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Private Eye Writers of America 2015 Shamus Award Finalists

Posted by Writing PIs on June 4, 2015

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The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) organization was founded in 1981 by Robert J. Randisi, who created the Shamus Award that acknowledges outstanding stories in the private eye genre. Check out the below books & short stories for some great private eye reads.

Congratulations to the 2015 Shamus Award finalists!

PRIVATE EYE WRITERS OF AMERICA SHAMUS AWARD FINALISTS 2015 for works published in 2014. (The lists below are in alphabetical order by author.)

The winners will be announced at the PWA Banquet at Bouchercon in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday, October 9, 2015.

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The Hollow Girl by Reed Farrel Coleman
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
Toyko Kill by Barry Lancet
Hounded by David Rosenfelt
Peter Pan Must Die by John Verdon


Invisible City by Julia Dahl
Bad Country by C.B. McKenzie
Last of the Independents by Sam Wiebe
Wink of an Eye by Lynn Chandler Willis
City of Brick and Shadow by Tim Wirkus


The Detective and the Pipe Girl by Michael Craven
Beauty With A Bomb by M.C.Grant
Critical Damage by Robert K. Lewis
Street Justice by Kris Nelscott
Moonlight Weeps by Vincent Zandri


“Clear Recent History” by Gon Ben Ari in Tel Aviv Noir
“The Ehrengraf Fandango ” by Lawrence Block in Defender of the Innocent
“Fear Is The Best Keeper of Secrets ” by Vali Khalili in Tehran Noir
“Mei Kwei, I Love You” by Suchen Christine Lim in Singapore Noir
“Busting Red Heads” by Richard Helms in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine


The Shadow Broker by Trace Conger
Nobody’s Child by Libby Fischer Hellmann
Played To Death by BV Lawson
The Kids Are All Right by Steve Liskow
Get Busy Dying by Ben Rehder

With many thanks to judges Dorothy Rellas, Colleen Collins, Andrew S. McAleer, S.J. Rozan, Clive Rosengren, M. Ruth Myers. Fred Zackel, Brad Parks, Douglas Corleone, Tim Wohlforth, Jack Fredrickson, BethTerrell, Charle Ardai, Amanda Kyle Williams and Baron Birtcher.

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