Shamus Award Nominations

The Private Eye Writers of America

(PWA) is proud to announce the nominees for the 25th annual Shamus

Awards, given annually to recognize outstanding achievement in private eye

fiction. The 2006 awards cover works published in 2005.


Oblivion by Peter Abrahams  (Wm. Morrow), featuring Nick

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael
Connelly (Little, Brown), featuring Mickey Haller.

The Forgotten Man by Robert Crais
(Doubleday), featuring Elvis Cole.

In A Teapot by Terence Faherty (Crum
Creek Press), featuring Scott Elliot.

The Man with the Iron-On Badge by
Lee Goldberg (Five Star), featuring Harvey Mapes.

Cinnamon Kiss by Walter Mosley
(Little, Brown), featuring Easy Rawlins.

Best Paperback

Falling Down by David Cole
(Avon), featuring Laura

The James Deans by Reed Farrel
Coleman (Plume), featuring Moe Prager.

Deadlocked by Joel Goldman
(Pinnacle), featuring Lou Mason.

Cordite Wine by Richard Helms (Back
Alley Books), featuring Eamon Gold.

A Killing Rain by PJ Parrish
(Pinnacle), featuring Louis Kincaid.

Best First

Blood Ties by Lori G. Armstrong
(Medallion), featuring Julie Collins.

Still River by Harry Hunsicker (Thomas Dunne
Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur), featuring Lee Henry Oswald.

The Devil’s Right Hand by J. D.
Rhoades (St. Martin’s Minotaur), featuring Jack

Forcing Amaryllis by Louise Ure
(Mysterious Press – Warner), featuring Calla Gentry.

Best Short

“Oh, What a Tangled Lanyard We
Weave” by Parnell Hall. Murder Most
(Berkley), featuring Stanley

“Two Birds with One Stone” by
Jeremiah Healy. Alfred Hitchcock
Mystery Magazine
, Jan/Feb 2005, featuring John Francis

“The Big Road” by Steve Hockensmith. Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, May
2005, featuring Larry Erie.

“A Death in Ueno” by Michael
Wiecek. Alfred Hitchcock Mystery
, March 2005 featuring
Masakazu Sakonju.

“The Breaks” by Timothy Williams.  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine,
September/October 2005 featuring Charlie

The awards will be

presented on Sept. 29, 2006, at PWA’s 25th Anniversary Banquet in

Madison, WI, during the Bouchercon World Mystery


Congratulations to all the nominees! An interesting and very name-heavy list, if I may say so.