Annal: 1997 Shamus Award for Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel

Results of the Shamus Award in the year 1997.

Book:Fade Away

Fade Away: A Myron Bolitar Mystery

Harlan Coben

The home was top-notch New Jersey suburban. The living room was Martha Stewart. The basement was Legos—and blood. For sports agent Myron Bolitar, the disappearance of a man he’d once competed against was bringing back memories—of the sport he and Greg Downing had both played and the woman they both loved. Now, among the stars, the wanna-bes, the gamblers and groupies, Myron is unraveling the strange, violent life of a sports hero gone wrong, and coming face-to-face with a past he can’t relive, and a present he may not survive.

In novels that crackle with wit and suspense, Edgar Award winner Harlan Coben has created one of the most fascinating and complex heroes in suspense fiction—Myron Bolitar—a hotheaded, tenderhearted sports agent who grows more and more engaging and unpredictable with each page-turning appearance.

Book:Chain of Fools

Chain of Fools

Steven Womack

I’d done some crazy stuff off-and-on the last couple of years. My life had gone off in some weird directions. But nothing could match yanking a stoned, naked, sick seventeen-year-old girl out of a murder scene and sneaking her off under the nose of the police.

Harry James Denton is no fool. But his search for a rich runaway teen, Stacey Jameson, takes him to the seamy and very wild side of Nashville. Nobody’s chain lays straight, a friend tells Harry. But Stacey’s is especially twisted, with links that lead back to a family filled with secrets. Even a hardboiled P.I. like Harry isn’t prepared for what awaits him in the depths of hard-core hell, where only he can save a lost girl before she destroys herself or lets a ruthless murderer do it for her.

Book:A Natural Death

A Natural Death: A P.I. Fran Kirk Mystery

Ruthe Furie

What should have been a romantic morning-after turns sour when P.I. Fran Kirk gets two calls about the same dead body. Called out to a natural foods farm in Wyoming County, east of Buffalo, Fran’s job is to discover whether the apparent accidental death of a farmhand is really accidental. Fran works for the insurance company carrying Hickory Hills insurance, and they don’t want to pay up if they don’t have to.

Before she can sign off on the case, Fran discovers that the granddaughter of the farm’s founders is missing, and Fran is asked to find her. But someone doesn’t want her sticking her nose into the affairs of the farm.

A fire, vandalism and another death, not to mention shots in the dark that come much too close, drive Fran deeper into the entanglements of the farm family. On the trail of the missing teenager, Fran heads for Pennsylvania Dutch country, where danger…[more]

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