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The Shamus Awards
The Private Eye Writers of America

The Shamus Award was first presented in1982 for work published in 1981. Bill Pronzini was the first winner in the Best Novel Category. In 1982 the awards were given for Best Novel and Best Paperback Novel. The Short Story award was added in 1983. In 1985 the Best First Novel category was added, and this year, the first Shamus for Best Indie P.I. Novel will be presented.

2015 SHAMUS AWARD FINALISTS
The winners of the 2015 PWA's Shamus Awards, for works published in 2014, will be announced at the PWA Banquet at Bouchercon in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday, October 9, 2015.

The finalists are:

BEST HARDCOVER P.I. NOVEL
The Hollow Girl by Reed Farrell Coleman
The Silkworm
by Robert Galbraith
Tokyo Kill by Barry Lancet
Hounded by David Rosenfelt
Peter Pan Must Die by John Verdon

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL
Invisible City
by Julia Dahl
Bad Country
by C.B. McKenzie
Last of the Independents by Sam Wiebe
Wink of an Eye by Lynn Chandler Willis
City of Brick and Shadow by Tim Wirkus

BEST ORIGINAL PAPERBACK P.I. NOVEL
The Detective and the Pipe GirlbyMichael Craven
Beauty with a Bomb
by M.C. Grant
Critical Damage by Robert K. Lewis
Street Justice by Kris Nelscott
Moonlight Weeps by Vincent Zandri

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY
"Clear Recent History" by Gon Ben Ari (Tel Aviv Noir)
"The Ehrengraf" by Lawrence Block (Defender of the Innocent)
"Fear is the Best Keeper of Secrets" by Vali Khahili (Terhan Noir)
"Mei Kwei, I Love You" by Stachen Christine Lim (Singapore Noir)
"Busting Red Heads" by Richard Helms (EQMM)

BEST INDIE P.I. NOVEL
The Shadow Broker by Trace Conger
Nobody's Child
by Libby Fischer Hellmann
Played to Death by BV Lawson
The Kids are All Right by Steve Liskow
Get Busy Dying by Ben Rehder