"`Rather wasteful of such a talent, don't you think?' Carol Pride said sweetly. She pushed her little glass along the desk top with one finger. `I really don't care for this, Mrs. Prendergast—if you'd like another—'
"`Moths in your ermine,' Mrs. Prendergast said, and threw it down the hatch."
— Raymond Chandler, "Mandarin's Jade"
If that's correct, one could argue that no American won the best-novel Edgar until the award's fourth year. (Margaret Millar, who was Canadian, won for Beast in View in 1956.) Now, how many bar bets could you win with that information?
© Peter Rozovsky 2010