Thursday, August 04, 2022

Rozan Picks Up Another Shamus

S.J. Rozan has won the 2022 Shamus Award for her novel Family Business (Pegasus), her 14th book starring New York City private eyes Lydia Chin and Bill Smith. This marks the third time she’s triumphed in the Best P.I. Hardcover category, following her successes with Concourse in 1996 and Reflecting the Sky in 2002. Rozan’s win was announced today by the Private Eye Writers of America.

Competing against Family Business in that category were Runner, by Tracy Clark (Kensington); Last Redemption, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview); Pay or Play, by Howard Michael Gould (Severn House); and Head Case, by Michael Wiley (Severn House).

There were also three other classifications of Shamus Awards up for grabs. Their recipients are listed below.

Best Original P.I. Paperback: Every City Is Every Other City, by John McFetridge (ECW Press)

Also nominated: The Burden of Innocence, by John Nardizzi (Weathertop Media); Angels in the Wind, by Manuel Ramos (Arte Público Press); Frog in a Bucket, by Clive Rosengren (Coffeetown Press); and An Empty Grave, by Andrew Welsh-Huggins (Swallow Press)

Best First P.I. Novel: Lost Little Girl, by Gregory Stout (Level Best)

Also nominated: Porno Valley, by Phillip Elliot (Into the Void); Dead Man’s Eyes, by Lori Duffy Foster (Level Best); Suburban Dicks, by Fabian Nicieza (Putnam); and The Arrangement, by M. Ravenel (Chikara Press)

Best P.I. Short Story: “Sweeps Week,” by Richard Helms (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine [EQMM], July/August)

Also nominated: “Disposable Women,” by Michael Bracken (Tough); “Sixteen Lies,” by Matt Goldman (EQMM, September/October); “Oro de Tontos (Fool’s Gold),” by Tom Larsen (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, November/December); and “The Hidden Places,” by Linda Stansberry (EQMM, May/June)

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees!

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