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Press Release for Tuesday, October 9, 2012

UNF English Professor Wins Shamus Award for Best Mystery Novel

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations

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Dr. Michael Wiley, a University of North Florida professor in the Department of English and mystery author, has won the Best Hardcover P.I. Novel Shamus Award from The Private Eye Writers of America. He received this honor for his third mystery novel, “A Bad Night’s Sleep,” which was released by St. Martin’s Press in the summer of 2011, during the Shamus Award ceremony Oct. 5 in Cleveland, Ohio.

“It’s a great honor and hugely gratifying to have received the Shamus award for best P.I. novel,” said Wiley, a San Marco resident. “Many of the mystery writers I’ve most admired have won the award. That “A Bad Night’s Sleep” should join the list comes as a wonderful surprise.”

Wiley has taught at the University since 1998 and is the author of the Shamus-nominated, award-winning Joe Kozmarski mysteries, including “The Last Striptease” and “The Bad Kitty Lounge.” His latest release in the series, “A Bad Night’s Sleep,” is available online and in bookstores, as well as available in paper, electronic and audio formats.

Private Investigator Joe Kozmarski, the damaged hero of Wiley’s “A Bad Night’s Sleep,” has made a lot of dangerous moves in the past, but he practically digs his own grave one night when he shoots a Chicago cop—one who appears to be part of a ring of thieves and also about to gun down another cop. It looks bad for Kozmarski, but a friend with the Chicago police department gives him a way out. There are plenty of policemen who want to bring down this ring of crooked officers, and they want to do it quietly, without the public knowing that anything’s going on.

Kozmarski is sent to infiltrate the group, soon discovering the inroads the corrupt police have made with the city’s street gangs. But for each step that he takes toward shutting the ring down, an unexpected twist crops up, and soon it becomes nearly impossible for even a canny guy like Kozmarski to tell the bad cops from the informers trying to bring them to justice. And he also learns that there are players in this game beyond the cops and the gangs, people who have their own plans for him.

Wiley is a native of Chicago and won the Private Eye Writers of America’s Best First Novel competition. He is also the author of two nonfiction titles, “Romantic Geography” and “Romantic Migrations.” He is currently writing a fourth novel in the Joe Kozmarski mysteries, as well as a stand-alone mystery, which is set in the wetlands of North Florida.


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