Kirkland author Robert Ferrigno's "Sins of the Assassin" is one of six finalists for the Edgar award, the country's biggest prize for a mystery novel.

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A Kirkland author is a finalist for the country’s biggest mystery prize — the Edgar Award for best novel.

Robert Ferrigno’s novel “Sins of the Assassin” (Simon & Schuster) is an alternate-history thriller in which the United States has become an Islamic republic in conflict with a big swath of the Bible Belt. It’s one of six finalists for the award. “Sins” is the second installment of Ferrigno’s trilogy on the subject — the first was “Prayers for the Assassin.” Ferrigno also authored “Double Strike,” a serial novel that ran in The Seattle Times in the summer of 2007.

The prize, which will be awarded in New York on April 30, has special resonance this year because 2009 is the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Edgar Allen Poe, for whom the Edgar is named.

Ferrigno’s comment: “I guess this means I have to buy a suit.”

Mary Ann Gwinn: 206-464-2357 or mgwinn@seattletimes.com