Monday, February 02, 2009


Unlike most of my contests, this one actually requires that you do something to earn your reward...and it's not an easy something like putting your name down in the comments either.

I'm trying to figure out what are the links between the Mystery Writers of America and Hollywood. Specifically, are there links between Edgar nominated stories and novels and the movies.

So here's how I think this can work: The first six people to show a link ("this movie was based on that novel") will win a book. Beyond that, the best response, even if it comes it past the sixth entry (for instance, if you can show twenty links between the movies and the Edgars) will get you six books.

The MWA link might help...

Now, you might be asking yourself, "Which books?" Well, let me just say I have several, brand new, never read* novels from cozies to hardboiled including a HARD CASE CRIME and a signed Lee Child (pb) and others. So have at it. Whatever you win, I promise, it'll be worth it.

* Because previously read books are yucky...


Blogger Manuel Ramos said...

Devil in a Blue Dress comes immediately to mind. Mosley's first crime novel was a finalist for the First Book Edgar in 1991, I think. The movie starred Denzel Washington, of course.

February 02, 2009 12:02 PM  
Blogger Lucinda said...

Ross Macdonald is an Edgar Grand Master. His Lew Archer character was renamed Lew Harper in two movies starring Paul Newman, because Newman was having a run of success with movie titles beginning with H (Hud, Hombre).

February 02, 2009 1:01 PM  
Blogger caryn said...

How about Hopscotch by Garfield the 1976 winner for best novel?
Caryn St. Clair

February 02, 2009 1:05 PM  
Blogger helen k said...

The book Bank Shot by Donald E. Westlake was made into a movie with the same name. Westlake is an Edgar Grand Master.

February 02, 2009 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith nominated for best novel in 1956. It was made into a movie that starred Matt Damon in 1999.

February 02, 2009 3:40 PM  
Blogger thelittlefluffycat said...

Death Trap, by Ira Levin

February 02, 2009 4:35 PM  
Blogger Stephen D. Rogers said...

I was surprised by the lower number of Best Novel and Best First Novel winners that went on to be movies.

February 02, 2009 5:43 PM  
Blogger JoySeymour said...

Tell No One was nominated in 2002 and was made into a French movie in 2006. The Eye of the Needle won in 1979 and was made into a movie in 1981. The Day of the Jackal won in 1972 and was made into a movie twice, in 1973 and 1997. The Long Goodbye won in 1955 and was made into a movie in 1973. The Ice Harvest was nominated for Best first novel in 2001 and was made into a movie in 2005. The Fan was nominated for Best first novel in 1978 and was made into a movie in 1981. Fletch won for best first novel in 1975 and was made into a movie in 1985. In the Heat of the Night won for best first novel in 1966 and was made into a movie in 1967 and a TV series in 1988. A Kiss before Dying won for best first novel in 1954 and was made into a movie in 1956 and 1991. Strangers on a Train was nominated for best first novel in 1951 and made into a movie in 1951, interestingly, this one written by Patricia Highsmith was adapted for the screen by Raymond Chandler. It looks like it's being remade with a 2011 release date.

Those are just the easy ones, I'm sure there are more with title changes between the book and the movie.

February 03, 2009 10:57 AM  
Blogger Auntie Knickers said...

I'm chiming in late...I've been reading the Edgar Best Novel winners and these are the ones I've found so far that have been filmed. The Light of Day by Eric Ambler became the movie Topkapi. The Laughing Policeman was made into a movie, changing the setting from Stockholm to San Francisco; I thought it was terrible. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and The Quiller Memorandum were both filmed,as was Jeffery Hudson's (Michael Crichton) A Case of Need, but the name was changed to The Carey Treatment.
If we go to TV episodes and made-for-TV movies, the list is much longer - Beast in View by Margaret Millar, The Hours Before Dawn by Celia Fremlin (twice in US and recently in Germany), and The Eighth Circle by Stanley Ellin were all TV episodes in the golden days of US Steel Hour and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Death and the Joyful Woman by Ellis Peters, Promised Land by Robert B. Parker, and Whip Hand by Dick Francis; A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell) The Sculptress by minette Walters, and Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin have all been filmed for TV, either alone or as part of a series. This is in addition to those already mentioned by other commenters.

February 04, 2009 8:17 PM  

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