The Shamus Awards
Bestowed by the Private Eye Writers of America

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) was founded in 1981 by Robert J. Randisi to recognize the private eye genre and its writers, and is probably best known for its annual Shamus Awards. Membership is open to fans, writers, and publishing professionals. There are three levels of membership: Active, Associate, and International.

In general, the PWA defines a "private eye" as any mystery protagonist who is a professional investigator, but not a police officer or government agent. The full definition is, and I quote, "a person paid for investigative work but not employed by a unit of government. Thus books and stories about private investigators (licensed and unlicensed), lawyers and reporters who do their own legwork, and other hired agents are eligible; works centering on law enforcement officers or amateur sleuths are not."

Quarterly newsletter: Reflections in a Private Eye

Dues: $50 for Active or International membership, $40 for Associate

Awards: The Shamus Awards
Previous winners include Lawrence Block, Rob Kantner, Ken Bruen, Harlan Coben, Max Allan Collins, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Brendan DuBois, Loren D. Estleman, Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, Sue Grafton, James W. Hall, Steve Hamilton, Jeremiah Healy, Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, John Lutz, Bill Pronzini, S.J. Rozan, Sandra Scoppettone and Don Winslow.

Web Site: The Private Eye Writers of America
Welcome to the 21st century! The PWA now has an official web site.

Blog: PWA News and Views

For more information:

Christine Matthews,
Membership Chair
P.O. Box 202,
Clarksville, MO
U.S.A.
63336.

E-mail: Rrandisi@aol.com



The Shamus Awards


The Shamus Award is given by the Private Eye Writers of America to honor excellent work in the Private Eye genre.The award was created by Robert J. Randisi in 1981. Committee members of PWA select nominees and winners, much in the same way as the Edgars are chosen. In general, a "private eye" is any mystery protagonist who is a professional investigator, but not a police officer or government agent.

NOTE

There's seems to be some confusion about the categories of Best First Novels and The St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writer Best First Private Eye Novel Contest. Seems some publishers don't make the distinction, and that a novel can win the contest, and a few years later, when it's finally published, be eligible for the Best First Novel Award. But it's pretty simple, actually. As Bob Randisi explains, "There is nothing for publishers to distinguish. The PWA/SMP contest winner is for an unpublished novel, and is ONLY a PWA/SMP prize winner. It's not a book, eligible for book awards, until it is published."

For more info, go to The St. Martin's Private Eye Contest Page.


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1982 SHAMUS AWARDS

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Award)

  • Ross Macdonald
    Accepted in his absence by his friend and colleague Dennis Lynds

BEST P.I. HARDCOVER

BEST ORIGINAL P.I. PAPERBACK

  • California Thriller by Max Byrd (Mike Haller)
  • Carpenter, Detective by Hamilton T. Caine (Ace Carpenter)
  • Brown's Requiem by James Ellroy (Fritz Brown)
  • The Old Dick by L.A. Morse (Jake Spanner)
  • Murder in the Wind by George Ogan (Johnny Bordelon)

1983 SHAMUS AWARDS

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Award)

  • Mickey Spillane

BEST P.I. HARDCOVER

BEST ORIGINAL P.I. PAPERBACK

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "What You Don't Know Can Hurt You" by John Lutz (November 1982, AHMM; Alo Nudger)
  • "Meet Athalia Goode" by Raleigh Bond (January 27, 1982, EQMM; Athalia Goode)
  • "Dead Soldier" by Loren D. Estleman (Mid-September, AHMM; Amos Walker)
  • "My Little Girl" by Kenneth Gavrell (May 1982, AHMM; Carlos Bannon)
  • "Cardula and the Locked Room" by Jack Ritchie (March 31, 1982, AHMM, Cardula)

1984 SHAMUS AWARDS

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Award)

  • William Campbell Gault

BEST P.I. HARDCOVER

  • True Detective by Max Allan Collins (Nate Heller)
  • Dancing Bear by James Crumley (Milo Milodragovitch)
  • The Glass Highway by Loren D. Estleman (Amos Walker)
  • The Dark Fantastic by Stanley Ellin
  • The Widening Gyre by Robert B. Parker (Spenser)

BEST ORIGINAL P.I. PAPERBACK

  • Dead in Centerfield by Paul Engelman (Mark Renzler)
  • Finders Weepers by Max Byrd (Mike Haller)
  • Death And The Single Girl by Elliot Lewis (Fred Bennett)
  • Trace by Warren Murphy (Devlin "Trace" Tracy)
  • The Steinway Collection by Robert J. Randisi (Miles Jacoby)

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "Cat's Paw" by Bill Pronzini (Wave's Press; Nameless)
  • "The Oldest Killer" by Michael Collins (November 1983,The Thieftakers Journal, Dan Fortune)
  • "Greektown" by Loren D. Estleman (August 1983, AHMM; Amos Walker)
  • "The Long Slow Dive" by T. Robin Kanter (February 1983, AHMM; Ben Perkins)
  • "Only One Way To Land" by John Lutz (October 1983, AHMM; ; Alo Nudger)

1985 SHAMUS AWARDS

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Award)

  • Howard Browne

BEST P.I. HARDCOVER

  • Sugartown by Loren D. Estleman (Amos Walker; Amos Walker)
  • True Crime by Max Allan Collins (Nate Heller)
  • Die Again, Macready by Jack Livingston
  • Nightlines by John Lutz (Alo Nudger)
  • Full Contact by Robert J. Randisi (Miles Jacoby)

