Shamus Award Nominees

The Private Eye Writers of America have announced the nominees for the 2006 Shamus Awards (for works published in
2005). Needless to say, I was thrilled by their choices…though I fear I don’t stand a chance against Crais, Connelly, and Mosley. But wow, it sure is nice to be included in their company. The awards will be
presented on Sept. 29, 2006, at the PWA’s 25 Anniversary Banquet in
Madison, WI, which will be held during the Bouchercon World Mystery

Best Hardcover

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

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 Original

Falling Down by David Cole (Avon), featuring Laura Winslow.

The James Deans by Reed Farrell 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 Novel

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

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

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

Best Short Story

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

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

“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 Magazine,  March 2005 featuring Masakazu Sakonju.

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

26 thoughts on “Shamus Award Nominees”

  1. Chadwick,
    God, I hope so. If I can get a mass market sale, then I can probably get a sequel out of it, too. And I’d love to write another Harvey Mapes.

  2. No matter what the verdict is, you have grasped the brass ring. There’s a lot of excellent competition out there.

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  4. Lee, you’re definitely in excellent company. I’ve read all of those books except the Mosely and the Faherty. “Oblivion” is a very unusual book by an author I hadn’t read before, and highly recommended, as are all the others.

  5. OK Lee, finally the recognition your deserve. Remember our conversation awile bacj when I told you BADGE was this good…..Congratulations. I hope with this nomination that we wil see a sequel now.

  6. Thank you for all the felicitations…(that may be the first time I have ever used that word).
    I have to say it’s great to see so many of my friends among the nominees. We’ve spent the day trading kudos back and forth. I’m looking forward to the banquet…it’s going to be a fun night.


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