Shamuses? Shamii? Oy

I was reading Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind when I discovered that I’d missed the announcement of the Shamus nominees. And here they are:

2007 SHAMUS AWARDS – NOMINEES

(For works published in 2006.)

Best P.I. Novel

The Dramatist, by Ken Bruen (St. Martin’s/Minotaur)
The Darkest Place, by Daniel Judson (St. Martin’s/Minotaur)
The Do-Re-Me, by Ken Kuhlken (Poisoned Pen)
Vanishing Point, by Marcia Muller (Mysterious)
Days of Rage, by Kris Nelscott (St. Martin’s/Minotaur)

Best Paperback Original

Hallowed Ground, by Lori G. Armstrong (Julie Collins)
The Prop, by Pete Hautman (Simon & Schuster)
An Unquiet Grave, by P.J. Parrish (Pinnacle)
The Uncomfortable Dead, by Paco Ignacio Taibo II and Subcomandante Marcos (Akashic)
Crooked, by Brian M. Wiprud (Dell)

Best First Novel

Lost Angel, by Mike Doogan (Putnam)
A Safe Place for Dying, by Jack Fredrickson (St. Martin’s/Minotaur)
Holmes on the Range, by Steve Hockensmith (St. Martin’s/Minotaur)
The Wrong Kind of Blood, by Declan Hughes (Morrow)
18 Seconds, by George D. Shuman  (Simon & Schuster)

Best Short Story

"Sudden Stop," by Mitch Alderman (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, November 2006)
“The Heart Has Reasons,” by O’Neil De Noux (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, September 2006)
"Square One," by Loren D. Estleman (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, November 2006)
"Devil’s Brew," by Bill Pronzini (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, December 2006)
“Smoke Got In My Eyes,” by Bruce Rubenstein (Twin Cities Noir, Akashic, 2006)

Interestingly, Booklist only starred one of the Best P.I. Novel nominees: Kris Nelscott’s Days of Rage. It’s always interesting when someone else’s list is so different from one you’d compile. It makes you wonder whether you’re missing something — or whether the other guy is just plain wrong. (We liked the First Novel nominees a lot more.)

The Shamus Awards are given by the Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) and will be presented this year on September 28, 2007, at the PWA banquet in Anchorage, Alaska, at Bouchercon.

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Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.

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