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The Private Eye Writers of America

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) is an organization devoted to Private Eye fiction.

A Private Eye is defined as a private citizen (not a member of the military, federal agency, or civic or state police force) who is paid to investigate crimes. A Private Investigator can be a traditional private eye, a TV or newspaper reporter, an insurance investigator, an employee of an investigative service or agency (think Pinkertons), or similar character.

Membership is open to fans, writers, and publishing professionals. There are three levels of membership: Active, Associate, and International.

The PWA was founded in 1981 by Robert J. Randisi, who also created the Shamus Awards.

Bill Pronzini served as the organization's first president, with Robert as its first Vice-President. The aim of the organization is to support and further the private eye genre.

One of our original goals was to elevate the P.I. story from a sub-genre of the mystery to a genre of its own, and we feel we have been successful in that.

Our continued goal is to make sure the genre continues to prosper and grow.


The Shamus Awards Banquet were held on Friday, November 14 in Long Beach, California, and a rollicking good time was had by all.

This year's banquet was held at Gladstone's Long Beach overlooking the harbor. The evening kicked off with cocktails at 6:30, and a buffet dinner was served, followed by the awards ceremony itself, with Kinsey Millhone winning The Hammer, for Best P.I. Series Character.

And for a list of The 2014 Shamus Award winners, click here.

Details on The 2015 Shamus Awards and Dinner are on their way. No idea yet what Bob and Christine are planning, but as the Fat Man would say, it's There's never any telling what you'll say or do next, except that it's bound to be something astonishing.

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