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.


2018 selection

November Road

Anthony Award for Best Novel 2019, Hammett Prize 2018

by Lou Berney HarperCollins (October 22, 2018)

‘A great read, combining brutal action with a moving love story; gorgeous writing, too’ Ian Rankin

‘Exceptional’ Stephen King

Winner of the 2018 Hammett Prize. A poignant and evocative crime novel...

November Road

Anthony Award for Best Novel 2019, Hammett Prize 2018

by Lou Berney William Morrow (October 09, 2018)

"When people say they want to read a really good novel, the kind you just can't put down, this is the kind of book they mean. Exceptional." —STEPHEN KING

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY Entertainment Weekly...

2015 selection

The Do-Right

Hammett Prize 2015

by Lisa Sandlin Cinco Puntos Press (October 05, 2015)

“The do-right”—that’s old Southern talk for prison. Delpha Wade doesn’t want to go back there. Fourteen years is enough.

2007 selection

The Outlander

Hammett Prize 2007

by Gil Adamson HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

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...

1991 selection

Maximum Bob

Hammett Prize 1991

by Elmore Leonard William Morrow (March 17, 2009)

“Hilarious….Strange and risky….A right-on, pitch perfect novel, with wide social scope, comic genius, page-burning storytelling magic, and juicy characters who wrench your heart and gut.” —Washington...