Annal: 2004 Shamus Award for Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel

Results of the Shamus Award in the year 2004.

Book:Cold Quarry

Cold Quarry: A Frank Palvicek Mystery

Andy Straka

When master falconer Chester Carew is found dead in the woods, private investigator Frank Pavlicek doesn’t buy the official report of an accidental shooting. Hunting for clues, Frank stumbles across evidence of a toxic agent contaminating the area—something the authorities refuse to discuss.

The trail leads to a shadowy group of domestic terrorists—and to Frank’s former NYPD partner, Jake Toronto, who is accused of being involved with their plot. To prove Jake’s innocence, Frank will have to trap the real killers before they can carry out their terrifying agenda.

Book:Dragonfly Bones

Dragonfly Bones

David Cole

Cloaked in the web’s anonymity, part-Hopi computer hacker Laura Winslow is hiding from her past—but it has found her in the Arizona desert. The daughter she lost years ago is now an angry young woman serving prison time. But Spider’s agreement to help the authorities uncover an identity theft ring in exchange for leniency has led the police to a secret burial ground near Casa Grande Monument—where mother and child are reunited…in terror.

The discarded bones are human, and they may be all that remain of dozens of inexplicably missing women. In this place of death and silence on Native American land, Laura Winslow fears for her daughter, who may be the next to die—unless together they can expose an insidious evil blooming beneath the blind eyes of the law…the terrible beast that is now hunting them both.

Book:Thicker Than Water

Thicker Than Water

P.J. Parrish

Twenty years after the brutal rape and murder of a woman in Florida, the man convicted of the crime is released from prison—only days before another horrifying murder is committed. Detective Louis Kinkaid finds himself digging into a decades-old case when he’s asked to clear the suspect of the more recent slaying. Original.

Book:Wet Debt

Wet Debt: A Pat Gallegher Mystery

Richard Helms

The fourth book in Richard Helms’ Pat Gallegher Mystery Series. Gallegher investigates the seventy year old murder of a man found entombed in a concrete floor next to Holliday’s, and discovers that this murder is deviously connected with his own recent violent past.

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