BEST ORIGINAL P.I. PAPERBACK

  • Ceiling of Hell by Warren Murphy
  • Squeeze Play by Paul Benjamin
  • San Quentin by Jack Lynch
  • Trace and 47 Miles of Rope by Warren Murphy
  • The Man Who Risked His Partner by Reed Stephens

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

  • A Creative Kind of Killer by Jack Early
  • Blunt Darts by Jeremiah Healy (John Francis Cuddy)
  • The Nebraska Quotient by William J. Reynolds

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "By the Dawn's Early Light" by Lawrence Block (Matt Scudder); Playboy)
  • "Easy Money" by John Boland (April 1984, EQMM)
  • "Iris" by Stephen Greenleaf (John Marshall Tanner; The Eyes Have It)
  • "The Rat Line" by Rob Kantner (The Eyes Have It; Ben Perkins)
  • "The Big Winners" by Ernest Savage (September 1984, EQMM)

1986 SHAMUS AWARDS

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Award)

  • Richard S. Prather

BEST P.I. HARDCOVER

  • B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton (Kinsey Millhone)
  • The Naked Liar by Harold Adams
  • Hardball by Doug Hornig
  • A Catskill Eagle by Robert B. Parker (Spenser)
  • Bones by Bill Pronzini (Nameless)

BEST ORIGINAL P.I. PAPERBACK

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

  • Hardcover by Wayne Warga
  • New, Improved Murder by Ed Gorman (Jack Dwyer)
  • Sleeping Dog by Dick Lochte
  • Embrace the Wolf by Benjamin Schutz (Leo Haggerty)
  • Flood by Andrew Vachss (Burke)

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "Eight Mile and Dequindre" by Loren D. Estleman (May 1985, AHMM; Amos Walker)
  • "Lucky Penny" by Linda Barnes (New Black Mask #3)
  • "Shooting Match" by Wayne Dundee (Hardboiled; Joe Hannibal)
  • "Perfect Pitch" by Rob Kantner (July 1985, AHMM; Ben Perkins)
  • "The Snaphaunce" by Robert J. Randisi (Nick Delvecchio; Fall 1985, Hardboiled)

ST. MARTINS' PRESS/PWA BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL CONTEST

  • An Infinite Number of Monkeys by Les Roberts (Saxon)

1987 SHAMUS AWARDS

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Award)

BEST P.I. HARDCOVER

BEST ORIGINAL P.I. PAPERBACK

  • The Back Door Man by Rob Kantner (Ben Perkins)
  • Melting Point by Kenn Davis
  • Nervous Laughter by Earl Emerson (Thomas Black)
  • Dark Fields by T.J. MacGregor
  • Trace: Too Old a Cat by Warren Murphy (Devlin "Trace" Tracy)

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

  • Jersey Tomatoes by J.W. Rider
  • No One Rides for Free by Larry Beinhart
  • Tourist Season by Carl Hiassen

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "Fly Away Home" by Rob Kantner (Mean Streets; Ben Perkins)
  • "Quint and the Braceros" by Paul Bishop (Hardboiled; Quintana)
  • "Body Count" by Wayne D. Dundee (Mean Streets; Joe Hannibal)
  • "I'm in the Book" by Loren D. Estleman (Mean Streets; Amos Walker)
  • "Between the Sheets" by Sue Grafton (Kinsey Millhone; Redbook)

ST. MARTINS' PRESS/PWA BEST FIRST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL CONTEST


1988 SHAMUS AWARDS

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Awards)

  • Dennis Lynds
  • Wade Miller (Robert Wade and Bob Miller)

BEST P.I. HARDCOVER

  • A Tax in Blood by Benjamin Schutz (Leo Haggerty)
  • Lady Yesterday by Loren D. Estleman (Amos Walker)
  • Ride the Lightning by John Lutz (Alo Nudger)
  • A Trouble Of Fools by Linda Barnes
  • The Autumn Dead by Ed Gorman (Jack Dwyer)
  • Ride The Lightning by John Lutz

BEST ORIGINAL P.I. PAPERBACK

  • Wild Night by L.J. Washburn
  • The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais (Elvis Cole)
  • Snake Eyes by Gaylord Dold (Mitch Roberts)
  • Recount by David Everson (Robert Miles)
  • Madelaine by Joseph Louis

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

  • Death on the Rocks by Michael Allegretto
  • The House Of Blue Lights by Robert Bowman
  • Shawnee Alley Fire by John Douglas
  • Detective by Parnell Hall (Stanley Hastings)
  • An Infinite Number Of Monkeys by Les Roberts (Saxon)

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "Turn Away" by Ed Gorman (Black Lizard Anthology of Crime Fiction)
  • "Bodyguards Shoot Second" by Loren Estleman (A Matter Of Crime; Amos Walker)
  • "The Kerman Kill" by William Campbell Gault (Murder In Los Angeles)
  • "Merely Players" by Joseph Hansen (February 1987, AHMM)
  • "My Brother's Life" by Rob Kantner (March 1987, AHMM; Ben Perkins)

ST. MARTINS' PRESS/PWA BEST FIRST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL CONTEST


1989 SHAMUS AWARDS

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Award)

  • No Award Given

BEST P.I. HARDCOVER

BEST ORIGINAL P.I. PAPERBACK

  • Dirty Work by Rob Kantner (Ben Perkins)
  • The Last Private Eye by John Birkett
  • Bonepile by Gaylord Dold (Mitch Roberts)
  • Rebound by David Everson (Robert Miles)
  • The Crystal Blue Persuasion by W. R. Philbrick

