The author receives the coveted Shamus prize: “Best first IP novel” for Lost Little Girl

Cape Girardeau, MO, August 2, 2022 – Gregory Stout has received the prestigious 2022 Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, for Jackson Gamble’s novel Lost Little Girl released in October 2021. Previous Shamus Award winners were Mickey Spillane, Bill Pronzini, Sue Grafton and Michael Connelly, authors of The Lincoln Lawyer and Bosch.

Greg described the book: “The novel is about Nashville PI Jackson Gamble, who takes on a case that seems simple enough. All he has to do is track down and bring back a fourteen-year-old girl who has disappeared from her home. Gamble’s experience tells her the girl is just another runaway, but her mother insists she was kidnapped.

Greg continued: “The search for Gabrielle sets Gamble on a path that takes him through the underbelly of the city of sex for rent, pornography, snake-handling religious fundamentalists and possibly a serial killer of teenage girls. . With the help of an attractive woman with a harrowing past, he comes to the conclusion of his investigation, with both tragic and unforgettable results, where the slightest mistake could spell the end of his career and his life.

Lost Little Girl is Gregory Stout’s first mystery in the Jackson Gamble series. Greg is also the author of Gideon’s Ghost, a young adult novel set in small town America in the mid-1960s. Greg has also written 21 books on American railroad history. The first title, Route of the Eagles, was released in 1995. Greg Stout recently published the final young adult novel in July 2022 Connor’s War and is completing Jackson Gamble’s second novel The Gone Man for release in October 2022.

Connor’s War is based on the Vietnam era and a 15-year-old boy who is in danger of being shipped off from the most remote part of flat Kansas terrain. “How can you leave all your friends from a fancy high school in the Fresno area and even being a brat in the Navy, that exile to the plains won’t have a good outcome,” Greg asks. Greg weaves the story around the fact that Connor, the protagonist, has a father who is a US Navy commander who is shot down in Vietnam and goes missing, whose fate is unknown, and a young boy whose mother is American. . Navy nursing officer is transferred to Japan for his medical expertise. Is Connor traveling alone on a passenger train to a small town in Kansas? Connor has headed into the unknown to live with an unknown grandfather, who is a circuit court judge.

This novel addresses some common issues that teenagers face, such as separation anxiety, death, and young love, common issues among military families. Greg said, “I wrote the book because I felt there weren’t enough male young adult books that dealt with real controversies.”

About Greg Stout

Greg Stout is the author of Gideon’s Ghost, a young adult novel set in small town America in the mid-1960s, and Lost Little Girl, a crime novel set in Nashville, Tennessee. He also wrote 22 books on American railroad history. The first title, Route of the Eagles, A History of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, was released in 1995. A complete list of Greg Stout’s published works is available at

Greg resides with his wife and two cats, Wallace and Gromit, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where he is a member of the Heartland Writers Guild and vice president of the Southeast Missouri Writers Guild. Greg is also an officer of the Missouri Writers Guild. Beacon Publishing Group’s second novel, Connor’s War, was released in July 2022. Jackson Gamble’s second mystery for Level Best Books, The Gone Man, is slated for release in October 2022.

Contact information:
Name: Greg Stout
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Organization: Gregory Stout Author
Address: 2711 Thomas Dr Suite 202, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, USA
Phone: +1-573-803-2341

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