Shorlist for the Daggers – Crime Writers Awards 2010

The Crime Writers Association has a variety of awards that it announces in stages throughout the year.  the following winners have just been announced.

Johan Theorin has won the CWA International Dagger with The Darkest RoomAriana Franklin the Dagger in the Library, and

Ruth Dudley Edwards the Non-Fiction Dagger for Aftermath: The Omagh Bombing and the Families’ Pursuit of Justice 

The CWA Short Story Dagger was won by Robert Ferrigno with Can You Help Me Out Here, and the
Debut Dagger for a previously unpublished author by Patrick Eden for the opening chapter of his story A Place of Dying.
CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing went to Val McDermid.

As they announce the winners they also announce the short shortlist for the big three awards Gold Dagger. This award, which carries a prize of £2,500, is made for the best crime novel, originally written in English, published in the UK in the year to 31 May.

Shortlisted but not making the last four were;

CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. Ian Fleming Publications Ltd sponsors this Dagger, for the best thriller published in the UK in the year to 31 May.

  • A Loyal Spy, Simon Conway (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Innocent, Scott Turow (Macmillan)
  • The Dying Light, Henry Porter (Orion)
  • The Gentlemen’s Hour, Don Winslow (Heinemann)

Shortlisted but not making the last four were;

  • 61 Hours, Lee Child (Bantam Press)
  • Gone, Mo Hayder (Bantam Press)
  • Slow Horses, Mick Herron (Robinson)

John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger This award is made in memory of CWA founder John Creasey, for first books by previously unpublished writers.

  • Acts of Violence, Ryan David Jahn (Pan)
  • Rupture, Simon Lelic (Picador)
  • The Holy Thief, William Ryan (Mantle )
  • The Pull of the Moon, Diane Janes (Robinson)

Shortlisted but not making the last four were;

  • Cut Short, Leigh Russell (No Exit Press)
  • Martyr, Rory Clements (John Murray)
  • Random, Craig Robertson (Simon & Schuster)
  • Stop Me, Richard Jay Parker (Allison & Busby)

The Hstorical Dagger Shortlist is announced in Autumn but for now that should see you going for a while!

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