Annal: 2005 Shamus Award for Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel

Results of the Shamus Award in the year 2005.

Book:Fade To Blonde

Fade To Blonde

Max Phillips

He promised to save her from a vengeful mobster—he just didn’t know he’d have to join the Mob to do it!

Ray Corson came to Hollywood to be a screenwriter, not hired muscle. But when a beautiful girl with a purse full of cash asks for help, how can you say no?

Rebecca LaFontaine came to Hollywood to be an actress, not a stag movie starlet—or a murder victim. To protect her, Corson signs on with dope king Lenny Scarpa. But Scarpa, he finds, is hiding dark secrets.

And Rebecca’s hiding the darkest secret of all…

Book:Call the Devil by His Oldest Name

Call the Devil by His Oldest Name

Sallie Bissell

Haunted by the death of her mother and tortured by the secret that died upon her best friend’s lips, assistant district attorney Mary Crow is obsessed with finding the man who holds the key to both those tragedies.

When her infant goddaughter is kidnapped, Mary knows the hunt she’s been dreading has begun. In a lethal game of cat-and-mouse that will take her along the Cherokee Trail of Tears, Mary must save the child of the man she loves while she rips the secrets from the heart of a killer who could be mistaken for the very devil himself.

Book:Island of Bones (P.J. Parrish)

Island of Bones

P.J. Parrish

In the wake of a hurricane, a tiny beached skull washes up in front of Detective Louis Kincaid’s cottage. Days later, the bullet-ridden body of woman surfaces on a nearby beach. She has no identification…except for a unique ring carved out of bone on her finger. Sensing a connection between the dead woman and the skull he’s found, Louis starts investigating. His search for the truth will lead him down a trail hidden secrets and lies to face utter evil on a lonely island where treachery never dies…and the living never escape.

Book:The London Blitz Murders

The London Blitz Murders

Max Allan Collins

London, 1942. The German Blitz has devastated the city, but its citizens have something worse to fear: a modern-day Jack the Ripper. Investigating the case is renowned pathologist Sir Bernard Spilsbury with assistance from England’s First Lady of Crime, Agatha Christie.

Book:Shadow of the Dahlia

Shadow of the Dahlia

Jack Bludis

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