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

  • Fear of the Dark by Gar Anthony Haywood (Aaron Gunner)
  • Lost Daughter by Michael Cormany
  • Burning Season by Wayne D. Dundee (Joe Hannibal)
  • Wall of Glass by Walter Satterthwait (Joshua Croft)
  • Slow Dance in Autumn by Philip Lee Williams

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "The Crooked Way" by Loren D. Estleman (New Black Mask; Amos Walker)
  • "The Man Who Knew Dick Bong" by Robert Crais (Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe)
  • "The Reason Why" by Ed Gorman (Crimal Elements; Jack Dwyer)
  • "In the Line of Duty" by Jeremiah Healy (Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe)
  • "Incident in a Neighborhood Tavern" by Bill Pronzini (Nameless; An Eye For Justice)

ST. MARTINS' PRESS/PWA BEST FIRST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL CONTEST


1990 SHAMUS AWARDS

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Award)

  • No Award Given

BEST P.I. HARDCOVER

BEST ORIGINAL P.I. PAPERBACK

  • Hell's Only Half Full by Rob Kantner (Ben Perkins)
  • Muscle And Blood by Gaylord Dold (Mitch Roberts)
  • Behind The Fac by Richard Hilary
  • Tough Enough by W. R. Philbrick
  • A Collector Of Photographs by Deborah Valentine

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

  • Katwalk by Karen Kijewski (Kat Colorado)
  • Medicine Dog by Geoff Peterson
  • Cold Night by Al Sarrantonio
  • Rock Critic Murders by Jesse Sublett

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "The Killing Man" by Mickey Spillane (December 1989, Playboy; Mike Hammer)
  • "Deadly Fantasies" by Marcia Muller (April 1989, AHMM; Sharon McCone)
  • "Here Comes Santa Claus" by Bill Pronzini (Mistletoe Mysteries; Nameless)
  • "The Sure Thing" by Dan A. Sproul (January 1989, AHMM; Joe Standard)
  • "Sloat's Last Case" by Robert Twohy (May 1989, EQMM)

ST. MARTINS' PRESS/PWA BEST FIRST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL CONTEST


1991 SHAMUS AWARDS

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Award)

  • Roy Huggins

BEST P.I. HARDCOVER

  • G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton (Kinsey Millhone)
  • Dead Irish by John Lescroart
  • The Desert Look by Bernard Schopen
  • Polo's Wild Card by Jerry Kennealy (Nick Polo)
  • Poor Butterfly by Stuart Kaminsky (Toby Peters)
  • A Ticket to the Boneyard by Lawrence Block (Matt Scudder)

BEST ORIGINAL P.I. PAPERBACK

  • Rafferty: Fatal Sisters by W. Glenn Duncan (Rafferty)
  • Made in Detroit by Rob Kantner (Ben Perkins)
  • Bimbo Heaven by Marvin Albert
  • The Blue Room by Monroe Thompson
  • The Queen's Mare by John Birkett

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

  • Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosely (Easy Rawlins)
  • Body Scissors by Jerome Doolittle
  • Kindred Crimes by Janet Dawson (Jeri Howard)
  • The Stone Veil by Ronald Tierney

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "Final Resting Place" by Marcia Muller (Justice for Hire; Sharon McCone)
  • "Bypass to Murder" by Dick Stodghill (Justice for Hire)
  • "Battered Spouse" by Jeremiah Healy (Fall 1990, TAD; John Francis Cuddy)
  • "Cigarette Stop" by Loren D. Estleman (Justice for Hire; Amos Walker)
  • "Naughty, Naughty" by Wayne D. Dundee (Justice for Hire; Joe Hannibal)
  • "A Poison That Leaves No Trace" by Sue Grafton (Sisters In Crime 2; Kinsey Millhone)

ST. MARTINS' PRESS/PWA BEST FIRST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL CONTEST

  • A Sudden Death at the Norfolk Cafe by Winona Sullivan (Sister Cecile)

1992 SHAMUS AWARDS

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Award)

  • Joseph Hansen

BEST P.I. HARDCOVER

BEST ORIGINAL P.I. PAPERBACK

  • Cool Blue Tomb by Paul Kemprecos
  • Black Light by Daniel Hearn
  • House of Cards by Kay Hooper
  • The Thousand Yard Stare by Rob Kantner (Ben Perkins)

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

  • Suffer Little Children by Thomas Davis (Dave Strickland)
  • The January Corpse by Neil Albert (Dave Garrett)
  • Dead on the Island by Bill Crider
  • Best Performance by a Patsy by Stan Cutler
  • Cool Breeze on the Underground by Don Winslow

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "Dust Devil" by Nancy Pickard (Winter 1991, TAD)
  • "Dying in the Post War World" by Max Allan Collins (Dying in the Post War World; Nate Heller)
  • "The Man Who Loved Noir" by Loren D. Estleman; February 1991, AHMM; Amos Walker)
  • "Full Cirle" by Sue Grafton (A Woman's Eye; Kinsey Millhone)

ST. MARTINS' PRESS/PWA BEST FIRST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL CONTEST

  • Storm Warning by A.C. Ayres (eventually published as Hour of the Manatee)

1993 SHAMUS AWARDS

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Award)

