Shamus Awards - given out during Boucher Con by the Private Eye Writers of America. A group whose goal is to raise private eye stories from a sub-genera within mysteries to a full fledged genera of its' own. The rules of this award are, "A Private Eye is defined as a private citizen (not a member of the military, federal agency, or civic or state police force) who is paid to investigate crimes. A Private Investigator can be a traditional private eye, a TV or newspaper reporter, an insurance investigator, an employee of an investigative service or agency (think Pinkertons), or similar character.". Founded in 1981 the group and the awards are still going strong!
And to our great pleasure one of the 2016 Winners is a friend of the shop! Ingrid Thoft won Best Hardcover P.I. novel for her book Brutality! Grats!
Best Private Eye Short Story
“The Dead Client” by Parnell Hall in Dark City Lights: New York Stories (edited by Lawrence Block)