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Shamus Awards

2014 Nominees

Best P.I. Novel
  °  W Is for Wasted by Sue Grafton
  °  Little Elvises by Timothy Hallinan
  °  The Mojito Coast by Richard Helms
  °  The Good Cop by Brad Parks [review]
  °  Nemesis by Bill Pronzini

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  °  Seduction of the Innocent by Max Allan Collins
  °  Into the Dark by Alison Gaylin
  °  Purgatory Key by Darrell James
  °  Heart of Ice by P.J. Parrish
  °  The Honky Tonk Big Hoss Boogie by Robert J. Randisi

Best First P.I. Novel
  °  A Good Death by Christopher R. Cox
  °  Montana by Gwen Florio [review]
  °  Blood Orange by Karen Keskinen [review]
  °  Bear Is Broken by Lachlan Smith [review]
  °  Loyalty by Ingrid Thoft [review]

Best P.I. Short Story
  °  “So Long, Chief” by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane
  The Strand Magazine
  °  “The Ace I” by Jack Fredrickson
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
  °  “What We Do” by Mick Herron
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
  °  “Extra Fries” by Michael Z. Lewin
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
  °  “The Lethal Leeteg” by Hayford Peirce
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Best Indie P.I. Novel
  °  Murder: Take Three by April Kelly & Marsha Lyons
  °  A Small Sacrifice by Dana King
  °  No Pat Hands by J.J. Lamb
  °  State vs. Lassiter by Paul Levine
  °  Don’t Dare a Dame by M. Ruth Myers

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2013

The Eye Award  Loren D. Estleman

Best P.I. Novel
  *  Taken by Robert Crais
  °  Robert B. Parker’s Lullaby by Ace Atkins
  °  Hunting Sweetie Rose by Jack Fredrickson [review]
  °  Blues in the Night by Dick Lochte
  °  The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan [review]

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  And She Was by Alison Gaylin [review]
  °  Death Warmed Over by Kevin J. Anderson [review]
  °  Archie Meets Nero Wolfe by Robert Goldsborough
  °  False Negative by Joseph Koenig
  °  Pulse by John Lutz

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  Black Fridays by Michael Sears [review]
  °  Hush Money by Chuck Greaves [review]
  °  Murder Unscripted by Clive Rosengren
  °  Racing the Devil by Jaden Terrell [review]
  °  The Twenty-Year Death by Ariel S. Winter [review]

Best P.I. Short Story
  *  “Ghost Negligence” by John Shepphird
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
  °  “The Sequel” by Jeffrey Deaver
  The Strand
  °  “After Cana” by Terence Faherty
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
  °  “O'Nelligan and the Lost Fates” by Michael Nethercott
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
  °  “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

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2012

The Hammer Award  Nate Heller by Max Allen Collins

Best P.I. Novel
  *  A Bad Night’s Sleep by Michael Wiley
  °  Bye Bye, Baby by Max Allan Collins
  °  1222 by Anne Holt [review]
  °  When the Thrill Is Gone by Walter Mosley
  °  The Highly Effective Detective Crosses the Line by Richard Yancey

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Fun & Games by Duane Swiercyzinski [review]
  °  Quarry’s Ex by Max Allan Collins
  °  Threat Warning by John Gilstrap
  °  Serial by John Lutz
  °  Long Pig by James L. Ross

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  Shortcut Man by P.G. Sturges [review]
  °  The Plot Against Hip Hop by Nelson George
  °  Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran [review]
  °  The Ocean Forest by Troy D. Nooe
  °  The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams [review]

Best P.I. Short Story
  *  “Who I Am” by Michael Z. Lewin
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, December 2011
  °  “A Bullet From Yesterday” by Terence Faherty
    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, January 2011
  °  “Mr. Monk & The Sunday Paper” by Lee Goldberg
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, July 2011
  °  “Vampire Slayer Murdered in Key West” by Michael Haskins
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, September/October 2011
  °  “Dancer in a Storm” by L.A. Wilson
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

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2011

The Eye Award  Ed Gorman

The Hammer Award  V.I. Warshawski by Sara Paretsky

Best P.I. Novel
  *  No Mercy by Lori Armstrong
  °  The First Rule by Robert Crais
  °  Voyeur by Daniel Judson
  °  If the Dead Rise Not by Philip Kerr [review]
  °  Naked Moon by Domenic Stansberry

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Asia Hand by Christopher G. Moore
  °  Hostage Zero by John Gilstrap
  °  Nightshade by Tom Henighan
  °  Mister X by John Lutz
  °  The Panic Zone by Rick Mofina
  °  The Little Death by P.J. Parrish

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  In Search of Mercy by Michael Ayoob
  °  One Man’s Paradise by Douglas Corleone [review]
  °  Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva [review]
  °  Random Violence by Jassy MacKenzie [review]
  °  City of Dragons by Kelli Stanley [review]

