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Dashiell Hammett Prize

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The Dashiell Hammett Prize is given out annually for literary excellence in the publishing field of crime writing, for works published in the English language in the U.S. or Canada. “Crime Writing” is defined for the Hammett Prize as any published work that encompasses such areas as “crime”, “suspense”, “thriller”, “mystery” or “espionage”. A collection of short stories by a single author would also qualify.

Nominations are solicited from the membership of the International Association of Crime Writers – North American Branch, as well as distinguished crime specialist booksellers and critics. The Officers and Executive Council of the IACW/NA may also nominated books of merit that they feel have been overlooked. Nominations are screened by a Nominating Committee of IACW/NA members, who review the nominations and select no less than three and no more than five finalists each year. The President of the IACW/NA, in consultation with the Executive Council, appoints a panel of three outside (i.e. non-member) judges to select the winner. One of these judges will be a distinguished U.S. or Canadian author working outside the crime writing field; one a distinguished editor or publisher; the third a distinguished critic or bookseller, again, not working primarily in the crime field. For a more detailed look at all the winners and past nominees, please visit the official Hammett Prize archive site.

NOTE: All books owned by Lincoln City Libraries are hotlinked to their entries in our library catalog, so that you may check on their current availability. If you see a title on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department.

Hammett Prize Winners for Best Crime Writing

2014

Book CoverStephen King
Mr. Mercedes


2013

Book CoverRichard Lange
Angel Baby


2012

oregonhill-miniHoward Owen
Oregon Hill


2011

Book CoverJames Sallis
The Killer is Dying


2010

Book CoverOlen Steinhauser
The Nearest Exit


2009

manualofdetection-miniJedediah Berry
The Manual of Detection


2008

Book CoverGeorge Pelacanos
The Turnaround


2007

outlanderadamson-miniGil Adamson
The Outlander


2006

Book CoverDan Fesperman
The Prisoner of Guantanamo


2005

Book CoverJoseph Kanon
Alibi


2004

Book CoverChuck Hogan
Prince of Thieves


2003

Book CoverCarol Goodman
The Seduction of Water


2002

Book CoverOwen Parry
Honor’s Kingdom


2001

Book CoverAlan Furst
Kingdom of Shadows


2000

Book CoverMargaret Atwood
The Blind Assassin


1999

Book CoverMartin Cruz Smith
Havana Bay


1998

Book CoverWilliam Hoffman
Tidewater Blood


1997

trialofpassion-miniWilliam Deverell
Trial of Passion


1996

Book CoverMartin Cruz Smith
Rose


1995

Book CoverMary Willis Walker
Under the Beetle’s Cellar


1994

Book CoverJames Lee Burke
Dixie City Jam


1993

mexicantreeduck-miniJames Crumley
The Mexican Tree Duck


1992

Book CoverAlice Hoffman
Turtle Moon


1991

maximumbob-miniElmore Leonard
Maximum Bob


Last updated December 2016 sdc