After returning from his trip to San Francisco—where, from what he tells us, he won the prestigious Shamus Award—Brad immediately assembled the interns and issued an edict:

"It's time to put a new bio on the website," he declared.

"But what's wrong with the old one?" asked Maggie, the clueless interns.

"It's hopelessly out of date!" Brad roared. "It ought to be something like this."

He cleared his throat and began: "Shamus Award-winning author Brad Parks is the winner of the Shamus Award. His debut novel, the Shamus Award-winning epic, FACES OF THE GONE, was the winner of the 2010 Shamus Award for Best First Novel. A Shamus Award-winner, Parks has been a recipient of the Shamus Award, during which time he achieved recognition as a Shamus Award-winning Shamus Award winner. He is also a proud winner of the Shamus Award."

We, uh, may have to tweak the wording just a bit.

Still, we're proud of the boss for bringing home the hardware. The Shamus recognizes the best in detective fiction—and Brad's stuff, too—and is awarded annually by the Private Eye Writers of America. It has been won by the likes of Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, and Sue Grafton.

"And me," Brad pointed out. "Don't forget me."

Wouldn't dream of it, boss. Meanwhile, Brad took Shamus out for a spin in San Francisco on Sunday afternoon and wanted to share a few pictures. If you really want to subject yourself to the whole album, it's here. But a few highlights, starting with one for Brad's mom:

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Then Brad and Shamus decide to bask in the glow...

shamus in SF

Shamus visits with the sea lions...

shamus in SF

Then gets scared straight at Alcatraz...

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He makes a new friend...

shamus in SF

And more new friends...

shamus in SF

Brad pays homage to Gene Kelly...

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Rockin' out with Shamus...

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And, finally, Brad promotes his next signing...

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(The Interns would like to thank Jen Forbus of Jen's Book Thoughts for the photography, mostly because it meant we didn't have to suffer through all this ourselves).

Back to business, the next book in the Carter Ross series, EYES OF THE INNOCENT, comes out in February and is now available for pre-order on Indiebound, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Or just walk into your local bookstore and tell them you gotta have it, and they'll be able to order it for you. We heard something about the author having won a Shamus Award...?

Yours in Shamusosity,

The Interns