Best P.I. Short Story
  *  “The Lamb Was Sure to Go” by Gar Anthony Haywood
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, November 2010
  °  “The God of Right and Wrong” by Steven Gore
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, January/February 2010
  °  “The Girl in the Golden Gown” by Robert S. Levinson
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March/April 2010
  °  “Phelan’s First Case” by Lisa Sandlin
  Lone Star Noir
  °  “A Long Time Dead” by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
  The Strand Magazine, June–Sept. 2010

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2010

The Eye Award  Robert Crais

Best P.I. Novel
  *  Locked In by Marcia Muller
  °  The Silent Hour by Michael Koryta [review]
  °  Where the Dead Lay by David Levien [review]
  °  Schemers by Bill Pronzini
  °  My Soul To Take by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Sinner’s Ball by Ira Berkowitz
  °  Dark Side of the Morgue by Raymond Benson
  °  Red Blooded Murder by Laura Caldwell
  °  Vengeance Road by Rick Mofina
  °  Body Blows by Marc Strange

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  Faces of the Gone by Brad Parks [review]
  °  Loser’s Town by Daniel Depp [review]
  °  The Last Gig by Norman Green [review]
  °  The Good Son by Russel D. McLean [review]
  °  Chinatown Angel by A.E. Roman [review]

Best P.I. Short Story
  *  “Julius Katz” by Dave Zeltserman
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, September/October 2009
  °  “The Dark Island” by Brendan DuBois
  Boston Noir
  °  “Deadline Edition” by S.L. Franklin
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, April 2009
  °  “Blazin’ on Broadway” by Gary Phillips
  Phoenix Noir
  °  “Suicide Bonds” by Tim L. Williams
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March/April 2009

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2009

Best P.I. Novel
  *  Empty Ever After by Reed Farrel Coleman
  °  Salvation Boulevard by Larry Beinhart
  °  The Blue Door by David Fulmer
  °  The Price of Blood by Declan Hughes [review]
  °  The Ancient Rain by Domenic Stansberry

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Snow Blind by Lori Armstrong
  °  Shot Girl by Karen Olson
  °  The Stolen by Jason Pinter
  °  The Black Hand by Will Thomas
  °  The Evil That Men Do by Dave White

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  In the Heat by Ian Vasquez
  °  Stalking Susan by Julie Kramer [review]
  °  The Eye of Jade by Diane Wei Liang
  °  Swann’s Last Song by Charles Salzberg
  °  Veil of Lies by Jeri Westerson [review]

Best P.I. Short Story
  *  “Family Values” by Mitch Alderman
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, June 2008
  °  “Last Island South” by John C. Boland
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, September/October 2008
  °  “The Blonde Tigress” by Max Allan Collins
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, June 2008
  °  “Discovery” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, November 2008
  °  “Panic on Portage Path” by Dick Stodghill
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, January/February 2008

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2008

The Eye Award  Joe Gores

Best P.I. Novel
  *  Soul Patch by Reed Farrel Coleman
  °  Head Games by Thomas B. Cavanagh
  °  The Color of Blood by Declan Hughes
  °  A Welcome Grave by Michael Koryta
  °  A Killer’s Kiss by William Lashner

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Songs of Innocence by Richard Aleas
  °  Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong
  °  Stone Rain by Linwood Barclay
  °  Deadly Beloved by Max Allan Collins
  °  Blood of Paradise by David Corbett

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  Big City, Bad Blood by Sean Chercover
  °  The Cleaner by Brett Battles
  °  Keep It Real by Bill Bryan
  °  When One Man Dies by Dave White
  °  The Last Striptease by Michael Wiley [review]

Best P.I. Short Story
  *  “Hungry Enough” by Cornelia Read
  A Hell of a Woman
  °  “Kill the Cat” by Loren D. Estleman
  Detroit Noir
  °  “Trust Me” by Loren D. Estleman
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, June 2007
  °  “Open Mike” by James Nolan
  New Orleans Noir
  °  “Room for Improvement” by Marilyn Todd
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, December 2007


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2007

The Eye Award  Stuart M. Kaminsky

Best P.I. Novel
  *  The Dramatist by Ken Bruen
  °  The Darkest Place by Daniel Judson
  °  The Do-Re-Mi by Ken Kuhlken
  °  Vanishing Point by Marcia Muller
  °  Days of Rage by Kris Nelscott

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  An Unquiet Grave by P.J. Parrish
  °  Hallowed Ground by Lori G. Armstrong
  °  The Prop by Pete Hautman
  °  The Uncomfortable Dead by Paco Ignacio Taibo II
and Subcomandante Marcos
  °  Crooked by Brian M. Wiprud

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  The Wrong Kind of Blood by Declan Hughes [review]
  °  Lost Angel by Mike Doogan [review]
  °  A Safe Place for Dying by Jack Fredrickson [review]
  °  Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith
  °  18 Seconds by George D. Shuman


