Well, I only predicted four books, based on the smaller number of submissions this year, but the anonymous committee that makes the Edgar nominations for best critical-biographical work went ahead and nominated five this year. Had I done five I would have predicted Kiss the Blood off My Hands--On Classic Film Noir as well, but of the four I predicted, only two made it:
J. W. Ocker, Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe (Countryman)
Francis M. Nevins, Judges & Justice & Lawyers & Law: Exploring the Legal Dimensions of Fiction and Film (Perfect Crime)
The other three nominated books are:
James Mancall, James Ellroy: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction (McFarland)
Robert Miklitsch, ed. Kiss the Blood off My Hands--On Classic Film Noir (University of Illinois)
Charles Brownson, The Figure of the Detective: A Literary History and Analysis (McFarland)
I'm most surprised about the omission of the posthumously published Donald Westlake essay collection, which was really charming, I thought, and has sold well. Was the fact that there were a lot of previously published pieces in it held against it? In any event, it's an interesting volume from a man who knew this business down to the ground and I plan to review it soon.
My guess for the winner, as my last post indicated, would be Poe-Land. Nevins is a two-time winner, I believe, back with another book (see my view of his Cornell Woolrich biography here) and James Ellroy is always popular with the Edgars. But my bet with the Edgars is Mr. Poe. Plus Poe-Land looks like a very good book, which surely can't hurt!