Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Beneath A Panamanian Moon nominated for a Gumshoe.
I was distracted by my troubles with blogger and didn't really give this honor the attention it deserves. David Montgomery, critic extraordinaire and ridiculously young for being so smart, along with Mystery Ink magazine, announced the nominees for this year's Gumshoe Award.
As Dog Is My Witness by Jeffrey Cohen (Bancroft Press)
The James Deans by Reed Farrel Coleman (Plume)
Savage Garden by Denise Hamilton (Scribner)
To the Power of Three by Laura Lippman (William Morrow)
The Wheelman by Duane Swierczynski (St. Martin's Minotaur)
The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
Company Man by Joseph Finder (St. Martin's Press)
The Only Suspect by Jonnie Jacobs (Kensington)
Falls the Shadow by William Lashner (William Morrow)
Creepers by David Morrell (CDS Books)
Best European Crime Novel:
The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde (Viking)
Kiss Her Goodbye by Allan Guthrie (Hard Case Crime)
Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Have Mercy on Us All by Fred Vargas (Simon & Schuster)
The Vanished Hands by Robert Wilson (Harcourt)
Best First Novel:
The Color of Law by Mark Gimenez (Doubleday)
Tilt-a-Whirl by Chris Grabenstein (Carroll & Graf)
The Baby Game by Randall Hicks (Wordslinger Press)
Sacred Cows by Karen E. Olson (Mysterious Press)
Beneath a Panamanian Moon by David Terrenoire (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Karen, Allan, and Duane are friendly visitors to The Planet, and I'm very happy to share a spot on this list with them.
But I know about awards and I know to enjoy this while it lasts. As an advertising writer I won a lot of awards, but this feels way different. This feels way better. Knowing that people are enjoying my book makes me feel almost as good as I did that weekend with the Stapleton sisters in Hermosa Beach. Almost. The difference is, these nominations won't leave a rash.