The Hammett Prize

The Hammett Awards are awarded annually for excellence in crime fiction by the North American branch of the International Association of Crime Writers.
Award Year Authors(s) Title
2011 James Sallis The Killer is Dying: A Novel Sallis' novel tracks the fortunes of three men of vastly different ages, backgrounds, and ambitions. Though they never meet, a hired killer on his last job, a burned out detective, and a young boy plagued by nightmares have their lives intersect in compelling ways in the scorching metropolis of Phoenix, Arizona.
2010 Olen Steinhauer The Nearest Exit Now faced with the end of his quiet, settled life, reluctant spy Milo Weaver has no choice but to turn back to his old job as a “tourist.” Before he can get back to the CIA’s dirty work, he has to prove his loyalty to his new bosses, who know little of Milo’s background and less about who is really pulling the strings in the government above the Department of Tourism—or in the outside world, which is beginning to believe the legend of its existence. Milo is suddenly in a dangerous position, between right and wrong, between powerful self-interested men, between patriots and traitors—especially as a man who has nothing left to lose.
2009 Jedediah Berry The Manual of Detection: A Novel Berry's Kafkaesque debut novel follows clerk Charles Unwin as he is promoted to detective and charged with tracking down a legendary missing sleuth.
2008 Gil Adamson The Outlander In 1903 Mary Boulton flees alone across the West, one heart-pounding step ahead of the law. At nineteen, she has just become a widow--and her husband's killer. As bloodhounds track her frantic race toward the mountains, she is tormented by mad visions and by the knowledge that her two ruthless brothers-in-law are in pursuit, determined to avenge their younger brother's death. Responding to little more than the primitive instinct for survival at any cost, she retreats ever deeper into the wilderness--and into the wilds of her own mind.
2007 Dan Fesperman The Prisoner of Guantanamo Revere Falk - FBI veteran, Arabic speaker - is an interrogator at "Gitmo," assigned to a "hold-out," a Yemeni prisoner who may have valuable information about al-Qaeda. But these duties are temporarily suspended when the body of an American soldier is found washed ashore in Cuban territory. No American has ever turned up dead on the wrong side of the fence before. Suddenly, Cold War tension is back, and Falk finds himself at the heart of it when he's put in charge of the investigation into the death.
2006 Joseph Kanon Alibi It is 1946, and a stunned Europe is beginning its slow recovery from the ravages of World War II. Adam Miller has come to Venice to visit his widowed mother and try to forget the horrors he has witnessed as a U.S. Army war crimes investigator in Germany. Nothing has changed in Venice - not the beautiful palazzi, not the violins at Florian's, not the shifting water that makes the city, untouched by bombs, still seem a dream. But when Adam falls in love with Claudia, a Jewish woman scarred by her devastating experiences during the war, he is forced to confront another Venice, a city still at war with itself, haunted by atrocities it would rather forget.
2005 Chuck Hogan Prince of Thieves Hogan's brash tale of four men -- thieves, rivals, friends -- being hunted through the streets of Boston by a tenacious FBI agent, and the woman who may destroy them all, is a spectacular, stylish, heart-pounding thriller.
2004 Carol Goodman Seduction of Water Goodman skillfully weaves fairy tale themes into a modern web of intrigue. It is a novel about the secrets mothers keep, and the daughters who must live in their shadows.
2003 Owen Parry Honor's Kingdom Union Major Abel Jones arrives in London in 1862 to thwart the Confederates' plan to buy warships from the British. Instead, he finds the corpse of his predecessor in a basket of eels. Jones soon finds himself tangled in scandals in Parliament, murders among England's poor, and the danger that London will be drawn once again into war with the United States.
2002 Alan Furst Kingdom of Shadows: A Novel In spymaster Furst's most electrifying thriller to date, Hungarian aristocrat Nicholas Morath--a hugely charismatic hero--becomes embroiled in a daring and perilous effort to halt the Nazi war machine in Eastern Europe.
2001 Margaret Atwood The Blind Assassin Containing a novel within a novel, "The Blind Assassin" is a science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in dingy backstreet rooms. Told in a style that magnificently captures the colloquialisms of the 1930s and 1940s, it unfolds layer by astonishing layer and concludes in a brilliant and wonderfully satisfying twist.
2000 Martin Cruz Smith Havana Bay The body of a Russian embassy official is found floating in Havana Bay, and Arkady Renko, the memorable detective from "Gorky Park, " is sent to identify it. Renko, however, refuses to positively identify the body. Then, that night, somebody tries to kill him. And now Renko can't go home--he's stuck in Cuba. But what a Cuba it is!
1999 William Hoffman Tidewater Blood For two hundred and fifty years, the LeBlancs of Tidewater Virginia - landed, rich, and proud of it - have been celebrating their French Huguenot ancestry. Each year, over an extravagant lunch and in period costume dress, they relive the beginnings of the LeBlanc line, reminding everyone of their rise from meager beginnings to a position of great stature, wealth, and privilege. But this year's celebration goes horribly wrong.
1998 William Deverell Trial of Passion
1997 Martin Cruz Smith Rose A wonderfully rich and intricate novel set in a 19th century English mining town finds Jonathan Blair, a mining engineer who has been chased out of Africa for "stealing" from the missionaries' Bible Fund, finds himself back in Africa to find John Maypole, the museum curate who disappeared three months before without explanation.
1996 Mary Willis Walker Under the Beetle's Cellar An Austin school bus driver and eleven of his young charges are kidnapped by religious fanatics and held in their fortified compound for 46 days.
1995 James Lee Burke Dixie City Jam A Nazi submarine buried off the coast of Louisiana provides the linchpin for the newest Dave Robicheaux novel.
1994 James Crumley The Mexican Tree Duck A blood-encrusted ceramic figure is at the center of private investigator C. W. Sughrue's search through the American West for the missing mother of his Vietnam buddy.
1993 Alice Hoffman Turtle Moon When a young single mother is murdered and her baby disappears, Keith, a 12-year-old boy from the same Verity, Florida apartment building also disappears. In pursuit are Keith's divorced mother and a concerned policeman.
1992 Elmore Leonard Maximum Bob Someone wants bigoted, redneck judge Maximum Bob dead when they place a live 10-foot alligator in his backyard and fire shots into his house.