2012 Shamus Award Winners

Friday night, the Private Eye Writers of America presented the 2012 Shamus awards.

Best Hardcover P.I. Novel:
Winner: A Bad Night’s Sleep, by Michael Wiley (Minotaur)

Bye Bye Baby by Max Allan Collins (Forge)
1222, by Anne Holt (Scribner)
When the Thrill Is Gone, by Walter Mosley (Riverhead)
The Highly Effective Detective Crosses the Line, by Richard Yancey (Minotaur)

Best First P.I. Novel:
Winner: The Shortcut Man, by P.G. Sturges (Scribner)

The Plot Against Hip Hop, by Nelson George (Akashic)
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, by Sara Gran (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Ocean Forest, by Troy D. Nooe (Ingalls)
The Stranger You Seek, by Amanda Kyle Williams (Bantam Press)

Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel:
Winner: Fun & Games, by Duane Swierczynski (Mulholland)

Quarry’s Ex, by Max Allan Collins (Hard Case Crime)
Threat Warning, by John Gilstrap (Kensington)
Serial, by John Lutz (Kensington)
Long Pig, by James L. Ross (Perfect Crime)

Best P.I. Short Story:
Winner: “Who I Am,” by Michael Z. Lewin (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, December 2011)

“A Bullet from Yesterday,” by Terence Faherty (EQMM, January 2011)
“Mr Monk & the Sunday Paper,” by Lee Goldberg (EQMM, July 2011)
“Vampire Slayer Murdered in Key West,” by Michael West (EQMM, September/October 2011)
“Dancer in a Storm,” by L.A. Wilson (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, January/February 2011)