  • Marcia Muller

BEST P.I. HARDCOVER

BEST ORIGINAL P.I. PAPERBACK

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

  • The Woman Who Married a Bear by John Straley (Cecil Younger)
  • Return Trip Ticket by David C. Hall
  • Switching the Odds by Phyllis Knight
  • The Long-Legged Fly by James Sallis (Lew Griffin)

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "Mary, Mary, Shut the Door" by Benjamin Schutz (Deadly Allies; Leo Haggerty)
  • "The Messenger" by Jacklyn Butler (October 1992, AHMM)
  • "Safe House" by Loren D. Estleman (Deadly Allies; Amos Walker)
  • "A Little Missionary Work" by Sue Grafton (Deadly Allies; Kinsey Millhone)
  • "Rest Stop" by Jeremiah Healy (May 1992, AHMM; John Francis Cuddy)

ST. MARTINS' PRESS/PWA BEST FIRST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL CONTEST

  • The Harry Chronicles by Allan Pedrazas (Harry Rice)

1994 SHAMUS AWARDS

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Award)

  • Stephen J. Cannell

BEST P.I. NOVEL

BEST ORIGINAL P.I. PAPERBACK

  • Brothers And Sinners by Rodman Philbrick
  • The Half-hearted Detective by Milton Bass
  • A Minyon For The Dead by Richard Fliegel
  • Shadow Games by Edward Gorman
  • Torchtown Boogie by Steven Womack (Harry James Denton)

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "The Merciful Angel Of Death" by Lawrence Block (The New Mystery; Matt Scudder)
  • "The Sultans Of Soul" by Doug Allyn (March 1993, EQMM)
  • "Nobody Wins" by Charles Ardai (Mid-December 1993, AHMM)
  • "The Bagged Man" by Jeremiah Healy (February 1993, EQMM; John Francis Cuddy)
  • "The Watt's Lion" by Walter Mosley (The New Mystery; Easy Rawlins)

ST. MARTINS' PRESS/PWA BEST FIRST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL CONTEST


1995 SHAMUS AWARDS

Presented June 17, 1995, at EYECON, by the Private Eye Writers of America.

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Award)

  • John Lutz and Robert B. Parker

BEST P.I. NOVEL

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

BEST ORIGINAL P.I. PAPERBACK

  • Served Cold by Ed Goldberg (Lenny Schneider)
  • Double Plot by Leo Axler
  • Lament For A Dead Cowboy by Catherine Dain (Freddie O'Neal)
  • Dead Ahead by Bridget Mckenna (Caley Burke)
  • Deadly Devotion by Patricia Wallace

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "Necessary Brother" by Brendan DuBois (May 1994, EQMM)
  • "A Matter Of Character" by Michael Collins (Partners In Crime; Dan Fortune)
  • "Slipstream" by Loren Estleman (Deadly Allies II; Amos Walker )
  • "Split Decision" by Clark Howard (December 1994, EQMM)
  • "The Romantics" by John Lutz (Deadly Allies II)

ST. MARTINS' PRESS/PWA BEST FIRST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL CONTEST


1996 SHAMUS AWARDS

Winners were announced in a special ceremony at Bouchercon 27 World Mystery Convention (St. Paul, MN, Oct. 10-13, 1996).

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Award)

  • No Award Given

BEST P.I. NOVEL

BEST P.I. PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "And Pray Nobody Sees You" by Gar Anthony Haywood (Spooks, Spies & Private Eyes; Aaron Gunner)
  • "Trial By Fire" by David Dean (EQMM)
  • "Plain And Honest Death" by Bill Pomidor (EQMM)
  • "Home Is The Place Where" by Bill Pronzini (EQMM; Nameless)
  • "Enigma" by D.H. Reddall (AHMM)

ST. MARTINS' PRESS/PWA BEST FIRST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL CONTEST

  • No Award Given

1997 SHAMUS AWARDS

Winners announced October30, 1997, at Bouchercon 28 World Mystery Convention held in Monterey, California.

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Award)

  • Stephen Marlowe, the author of the Chet Drum series

BEST P.I. NOVEL:

BEST P.I. PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "Dead Drunk" by Lia Matera in (Guilty As Charged)
  • "Eye Of The Beholder" by Ed Gorman (The Autumn Dead & A Cry Of Shadows; Jack Dwyer)
  • "Turning The Witness" by Jeremiah Healy (Guilty As Charged; John Francis Cuddy)
  • "The One About The Green Detective" by John Lethan (Unusual Suspects)
  • "The Girl Who Talked To Horses" by Robert J. Randisi (Homicide Hosts Presents; Henry Po)

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

ST. MARTINS' PRESS/PWA BEST FIRST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL CONTEST


1998 SHAMUS AWARDS

The Private Eye Writers of America announced the 1998 Shamus Awards winners at the Shamus Awards ceremony during the Bouchercon in Philadelphia, October 1-4, 1998.

BEST P.I. NOVEL

BEST P.I. PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

BEST P.I. FIRST NOVEL

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "Love Me For My Yellow Hair Alone" by Carolyn Wheat (Marilyn: Shades Of Blonde)
  • "Copperhead Run" by Doug Allyn (June 1997 ,EQMM)
  • "Lord of Obstacles "by Greg Fallis (January 1997, AHMM)
  • "A Front-Row Seat" by Jan Grape (Vengeance Is Hers; Jenny Gordon and C.J. Gunn)
  • "Nightcrawlers" by John Lutz (April 1997, EQMM; Fred Carver)

ST. MARTINS' PRESS/PWA BEST FIRST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL CONTEST


1999 SHAMUS AWARDS

As presented at Eyecon'99 in July in St. Louis.

