Results of the Shamus Award in the year 1996.
When P.I. and breaking-and-entering expert Ronnie Ventana agrees to test the security system of a house in Presido Heights, she gets into more trouble than any potential thief. With a dead senator in the upstairs bathroom, Ronnie’s entrance places her smack in the middle of the murder case—as the prime suspect.
An alternative newspaper runs a series of interviews with Mattie, a 12-year-old homeless boy. When Mattie turns up dead, it’s up to Barrett to find the murderer—before he strikes again. From the author of Following Jane and Picture of David.
With his cash flow down to a slow drip, times are tight for Nashville gumshoe Harry James Denton. Things are tough all over Music City, U.S.A. And in some instances, they’re murder, as Harry finds out the hard way when he lands a case he’d rather not touch.
When rising country singer Rebecca Gibson is found viciously beaten to death in her home, a heap of damning evidence points straight to her ex-husband, Slim Gibson—half of the struggling songwriting team with whom Harry shares office space and an occasional beer. Slim and Rebecca were last seen making beautiful music at a local club just hours before the killing. Yet while probing beneath the sweet harmony, Harry discovers the dark history of a marriage made somewhere south of heaven—and delves into the cutthroat world of the C&W music business, where deceit, betrayal, passion, and vengeance are sung about…and ruthlessly performed.