(Opened on January 08, 1996)

Okay, this is my 26th year of managing The Gumshoe Site. Now we are still battling with Covid-19, and I am still managing this same old site. I hope you enjoy this site and come back once in a while. Thank you very much for your visit. As I wrote before, take care of your own lives as I do. Nobody know what tomorrow brings, and I really mean it! Wear a facial mask, wash your hands, rinse your mouth, keep your distance in order to stay safe and healthy!! (January 01, 2022)

Warning to bloggers! -- When you re-use my info, please do not copy-and-paste it word for word, but quote it or paraphrase it, at least. My wording is so awkwardly distinct or so distinctly awkward, I can easily spot copy-and-paste non-artists, and so can smart blog-readers.

Andrew Vachss Dies

Andrew Vachss died on December 23 (not on 27 as previously reported). He was a federal investigator in sexually transmitted diseases, and a labor organizer and a prison director for violent juvenile offenders before becoming an attorney for abused children and adolescents. He wrote his first novel, FLOOD (Donald I. Fine, 1985), introducing "outlaw investigator" Burke and his gang, which was nominated for the 1986 Shamus Award for best best first novel. The Burke series ends with ANOTHER LIFE (Pantheon, 2008). He wrote The Cross trilogy and the Dell and Dolly trilogy and several standalones and a number of short stories. He was 79. (December 30, 2021)

CORRECTION -- He died on December 23 of coronary artery disease at his home in the Pacific Northwest, according to his wife Alice Susan Vachss in the New York Times orbituary. (January 19, 2022)

2022 Lefty Award Nominees Announced

Left Coast Crime has announced the nominees for the 2022 Lefty Awards for books published in 2021. The five nominees in the best mystery novel category are as follows:

RUNNER, by Tracy Clark (Kensington Books)
RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Press)
LAST REDEMPTION, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview Publishing)
LIGHTNING STRIKE, by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books)
BATH Haus, by P.J. Vernon (Doubleday)

To see all the nominees in the four categories (humorous, historical, debut, and best), click here. Despite of the pandemic, the April 2022 Left Coast Crime convention has been scheduled to be an in-person event. The Lefty Awards will be announced and presented on Saturday, April 09 at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (January 18, 2022)

Recipients of Grand Master, Raven, Ellery Queen Awards Announced

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) announced the recipients of the 2022 Grand Master, Raven, and Ellery Queen Awards as follows:

2022 Grand Master Award: Laurie R. King, the best-selling author of the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes novels
2022 Raven Award: Lesa Holstine, a long-time librarian, and the writer of her award-winning blog, Lesa's Book Critiques
2022 Ellery Queen Award: Juliet Grames, Senior Vice-President, Associate Publisher at Soho Press, who curated the Soho Crime Imprint in 2011

They will receive their awards at the Annual Edgar Awards Ceremony to be held on April 28 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York, NY. (January 13, 2022)


(Updated on January 19, 2022)

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