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Award)

  • Maxine O'Callaghan, the author of the Delilah West series.

BEST P.I. NOVEL

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

  • A Cold Day In Paradise by Steve Hamilton (Alex McKnight)
  • Like A Hole In The Head by Jen Banbury
  • Dead Low Tide by Jamie Katz (Dan Kardon)
  • Zen And The Art Of Murder by Elizabeth Cosin (Zen Moses)

BEST P.I. PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "Another Day, Another Dollar" by Warren Murphy (Murder on the Run)
  • "Sidewinder" by David Edgerley Gates (AHMM)
  • "No, Thank You, John" by Michelle Knowlden (AHMM)
  • "All About Heroes" by Dan A. Sproul (AHMM)
  • "More Light" by James Sallis (New Mystery)

ST. MARTINS' PRESS/PWA BEST FIRST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL CONTEST

FRIENDS OF PWA (a new award)

  • Michael Seidman, Editor at Walker, former editor of The Armchair Detective
  • Joe Pittman, Senior Editor at Signet

2000 SHAMUS AWARDS
The Private Eye Writers of America announced the winners of its 2000 Shamus Awards during the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, September 7-10 in Denver, Colorado.

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Award)

  • Edward D. Hoch

BEST P.I. NOVEL

BEST P.I. PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

BEST P.I. FIRST NOVEL

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "Akitada's First Case" by I.J. Parker (July/August, 1999, AHMM)
  • "Unchained Melody" by Doug Allyn (January, 1999, EQMM; R.B. "Ax" Axton)
  • "Hodegetria" by Jeremiah Healy (1999, Death Cruise; John Francis Cuddy)
  • "The Reluctant Op" by Barbara Paul (September/October, 1999, EQMM; Callie Darrow)
  • "Cro-magnon, P.I." by Mike Reiss (July/August, 1999, AHMM).

ST. MARTINS' PRESS/PWA BEST FIRST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL CONTEST


2001 SHAMUS AWARDS
The Private Eye Writers of America were to be presented at that year's Shamus Awards at PWA's 20th Anniversary Banquet during Bouchercon, but decided to forego the event "due to the tragedies that occurred in NY and Washington." Instead they announced the winners in a press release.

BEST HARDCOVER P.I. NOVEL

BEST P.I. PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

  • Death In The Steel City by Thomas Lipinski (Carroll Dorsey)
  • The Blazing Tree by Mary Jo Adamson (Michael Merrick)
  • The Sporting Club by Sinclair Browning (Trade Ellis)
  • The Hindenburg Murders by Max Allan Collins (Leslie Charteris, P.I.?)
  • Bad To The Bone by Katy Munger (Casey Jones)
  • Dirty Money by Steven Womack (Harry James Denton)

BEST P.I. FIRST NOVEL

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "The Road's End" by Brendan Dubois (April 2000, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
  • "What's In A Name?" by Jeremiah Healy (The Shamus Game; John Francis Cuddy)
  • "The Sleeping Detective" by Gary Phillips (The Shamus Game; Ivan Monk)
  • "The Big Bite" by Bill Pronzini (The Shamus Game; Nameless)
  • "The Good Daughter" by Mike Wiecek (December 2000, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine; Masakazu Sakonju)

2002 SHAMUS AWARDS

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievement)

  • Lawrence Block

BEST HARDCOVER P.I. NOVEL

BEST P.I. PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

BEST P.I. FIRST NOVEL

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "Rough Justice" by Ceri Jordan (July 2001, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)
  • "The Jungle" by John Lantigua (And the Dying Is Easy; Willie Cuesta)
  • "Last Kiss" by Tom Sweeney (Mystery Street; Jerry)
  • "Golden Retriever" by Barbara Paul (December 2001, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine; Callie Darrow)
  • "The Cobalt Blues" by Clark Howard (September 2001, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)

FRIEND OF PWA

  • Jan Grape

ST. MARTINS' PRESS/PWA CONTEST FOR BEST FIRST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL

  • The Sterling Inheritance by Michael Siverling (Jason Wilder)

2003 SHAMUS AWARDS

The Shamus Awards were presented in October at the PWA banquet in Las Vegas, Nevada, during Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention.

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievement)

  • Sue Grafton

BEST P.I. NOVEL

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL P.I. NOVEL

  • The Poisoned Rose by D. Daniel Judson (Declan "Mac" MacManus)
  • Cash Out by Paul Boray (John "Tomb" Tomei)
  • Juicy Watusi by Richard Helms (Pat Gallegher)
  • The Lusitania Murders by Max Allan Collins (S.S. Van Dine, P.I. -- yeah, right)
  • Paint It Black by P.J. Parish (Louis Kincaid)

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "The Second Coming" by Terence Faherty (November 2002, EQMM; Scott Elliott)
  • "Setting Up the Kill" by J. Michael Blue (Summer 2002,Hand Held Crime; Micki Garrity)
  • "Aftermath" by Jeremiah Healy (2002, Most Wanted; Rory Calhoun)
  • "Second Story Sunlight" by John Lutz (2002, Most Wanted; Alo Nudger)
  • "The Jewels of Atlantis" by James Powell (November 2002, EQMM; Ambrose Ganelon)

ST. MARTINS' PRESS/PWA CONTEST FOR BEST FIRST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL


2004 SHAMUS AWARDS

The 2004 Shamus Awards were announced at the Bouchercon in Toronto.

