2000 Shamus Awards Winners and Nominees

The Private Eye Writers of America presented the 2000 Shamus Awards for excellent writing in the Private Eye genre. The awards were given on September 7, 2000, during the World Mystery Convention (or “Bouchercon”), held this year in Denver, Colorado. Books and short stories first published between January 1 and December 31, 1999, were eligible. In each work, a main character had to be a “private eye,” which PWA defines as any mystery protagonist who is a professional investigator, but not a police officer or a government agent.

Best Hardcover Private Eye Novel



  • L.A. REQUIEM by Robert Crais (Random House)
  • MONSTER by Jonathan Kellerman (Random House)
  • PRAYERS FOR RAIN by Dennis Lehane (Morrow)
  • STONE QUARRY by S.J. Rozan (St. Martin’s)

Best First Private Eye Novel

EVERY DEAD THING by John Connolly (Simon & Schuster)


  • EAST OF A by Russell Atwood (Ballentine)
  • THE IMMORTAL GAME by Mark Coggins (Poltroon)
  • MAXIMUM INSECURITY by P.J. Grady (Avocet Press)
  • THE ANSWER MAN by Roy Johansen (Bantam)

Best Paperback Original Private Eye Novel

IN BIG TROUBLE by Laura Lippman (Morrow)


  • DEADBEAT by Leo Atkins (Berkley)
  • FULTON COUNTY BLUES by Ruth Birmingham (Berkley)
  • THE LAST SONG DOGS by Sinclair Browning (Random House)
  • STEEL CITY CONFESSIONS by Thomas Lipinski (Avon)

Best Private Eye Short Story

AKITADA’S FIRST CASE by I.J. Parker (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, July/August, 1999)


  • UNCHAINED MELODY by Doug Allyn (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, January, 1999)
  • HODEGETRIA by Jeremiah Healy (DEATH CRUISE, 1999)
  • AND NEVER LET HER GO by Ann Rule (Simon & Schuster)
  • THE RELUCTANT OP by Barbara Paul (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, September/October, 1999)
  • CRO-MAGNON, P.I. by Mike Reiss (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, July/August, 1999)


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