October 16, 2009. Robert J. Randisi calls himself the "world's biggest private eye nut." Not only does he write novels about that quintessential American character, but he founded the Private Eye Writers of America in 1981 and remains the Executive Director. The PWA gives out the Shamus Awards for best private eye novels and stories of the year, but they also give out the Eye for lifetime achievement. In 2009 the judges announced that their would be no award that year, as had happened occasionally in the past.
But this time they were lying. And so a very surprised Bob Randisi got the Eye for literature accomplished and services rendered.