Best P.I. Short Story
  *  “The Heart Has Reasons” by O’Neil De Noux
 Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, September 2006
  °  “Sudden Stop” by Mitch Alderman
 Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, November 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


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2006

The Eye Award  Max Allan Collins

Best P.I. Novel
  *  The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
  °  Oblivion by Peter Abrahams
  °  The Forgotten Man by Robert Crais
  °  In a Teapot by Terence Faherty
  °  The Man with the Iron-On Badge by Lee Goldberg
  °  Cinnamon Kiss by Walter Mosley

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  The James Deans by Reed Farrell Coleman
  °  Falling Down by David Cole
  °  Deadlocked by Joel Goldman
  °  Cordite Wine by Richard Helms
  °  A Killing Rain by P.J. Parrish

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  Forcing Amaryllis by Louise Ure [review]
  °  Blood Ties by Lori G. Armstrong
  °  Still River by Harry Hunsicker
  °  The Devil’s Right Hand by J.D. Rhoades

Best P.I. Short Story
  *  “A Death in Ueno” by Michael Wiecek
 Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, March 2005
  °  “Oh, What a Tangled Lanyard We Weave” by Parnell Hall
 Murder Most Crafty
  °  “Two Birds with One Stone” by Jeremiah Healy
 Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, January/February 2005
  °  “The Big Road” by Steve Hockensmith
 Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, May 2005
  °  “The Breaks” by Timothy Williams
 Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, September/October 2005


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2005

The Eye Award  Sara Paretsky

Best P.I. Novel
  *  While I Disappear by Edward Wright
  °  Fade to Clear by Leonard Chang
  °  The Wake-Up by Robert Ferrigno
  °  After the Rain by Chuck Logan
  °  Choke Point by James C. Mitchell

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Fade to Blonde by Max Phillips
  °  Call the Devil by His Oldest Name by Sallie Bissell
  °  Shadow of the Dahlia by Jack Bludis
  °  The London Blitz Murders by Max Allan Collins
  °  Island of Bones by P.J. Parrish

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  The Dead by Ingrid Black
  °  Little Girl Lost by Richard Aleas
  °  The Last Goodbye by Reed Arvin
  °  Aspen Pulp by Patrick Hasburgh
  °  Some Danger Involved by Will Thomas [review]

Best P.I. Short Story
  °  “Hasidic Noir” by Pearl Abraham
  Brooklyn Noir
  °  “Burnt Wood” by Mitch Alderman
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, July 2004
  °  “Trumpeter Swan” by John F. Dobbyn
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, February 2004
  °  “Dog on Fire” by Gregory S. Fallis
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, May 2004
  °  “Tricks” by Steve Hockensmith
 Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. August 2004


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2004

The Eye Award  Donald E. Westlake

Best P.I. Novel
  *  The Guards by Ken Bruen [review]
  °  Scavenger Hunt by Robert Ferrigno
  °  Blood Is the Sky by Steve Hamilton
  °  A Visible Darkness by Jonathon King
  °  Fatal Flaw by William Lashner

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Cold Quarry by Andy Straka
  °  Dragonfly Bones by David Cole
  °  Wet Debt by Richard Helms
  °  Thicker Than Water by P.J. Parrish

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  Black Maps by Peter Spiegelman
  °  Spiked by Mark Arsenault
  °  Lover’s Crossing by James C. Mitchell

Best P.I. Short Story
  *  “Lady on Ice” by Loren D. Estleman
  A Hot and Sultry Night For Crime
  °  “Munchies” by Jack Bludis
  Hardbroiled
  °  “The Rock in the Orange Grove” by Mitch Alderman
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, June 2003
  °  “Slayer Statute” by Janet Dawson
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, September/October 2003
  °  “Valhalla” by Doug Allyn
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, January 2003


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2003

The Eye Award  Sue Grafton

Best P.I. Novel
  *  Blackwater Sound by James W. Hall
  °  North of Nowhere by Steve Hamilton
  °  The Last Place by Laura Lippman
  °  Hell to Pay by George Pelecanos
  °  Winter and Night by S.J. Rozan

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  The Poisoned Rose by D. Daniel Judson
  °  Cash Out by Paul Boray
  °  Juicy Watusi by Richard Helms
  °  The Lusitania Murders by Max Allan Collins
  °  Paint It Black by P.J. Parrish

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  The Distance by Eddie Muller
  °  Private Heat by Robert E. Bailey
  °  Westerfield’s Chain by Jack Clark
  °  The Bone Orchard by D. Daniel Judson
  °  Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt [review]

Best P.I. Short Story
  *  “The Second Coming” by Terence Faherty
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, November 2002
  °  “Setting Up the Kill” by J. Michael Blue
  Hand Held Crime, Summer 2002
  °  “Aftermath” by Jeremiah Healy
  Most Wanted
  °  “Second Story Sunlight” by John Lutz
  Most Wanted
  °  “The Jewels of Atlantis” by James Powell
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, November 2002


