Michael Ayoob

Michael Ayoob took out the 2011 Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel. The use of a broken down hockey player as the protagonist of this first novel appears to have been an inspired choice and Dexter Bolzjak appears to have made an indelible mark as a flawed hero.

With a novel that has made such a big impact it will be an interesting wait for the next novel from Ayoob. As well as taking out the Shamus Award the novel had already been crowned the winner of the Minotaur Books/PWA Best First Private Eye Novel competition. Notable former winners of this award include Steve Hamilton, Les Roberts, Michael Koryta, Michael Wiley and Gar Anthony Harwood.

Michael Ayoob's Novels

In Search of Mercy (2010)