Shamus Award Winners

The Shamus Award is awarded by the Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) for the best detective fiction genre novels and short stories of the year.

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The Last Place You Look (Ro...

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3.99 avg rating — 6,278 ratings
Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel (2018)
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IQ (IQ, #1)

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3.82 avg rating — 19,466 ratings
Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel (2017)
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The Do-Right (Delpha Wade a...

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3.86 avg rating — 644 ratings
Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel (2016)
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The Shadow Broker (Mr. Finn...

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3.93 avg rating — 952 ratings
Shamus Award for Best Indie P.I. Novel (2015)
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The Good Cop (Carter Ross, #4)

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3.86 avg rating — 962 ratings
Shamus Award (2014)
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Black Fridays (Jason Staffo...

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3.73 avg rating — 1,840 ratings
Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel (2013)
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Fun & Games (Charlie Hardie...

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3.90 avg rating — 2,471 ratings
Shamus Award for Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel (2012)
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A Bad Night's Sleep (Joe Ko...

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3.55 avg rating — 130 ratings
Shamus Award for Best Hardcover P.I. Novel (2012)
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Shortcut Man (Shortcut Man,...

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3.29 avg rating — 280 ratings
Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel (2012)
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Asia Hand (Vincent Calvino #2)

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3.44 avg rating — 117 ratings
Shamus Award for Best PI Paperback Original (2011)
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No Mercy (Mercy Gunderson M...

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3.89 avg rating — 1,089 ratings
Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel (2011)
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In Search of Mercy

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3.14 avg rating — 42 ratings
Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel (2011)
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Sinner's Ball (Jackson Stee...

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4.15 avg rating — 27 ratings
Shamus Award for Best PI Paperback Original (2010)
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Faces of the Gone (Carter R...

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3.75 avg rating — 1,675 ratings
Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel (2010)
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Locked In (Sharon McCone #26)

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3.84 avg rating — 1,731 ratings
Shamus Award for Best PI Hardcover (2010)
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Julius Katz Mysteries

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3.57 avg rating — 242 ratings
Shamus Award for Best PI Short Story (2010)
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Snow Blind (PI Julie Collin...

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4.31 avg rating — 635 ratings
Shamus Award for Best PI Paperback Original (2009)
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In the Heat

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3.16 avg rating — 32 ratings
Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel (2009)
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Empty Ever After (Moe Prage...

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3.96 avg rating — 459 ratings
Shamus Award for Best PI Hardcover (2009)
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Songs of Innocence (John Bl...

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3.84 avg rating — 882 ratings
Shamus Award for Best PI Paperback Original (2008)
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Big City, Bad Blood (Ray Du...

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3.81 avg rating — 1,014 ratings
Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel (2008)
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Soul Patch (Moe Prager, #4)

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3.91 avg rating — 507 ratings
Shamus Award for Best PI Hardcover (2008)
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The Wrong Kind of Blood (Ed...

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3.68 avg rating — 809 ratings
Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel (2007)
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The Dramatist (Jack Taylor,...

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4.02 avg rating — 1,998 ratings
Shamus Award for Best PI Hardcover (2007)
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An Unquiet Grave (Louis Kin...

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4.14 avg rating — 787 ratings
Shamus Award for Best PI Paperback Original (2007)
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Forcing Amaryllis

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3.41 avg rating — 105 ratings
Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel (2006)
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The James Deans (Moe Prager...

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4.03 avg rating — 666 ratings
Shamus Award for Best PI Paperback Original (2006)
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The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey ...

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4.17 avg rating — 201,997 ratings
Shamus Award for Best PI Hardcover (2006)
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The Dead  (The Saxon & Fitz...

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3.42 avg rating — 237 ratings
Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel (2005)
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While I Disappear (John Ray...

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3.75 avg rating — 79 ratings
Shamus Award for Best PI Hardcover (2005)
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