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August 4, 2008 / C.T. Henry

2008 Shamus Award Nominees Announced

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) is proud to announce the nominees for the 27th annual Shamus Awards, given annually to recognize outstanding achievement in private eye fiction. The 2008 awards cover works first published in the U.S. in 2007. The awards will be presented on October 10, 2008 at the PWA banquet in Baltimore, Maryland, during the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention.

BEST NOVEL

Thomas Cavanagh, HEAD GAMES (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Reed Farrel Coleman, SOUL PATCH (Bleak House Books)
Declan Hughes, THE COLOR OF BLOOD (William Morrow)
Michael Koryta, A WELCOME GRAVE (Thomas Dunne/SMP)
William Lashner, A KILLER’S KISS (William Morrow)

BEST FIRST NOVEL

Brett Battles, THE CLEANER (Delacorte)***
Bill Bryan, KEEP IT REAL (Bleak House Books)
Sean Chercover, BIG CITY, BAD BLOOD (William Morrow)
Dave White, WHEN ONE MAN DIES (Three Rivers Press)
Michael Wiley, THE LAST STRIPTEASE (Thomas Dunne/SMP)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

Richard Aleas, SONGS OF INNOCENCE (Hard Case Crime)
Kelley Armstrong, EXIT STRATEGY (Bantam)
Linwood Barclay, STONE RAIN (Bantam)
Max Allan Collins, DEADLY BELOVED (Hard Case Crime)
David Corbett, BLOOD OF PARADISE (Mortalis)

Return in October to see the winners.

*** Already reviewed and recommended on this site.

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