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The Shamus Awards

The Shamus Award is given annually by the Private Eye Writers of America to honor excellent work in the Private Eye genre. Committee members of PWA select the winners. (The series private eye is noted in brackets following the book's title.)

 

    2013
  • Best Hardcover PI Novel: Taken [Elvis Cole] by Robert Crais (Putnam)
  • Best First PI Novel: Black Fridays [Jason Stafford] by Michael Sears (Putnam)
  • Best Paperback Original PI Novel: And She Was [Brenna Spector] by Alison Gaylin (Harper)
  • Best PI Short Story: "Ghost Negligence" by John Shepphird (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)
  • Best Indie PI Novel: White Heat [Duke Rogers] by Paul D. Marks (Timeless Skies)
    2012
  • Best PI Hardcover: A Bad Night's Sleep by Michael Wiley (Minotaur Books)
  • Best First PI Novel: The Shortcut Man by P. G. Sturges (Scribner)
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Fun & Games by Duane Swierczynski (Mulholland Books)
  • Best PI Short Story: "Who I Am" by Michael Z. Lewin (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
    2011
  • Best PI Hardcover: No Mercy [Mercy Gunderson] by Lori G. Armstrong (Touchstone)
  • Best First PI Novel: In Search of Mercy [Dexter Bolzjak] by Michael Ayoob (Minotaur Books)Review of In Search of Mercy by Michael Ayoob
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Asia Hand [Vincent Calvino] by Christopher G. Moore (Grove/Atlantic)
  • Best PI Short Story: "The Lamb Was Sure To Go" by Gar Anthony Haywood (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, November 2010)
  • Best PI Series Character: V. I. Warshawski, created by Sara Paretsky
  • The EYE Lifetime Achievement Award: Ed Gorman
    2010
  • Best PI Hardcover: Locked In [Sharon McCone] by Marcia Muller
  • Best First PI Novel: Faces of the Gone [Carter Ross] by Brad Parks
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Sinner's Ball [Jackson Steeg] by Ira Berkowitz
  • Best PI Short Story: "Julius Katz" by Dave Zeltserman (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
    2008
  • Best PI Hardcover: Soul Patch [New York PI Moe Prager] by Reed Farrel Coleman
  • Best First PI Novel: Big City, Bad Blood [Ray Dudgeon] by Sean Chercover
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Songs of Innocence [John Blake] by Richard Aleas
    2007
  • Best PI Hardcover: The Dramatist [Irish PI Jack Taylor] by Ken Bruen
  • Best First PI Novel: The Wrong Kind of Blood [Irish PI Ed Loy] by Declan Hughes
  • Best PI Paperback Original: An Unquiet Grave [Florida PI Louis Kincaid] by P. J. Parrish
    2006
  • Best PI Hardcover: The Lincoln Lawyer [Defense attorney Michael Haller] by Michael Connelly
  • Best First PI Novel: Forcing Amaryllis [Trial consultant Calla Gentry] by Louise Ure
  • Best PI Paperback Original: The James Deans [New York PI Moe Prager] by Reed Farrel Coleman
    2005
  • Best PI Hardcover: While I Disappear [Movie cowboy John Ray Horn] by Ed Wright
  • Best First PI Novel: The Dead [True-crime writer Saxon] by Ingrid Black
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Fade to Blonde [Construction worker Ray Corson] by Max Phillips
    2004
  • Best PI Hardcover: The Guards [Jack Taylor] by Ken Bruen
  • Best First PI Novel: Black Maps [John March] by Peter Spiegelman
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Cold Quarry [Frank Pavlicek] by Andy Straka
  • The Eye Lifetime Achievement Award: Donald E. Westlake
    2003
  • Best PI Hardcover: Blackwater Sound [Thorn] by James W. Hall
  • Best First PI Novel: The Distance [Billy Nichols] by Eddie Muller
  • Best PI Paperback Original: The Poisoned Rose [Declan "Mac" MacManus] by D. Daniel Judson
    2002
  • Best PI Hardcover: Reflecting the Sky [Bill Smith and Lydia Chin] by S. J. Rozan
  • Best First PI Novel: Chasing the Devil's Tail [Valentin St. Cyr] by David Fulmer Review of Chasing the Devil's Tail by David Fulmer
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Archangel Protocol [Dierdre McMannus] by Lyda Morehouse
  • The Eye Lifetime Achievement Award: Lawrence Block
    2001
  • Best PI Hardcover: Havana Heat [Lupe Solano] by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
  • Best First PI Novel: Street Level [Duncan Sloan] by Bob Truluck
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Death in the Steel City [Carroll Dorsey] by Thomas Lipinski
    2000
  • Best PI Hardcover: California Fire and Life [Jack Wade] by Don Winslow
  • Best First PI Novel: Every Dead Thing [Charlie Parker] by John Connolly
  • Best PI Paperback Original: In Big Trouble [Tess Monaghan] by Laura Lippman
  • The Eye Lifetime Achievement Award: Edward D. Hoch
    1999
  • Best PI Hardcover: Boobytrap [Nameless Detective] by Bill Pronzini
  • Best First PI Novel: A Cold Day in Paradise [Alex McKnight] by Steve Hamilton