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2002

The Eye Award  Lawrence Block

Best P.I. Novel
  *  Reflecting the Sky by S.J. Rozan
  °  Angel in Black by Max Allan Collins
  °  Ashes of Aries by Martha C. Lawrence
  °  The Devil Went Down to Austin by Rick Riordan
  °  Cold Water Burning by John Straley

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Archangel Protocol by Lyda Morehouse
  °  Keepers by Janet LaPierre
  °  Ancient Enemy by Robert Westbrook

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  Chasing the Devil’s Tail by David Fulmer
  °  Rat City by Curt Colbert
  °  Epitaph by James Siegel
  °  A Witness Above by Andy Straka
  °  Pilikia Is My Business by Mark Troy

Best P.I. Short Story
  *  “Rough Justice” by Ceri Jordan
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, July 2001
  °  “The Jungle” by John Lantigua
  …And the Dying Is Easy
  °  “Last Kiss” by Tom Sweeney
  Mystery Street
  °  “Golden Retriever” by Barbara Paul
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, December 2001
  °  “The Cobalt Blues” by Clark Howard
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, September 2001


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2001

Best P.I. Novel
  *  Havana Heat by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
  °  A Smile on the Face of the Tiger by Loren D. Estleman
  °  The Deader the Better by G.M. Ford
  °  Ellipsis by Stephen Greenleaf
  °  Listen to the Silence by Marcia Muller

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Death in the Steel City by Thomas Lipinski
  °  The Blazing Tree by Mary Jo Adamson
  °  The Sporting Club by Sinclair Browning
  °  The Hindenburg Murders by Max Allan Collins
  °  Bad to the Bone by Katy Munger
  °  Dirty Money by Steven Womack

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  Street Level by Bob Truluck
  °  Brigham’s Day by John Gates
  °  The Heir Hunter by Chris Larsgaard
  °  Resurrection Angel by William Mize
  °  Lost Girls by Andrew Pyper

Best P.I. Short Story
  *  “The Road's End” by Brendan Dubois
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, April 2000
  °  “What's In A Name?” by Jeremiah Healy
  The Shamus Game
  °  “The Sleeping Detective” by Gary Phillips
  The Shamus Game
  °  “The Big Bite” by Bill Pronzini
  The Shamus Game
  °  “The Good Daughter” by Mike Wiecek
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, December 2000


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2000

The Eye Award  Edward D. Hoch

Best P.I. Novel
  *  California Fire and Life by Don Winslow
  °  L.A. Requiem by Robert Crais
  °  Monster by Jonathan Kellerman
  °  Prayers for Rain by Dennis Lehane
  °  Stone Quarry by S.J. Rozan

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  In Big Trouble by Laura Lippman
  °  Deadbeat by Leo Atkins
  °  Fulton County Blues by Ruth Birmingham
  °  The Last Song Dogs by Sinclair Browning
  °  Steel City Confessions by Thomas Lipinski

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  Every Dead Thing by John Connolly
  °  East of A by Russell Atwood
  °  The Immortal Game by Mark Coggins
  °  Maximum Insecurity by P.J. Grady
  °  The Answer Man by Roy Johansen

Best P.I. Short Story
  *  “Akitada’s First Case” by I.J. Parker
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, July/August, 1999
  °  “Unchained Melody” by Doug Allyn
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, January, 1999
  °  “Hodegetria” by Jeremiah Healy
  Death Cruise
  °  “The Reluctant Op” by Barbara Paul
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. September/October, 1999
  °  “Cro-magnon, P.I.” by Mike Reiss
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, July/August, 1999


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1999

The Eye Award  Maxine O’Callaghan

Best P.I. Novel
  *  Boobytrap by Bill Pronzini
  °  No Badge, No Gun by Harold Adams
  °  Flying Blind by Max Allan Collins
  °  The Only Good Lawyer by Jeremiah Healy
  °  Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Murder Manual by Steven Womack
  °  Too Easy by Phillip DePoy
  °  Butchers Hill by Laura Lippman
  °  The Widower’s Two Step by Rick Riordan
  °  Death in a City of Mystics by Janice Steinberg

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton [review]
  °  Like A Hole In The Head by Jen Banbury
  °  Zen and the Art of Murder by Elizabeth Cosin
  °  Dead-Low Tide by Jamie Katz

Best P.I. Short Story
  °  “Another Day, Another Dollar” by Warren Murphy
   Murder on the Run
  °  “Sidewinder” by David Edgerley Gates
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
  °  ”No, Thank You, John” by Michelle Knowlden
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
  °  “All About Heroes” by Dan A. Sproul
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
  °  “More Light” by James Sallis
  New Mystery

