The Crime Writers’ Association

CWA Announce Longlists for Prestigious Crime Writing Daggers – SHORTLISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED 25 JULY

STOP PRESS: CWA Dagger Shortlists to be announced at a 6.30pm reception at Daunt’s bookshop, Cheapside, London EC2V 6AX on 25 July. Book your place: Free entry.

The Crime Writers Association announced the much anticipated longlists for the annual Dagger awards at a reception during CrimeFest in Bristol on the evening of Friday 18 May.

Several titles appear on more than one list: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton and Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic both appear on the longlist for the CWA Gold Dagger and the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, while A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee is on the Gold and the Historical longlists. Meanwhile London Rules by Mick Herron appears on the Gold and the Ian Fleming Steel longlists – he won the Ian Fleming last year with Spook Street, just as Mukherjee won the Historical with A Rising Man.

For the CWA International Dagger, names like Fred Vargas, Pierre Lemaitre and Dolores Redondo again make an appearance together with Lilja Sigurdardottir and the late Henning Mankell, while the late Philip Kerr also appears on the Historical longlist. So do plenty of other stars including Nicola Upson, LC Tyler and Frances Brody.

Lee Child makes three appearances on the CWA Short Story Dagger longlist, and Christine Poulson also appears there with her story ‘Accounting for Murder’ from the CWA’s own anthology, Mystery Tour – she is also shortlisted for the Margery Allingham Short Story prize, awarded at the same event.

Chair of the CWA and President of the Detection Club, Martin Edwards, is longlisted for the ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction with The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books and he also appears on the longlist for the Dagger in the Library, together with other stand-out names such as Sophie Hannah, Peter May, Martina Cole and several others – it’s an exceptionally strong list this year.

The CWA Daggers, which are the probably the awards crime authors and publishers alike most wish to win, are awarded every year in 10 categories. The Diamond Dagger, for a career’s outstanding contribution to crime fiction as nominated by CWA members, was announced earlier in the year and has been awarded to best-selling author Michael Connelly.

Here are the CWA Dagger longlists for 2018.

The CWA Gold Dagger 2018 Longlist

Ross ArmstrongHead CaseHQ
Steve CavanaghThe LiarOrion
Mick HerronLondon RulesJohn Murray
Dennis LehaneSince We FellLittle Brown
Laura LippmanSunburnFaber & Faber
Attica LockeBluebird, BluebirdSerpent’s Tail
Imran MahmoodYou Don’t Know MeMichael Joseph
Abir MukherjeeA Necessary EvilHarvill Secker
Stuart TurtonThe Seven Deaths of Evelyn HardcastleRaven Books
Emma ViskicResurrection BayPushkin Vertigo

The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2018 Longlist

Adam BrookesThe Spy’s DaughterSphere
Joseph FinderThe SwitchHead of Zeus
Mick HerronLondon RulesJohn Murray Publishers
Emily KochIf I Die Before I WakeHarvill Secker
Attica LockeBluebird, BluebirdSerpent’s Tail
Colette McBethAn Act of SilenceWildfire
Abir MukherjeeA Necessary EvilHarvill Secker
Gin PhillipsFierce KingdomDoubleday
C J TudorThe Chalk ManMichael Jospeh
Don WinslowThe ForceHarperFiction

The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger

William BoyleGravesendNo Exit Press
Joe IdeI.Q.Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Greg KeenSoho DeadThomas & Mercer
Danya KukafkaGirl In SnowPicador
Melissa Scrivner LoveLolaPoint Blank
Khurrum RahmanEast Of HounslowHQ
John SteeleRavenhillSilvertail
Gabriel TallentMy Absolute DarlingFourth Estate
Stuart TurtonThe Seven Deaths Of Evelyn HardcastleRaven Books
Emma ViskicResurrection BayPushkin Vertigo

The ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-fiction 2018 Longlist

Piu EatwellBlack Dahlia Red RoseCoronet
Martin EdwardsThe Story of Classic Crime in 100 BooksBritish Library
David GrannKillers of the Flower MoonSimon & Schuster
Thomas HardingBlood on the PageHeinemann
Alexandria Mariano-LesnevichThe Fact of a BodyMacmillan
T. Christian Miller & Ken ArmstrongA False ReportHutchinson
Matthew SweetOperation ChaosPicador
Laura ThompsonRex v Edith ThompsonHead Of Zeus
Nick TriplowGetting CarterNo Exit
Carla ValentinePast MortemsSphere

The CWA International Dagger 2018 Longlist

Zen and the Art of MurderOliver BottiniJamie BullochMacLehose
The Shadow DistrictArnaldur IndriðasonVictoria CribbHarvill Secker
Three Days and a LifePierre LemaitreFrank WynneMacLehose
After the FireHenning MankellMarlaine DelargyHarvill Secker
The Frozen WomanJon MicheletDon BartlettNo Exit Press
Offering to the StormDolores RedondoNick Caistor & Lorenza GarzíaHarperCollins
Three MinutesRoslund & HellströmElizabeth Clark WesselQuercus/riverrun
SnareLilja SigurdardóttirQuentin BatesOrenda
The AccordionistFred VargasSian ReynoldsHarvill Secker
Can You Hear Me?Elena VarvelloAlex ValenteTwo Roads/John Murray

The CWA Historical Dagger 2018 Longlist

Abir MukherjeeA Necessary EvilHarvill Secker
Frances BrodyDeath in the StarsPiatkus
L. C. TylerFireConstable
Thomas MullenLightning MenLittle Brown
Mark EllisMerlin at WarLondon Wall Publishing
Ngaio Marsh & Stella DuffyMoney in the MorgueHarperCollins
Nicola UpsonNine LessonsFaber & Faber
Rory ClementsNucleusZaffre Publishing
Philip KerrPrussian BlueQuercus Fiction
Jessica FellowesThe Mitford MurdersSphere

The CWA Short Story Dagger 2018 Longlist

The Corpse on the Copse by Sharon Bolton
“The Body” Killer Women Crime Club Anthology 2 Edited by Susan Opie (Killer Women Ltd)

The Last Siege of Bothwell Castle by Chris Brookmyre
Bloody Scotland ( Historic Environment Scotland)

Too Much Time by Lee Child
No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories (Bantam Press)

Second Son by Lee Child
No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories (Bantam Press)

Authentic Carbon Steel Forged by Elizabeth Haynes
Deadlier: 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women Edited by Sophie Hannah (Head of Zeus)

Smoking Kills by Erin Kelly
“The Body” Killer Women Crime Club Anthology 2 Edited by Susan Opie (Killer Women Ltd)

Nemo Me Impune Lacessit by Denise Mina
Bloody Scotland (Historic Environment Scotland)

Accounting for Murder by Christine Poulson
Mystery Tour: CWA Anthology of Short Stories Edited by Martin Edwards (Orenda Books)

Faking a Murder by Kathy Reichs and Lee Child
Match Up Edited by Lee Child (Sphere)

Trouble is a Lonesome Town by Cathi Unsworth
Deadlier: 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women Edited by Sophie Hannah (Head of Zeus)

CWA Dagger In The Library 2018 Longlist

Selected by nominations from libraries.

Simon Beckett

Martina Cole
Martin Edwards
Nicci French
Sophie Hannah
Simon Kernick
Edward Marston
Peter May
Rebecca Tope

Debut Dagger 2018 Longlist

For the opening of a crime novel from a writer without a traditional publishing contract.

The Eternal Life of Ezra Ben SimeonBill Crotty
The Infant of PragueNicole Wells
Sharps and FlatsChris Dixon
Orange612Martin Ungless
GrabbedPeter Lewenstein
The Last Googling of Beth BaillyLuke Melia
Riverine BloodJoseph James
Death Be DrammedColeen Steele
Original SinsLinda McLaughlin
Trust Me, I’m DeadSherryl Clark

Shortlists for the Daggers will be announced in July and the winners will be announced at the Dagger Awards dinner in London on 25 October, for which tickets are now available. Visit for more information or email .

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