The 2021 Shamus Award Finalists

From the Private Eye Writers of America

The finalists for the 2021 Shamus Awards, for works published in 2020, have just been announced by Gay Toltl Kinman, Chairperson for the Awards. The lists below are in alphabetical order by author.

BEST PI HARDCOVER

BEST ORIGINAL PI PAPERBACK

  • Farewell Las Vegas by Grant Bywaters (Joe Roddick)
  • All Kinds of Ugly by Ralph Dennis (Jim Hardman)
  • Brittle Karma by Richard Helms (Eamon Gold)
  • Remember My Face by John Lantigua (Willie Cuesta)
  • Damaged Goods by Debbi Mack (Erica Jensen)

BEST PI SHORT STORY

  • “A Dreamboat Gambol” by O’Neil De Noux in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (Lucien Caye)
  • “Mustang Sally” by John M. Floyd in Black Cat Mystery Magazine (Thomas Langford)
  • “Setting the Pick” by April Kelly in Mystery Weekly Magazine (Joe)
  • “Show and Zeller” by Gordon Linzner in Black Cat Mystery Magazine (Dorian Zeller)
  • “Nashua River Floater” by Tom MacDonald in Coast to Coast Noir (Dermot Sparhawk)

BEST FIRST PI NOVEL 

  • Squatter’s Rights by Kevin R. Doyle (Sam Quinton)
  • Derailed by Mary Keliikoa (Kelly Pruett)
  • I Know Where You Sleep by Alan Orloff (Anderson West)
  • The Missing American by Kwei Quartey (Emma Djan)
  • Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Virgil Wounded Horse)

Gay would like to thank the judges: Colleen Collins, O’Neil DeNoux, Dennis Palumbo, April Kelly, Chad Williams, Clive E. Rosengren, Mary Keliikoa, David Thompson, Matt Coyle, Andrew McAleer, Ron Katz an  Kevin Burton Smith.

FURTHER INVESTIGATION

List respectfully compiled by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Gay  Kinman for her help with this one.  PWA Logo by Terry Beatty (copyright 2005).

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