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1998

Best P.I. Novel
  *  Come Back Dead by Terrance Faherty
  °  Indigo Slam by Robert Crais
  °  Deception Pass by Earl Emerson
  °  Sacred by Dennis Lehane
  °  Down for the Count by Maxine O’Callaghan
  °  No Colder Place by S.J. Rozan

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Charm City by Laura Lippman
  °  Back Spin by Harlan Coben
  °  A Whisper of Rage by Tim Hemlin
  °  Father, Forgive Me by Randye Lordon
  °  Sunset and Santiago by Gloria White

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  Big Red Tequilaby Rick Riordan [review]
  °  Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman
  °  Legwork by Katy Munger

Best P.I. Short Story
  °  “Love Me For My Yellow Hair Alone” by Carolyn Wheat
  Marilyn: Shades of Blonde
  °  “Copperhead Run” by Doug Allyn
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, June 1997
  °  “Lord of Obstacles” by Greg Fallis
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, January 1997
  °  “A Front-Row Seat” by Jan Grape
  Vengeance Is Hers
  °  “Nightcrawlers” by John Lutz
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, April 1997

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1997

The Eye Award  Stephen Marlowe

Best P.I. Novel
  *  Sunset Express by Robert Crais
  °  Damned in Paradise by Max Allan Collins
  °  Flesh Wounds by Stephen Greenleaf
  °  Invasion of Privacy by Jeremiah Healy
  °  Sentinels by Bill Pronzini
  °  When Wallflowers Die by Sandra West Prowell

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Fade Away by Harlan Coben
  °  A Natural Death by Ruthe Furie
  °  Chain of Fools by Steven Womack

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  This Dog for Hire by Carol Lea Benjamin
  °  Keeper by Greg Rucka
  °  The Low End of Nowhere by Michael Stone
  °  This Far, No Further by John Wessel

Best P.I. Short Story
  °  “Dead Drunk” by Lia Matera
  Guilty as Charged
  °  “Eye Of The Beholder” by Ed Gorman
  The Autumn Dead & A Cry Of Shadows
  °  “Turning The Witness” by Jeremiah Healy
  Guilty as Charged
  °  “The One About The Green Detective” by John Lethan
  Unusual Suspects
  °  “The Girl Who Talked To Horses” by Robert J. Randisi
  Homicide Hosts Presents

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1996

Best P.I. Novel
  *  Concourse by S.J. Rozan
  °  The Vanishing Smile by Earl Emerson
  °  Come to Grief by Dick Francis
  °  Movie by Parnell Hall
  °  Neon Smile by Dick Lochte

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Native Angels by William Jaspersohn
  °  Zero Tolerance by J.D. Knight
  °  Interview with Mattie by Shelley Singer
  °  Charged with Guilt by Gloria White
  °  Way Past Dead by Steven Womack

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  The Innocents by Richard Barre
  °  Who in Hell Is Wanda Fuca? by G.M. Ford [review]
  °  If Looks Could Kill by Ruthe Furie
  °  Penance by David Housewright
  °  The Harry Chronicles by Allan Pedrazas

Best P.I. Short Story
  °  “And Pray Nobody Sees You” by Gar Anthony Haywood
  Spooks, Spies & Private Eyes
  °  “Trial By Fire” by David Dean
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, February 1995
  °  “A Plain and Honest Death” by Bill Pomidor
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, September 1995
  °  “Home Is The Place Where” by Bill Pronzini
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, November 1995
  °  “Enigma” by D.H. Reddall
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, December 1995

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1995

The Eye Award
  *  John Lutz
  *  Robert B. Parker

Best P.I. Novel
  *  K Is for Killer by Sue Grafton
  °  A Long Line of Dead Men by Lawrence Block
  °  Carnal Hours by Max Allan Collins
  °  The Killing of Monday Brown by Sandra West Prowell
  °  The Lake Effect by Les Roberts

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Served Cold by Ed Goldberg
  °  Double Plot by Leo Axler
  °  Lament for a Dead Cowboy by Catherine Dain
  °  Dead Ahead by Bridget McKenna
  °  Deadly Devotion by Patricia Wallace

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane
  °  The Heaven Stone by David Daniel
  °  One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
  °  The Fall-Down Artist by Thomas Lipinski
  °  When Death Comes Stealing by Valerie Wilson Wesley

Best P.I. Short Story
  °  “The Necessary Brother” by Brendan DuBois
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, May 1994
  °  “A Matter Of Character” by Michael Collins
  Partners in Crime
  °  “Slipstream” by Loren Estleman
  Deadly Allies II
  °  “Split Decision” by Clark Howard
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, December 1994
  °  “The Romantics” by John Lutz
  Deadly Allies II

