A nice tribute: the Mary Higgins Clark Award, named for the mystery writer and sponsored by her publisher:
The winner is selected . . . for the book most closely written in the Mary Higgins Clark tradition, according to the following guidelines set forth by Ms. Clark:
- The protagonist is a very nice young woman, 27-38 or so, whose life is suddenly invaded. She is not looking for trouble - she is doing exactly what she should be doing and something cuts across her bow (as in ship).
- She solves her problem by her own courage and intelligence.
- She's in an interesting job.
- She's self-made - independent - has primarily good family relationships.
- No on-scene violence.
- No four-letter words or explicit sex scenes.
This year's nominees, along with everyone else up for an Edgar, are listed here.