A murder mystery with strange creatures played all noir-ish.
Well this one sucked. So far Tideland wins. Didn't really care about what was going on here, despite the clever ending. It just felt really Middle Earthy and the award for which it was nominated is a science fiction award. I don't see how this fits SF. Full disclosure: I've had problems with Swanwick. Having read 950 books in my life, I've only failed to finish 2-3, one of them being The Iron Dragon's Daughter, by Michael Swanwick. Critically well-received, I couldn't make head nor tails of it. This story had me feeling I was back in that world and it was unpleasant.
Read it here.