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Award)

BEST P.I. NOVEL

  • The Guards by Ken Bruen (Jack Taylor)
  • Scavenger Hunt by Robert Ferrigno (Jimmy Gage)
  • Blood is the Sky by Steve Hamilton (Alex McKnight)
  • Fatal Flaw by William Lashner (Victor Carl)
  • A Visible Darkness by Jonathon King (Max Freeman )

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

  • Black Maps by Peter Spiegelman (John March)
  • Spiked by Mark Arsenault (Eddie Bourque)
  • Lovers Crossing by James C. Mitchell (Roscoe Brinker)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL P.I. NOVEL

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "Lady on Ice"" by Loren D. Estleman ( A Hot and Sultry Night For Crime)
  • "Munchies" by Jack Bludis (Hardbroiled; Alan)
  • "The Rock in the Orange Grove" by Mitch Alderman (June 2003, AHMM; Bubba Simms)
  • "Slayer Statute" by Janet Dawson (September/October 2003, EQMM; Jeri Howard)
  • "Valhalla" by Doug Allyn (January 2003, EQMM; R.B."Ax" Axton)

ST. MARTINS' PRESS/PWA CONTEST FOR BEST FIRST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL

  • First Kill by Michael Kronenwetter (Hank Berlin)

2005 SHAMUS AWARDS

The 2005 Shamus Awards will be announced at the Bouchercon in Chicago. And lemme say, I like the idea of a lot of fresh blood this time. But a lot of these private eyes are NOT private eyes at all.

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievement)

  • Sara Paretsky

BEST P.I. NOVEL

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL P.I. NOVEL

  • Fade To Blonde by Max Phillips (construction worker Ray Corson)
  • Call The Devil by His Oldest Name by Sallie Bissell (Assistant D.A.Cherokee Mary Crow)
  • Shadow Of The Dahlia by Jack Bludis (Rick Page)
  • The London Blitz Murders by Max Allan Collins (amateur sleuth Agatha Christie)
  • Island Of Bones by P. J. Parrish (Louis Kincaid)

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

  • The Dead by Ingrid Black (true-crime writer Saxon)
  • Little Girl Lost by Richard Aleas (John Blake)
  • The Last Goodbye by Reed Arvin (Jack Hammond)
  • Aspen Pulp by Patrick Hasburgh (Jake Wheeler)
  • Some Danger Involved by Will Thomas (Thomas Llewelyn and Cyrus Barker)

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "Hasidic Noir" by Pearl Abraham (2004, Brooklyn Noir)
  • “Burnt Wood” by Mitch Alderman (July 2004, AHMM; Bubba Simms)
  • “Trumpeter Swan” by John F. Dobbyn (February 2004, AHMM)
  • “Dog on Fire” by Gregory S. Fallis (May 2004, AHMM; Joop Wheeler and Kevin Sweeney)
  • “Tricks” by Steve Hockensmith (August 2004, AHMM; Larry Erie)

2006 SHAMUS AWARDS

The 2006 Shamus Awards were announced at the Bouchercon in Madison, Wisconsin on seoptember 29, in a rollicking affair that saw Mickey Spillane honoured, Max Allan Collins presented with The Eye for Lifetime Achievment, and PWA founder Robert Randisi roasted slowly -- and none too gently -- over an open flame. A grand old time was had by Al. And Bob had a good time too.

THE EYE (Lifetime Achievment Award)

BEST P.I. NOVEL

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

  • Forcing Amaryllis by Louise Ure (Calla Gentry)
  • Blood Ties by Lori G. Armstrong (Julie Collins)
  • Still River by Harry Hunsicker (Lee Henry Oswald)
  • The Devil's Right Hand by J. D. Rhoades (Jack Keller)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL P.I. NOVEL

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "A Death in Ueno" by Michael Wiecek. (March 2005, AHMM; Masakazu Sakonju)
  • "Oh, What a Tangled Lanyard We Weave" by Parnell Hall (Murder Most Crafty; Stanley Hastings)
  • "Two Birds with One Stone" by Jeremiah Healy (January/February 2005, AHMM; John Francis Cuddy)
  • "The Big Road" by Steve Hockensmith. (May 2005, AHMM; Larry Erie)
  • "The Breaks" by Timothy Williams (September/October 2005, EQMM; Charlie Raines)

2007 SHAMUS AWARDS

The 2007 Shamus Awards were presented in the course of the annual PWA banquet, held in Anchorage, Alaska, during the Bouchercon convention.

THE EYE

  • Stuart M. Kaminsky

THE HAMMER
A new annual prize celebrating a memorable private eye character or a series. Named after Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, of course.

BEST P.I. NOVEL

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

BEST FIRST NOVEL

  • The Wrong Kind of Blood by Declan Hughes (Ed Loy)
  • Lost Angel by Mike Doogan (Nik Kane)
  • A Safe Place for Dying by Jack Fredrickson (Dek Elstrom)
  • Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith (Gustav "Old Red" Amlingmeyer)
  • 18 Seconds by George D. Shuman  (Sherry Moore)

BEST SHORT STORY

  • "The Heart Has Reasons" by O'Neil De Noux. (September 2006, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine; Lucien Caye)
  • “Sudden Stop” by Mitch Alderman.(November 2006, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Bubba Simms)
  • “Square One” by Loren D. Estleman (November 2006, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Amos Walker)
  • “Devil’s Brew” by Bill Pronzini (December 2006, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine; John Quincannon)
  • "Smoke Got In My Eyes" by Bruce Rubenstein (2006, Twin Cities Noir; Martin McDonough)

2008 SHAMUS AWARDS

The 2008 awards were presented at the PWA banquet, October 10, 2008, in Baltimore, Maryland, during the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention.

