Monthly Archives: June 2015

2015 Shamus Award Finalists Announced

pwa_logo_2If you read my main blog, Adventures Fantastic, then you know that one of the awards I hold in high esteem is the Shamus Award, given by the Private Eye Writers of America.  In fact, the only award I hold in higher esteem is the David Gemmell Award.

One of the things I like best about the Shamus it that it’s one of the few awards that honors work published by independent authors.  Most of the major genre awards, such as the Hugo, the Nebula, and the World Fantasy (and, yes, the Gemmell) don’t recognize independent work, at least not as a matter of course.  So, kudos to the PWA for doing so.

Well, the other day the finalists for the Shamus were announced: Continue reading

The Vanishing Smile

vanishing smile ebookThe Vanishing Smile
Earl Emerson
ebook $3.99

I was in the mood for a private eye novel a couple of weeks ago. I’d picked up an old paperback copy of The Vanishing Smile somewhere during the last few months, so I thought I’d give it a try. I knew this wasn’t the first book in the series (The Rainy City), as I had a copy of that one along with a few of Emerson’s other books. But sometimes series really don’t hit their stride until two or three volumes in, so I decided to give The Vanishing Smile a try. Continue reading