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Murder Manual [Harry James Denton] by Steve Womack
  • The Eye Lifetime Achievement Award: Maxine O'Callaghan
    1998
  • Best PI Hardcover: Come Back Dead [Scott Elliott] by Terrance Faherty
  • Best First PI Novel: Big Red Tequilla [Tres Navarre] by Rick Riordan
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Charm City [Tess Monaghan] by Laura Lippman
    1997
  • Best PI Hardcover: Sunset Express [Elvis Cole] by Robert Crais
  • Best First PI Novel: This Dog For Hire [Rachel Alexander] by Carol Lea Benjamin
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Fade Away [Myron Bolitar] by Harlan Coben
  • The Eye Lifetime Achievement Award: Stephen Marlowe
    1996
  • Best PI Hardcover: Concourse [Bill Smith and Lydia Chin] by S. J. Rozan
  • Best First PI Novel: The Innocents [Wil Hardesty] by Richard Barre
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Native Angels [Peter Boone] by William Jaspersohn
    1995
  • Best PI Hardcover: K is for Killer [Kinsey Millhone] by Sue Grafton
  • Best First PI Novel: A Drink Before the War [Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro] by Dennis Lehane
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Served Cold [Lenny Schneider] by Ed Goldberg
  • The Eye Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert B. Parker
    1994
  • Best PI Hardcover: The Devil Knows You're Dead [Matt Scudder] by Lawrence Block
  • Best First PI Novel: Satan's Lambs [Lena Padget] by Lynn Hightower
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Brothers and Sinners by Rodman Philbrick
  • The Eye Lifetime Achievement Award: Steven J. Cannell
    1993
  • Best PI Hardcover: The Man Who Was Taller Than God [Carl Wilcox] by Harold Adams
  • Best First PI Novel: The Woman Who Married a Bear [Cecil Younger] by John Straley
  • Best PI Paperback Original: The Last Tango of Delores Delgado [Claudia Valentine] by Marele Day
  • The Eye Lifetime Achievement Award: Marcia Muller
    1992
  • Best PI Hardcover: Stolen Away [Nate Heller] by Max Allan Collins
  • Best First PI Novel: Suffer Little Children [Dave Strickland] by Thomas Davis
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Cool Blue Tomb by Paul Kemprecos
  • The Eye Lifetime Achievement Award: Joseph Hansen
    1991
  • Best PI Hardcover: G is for Gumshoe [Kinsey Millhone] by Sue Grafton
  • Best First PI Novel: Devil in a Blue Dress [Easy Rawlins] by Walter Mosley
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Fatal Sisters [Rafferty] by W. Glenn Duncan
  • The Eye Lifetime Achievement Award: Roy Huggins
    1990
  • Best PI Hardcover: Extenuating Circumstances [Harry Stoner] by Jonathan Valin
  • Best First PI Novel: Katwalk [Kat Colorado] by Karen Kijewski
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Hell's Only Half Full [Ben Perkins] by Rob Kantner
    1989
  • Best PI Hardcover: Kiss by John Lutz
  • Best First PI Novel: Fear of the Dark [Aaron Gunner] by Gar Anthony Haywood
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Dirty Work [Ben Perkins] by Rob Kantner
    1988
  • Best PI Hardcover: A Tax in Blood [Leo Haggerty] by Benjamin Schutz
  • Best First PI Novel: Death on the Rocks by Michael Allegretto
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Wild Night by L. J. Washburn
  • The Eye Lifetime Achievement Award: Dennis Lynds and Wade Miller
    1987
  • Best PI Hardcover: The Staked Goat [John Francis Cuddy] by Jeremiah Healy
  • Best First PI Novel: Jersey Tomatoes by J. W. Rider
  • Best PI Paperback Original: The Back Door Man [Ben Perkins] by Rob Kantner
  • The Eye Lifetime Achievement Award: Bill Pronzini
    1986
  • Best PI Hardcover: B is for Burglar [Kinsey Millhone] by Sue Grafton
  • Best First PI Novel: Hardcover by Wayne Warga
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Poverty Bay [Thomas Black] by Earl Emerson
  • The Eye Lifetime Achievement Award: Richard S. Prather
    1985
  • Best PI Hardcover: Sugartown [Amos Walker] by Loren D. Estleman
  • Best First PI Novel: A Creative Kind of Killer by Jack Early
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Ceiling of Hell by Warren Murphy
  • The Eye Lifetime Achievement Award: Howard Browne
    1984
  • Best PI Hardcover: True Detective [Nate Heller] by Max Allan Collins
  • Best PI Paperback Original: Dead in Centerfield [Mark Renzler] by Paul Engleman
  • The Eye Lifetime Achievement Award: William Campbell Gault
    1983
  • Best PI Hardcover: Hoodwink [Nameless Detective] by Bill Pronzini
  • Best PI Paperback Original: The Cana Diversion [Brock Callahan] by William Campbell Gault
  • The Eye Lifetime Achievement Award: Mickey Spillane
    1982
  • Best PI Hardcover: Eight Million Ways to Die [Matt Scudder] by Lawrence Block
  • Best PI Paperback Original: California Thriller [Mike Haller] by Max Byrd
  • The Eye Lifetime Achievement Award: Ross Macdonald

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