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Steve Hamilton


USA flag (b.1961)

Born and raised in Detroit, Steve Hamilton graduated from the University of Michigan where he won the prestigious Hopwood Award for fiction. His first novel, A Cold Day in Paradise won the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin's Press Award for Best First Mystery by an Unpublished Writer. Once published, it won the 1999 Edgar and Shamus Awards for Best First Novel, and was short-listed for the Anthony and Barry Awards. Hamilton currently works for IBM in upstate New York where he lives with his wife Julia and their two children.

Steve Hamilton is the only author to ever win the Shamus and Edgar Awards for his first novel (Patricia Cornwell, Michael Connelly, Stuart Woods and James Patterson all started their careers with the coveted "Best First" Edgar prize), his second Alex McKnight novel, Winter of the Wolf Moon was named one of the year's Notable Books by the New York Times Book Review and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly as did his third and fourth novels, The Hunting Wind and North of Nowhere.

Genres: Mystery
 
Novels
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Awards
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2003) : North of Nowhere
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (2003) : North of Nowhere
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2004) : Blood Is The Sky
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (2004) : Blood Is The Sky
Dagger Awards Best Novel nominee (2008) : Night Work
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2011) : The Lock Artist
Barry Awards Best Novel winner (2011) : The Lock Artist
Dagger Awards Best Book nominee (2011) : The Lock Artist
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2011) : The Lock Artist
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2017) : The Second Life of Nick Mason
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2018) : Exit Strategy


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Pipsqueak (2002)
(Garth Carson, book 1)
Brian M Wiprud
"The flat-out coolest mystery I've read in years, not to mention the funniest. Brian Wiprud is either a genius or a lunatic. Or maybe both."
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Eve Missing (2003)
(Smokey Annicelli Mystery, book 1)
Ralph Pezzullo
"Pezzullo comes out swinging... one writer to watch for."
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Fair Game (2006)
Evan McNamara
"[Sheriff Bill Tatum] is a man you'd want to have on your side."
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UNSUB (2017)
(UNSUB, book 1)
Meg Gardiner
"UNSUB is a mesmerizing, unforgettable, nonstop thriller that never lets you go. The single most terrifying book of the past decade."
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Bottom Feeders (2018)
John Shepphird
"I absolutely devoured this book, and still can't believe it's a debut novel…I'll be waiting for whatever he writes next!"
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Bleak Harbor (2018)
(Bleak Harbor, book 1)
Bryan Gruley
"The best book Gruley has ever written and unlike any other crime book I’ve ever read."
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All the Perils of This Night (2020)
Elizabeth Cunningham
"A smart and twisted literary thriller, one of the best of the year. I dare you to read the first few pages and then try to put this book down!"

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