Annal: 2012 Shamus Award for Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel

Results of the Shamus Award in the year 2012.

Book:Fun & Games: A Charlie Hardie Thriller

Fun & Games: A Charlie Hardie Thriller

Duane Swierczynski

The first of three explosive pulp thrillers arriving back-to-back from cult crime fiction sensation and Marvel Comics scribe Duane Swierczynski.

Charlie Hardie, an ex-cop still reeling from the revenge killing of his former partner’s entire family, fears one thing above all else: that he’ll suffer the same fate.

Languishing in self-imposed exile, Hardie has become a glorified house sitter. His latest gig comes replete with an illegally squatting B-movie actress who rants about hit men who specialize in making deaths look like accidents. Unfortunately, it’s the real deal. Hardie finds himself squared off against a small army of the most lethal men in the world: The Accident People.

It’s nothing personal-the girl just happens to be the next name on their list. For Hardie, though, it’s intensely personal. He’s not about to let more innocent people die. Not on his watch.

Book:Long Pig

Long Pig: A Novel

James L. Ross

After eighteen months at a federal prison farm, Hayes Rutherford thinks he’s done with the Washington crowd. His daughter has hired him as an off-the-books investigator at her Hollywood PI firm. How much farther away could he get? But when rumors ping the White House that someone is shopping a damaging story about the war-hero President, Hayes is a prime suspect. What kind of secret can a President have that spin doctors can’t fix? Hayes is about to learn that some stories can’t be leaked, regardless of who has to die. Here’s a caustic, blackly humorous take on two coasts where vanity is the least deadly sin.

Book:Quarry's Ex

Quarry's Ex

Max Allan Collins

Because homicide begins at home.

Even the enigmatic hit man called Quarry had to start somewhere. And for him that was the day he returned stateside from Nam to find his young wife cheating. He’d killed plenty overseas, so killing her lover was no big deal. And when he was recruited to use his skills as a contract killer, that transition was easy, too. He survived in this jungle as he had in that other one—by expecting trouble. 

What he didn’t expect was ever running into his ex again…. 

Book:Serial: A Frank Quinn Novel

Serial: A Frank Quinn Novel

John Lutz

A New York restaurateur, Millie Graff, is followed home from work by a man who forces her into her apartment and tortures her before killing her. She is found with her hand wrapped around a silver cross on a necklace. She’s been gagged, sexually violated and then skinned alive.

As Quinn and his associates follow the path of the killer known as ‘The Skinner’, another woman’s desperate search for the truth will bring her into the crosshairs of a killer with a burning desire to settle old scores. Quinn and Pearl must rush to Missouri to confront the monster before yet another life is lost.

Book:Threat Warning

Threat Warning: A Jonathan Grave Thriller

John Gilstrap

In his most terrifying thriller yet, New York Times bestselling author John Gilstrap exposes the darkest threat to America’s freedom, a secret society of merciless killers, watching and waiting to strike…

The first victims are random. Ordinary citizens, fired upon at rush hour by unseen assassins. Caught in the crossfire of one of the attacks, rescue specialist Jonathan Grave spies a gunman getting away-with a mother and her young son as hostages. To free them, Grave and his team must enter the dark heart of a nationwide conspiracy. But their search goes beyond the frenzied schemes of a madman’s deadly ambitions. This time, it reaches all the way to the highest levels of power…

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