Results of the Shamus Award in the year 1995.
Lenny Schneider, New York PI, is happiest listening to jazz or dining at Old Kiev and taking an occasional low-risk job. However, when hired to prevent a Jewish Holocaust survivor from exacting revenge on his former prison-camp guard, music and food take a backseat to danger—and difficult moral questions. A story of old ideologies and passions—of a gumshoe, political in the ‘60s, who’s had a major bout with ambivalence for decades. Schneider leans heavily on his sense of humor to get him through the day.
Working for his family’s funeral parlor gives Bill Hawley a unique slant on murder. Which is why Edward Kane comes to him for help after the fatal car crash of his father. Edward believes his father’s death was no accident…and a fake suicide tape proves it.
Freddie and her boyfriend, Sam, attend a gathering of cowboy poets in Elko. While the cowboys and cowgirls are reciting their works, a new verse is added: murder. One of the cowboy poets is found dead, and Freddie’s current amour is the suspect. Suddenly she learns more about Sam’s past than she ever wanted to know.