Here Be Your Shamus Award Nominees

The Private Eye Writers of America

(PWA) is proud to announce the nominees for the 26th annual Shamus

Awards, given annually to recognize outstanding achievement in private eye

fiction. The 2007 awards cover works published in the U.S. in 2006.

The awards will be presented on September 28, 2007, at the PWA banquet in

Anchorage, Alaska, during the weekend of the Bouchercon

World Mystery Convention.

2007 Shamus Awards Nominees (for

works published in 2006)


The Dramatist by Ken Bruen (St.
Martins Minotaur), featuring Jack Taylor

The Darkest Place by
Daniel Judson (St. Martins Minotaur), featuring Reggie

The Do-Re-Mi by Ken Kuhlken
(Poisoned Pen Press), featuring Clifford and Tom Hickey

Vanishing Point by Marcia Muller
(Mysterious Press), featuring Sharon McCone

Days of Rage by Kris Nelscott (St.
Martins Minotaur), featuring Smokey Dalton


Best Paperback

Hallowed Ground by Lori G. Armstrong
(Medallion Press), featuring Julie Collins

The Prop by Pete Hautman (Simon and
Schuster), featuring Peeky Kane

An Unquiet Grave by P.J. Parrish
(Pinnacle), featuring Louis Kincaid

The Uncomfortable Dead by Paco
Ignacio Taibo II and Subcomandante Marcos, Translated by Carlos Lopez (Akashic
Books), featuring Hector Belascoaran Shayne

Crooked by Brian M. Wiprud (Dell),
featuring Nicholas Palihnic


Best First

Lost Angel by Mike Doogan (Putnam),
featuring Nik Kane

A Perfect
for Dying by Jack Fredrickson. (St.
Martin’s Minotaur), featuring Dek Elstrom,

Holmes on the Range by Steve
Hockensmith. (St. Martin’s Minotaur), featuring
Gustav “Old Red” Amlingmeyer

The Wrong Kind of Blood by Declan Hughes.
(Wm. Morrow), featuring Ed Loy

18 Seconds by George D. Shuman. (Simon & Schuster), featuring Sherry


Best Short

“Sudden Stop” by Mitch Alderman.
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, November 2006, featuring Bubba

"The Heart Has Reasons" by O’Neil De
Noux. Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, September 2006, featuring Lucien Kaye

“Square One” by Loren D. Estleman.
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, November 2006, featuring Amos

“Devil’s Brew” by Bill Pronzini.
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. December 2006, featuring John

"Smoke Got In My Eyes" by Bruce
Rubenstein. TWIN CITIES NOIR (Akashic), featuring Martin McDonough

Congrats to all the nominees.