Sunday, August 24, 2008

Private Eyes, They're Watching You

The Location of the Annual Shamus Awards is always one of my favorite surprises and this year Marthayn has outdone herself. Westminster Hall . How cool to celebrate the PI just above where the man himself rest in purpituity. Of course if Randisi has his way old Edgar A might just put in an appearance.

The best part?

PWA Shamus Award Banquet open to the public (hurry, space is limited)

PWA SHAMUS AWARDS BANQUET will be held on Oct. 10th. 6:30 pm cocktails, 7 pm dinner, 8:15 awards ceremony. Tickets are $60 each. No entry without ticket, no tickets sold after Oct. 1 or at the door. Location: Westminster Hall in Baltimore, MD--final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe, who we will try to raise from the dead for a reading. There will be a complimentary tour of the catacombs beneath the church as well as the burying ground after the ceremony.

For tickets send check or money order made out to PWA, Christine Matthews, P.O. Box 202, Clarksville, Mo 63336.

For more info or questions email

And in case you've been under a rock the nominees for this year's awards:

Best Hardcover

Head Games by Thomas B. Cavanagh (St. Martins Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books), featuring Mike Garrity.

Soul Patch by Reed Farrel Coleman (Bleak House Books), featuring Moe Prager.

The Color of Blood by Declan Hughes (William Morrow), featuring Ed Loy.

A Welcome Grave by Michael Koryta (St. Martins Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books), featuring Lincoln Perry.

A Killer’s Kiss by William Lashner (William Morrow), featuring Victor Carl.

Best Paperback Original

Songs of Innocence by Richard Aleas (Hard Case) featuring John Blake.

Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong (Bantam) featuring Nadia Stafford.

Stone Rain by Linwood Barclay (Bantam) featuring Zack Walker.

Deadly Beloved by Max Allan Collins (Hard Case) featuring Ms. Michael Tree.

Blood of Paradise by David Corbett (Mortalis/Ballantine) featuring Jude McManus.

Best First Novel

The Cleaner by Brett Battles (Delacorte), featuring Jonathan Quinn.

Keep It Real by Bill Bryan (Bleak House Books), featuring Ted Collins.

Big City, Bad Blood by Sean Chercover (William Morrow), featuring Ray Dudgeon.

When One Man Dies by Dave White (Three Rivers Press), featuring Jackson Donne.

The Last Striptease by Michael Wiley (St. Martins/Thomas Dunne Books), featuring Joe Kozmarski.

Best Short Story

"Kill the Cat" by Loren D. Estleman, DETROIT NOIR (Akashic), featuring Amos Walker.

"Trust Me" by Loren D. Estleman, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, June 2007, featuring Amos Walker.

"Open Mike" by James Nolan, NEW ORLEANS NOIR (Akashic), featuring Vincent Panarello.

“Hungry Enough" by Cornelia Read, A Hell of a Woman (Busted Flush Press), featuring Philip.

"Room for Improvement" by Marilyn Todd, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Dec. 2007, featuring Lois Hepburn.


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