THE EYE

BEST P.I. NOVEL

  • Soul Patch by Reed Farrel Coleman (Moe Prager)
  • Head Games by Thomas B. Cavanagh (Mike Garrity)
  • The Color of Blood by Declan Hughes (Ed Loy)
  • A Welcome Grave by Michael Koryta (Lincoln Perry)
  • A Killer's Kiss by William Lashner (Victor Carl)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

  • Songs of Innocence by Richard Aleas (John Blake)
  • Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong (Nadia Stafford)
  • Stone Rain by Linwood Barclay (Zack Walker)
  • Deadly Beloved by Max Allan Collins (Ms. Tree)
  • Blood of Paradise by David Corbett (Jude McManus)

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

BEST SHORT STORY

  • “Hungry Enough" by Cornelia Read (2008, A Hell of a Woman; Philip)
  • "Kill the Cat" by Loren D. Estleman (2008, Detroit Noir; Amos Walker)
  • "Trust Me" by Loren D. Estleman (June 2007; Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine; Amos Walker)
  • "Open Mike" by James Nolan (2008, New Orleans Noir; Vincent Panarello)
  • "Room for Improvement" by Marilyn Todd (December 2007, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine; Lois Hepburn)

2009 SHAMUS AWARDS

The awards were given out at a banquet on Friday, October 19, during Bouchercon in Indianapolis.

THE EYE

THE HAMMER
A new annual prize celebrating a memorable private eye character or a series. Named after Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, of course.

BEST HARDCOVER

BEST FIRST NOVEL

  • In the Heat by Ian Vasquez (Miles Young)
  • Stalking Susan by Julie Kramer (Riley Spartz)
  • Swann's Last Song by Charles Salzberg (Henry Swann)
  • The Eye of Jade by Diane Wei Liang (Mei Wang)
  • Veil of Lies by Jeri Westerson (Crispin Guest)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

  • Snow Blind by Lori Armstrong (Julie Collins)
  • Shot Girl by Karen Olson (Annie Seymour)
  • The Stolen by Jason Pinter (Henry Parker)
  • The Black Hand by Will Thomas (Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn)
  • The Evil That Men Do by Dave White (Jackson Donne)

BEST SHORT STORY

  • "Family Values" by Mitch Alderman (June 2008, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine; Bubba Simms)
  • "Last Island South" by John C. Boland (September/October 2008, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Meggie Trevor)
  • "The Blonde Tigress" by Max Allan Collins (June 2008, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Nate Heller)
  • "Discovery" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (November 2008, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Pia Cardenas)
  • "Panic on Portage Path" by Dick Stodghill (January/February 2008, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine; Jack Eddy)

2010 SHAMUS AWARDS

THE EYE

BEST HARDCOVERNOVEL

BEST FIRST NOVEL

  • Faces of the Gone by Brad Parks (Carter Ross)
  • Loser's Town by Daniel Depp (David Spandau)
  • The Last Gig by Norman Green (Al Martillo)
  • The Good Son by Russel D. McLean (J. McNee)
  • Chinatown Angel by A.E. Roman (Chico Santana)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL

  • Sinner's Ball by Ira Berkowitz (Jackson Steeg)
  • Dark Side of the Morgue by Raymond Benson (Spike)
  • Red Blooded Murder by Laura Caldwell (Izzy McNeil)
  • Vengeance Road by Rick Mofina (Jack Gannon)
  • Body Blows by Marc Strange (Joe Grundy)

BEST SHORT STORY

  • "Julius Katz" by Dave Zeltserman (September/October 2009, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
  • "The Dark Island" by Brendan DuBois (2009, Boston Noir)
  • "Deadline Edition" by S.L. Franklin (April 2009, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)
  • "Blazin' on Broadway" by Gary Phillips (2009, Phoenix Noir)
  • "Suicide Bonds" by Tim L. Williams (March/April 2009, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)

THE HAMMER
A new annual prize celebrating a memorable private eye character or a series. Named after Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, of course.


2011 SHAMUS AWARDS

During a banquet at Bouchercon in St. Louis on September 16, 2011, the Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) announced the winners of the 2011 Shamus Awards, given annually to recognize outstanding achievement in private eye fiction.

THE EYE

  • Ed Gorman

THE HAMMER AWARD (Best P.I. Series Character):

BEST HARDCOVER P.I. NOVEL

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

  • In Search of Mercy by Michael Ayoob (Dexter Bolzjak)
  • One Man's Paradise by Douglas Corleone (Kevin Corvelli)
  • Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva (Liam Mulligan)
  • Random Violence by Jassy MacKenzie (Jade de Jong)
  • City of Dragons by Kelli Stanley (Miranda Corbie)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL P.I. NOVEL

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "The Lamb Was Sure to Go" by Gar Anthony Haywood (November 2010, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)
  • "The God of Right and Wrong" by Steven Gore (January/February 2010, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)
  • "The Girl in the Golden Gown" by Robert S. Levinson (March/April 2010, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
  • "Phelan's First Case" by Lisa Sandlin (Lone Star Noir)
  • "A Long Time Dead" by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins (June-Sept. 2010, The Strand Magazine)

2012 SHAMUS AWARDS

The winners were announced and awards presented, on October 5th, at the PWA banquet (on a rverboat, no less) during Bouchercon in Cleveland, Ohio.

