Hammett Prize

The Hammett Prize is awarded annually by the International Association of Crime Writers, North American Branch (IACW/NA) to a Canadian or US citizen or permanent resident for a book in English in the field of crime writing. It is named after crime-writer Dashiell Hammett and was established in 1991.

 

2011 selection

The Killer Is Dying

Hammett Prize 2011

by James Sallis

A hired killer on his final job, a burned-out detective whose wife is dying slowly and in agony, a young boy abandoned by his parents and living alone by his wits. Three people, solitary and sundered from society....


2010 selection

The Nearest Exit

Milo Weaver #2

Hammett Prize 2010

by Olen Steinhauer

Milo Weaver has nowhere to turn but back to the CIA in Olen Steinhauer’s brilliant follow-up to the New York Times bestselling espionage novel The Tourist  The Tourist, Steinhauer’s first contemporary novel...


2009 selection

The Manual of Detection: A Novel

Hammett Prize 2009

by Jedediah Berry

"This debut novel weaves the kind of mannered fantasy that might result if Wes Anderson were to adapt Kafka." - -The New Yorker

Reminiscent of imaginative fiction from Jorge Luis Borges to Jasper Fforde yet...


2007 selection

The Outlander

Hammett Prize 2007

by Gil Adamson

In 1903 a mysterious young woman flees alone across the West, one heart-pounding step ahead of the law. At nineteen, Mary Boulton has just become a widow—and her husband's killer. As bloodhounds track her...


2006 selection

The Prisoner of Guantanamo

Hammett Prize 2006

by Dan Fesperman

When the body of an American soldier is discovered in Cuban waters near the U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo, Revere Falk, a former FBI agent, is reassigned from his job interrogating an accused al-Qaeda...


2004 selection

Prince of Thieves

Hammett Prize 2004

by Chuck Hogan

The men wear masks. Their guns are drawn on the bank manager. She nervously recites the alarm code, and the tumblers within the huge vault fall. The timing and execution are brilliant. It could be the perfect...


2003 selection

The Seduction of Water

Hammett Prize 2003

by Carol Goodman

Iris Greenfeder, ABD (All But Dissertation), feels the “buts” are taking over her life: all but published, all but a professor, all but married. Yet the sudden impulse to write a story about her mother,...


2001 selection

Kingdom of Shadows: A Novel

Night Soldiers #6

Hammett Prize 2001

by Alan Furst

In spymaster Alan 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...


2000 selection

The Blind Assassin: A Novel

Man Booker Prize 2000, Hammett Prize 2000

by Margaret Atwood

The Blind Assassin opens with these simple, resonant words: "Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge." They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister's death in 1945...


1999 selection

Havana Bay: Martin Cruz Smith

Arkady Renko #4

Hammett Prize 1999

by Martin Cruz Smith

When the corpse of a Russian is hauled from the oily waters of Havana Bay, Arkady Renko comes to Cuba to identify the body. Looking for the killer, he discovers a city of faded loneliness, unexpected danger,...


1998 selection

Tidewater Blood

Hammett Prize 1998

by William Hoffman

Set in Virginia in the 1980s, TIDEWATER BLOOD opens at the annual LeBlanc family celebration. Rich, pretentious, and proud, the LeBlancs operate a prosperous plantation and celebrate their heritage each year...


1996 selection

Rose

Hammett Prize 1996

by Martin Cruz Smith

Rose is a wonderfully rich and intricate novel set in nineteenth-century Wigan, a town located in the coal country of Lancashire.  Its protagonist, Jonathan Blair, is a mining engineer who has been chased...


1992 selection

Turtle Moon

Hammett Prize 1992

by Alice Hoffman

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


1991 selection

Maximum Bob

Hammett Prize 1991

by Elmore Leonard

Hard-ass Palm Beach County judge Bob Isom Gibbs enjoys sending even petty offenders away to do hard time -- which has made the list of miscreants who want him dead longer than a fully grown Florida gator's tail....