Friday, July 13, 2007


The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) today announced its nominees for the 26th annual Shamus Awards, given in recognition of outstanding achievement in private-eye fiction. This year’s contenders are ...

Best Hardcover:
The Dramatist, by Ken Bruen (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
The Darkest Place, by Daniel Judson (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
The Do-Rei-Me, by Ken Kuhlken (Poisoned Pen Press)
Vanishing Point, by Marcia Muller (Mysterious Press)
Days of Rage, by Kris Nelscott (St. Martin’s Minotaur)

Best Paperback Original:
Hallowed Ground, by Lori G. Armstrong (Medallion Press)
The Prop, by Pete Hautman (Simon & Schuster)
An Unquiet Grave, by P.J. Parrish (Pinnacle)
The Uncomfortable Dead, by Paco Ignacio Taibo II and Subcomandante Marcos; translated by Carlos Lopez (Akashic Books)
Crooked, by Brian M. Wiprud (Dell)

Best First Novel:
Lost Angel, by Mike Doogan (Putnam)
A Safe Place for Dying, by Jack Fredrickson (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Holmes on the Range, by Steve Hockensmith (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
The Wrong Kind of Blood, by Declan Hughes (Morrow)
18 Seconds, by George D. Shuman (Simon & Schuster)

Best Short Story:
“Sudden Stop,” by Mitch Alderman (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine [AHMM], November 2006)
“The Heart Has Reasons,” by O’Neil De Noux (AHMM, September 2006)
“Square One,” by Loren D. Estleman (AHMM, November 2006)
“Devil’s Brew,” by Bill Pronzini (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, December 2006)
• “Smoke Got in My Eyes,” by Bruce Rubenstein (from Twin Cities Noir, edited by Julie Schaper; Akashic Books)

The winners will be announced and commendations presented on September 28 at the PWA banquet, held during the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Anchorage, Alaska.


Anonymous said...

Just to be clear, the Shamus Banquet does NOT take place at Bouchercon, but during the Bouchercon weekend in Anchorage, Alaska.


J. Kingston Pierce said...

OK, Bob. I've altered the wording of that last paragraph to make this point clearer.