THE HAMMER AWARD (Best Series P.I. Character)

BEST HARDCOVER P.I. NOVEL

  • A Bad Night's Sleep by Michael Wiley (Joe Kozmarski)
  • Bye Bye Baby by Max Allan Collins (Nate Heller)
  • 1222 by Anne Holt (Hanne Wilhelmsen)
  • When the Thrill is Gone by Walter Mosley (Leonid McGill)
  • The Highly Effective Detective Crosses the Line by Richard Yancey (Teddy Ruzak)

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

  • The Shortcut Man by P.G. Sturges (Dick Henry)
  • The Plot Against Hip Hop by Nelson George (D Hunter)
  • Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran (Claire DeWitt)
  • The Ocean Forest by Troy D. Nooe (Frankie McKeller)
  • The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams (Keye Street)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL P.I. NOVEL

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "Who I Am" by Michael Z. Lewin (December 2011, EQMM; Albert Samson)
  • "A Bullet from Yesterday" by Terence Faherty (January 2011, EQMM; Scott Elliott)
  • "Mr. Monk & the Sunday Paper" by Lee Goldberg (July 2011, EQMM; Adrian Monk)
  • "Vampire Slayer Murdered in Key West" by Michael Haskins (October 2011, EQMM; "Mad Mick" Murphy)
  • "Dancer in a Storm" by L. A. Wilson (January/February 2011, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine; Memphis Red)

2013 SHAMUS AWARDS

For works published in 2012: The winner was announced at the PWA Banquet at Bouchercon in Albany, New York, on Friday, September 20.

THE EYE

BEST HARDCOVER P.I. NOVEL

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

  • Black Fridays by Michael Sears (Jason Stafford)
  • Hush Money by Chuck Greaves (Jack MacTaggart)
  • Murder Unscripted by Clive Rosengren (Eddie Collins)
  • Racing the Devil by Jaden Terrell (Jared McKean)
  • The Twenty-Year Death by Ariel S. Winter (Dennis Foster)

BEST ORIGINAL PAPERBACK PI NOVEL

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "Ghost Negligence" by John Shepphird (July/August 2012, AHMM; Jack O'Shea)
  • "The Sequel" by Jeffrey Deaver (The Strand)
  • "After Cana" by Terence Faherty (September/October 2012 EQMM; Owen Keane)
  • "O'Nelligan and the Lost Fates" by Michael Nethercott (March 2012, AHMM; O'Nelligan & Plunkett)
  • "Illegitimati Non Carborundum" by Stephen D. Rogers (May/June 2012, Crimespree)

BEST INDIE P.I. NOVEL

  • White Heat by Paul Marks (Duke Rogers)
  • Stranger in Town by Cheryl Bradshaw (Sloane Monroe)
  • Enamored by O'Neil De Noux (Lucien Caye)
  • One-Eyed Jack by Christopher J. Lynch (John Sharp)
  • Devil May Care by James Mullaney (Crag Banyon)

2014 SHAMUS AWARDS

For works published in 2013: The awards were presented at the PWA Banquet at Bouchercon 2014 in Long Beach, California on November 14, 2014.


The winners in Long Beach at the awards cerenony. Photo by Ali Karim, the Jimmy Olsen of the Crime Writing World.

THE HAMMER AWARD (Best P.I. Series Character):

BEST HARDCOVER P.I. NOVEL

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL

BEST ORIGINAL PAPERBACK P.I. NOVEL

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY

  • "So Long, Chief" by Max Allan Collins & Mickey Spillane (February-May 2013, The Strand Magazine; Mike Hammer)
  • "The Ace I" by Jack Fredrickson (June 2013, EQMM; Pelmar Lindeman)
  • "What We Do" by Mick Herron (September/October EQMM; Zoë Boehm)
  • "Extra Fries" by Michael Z. Lewin (May 2013, EQMM; Albert Samson)
  • "The Lethal Leeteg" by Hayford Peirce in August 2013, EQMM; Joe Caneili)

BEST INDIE P.I. NOVEL

  • Don't Dare a Dame by M. Ruth Myers (Maggie Sullivan)
  • Murder Take Three by April Kelly & Marsha Lyons (Maureen O'Brien & Blake Ervansky)
  • A Small Sacrifice by Dana King (Nick Forte)
  • No Pat Hands by J.J. Lamb (Zach Rolfe)
  • State vs. Lassiter by Paul Levine (Jake Lassiter)

ST. MARTINS/PWA AWARD

  • The Red Storm by Grant Bywaters

Awards Chairperson Gay Toltl Kinman wishes to thank judges Ted Fitzgerald, Dorothy Rellas, Colleen Collins, Andrew S. McAleer, Jan Grape, Paul Levine, Chip Hughes, S.J. Rozan, John Shepphird, Clive Rosengren, Christine Matthews, Reed Farrel Coleman, Harley Mazuk, O'Neil De Noux and Barbara D. Amato.

List respectfully compiled by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Robert Randisi, Jan Grape, Jan Long, Gerald So, Ali Karim and especially Cathleen Jordan for their help with this one. PWA Logo by Terry Beatty.


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