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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.

2014 SHAMUS Submissions
Submissions for the 2014 Shamus Awards are now open, The awards will be presented in the fall of 2014 at Bouchercon in Long Beach, California. For more information, please see the 2014 Shamus Submission Guidelines.

2013 SHAMUS AWARDS
For works published in 2012: The winner was announced at the PWA Banquet at Bouchercon in Albany, New York, on Friday, September 20.

The winners are listed below, in white, followed by the other nominations in their category, and Loren d. Estleman was given The Eye, the PWA's Lifetime Achievement Award.

BEST HARDCOVER P.I. NOVEL
Taken by Robert Crais
Robert B. Parker's Lullaby by Ace Atkins
Hunting Sweetie Rose by Jack Fredrickson
Blues in the Night by Dick Lochte
The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan

BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL
Black Fridays by Michael Sears
Hush Money
by Chuck Greaves
Murder Unscripted by Clive Rosengren
Racing the Devil by Jaden Terrell
The Twenty-Year Death by Ariel S. Winter

BEST ORIGINAL PAPERBACK PI NOVEL
And She Was by Alison Gaylin
Death Warmed Over
by Kevin J. Anderson
Archie Meets Nero Wolfe by Robert Goldsborough
False Negative by Joseph Koenig
Pulse by John Lutz

BEST P.I. SHORT STORY
"Ghost Negligence" by John Shepphird (AHMM)
"The Sequel" by Jeffrey Deaver (The Strand)
"After Cana" by Terence Faherty (EQMM)
"O'Nelligan and the Lost Fates" by Michael Nethercott (AHMM)
"Illegitimati Non Carborundum" by Stephen D. Rogers (Crimespree)

BEST INDIE P.I. NOVEL
White Heat by Paul Marks
Stranger in Town by Cheryl Bradshaw
Enamored by O'Neil De Noux
One-Eyed Jack by Christopher J. Lynch
Devil May Care by James Mullaney