The books competing for the 2010 Edgar Allan Poe Awards have been unveiled by the Mystery Writers of America.
Novels featured in the shortlist include The Missing by Tim Gautreaux, Kathleen George's The Odds and The Last Child by John Hart.
Malla Nunn's A Beautiful Place to Die, Nemesis by Jo Nesbo and Charlie Huston's Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death complete the titles vying for the competition's best novel accolade.
In the best factual crime book section, Columbine by Dave Cullen, Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde by Jeff Guinn and Dick Lehr's Blue Heaven are among the nominated books.
The awards also recognise writers in a range of other categories, such as critical/biographical work, paperback original and short story.
Blue Heaven by C.J. Box was named the winner of the 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Awards best novel section, while Howard Blum's American Lightning took home the factual crime gong.