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1994

The Eye Award  Stephen J. Cannell

Best P.I. Novel
  *  The Devil Knows You’re Dead by Lawrence Block
  °  Foursome by Jeremiah Healy
  °  Wolf in the Shadows by Marcia Muller
  °  Moth by James Sallis
  °  The Lies that Bind by Judith Van Gieson

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Brothers and Sinners by Rodman Philbrick
  °  The Half-Hearted Detective by Milton Bass
  °  A Minyon For The Dead by Richard Fliegel
  °  Shadow Games by Ed Gorman
  °  Torch Town Boogie by Steven Womack

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  Satan’s Lambs by Lynn Hightower
  °  Brotherly Love by Randye Lordon
  °  By Evil Means by Sandra West Prowell

Best P.I. Short Story
  °  “The Merciful Angel Of Death” by Lawrence Block
  The New Mystery
  °  “The Sultans Of Soul” by Doug Allyn
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March 1993
  °  “Nobody Wins” by Charles Ardai
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Mid-December 1993
  °  “The Bagged Man” by Jeremiah Healy
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, February 1993
  °  “The Watt’s Lion” by Walter Mosley
  The New Mystery

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1993

The Eye Award  Marcia Muller

Best P.I. Novel
  *  The Man Who Was Taller Than God by Harold Adams
  °  Cassandra in Red by Michael Collins
  °  Lullaby Town by Robert Crais
  °  Shallow Graves by Jeremiah Healy
  °  Special Delivery by Jerry Kennealy

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  The Last Tango of Dolores Delgado by Marele Day
  °  Lay it on the Line by Catherine Dain
  °  Dirty Money by Marc Davis
  °  The Brutal Ballet by Wayne D. Dundee

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  The Woman Who Married a Bear by John Straley [review]
  °  Return Trip Ticket by David C. Hall
  °  Switching the Odds by Phyllis Knight
  °  The Long-Legged Fly by James Sallis

Best P.I. Short Story
  °  “Mary, Mary, Shut the Door” by Benjamin Schutz
  Deadly Allies
  °  “The Messenger” by Jacklyn Butler
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, October 1992
  °  “Safe House” by Loren D. Estleman
  Deadly Allies
  °  “A Little Missionary Work” by Sue Grafton
  Deadly Allies
  °  “Rest Stop” by Jeremiah Healy
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, May 1992

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1992

The Eye Award  Joseph Hansen

Best P.I. Novel
  *  Stolen Away by Max Allan Collins
  °  A Dance at the Slaughterhouse by Lawrence Block
  °  Where Echoes Live by Marcia Muller
  °  A Fistful of Empty by Benjamin Schutz
  °  Second Chance by Jonathan Valin

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Cool Blue Tomb by Paul Kemprecos
  °  Black Light by Daniel Hearn
  °  House of Cards by Kay Hooper
  °  The Thousand-Yard Stare by Rob Kantner

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  Suffer Little Children by Thomas D. Davis
  °  The January Corpse by Neil Albert
  °  Dead on the Island by Bill Crider
  °  Best Performance by a Patsy by Stan Cutler
  °  A Cool Breeze on the Underground by Don Winslow

Best P.I. Short Story
  °  “Dust Devil” by Nancy Pickard
  The Armchair Detective, Winter 1991
  °  “Dying in the Post-War World” by Max Allan Collins
  Dying in the Post-War World
  °  “The Man Who Loved Noir” by Loren D. Estleman
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, February 1991
  °  “Full Circle” by Sue Grafton
  A Woman’s Eye

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1991

The Eye Award  Roy Huggins

Best P.I. Novel
  *  G Is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton
  °  A Ticket to the Boneyard by Lawrence Block
  °  Poor Butterfly by Stuart Kaminsky
  °  Polo’s Wild Card by Jerry Kennealy
  °  Dead Irish by John Lescroart
  °  The Desert Look by Bernard Schopen

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Rafferty: Fatal Sisters by W. Glenn Duncan
  °  Bimbo Heaven by Marvin Albert
  °  The Queen’s Mare by John Birkett
  °  Made in Detroit by Rob Kantner
  °  The Blue Room by Monroe Thompson

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosely
  °  Kindred Crimes by Janet Dawson
  °  Body Scissors by Jerome Doolittle
  °  The Stone Veil by Ronald Tierney

Best P.I. Short Story
  °  “Final Resting Place” by Marcia Muller
  Justice for Hire
  °  “Naughty, Naughty” by Wayne D. Dundee
  Justice for Hire
  °  “Cigarette Stop” by Loren D. Estleman
  Justice for Hire
  °  “A Poison That Leaves No Trace” by Sue Grafton
  Sisters In Crime 2
  °  “Battered Spouse” by Jeremiah Healy
  The Armchair Detective, Fall 1990
  °  “Bypass to Murder” by Dick Stodghill
  Justice for Hire

