Annal: 1998 Shamus Award for Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel

Results of the Shamus Award in the year 1998.

Book:Charm City

Charm City: A Tess Monaghan Mystery

Laura Lippman

As a practiced reporter until her newspaper went to that great pressroom in the sky, P.I. Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore, even the parts being slobbered on by the sad-sack greyhound she’s minding for her uncle. It’s a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular local sport. Business tycoon “Wink” Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball back to town, and everybody’s rooting fro him—until a devastating, muckraking expose of his lurid past appears on the front page of the Baltimore Beacon-Light. It’s a surprise even to the Blight’s editors, who thought they’d killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink—who’s found in his garage with the car running.

Now the Blight wants to nail the unknown computer hacker who planted the lethal story, and the assignment is right up…[more]

Book:Back Spin

Back Spin: A Myron Bolitar Mystery

Harlan Coben

Kidnappers have snatched the teenage son of super-star golfer Linda Coldren and her husband, Jack, an aging pro, at the height of the U.S. Open. To help get the boy back, sports agent Myron Bolitar goes charging after clues and suspects from the Main Line mansions to a downtown cheaters’ motel—and back in time to a U.S. Open twenty-three years ago, when Jack Coldren should have won, but didn’t. Suddenly Myron finds him self surrounded by blue bloods, criminals, and liars. And as one family’s darkest secrets explode into murder, Myron finds out just how rough this game can get.

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:Father Forgive Me

Father Forgive Me: A Sydney Sloane Mystery

Randye Lordon

A young man is found dead of a heroin overdose on a Hudson River pier, while his wealthy father is stumping for political office—and the boy’s sister swears he had never used drugs. But the investigation could prove to be a fatal mistake as lesbian P.I. Sydney Sloane delves deeper into a perfect family’s darkest secrets.

Book:Sunset and Santiago

Sunset and Santiago: A Ronnie Ventana Mystery

Gloria White

Private investigator Ronnie Ventana is sitting alone on a bench in the middle of the night, at the San Francisco intersection of Sunset and Santiago. she is there to observe the grim anniversary of her parents’ fatal car crash twenty years earlier—an “accident” that has never seemed entirely accidental to her. But then, there in the darkness, she notices two men dumping a body in the shrubs. and a young witness, who’s also a friend, wants to get involved in solving the case, What had started as a midnight vigil—personal and poignant—turns into a public investigation of a very different crime, Now, without warning, Ronnie is up to her ears in a new case that snakes through a tunnel of civic corruption and brings her fresh revelations about her parents’ long-ago double murder.

Book:A Whisper of Rage

A Whisper of Rage

Tim Hemlin

A killing heat in Houston

It is just what graduate student (and part-time chef) Neil Marshall doesn’t need: to witness the near-fatal shooting of legendary Houston P.I. C. J. McDaniels. Especially since the gunmen think Neil can identify them.

Before long, Neil’s quiet academic life is irreparably shattered as he’s sucked into a tornado of violence that cuts across Houston from a mansion in River Oaks to an all-too-silent suburban home, from a secret hospital room to the bed of a fascinating woman. In Houston’s sultry summer heat a deep-rooted hatred is maturing, and a whisper of rage is building to a roar….

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