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‘Departed’, ‘Wire’ in at Poe awards

King honored as year's Grand Master

It’s no longer a secret who wrote the most gripping work in the mystery genre last year.

On Thursday night, the Mystery Writers of America announced the winners of the 61st Annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards, which honor the year’s most accomplished mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film.

“The Departed” took home the movie screenplay award, while HBO’s “The Wire” received the teleplay prize.

The novel honor went to Jason Goodwin’s “The Janissary Tree,” and Alex Berenson’s “The Faithful Spy” was named the top debut novel by an American author.

Other winning works included Naomi Hirahara’s “Snakeskin Shamisen,” James L. Swanson’s “Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer,” E.J. Wagner’s “The Science of Sherlock Holmes” and playwright Steven Dietz’s “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure.”

Stephen King was honored as the year’s Grand Master.

Al Roker hosted the event at Gotham’s Grand Hyatt Hotel.

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