Annal: 2009 Shamus Award for Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel

Results of the Shamus Award in the year 2009.

Book:Snow Blind

Snow Blind

Lori G. Armstrong

The frigid winter months are mighty slow in the PI biz for Julie Collins and her partner, Kevin Wells—until the duo is hired by a young woman to investigate problems at her grandfather’s assisted living facility, where they encounter lax security, unqualified healthcare personnel, and a shady senior volunteer organization.

Julie barely has time to delve deeper into the puzzling case before she reluctantly finds herself in an isolated cattle shelter on the Collins ranch with her father during a raging blizzard. There is no escape from her father or from the biting cold and bitter memories.

When the bodies and the snow pile up, Julie seems at odds with everyone, leaving her to wonder if she’s being blinded to the cold, hard truths in her life by love…or by hate.

Book:The Black Hand

The Black Hand: A Barker & Llewelyn Novel

Will Thomas

When an Italian assassin’s body is found floating in a barrel in Victorian London’s East End, enquiry agent Cyrus Barker and his assistant Thomas Llewelyn are called in to investigate. Soon corpses begin to appear all over London, each accompanied by a Mafia Black Hand note. As Barker and Llewelyn dig deeper, they become entangled in the vendettas of rival Italian syndicates—and it is no longer clear who is a friend or foe.

Book:The Evil That Men Do

The Evil That Men Do: A Jackson Donne Novel

Dave White

Even generations later, you can’t escape…the evil that men do.

Stripped of his private investigator’s license and slumming it as a night security guard at a Jersey storage facility, Jackson Donne thinks he’s finally hit rock bottom. Then the bottom really falls out: The sister he hasn’t seen in years shows up, needing help.

Turns out Donne’s Alzheimer’s-stricken mother has begun hinting at long-buried family secrets from her hospital bed, suggesting a sinister–even murderous–past. Meanwhile, Donne’s relatives are suddenly being greeted by blackmail, car bombs, and bullets to the back of the skull.

All Donne wants is to disappear–preferably into a nice frosty pint glass–but he soon realizes that his only chance…[more]

Book:Shot Girl

Shot Girl: An Annie Seymour Mystery

Karen E. Olson

New Haven police reporter Annie Seymour has a talent for running into trouble. So it should come as no surprise when her co-worker’s bachelorette party at a local club quickly turns into a crime scene. What is surprising is that the dead club manager in the parking lot happens to be Annie’s ex-husband—and the bullet shells around his body match the gun she has in her car…

Book:The Stolen

The Stolen: A Henry Parker Novel

Jason Pinter

Five years ago, Daniel Linwood disappeared from his suburban home. Today, he came back.

Five years after he disappeared, young Daniel Linwood returned to his suburban home for dinner as though he’d never left. It’s a blessing for both his family and their community. And I’ve snagged the exclusive interview.

But it turns out Daniel is just one of a string of abducted children who have mysteriously returned to their families with no memory of their lost years. Some people want me to leave it be. Some want me to simply let the healing process begin. But these wounds are deeper than anyone realizes.

To get the story on these bizarre kidnappings, I need the help of the one woman who owes me nothing. I’ve got to find answers before another life is snatched away from sight and time and memory. But doing so means we could be the next ones to go…

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