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1990

Best P.I. Novel
  *  Extenuating Circumstances by Jonathan Valin
  °  Out on the Cutting Edge by Lawrence Block
  °  The Skintight Shroud by Wayne D. Dundee
  °  The Shape of Dread by Marcia Muller
  °  The Killing Man by Mickey Spillane

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Hell’s Only Half Full by Rob Kantner
  °  Muscle and Blood by Gaylord Dold
  °  Behind the Fact by Richard Hilary
  °  Tough Enough by W.R. Philbrick
  °  A Collector of Photographs by Deborah Valentine

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  Katwalk by Karen Kijewski
  °  Medicine Dog by Geoff Peterson
  °  Cold Night by Al Sarrantonio
  °  Rock Critic Murders by Jesse Sublett

Best P.I. Short Story
  °  “The Killing Man” by Mickey Spillane
  Playboy, December 1989
  °  “Deadly Fantasies” by Marcia Muller
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, April 1989
  °  “Here Comes Santa Claus” by Bill Pronzini
  Mistletoe Mysteries
  °  “The Sure Thing” by Dan A. Sproul
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, January 1989
  °  “Sloat’s Last Case” by Robert Twohy
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, May 1989

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1989

Best P.I. Novel
  *  Kiss by John Lutz
  °  Neon Mirage by Max Allan Collins
  °  Deviant Behavior by Earl Emerson
  °  Swan Dive by Jeremiah Healy
  °  Blood Shot by Sara Paretsky

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Dirty Work by Rob Kantner
  °  The Last Private Eye by John Birkett
  °  Bonepile by Gaylord Dold
  °  Rebound by David Everson
  °  The Crystal Blue Persuasion by W.R. Philbrick

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  Fear of the Dark by Gar Anthony Haywood
  °  Lost Daughter by Michael Cormany
  °  Burning Season by Wayne D. Dundee
  °  Wall of Glass by Walter Satterthwait
  °  Slow Dance in Autumn by Philip Lee Williams

Best P.I. Short Story
  °  “The Crooked Way” by Loren D. Estleman
  New Black Mask
  °  “The Man Who Knew Dick Bong” by Robert Crais
  Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe
  °  “The Reason Why” by Ed Gorman
  Criminal Elements
  °  “In the Line of Duty” by Jeremiah Healy
  Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe
  °  “Incident in a Neighborhood Tavern” by Bill Pronzini
  An Eye For Justice

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1988

The Eye Award
  *  Dennis Lynds (Michael Collins)
  *  Wade Miller (Robert Wade and Bob Miller)

Best P.I. Novel
  *  A Tax in Blood by Benjamin Schutz
  °  A Trouble of Fools by Linda Barnes [review]
  °  Lady Yesterday by Loren D. Estleman
  °  The Autumn Dead by Ed Gorman
  °  Ride the Lightning by John Lutz

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Wild Night by L.J. Washburn
  °  The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais
  °  Snake Eyes by Gaylord Dold
  °  Recount by David Everson
  °  Madelaine by Joseph Louis

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  Death on the Rocks by Michael Allegretto
  °  The House of Blue Lights by Robert Bowman
  °  Shawnee Alley Fire by John Douglas
  °  Detective by Parnell Hall
  °  An Infinite Number of Monkeys by Les Roberts

Best P.I. Short Story
  °  “Turn Away” by Ed Gorman
  Black Lizard Anthology of Crime Fiction
  °  “Bodyguards Shoot Second” by Loren Estleman
  A Matter of Crime
  °  “The Kerman Kill” by William Campbell Gault
  Murder in Los Angeles
  °  “Merely Players” by Joseph Hansen
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, February 1987
  °  “My Brother’s Life” by Rob Kantner
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, March 1987

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1987

The Eye Award  Bill Pronzini

Best P.I. Novel
  *  The Staked Goat by Jeremiah Healy
  °  When the Sacred Ginmill Closes by Lawrence Block
  °  In La-La Land We Trust by Robert Campbell
  °  The Million-Dollar Wound by Max Allan Collins
  °  C Is for Corpse by Sue Grafton

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  The Back-Door Man by Rob Kantner
  °  Melting Point by Kenn Davis
  °  Nervous Laughter by Earl Emerson
  °  Dark Fields by T.J. MacGregor
  °  Too Old a Cat by Warren Murphy

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  Jersey Tomatoes by J.W. Rider
  °  No One Rides for Free by Larry Beinhart
  °  Tourist Season by Carl Hiassen

Best P.I. Short Story
  °  “Fly Away Home” by Rob Kantner
  Mean Streets
  °  “Quint and the Braceros” by Paul Bishop
  Hardboiled #5, Summer 1986
  °  “Body Count” by Wayne D. Dundee
  Mean Streets
  °  “I’m in the Book” by Loren D. Estleman
  Mean Streets
  °  “Between the Sheets” by Sue Grafton
  Redbook

