The Gumshoe Awards are an American award for popular crime fiction literary works.
The Gumshoe Awards are awarded annually by the American Internet magazine Mystery Ink (not to be confused with Mystery Inc.) to recognize the best achievements in crime fiction.
The nominated books were chosen from those published for the first time in the United States in English (or English translation).
The editors of January Magazine are pleased to announce that Mystery Ink, a popular Web site catering to readers of mysteries and thrillers, has given January‘s Crime Fiction section its 2005 Gumshoe Award for Best Crime Fiction Web Site.
“There are a lot of Web sites out there that feature information on the genre,” remarks Mystery Ink editor David J. Montgomery, “but few of them do so with the passion, insight and attention to quality that January Magazine does.”
January was launched in late 1997 as a literary journal devoted to book reviews and author interviews. Its Crime Fiction department, created and edited by J. Kingston Pierce, debuted in early 1998. In addition to reviewing new crime novels, January has interviewed such prominent mystery makers as Tom Bradby, Anne Perry, Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Sara Paretskyand Steve Hamilton. In April 1999, editor Pierce introduced “The Rap Sheet,” a mostly monthly newsletter filled with short book reviews, as well as news about authors and awards in the genre.
Over the last few years, January has also produced extensive tributes to Ross Macdonald and, most recently, Dashiell Hammett.
“I’m delighted that January was selected for this honor,” says Linda L. Richards, editor of January Magazine. “January‘s crime fiction section wouldn’t even exist without J. Kingston Pierce. His very real passion for crime fiction as well as his deep understanding for it — not to mention a whole lot of long hours and hard work — are entirely responsible for making January‘s crime fiction coverage the significant force that it has become. I’m so pleased to see that work recognized in this very public way.”
Although this is the fourth year that Mystery Ink has handed out Gumshoe Awards, it is only the second time an award has been given to a Web site covering the genre as a whole. Last year’s winner was Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, edited by Sarah Weinman, a contributing editor of January Magazine.
They have been awarded since 2002 in several categories:
Best First Novel
Best Crime Fiction Website Lifetime Achievement Award
In 2005 a new award category was introduced: Best European Crime Novel.
Best Mystery (2002/3: “Best Novel”)
2002 – Thomas Perry . Pursuit . Random House, New York 2001
2003 – George P. Pelecanos . Hell to Pay . Little, Brown & Co., Boston 2002
2004 – Steve Hamilton . Blood is the Sky . Thomas Dunne Books, New York 2003
2005 – Jim Fusilli . Hard, Hard City . Putnam’s, New York 2004
2006 – Laura Lippman . To the Power of the Three . William Morrow, New York 2005
2007 – Julia Spencer-Fleming . All Mortal Flesh . Thomas Dunne Books, New York 2006
2008 – James Lee Burke . The Tin Roof Blowdown . Simon & Schuster, New York 2007
2005 – Barry Eisler . Rain Storm . Putnam’s, New York 2004
2006 – Joseph Finder . Company Man . St. Martin’s Press, New York 2005
2007 – Robert Ferrigno . Prayers for the Assassin . Scribner, New York 2006
2008 -Robert Crais . The Watchman . Simon & Schuster, New York 2007
Best European Crime Novel
Not awarded: 2008
2005 – Henning Mankell . Swedish . The Return of the Dancing Master . The New Press, New York 2003
2006 – Robert Wilson . British . The Vanished Hands . Harcourt, New York 2006
2007 – Karin Fossum . Norwegian . When the Devil Holds the Candle . Harcourt, New York 2006
Best First Novel
2002 – C.J. Box . Open Season . Putnam’s, New York 2001
2003 – Eddie Muller . The Distance . Scribner, New York 2002
2004 – P.J. Tracy . Monkeewrench . Putnam’s, New York 2003
2005 – Dylan Schaffer . Misdemeanor Man . Bloomsbury, New York 2004
2006 – Randall Hicks . The Baby Game . Wordslinger Press, San Diego 2005
2007 – John Hart . The King of Lies . St. Martin’s Minotaur, New York 2006
2008 – Sean Chercover . Big City, Bad Blood . William Morrow, New York 2007
2002 – Ross Thomas . United States
2003 – Dick Francis . United Kingdom
2004 – Ruth Rendell . United Kingdom
2005 – Lawrence Block . United States
2006 . United States
2007 – Ed McBain
– Robert B. Parker . United States
Best Crime Fiction Website (2002/3: “Best Author Website”)