These nominees appear in no particular order.
THE DRAMATIST by Ken Bruen (St. Martins Minotaur), featuring Jack Taylor
THE DARKEST PLACEby Daniel Judson (St. Martins Minotaur), featuring Reggie Clay
THE DO-REI-ME by Ken Kuhlken (Poisoned Pen Press), featuring Clifford Hickey
VANISHING POINT by Marcia Muller (Mysterious Press), featuring Sharon McCone
DAYS OF RAGE by Kris Nelscott (St. Martins Minotaur), featuring Smokey Dalton
Best Paperback Original
Hallowed Ground by Lori G. Armstrong (Medallion Press), featuring Julie Collins
The Prop by Pete Hautman (Simon and Schuster), featuring Peeky Kane
An Unquiet Grave by P.J. Parrish (Pinnacle), featuring Louis Kincaid
The Uncomfortable Dead by Paco Ignacio Taibo II and Subcomandante Marcos, Translated by Carlos Lopez (Akashic Books), featuring Hector Belascoaran Shayne
Crooked by Brian M. Wiprud (Dell), featuring Nicholas Palihnic
Best First Novel
LOST ANGEL by Mike Doogan (Putnam), featuring Nik Kane
A PERFECT PLACE FOR DYING by Jack Fredrickson. (St. Martin's Minotaur), featuring Dek Elstrom
HOLMES ON THE RANGE by Steve Hockensmith. (St. Martin's Minotaur), featuring Gustav “Old Red” Amlingmeyer
THE WRONG KIND OF BLOOD by Declan Hughes. (Wm. Morrow), featuring Ed Loy
18 SECOND by George D. Shuman. (Simon & Schuster), featuring Sherry Moore.
Best Short Story
“Sudden Stop” by Mitch Alderman. Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, November 2006, featuring Bubba Simms
"The Heart Has Reasons" by O'Neil De Noux. Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, September 2006, featuring Lucien Kaye
“Square One” by Loren D. Estleman. Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, November 2006, featuring Amos Walker
“Devil’s Brew” by Bill Pronzini. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. December 2006, featuring John Quincannon.
"Smoke Got In My Eyes" by Bruce Rubenstein. TWIN CITIES NOIR (Akashic), featuring Martin McDonough