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The Best Mystery Books - Top 100


The Private Eye Writers of America confer the Shamus Award. Eligible novels feature a "private eye" character who is an investigator, but does not work for a government or police agency. Winners are selected by committees of writers. The award for Best Novel is listed below (best hardback Novel beginning in 2001).

Locked In

Marcia Muller Sharon McCone 2010
Empty Ever After

Reed Farrel Coleman 2009
Soul Patch

Reed Farrel Coleman 2008
The Dramatist

Ken Bruen 2007
The Lincoln Lawyer

Michael Connelly Mickey Haller series novels 2005
While I Disappear

Ed Wrigh 2005
The Guards

Ken Bruen 2004
Blackwater Sound

James W Hall 2003
Reflecting The Sky

S. J. Rozan 2002
Havana Heat

C. Garcia-Aguilera 2001
California Fire And Life

Don Winslow 2000
Boobytrap Carroll Graf

Bill Pronzini Nameless Detective novels 1998
Come Back Dead

Terence Faherty 1998
Sunset Express

Robert Crais Elvis Cole / Joe Pike novel 1996

S. J. Rozan 1996
K Is for Killer

Sue Grafton Kinsey Millhone novels 1994
The Devil Knows Youre Dead

Lawrence Block 1994
The Man Was Taller Than God

Harold Adams 1993
Stolen Away

Max Collins 1992
G Is for Gumshoe

Sue Grafton Kinsey Millhone novels 1990
Extenuating Circumstances

Jonathan Valin 1990

John Lutz 1989
A Tax In Blood

Benjamin M. Schutz 1988
The Staked Goat

Jeremiah Healy 1986
B Is for Burglar

Sue Grafton Kinsey Millhone novels 1985

Loren D. Estleman 1985
True Detective

Max Allan Collins 1984
Eight Million ways to Die

Lawrence Block Matt Scudder novels 1982
Hoodwink St Martins

Bill Pronzini Nameless Detective novels 1981