Shamus Awards – 2019

Bouchercon, the largest international mystery lovers’ convention, was held in late October this year in Dallas, Texas. It’s a natural platform for several writing awards, including the Anthony, Barry, and Shamus Awards for excellence in mysteries. The Private Eye Writers of America’s 2019 Shamus Awards were handed out for deserving Private Eye titles published in 2018.

PWA’s definition of a Private Eye: a person paid to investigate crimes who is not employed by a government agency. Winners were announced at the PWA Banquet and are indicated in red.

Best Original Private Eye Paperback:
“She Talks to Angels” by James D.F. Hannah
“No Quarter” by John Jantunen
“Shark Bait” by Paul Kemprecos
“Second Story Man” by Charles Salzberg
“The Questionable Behavior of Dahlia Moss” by Max Wirestone


Best First Private Eye Novel:
“The Best Bad Things” by Katrina Carrasco

“Broken Places” by Tracy Clark
“Last Looks” by Howard Michael Gould
“What Doesn’t Kill You” by Aimee Hix
“Only to Sleep” by Lawrence Osborne


Best Private Eye Novel:
“Wrong Light” by Matt Coyle
“What You Want to See” by Kristen Lepionka
“The Widows of Malabar Hill” by Sujata Massey
“Baby’s First Felony” by John Straley
"Cut You Down” by Sam Wiebe


Best PI Short Story

  • "Fear of the Secular" by Mitch Alderman (AHMM )
  • "Three-Star Sushi" by Barry Lancet (Down & Out Magazine)
  • "The Big Creep" by Elizabeth McKenzie (Santa Cruz Noir)
  • "Game" by Twist Phelan (EQMM)
  • "Chin Yong-Yun Helps a Fooll" by S.J. Rozan (EQMM)



Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!



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