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1986

The Eye Award  Richard S. Prather

Best P.I. Novel
  *  B Is for Burglar by Sue Grafton
  °  The Naked Liar by Harold Adams
  °  Hardball by Doug Hornig
  °  A Catskill Eagle by Robert B. Parker
  °  Bones by Bill Pronzini

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Poverty Bay by Earl Emerson
  °  The Rainy City by Earl Emerson
  °  The Kill by Douglas Heyes
  °  Pigs Get Fat by Warren Murphy
  °  Blue Heron by Philip Ross

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  Hardcover by Wayne Warga
  °  New, Improved Murder by Ed Gorman
  °  Sleeping Dog by Dick Lochte
  °  Embrace the Wolf by Benjamin Schutz
  °  Flood by Andrew Vachss

Best P.I. Short Story
  °  “Eight Mile and Dequindre” by Loren D. Estleman
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, May 1985
  °  “Lucky Penny” by Linda Barnes
  New Black Mask #3, 1985
  °  “Shooting Match” by Wayne Dundee
  Hardboiled #3, Winter 1985/1986
  °  “Perfect Pitch” by Rob Kantner
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, July 1985
  °  “The Snaphaunce” by Robert J. Randisi
  Hardboiled #2, Fall 1985

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1985

The Eye Award  Howard Browne

Best P.I. Novel
  *  Sugartown by Loren D. Estleman
  °  True Crime by Max Allan Collins
  °  Die Again, Macready by Jack Livingston
  °  Nightlines by John Lutz
  °  Full Contact by Robert J. Randisi

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  The Ceiling of Hell by Warren Murphy
  °  Squeeze Play by Paul Benjamin
  °  San Quentin by Jack Lynch
  °  And 47 Miles of Rope by Warren Murphy
  °  The Man Who Risked His Partner by Reed Stephens

Best First P.I. Novel
  *  A Creative Kind of Killer by Jack Early
  °  Blunt Darts by Jeremiah Healy
  °  The Nebraska Quotient by William J. Reynolds

Best P.I. Short Story
  °  “By the Dawn's Early Light” by Lawrence Block
  Playboy, August 1984
  °  “Easy Money” by John Boland
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, April 1984
  °  “Iris” by Stephen Greenleaf
  The Eyes Have It
  °  “The Rat Line” by Rob Kantner
  The Eyes Have It
  °  “The Big Winners” by Ernest Savage
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, September 1984

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1984

The Eye Award  William Campbell Gault

Best P.I. Novel
  *  True Detective by Max Allan Collins
  °  Dancing Bear by James Crumley
  °  The Dark Fantastic by Stanley Ellin
  °  The Glass Highway by Loren D. Estleman
  °  The Widening Gyre by Robert B. Parker

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  Dead in Centerfield by Paul Engleman
  °  Finders Weepers by Max Byrd
  °  Death and the Single Girl by Elliot Lewis
  °  Trace by Warren Murphy
  °  The Steinway Collection by Robert J. Randisi

Best P.I. Short Story
  °  “Cat’s Paw” by Bill Pronzini
  Waves Press
  °  “The Oldest Killer” by Michael Collins
  Thieftakers Journal, November 1983
  °  “Greektown” by Loren D. Estleman
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, August 1983
  °  “The Long Slow Dive” by T. Robin Kanter
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, February 1983
  °  “Only One Way To Land” by John Lutz
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, October 1983

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1983

The Eye Award  Mickey Spillane

Best P.I. Novel
  *  Eight Million Ways To Die by Lawrence Block
  °  A Is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
  °  Gravedigger by Joseph Hansen
  °  A Piece of the Silence by Jack Livingston
  °  Ceremony by Robert B. Parker

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  The Cana Diversion by William Campbell Gault
  °  Nevsky’s Return by Dimitri Gat
  °  Pieces of Death by Jack Lynch
  °  Smoked Out by Warren Murphy

Best P.I. Short Story
  °  “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You” by John Lutz
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, November 1982
  °  “Meet Athalia Goode” by Raleigh Bond
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, January 1982
  °  “Dead Soldier” by Loren D. Estleman
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Mid-September 1982
  °  “My Little Girl” by Kenneth Gavrell
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, May 1982
  °  “Cardula and the Locked Room” by Jack Ritchie
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, March 1982

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1982

The Eye Award  Ross Macdonald

Best P.I. Novel
  *  Hoodwink by Bill Pronzini
  °  A Stab in the Dark by Lawrence Block
  °  Thirty for a Harry by Richard Hoyt
  °  Hard Trade by Arthur Lyons
  °  Early Autumn by Robert B. Parker

Best P.I. Paperback Original
  *  California Thriller by Max Byrd
  °  Carpenter, Detective by Hamilton T. Caine
  °  Brown’s Requiem by James Ellroy
  °  The Old Dick by L.A. Morse
  °  Murder in the Wind by George Ogan

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