St. Paul author's Minnesota-set novel up for major book award

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A mystery story set in small town Minnesota is among the six books up for this year's Edgar Award for best novel, the Washington Post reports.

Written by St. Paul author William Kent Krueger, "Ordinary Grace" follows 13-year-old Frank Drum as tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family in the fictional town of New Bremen, Minnesota, in the summer of 1961.

Told from the perspective of Frank 40 years later, the New York Times best-selling novel tells how the boy was forced to grow up after he encounters an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery and betrayal.

In an interview with the Star Tribune last year, Krueger – known for his best-selling Cork O'Connor mystery book series set in the northern Minnesota woods – recalled memories of small towns in his youth to create the fictional southern community "Ordinary Grace" takes place in.

The Pioneer Press also interviewed Krueger about the book after its release.

Krueger's book has been lauded by several critics, as well as fellow mystery writer Dennis Lehane ("Mystic River").

Presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America, the Edgar Award is named for legendary author Edgar Allan Poe.

The 2014 Edgar Awards will be announced May 1 in New York City. Also in the running in the best novel category are "How the Light Gets In," by Louise Penny; "The Humans," by Matt Haig; "Sandrine's Case," by Thomas H. Cook; "Standing in Another Man's Grave," by Ian Rankin; and "Until She Comes Home," by Lori Roy.

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