RARA-AVIS: Shamus Awards for Best First Novel

From: Gary ( piesbook@execpc.com)
Date: 19 Sep 2001

I chaired the Shamus committee this year for Best First Novel. Truluck's book is wonderfully hard-boiled and full of what is becoming a Florida tradition: whacky oddballs. He uses the smart aleck P. I. without creating an anachronism or a caricature. When I reviewed it, I thought folks who like the early Crais novels and Vachss would like this.

I can also recommend the other nominees to this group. The self-published Resurrection Angel by William Mize is a hard-boiled P. I. delight. The Chris Larsgaard book, The Heir Hunter, is more of a cross country P. I. adventure novel. The two lawyer novels are quite different. This group would love the big city drug addicted lawyer in Lost Girls by Andrew Pyper when he gets trapped in a small town and a very spooky old murder case. Brigham's Day by John Gates is reminiscent of James Lee Burke, and showed great power.

It was a great year to be a judge.

Best, GWN Gary Warren Niebuhr P. O. Box 341218 Milwaukee, WI 53234 piesbook@execpc.com http://www.execpc.com/~piesbook/piescatalog.html

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