The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers promotes communication among published crime writers and awards a Hammett Prize for literary excellence in the field.
The 2000 prize was awarded at Bouchercon, held September 7-10th in Denver, Colorado, to Martin Cruz Smith for HAVANA BAY (Random House)
Other authors nominated for the Hammett this year included:
- HEARTWOOD by James Lee Burke (Doubleday)
- L. A. REQUIEM by Robert Crais for (Random House)
- IN A DRY SEASON by Peter Robinson for (Morrow)
- PERSONAL INJURIES by Scott Turow (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)