Tuesday, 1 July 2014


The Crime Writers Association handed out a few Daggers at their Awards dinner yesterday (30th June). Here’s a summary of the results:

The CWA Historical Dagger went to Little, Brown editor-in-chief Antonia Hodgson for her debut novel The Devil in Marshalsea (Hodder), a crime thriller set in the infamous London debtor's prison in 1727.

The CWA International Dagger went to Arturo Perez-Reverte for The Siege (Weidenfeld), a novel set during the siege of Cadiz (1810-1812), translated by Frank Wynne.

The CWA Non-Fiction Dagger went to Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark for their account of the three days when terrorists held hostages in the Taj hotel in Mumbai, also called The Siege (Viking).

The CWA Short Story Dagger went to John Harvey for his story Fedora, published in Deadly Pleasures (Severn House).

The CWA Debut Dagger for an unpublished work went to Jody Sabral, a journalist, for her novel The Movement, set in Turkey.

The CWA Diamond Dagger award was awarded to Simon Brett for his contribution to crime fiction. 

Longlists for other awards were also announced:

The CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger prize for best crime book of the year: 
Stone Bruises by Simon Beckett (Bantam), 
The Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash (Doubleday), 
Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly (Bantam), 
First Rule of Survival by Paul Mendelson (Constable), 
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (Sphere), 
What She Saw by Mark Roberts (Corvus), 
The Verdict by Nick Stone (Sphere) and 
The Corporal's Wife by Gerald Seymour (Hodder).

The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for thriller of the year:
Never Go Back by Lee Child (Transworld), 
Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty (Faber), 
419 by Will Ferguson (Head of Zeus), 
An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris (Random House), 
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (Bantam), 
The Abduction by Jonathan Hold (Head of Zeus), 
Natchez Burning by Greg Isles (HarperCollins) and 
The Corporal's Wife by Gerald Seymour (Hodder).

The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for the best novel by a first time author of any nationality, published in English: 
Night Heron by Adam Brookes (Sphere), 
The Strangler Vine by M J Carter (Fig Tree), 
The Axeman Jazz by Ray Celestin (Mantle), 
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hates (Bantam), 
The Silent Wife by A S A Harrison (Headline), 
The Devil in Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson (Hodder), 
Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh (Headline) and 
Black Chalk by Christopher J Yates (Harvill Secker).

There’s a couple there that made me raise my eyebrows, I have to say (and one in particular that I thought was a terrible novel). But there are also a few to add to my ‘to read’ list.

How many of them have you read?