The Hammer

Winners of The PWA Hammer Award The Hammer, first presented in 2007, goes to the character, not the author, for his/her contribution to, and longevity in the field. It's named after Mike Hammer, of course, who certainly made his mark, and so far, thanks to Max Allan Collins, has shown no sign of leaving... 2007 … Continue reading The Hammer

The Eye

Winners of The PWA Lifetime Achievement Award The Eye, the Private Eye Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement award, was first presented in 1982. It isn't given out every year, but then again, they don't just bestow it on anyone... 1982Ross Macdonald 1983Mickey Spillane 1984William Campbell Gault 1985Howard Browne 1986Richard S. Prather 1987Bill Pronzini 1988Dennis Lynds, … Continue reading The Eye

The 2021 Shamus Awards

From the Private Eye Writers of America The finalists for the 2021 Shamus Awards, for works published in 2020. The winners head each category, and are in brown. The lists below are in alphabetical order by author. BEST PI HARDCOVER Blind Vigil by Matt Coyle (Rick Cahill) What You Don’t See by Tracy Clark (Cass Raines) Do No Harm by … Continue reading The 2021 Shamus Awards

The Private Eye Writers Bulletin Board

Word on the street is... This is something new I'm trying out, but it really depends on you. If you're a private eye writer, and you've got something in a private eye vein coming out in the next little while, please let me know via email (or DM me, for you youngsters) and I'll post the news … Continue reading The Private Eye Writers Bulletin Board

Private Eye Writers Of America Call for Submissions for 2021 Shamus Awards

For Works First Published in the U.S. in 2020 Following are the categories for the Private Eye Writers of America 2020 Shamus Awards for private eye novels and short stories first published in the United States in 2020.  The awards will be presented in the fall of 2021. DEADLINE Submissions must be postmarked by March 31, 2021. No extensions … Continue reading Private Eye Writers Of America Call for Submissions for 2021 Shamus Awards

Nick Delvecchio

Created by Robert J. Randisi (1951--) Classic P.I. fiction. With the works. Robert Randisi's hot dog-loving private eye NICK DELVECCHIO hails from Brooklyn. Sure, his buddies tell him things are greener on the other side of the river, but Nick keeps it real with an office on Sacket Street, just a short walk from the … Continue reading Nick Delvecchio

The 2020 Shamus Awards

From the Private Eye Writers of America The winners of the 2020 Shamus Awards, for works published in 2019, have just been announced. And sadly, there were no finalists in the Best First P.I. Novel category this year, due to a lack of eligible contestants, according to PWA Awards Chairperson Gay Kinman. The winners were announced … Continue reading The 2020 Shamus Awards

Carver

Created by John Lutz (1939 --) Talk about your walking wounded... Carrying the twin burdens of cynicism and pain, Del Moray, Florida private eye FRED CARVER toughs it out with every step he takes, thanks to a hold-up man's bullet that ended his police career and left him with a permanently stiff left leg, forcing … Continue reading Carver

The 2019 Shamus Awards

From the Private Eye Writers of America The finalists for the 2019 Shamus Awards, for works published in 2018, were announced at the PWA Banquet at Bouchercon, in Dallas on November 1, 2019. Winners are in brown. The results are as follows... BEST PI HARDCOVER What You Want to See by Kristen Lepionka (Roxane Weary) Wrong … Continue reading The 2019 Shamus Awards

The St. Martin’s Press (later Minotaur Books)/Private Eye Writers of America Best First Private Eye Novel Contest

(1986-2014) The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) is an organization devoted to private-eye detective fiction, and are probably best known for their annual Shamus Awards. Membership is open to fans, writers, and publishing professionals. There are three levels of membership: Active, Associate, and International. In 1986, the PWA teamed up with St. Martin's Press, … Continue reading The St. Martin’s Press (later Minotaur Books)/Private Eye Writers of America Best First Private Eye Novel Contest