The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) has announced the nominees for the 2021 Shamus Awards as follows:

Best Private Eye Novel:
What You Don’t See, by Tracy Clark (Kensington), featuring Cass Raines
Do No Harm, by Max Allan Collins (Tor Forge), featuring Nathan Heller
Blind Vigil, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview), featuirng Rick Cahill
House on Fire, by Joseph Finder (Dutton), featuring Nick Heller
And Now She’s Gone, by Rachel Howzell Hall (Tor Forge), featuring Grayson Sykes

Best First Private Eye Novel:
Squatter’s Rights, by Kevin R. Doyle (Camel Press), introducing Sam Quinton
Derailed, by Mary Keliikoa (Epicenter Press), introducing Kelly Pruett
I Know Where You Sleep, by Alan Orloff (Down & Out Books), introducing Anderson West
The Missing American, by Kwei Quartey (Soho), introducing Emma Djan
Winter Counts, by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Ecco), introducing Virgil Wounded Horse

Best Original Private Eye Paperback:
Farewell Las Vegas, by Grant Bywaters (Wild Rose Press), featuring Joe Roddick
All Kinds of Ugly, by Ralph Dennis (Brash Books), featuring Jim Hardman
Brittle Karma, by Richard Helms (Black Arch Books), featuring Eamon Gold
Remember My Face, by John Lantigua (Arte Publico), featuring Willie Cuesta
Damaged Goods, by Debbi Mack (Renegade Press), featuring Erica Jensen

Best Private Eye Short Story:
“A Dreamboat Gambol,” by O’Neil De Noux (in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Nov/Dec 2020), featuring Lucien Caye
“Mustang Sally,” by John M. Floyd (in Black Cat Mystery Magazine #7)
“Setting the Pick,” by April Kelly (in Mystery Weekly Magazine, July 2020)
“Show and Zeller,” by Gordon Linzner (in Black Cat Mystery Magazine #7)
“Nashua River Floater,” by Tom MacDonald (in Coast to Coast Noir, edited by Andrew McAleer and Paul D. Marks; Down & Out Books)

Details on how PWA will announce the winners have not been determined yet. The winners will be announced this fall.