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

Max Allan Collins

Pseudonyms include Patrick Culhane, Barbara Allan (1948--) Jack of all trades, and master of a ton of 'em. Iowa's MAX ALLAN COLLINS is a baby-boomer renaissance man in the crime and mystery genre. He's done comic strips, comic books, trading cards, short stories, novels, film, and even television novelizations. He's written hard-boiled, noir, cozies, sci-fi … Continue reading Max Allan Collins

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

Chet Drum

Created by Stephen Marlowe Pseudonym of Milton Lesser Stephen Marlowe wrote a quite popular, but now almost-forgotten series for Fawcett/Gold Medal about globe-trotting private eye, CHESTER "CHET" DRUM. It's a shame they've slipped into relative obscurity, because they were quite well written and often very engaging books, and brought a new wrinkle into the Shamus … Continue reading Chet Drum

Leo Haggerty

Created by Benjamin M. Schutz (1949-2008) One of the better post-Spenser P.I.'s out of the 1980s was LEO HAGGERTY, a Washington, D.C.-based private investigator with a mustache, a receding hairline à la Jack Nicholson, and enough little quirks to make him worth remembering. Like Spenser, he's a bit of a renaissance man, obsessed with the moral … Continue reading Leo Haggerty

Thorn

Created by James W. Hall (1947--) Arguably the greatest of Travis McGee's wayward literary children, THORN isn't really a P.I. (or even a "salvage consultant"), although he does occasionally take money to "look into" things. He's more of an "avenger," dark and brooding division. He makes his home in Key Largo, Florida, far from the … Continue reading Thorn

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

Truman Smith

Created by Bill Crider Pseudonyms include Nick Carter, Jack MacLane, Jack Buchanan (1941-2018) Galveston is the unique turf of TRUMAN SMITH, retired Dallas private eye. Pushing forty, obsessed with the disappearance of his sister, his only living relative, Truman quits the shamus game and moves back home to Galveston, off the Texas coast. There, he … Continue reading Truman Smith

Gus Murphy

Created by Reed Farrel Coleman Retired Suffolk County cop GUS MURPHY thought he was done with the whole cops-and-robbers thing, content to drive the airport courtesy van for the Paragon Hotel and do an occasional low-key, P.I.-type favour for a friend. Until his life hits the fan and he's driven back into the game. Now he's … Continue reading Gus Murphy