we had not read these books and started to tell me about her fascination with the Lisbeth Salander character and with some of the intriguing facts about Stieg Larsson's biography. On her recommendation, we immediately read all three books. I was riveted by Lisbeth, who I have referred to in our book as the 21st-century continuation of characters like Huck Finn in the 19th century and Holden Caulfield in the 20th century. I also developed a great interest in all the political, social, psychological, cultural and gender issues raised by Larsson’s trilogy. Within two weeks after reading the opening scene of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I knew I would want to create a guidebook in the format of our prior “Secrets” series books--and thus was born The Tattooed Girl, which has just been published by St. Martin’s.
You can read the complete interview here.
Another RT favorite that is being recognized with an Edgar award nomination is Maureen Johnson’s The Name of the Star. The October 2011 paranormal YA series starter captured our imagination. The story follows an American teen arrives at her new London boarding school just as a Jack the Ripper copycat begins terrorizing the city. The adventure was rated an RT Top Pick! It was also nominated for that month’s RT Seal of Excellence and an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in the Young Adult Protagonist category. To learn more about the book you can check out our October 2011 issue for the author’s take on England's best-known serial killer, Jack the Ripper, and more!
You can see the complete list of Edgar Award nominees here. The winners will be announced on April 26, 2012.