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Mystery Awards at Bouchercon
Dulcy Brainard -- 12/1/97
The California sun shone with unremitting cheerfulness on the 2000-plus noirists and mystery fans, writers and publishing folk who gathered for Bouchercon 28, held October 30-November 2 in Monterey, Calif. Special honorees included guests of honor Sara Paretsky and, posthumously, Ross Thomas, as well as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Donald E. Westlake.
Registrants at the convention cast their votes for best books of the year, with the winners announced at the Saturday night banquet. Michael Connelly won the 1996 Anthony for Best Novel for The P t (Little, Brown); the Anthony for Best First was awarded in a tie to Dale Furutani for Death in Little Tokyo (St. Martin's) and Terris McMahon Grimes for Somebody Else's Child (Onyx); Grimes also won in the Best Paperback Original Category.

The Private Eye Writers of America also announced winners of their annual Shamus awards: Robert Crais's Sunset Express (Hyperion) won Best PI Novel of the Year; Harlan Coben's Fade Away (Dell) won Best PI Paperback Original; and the award for Best First PI Novel went to Carole Lea Benjamin's This Dog for Hire (Walker).
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