The Crime Writers’ Association

CWA Daggers Awarded in Glittering Ceremony

All 10 winners of this year’s CWA Daggers were announced at a glittering black-tie occasion at the Grange City Hotel in Cooper’s Row, London on Tuesday October 11.

The CWA Daggers, which are probably the awards crime writers and publishers alike most wish to win, are awarded every year in 10 categories but this was the first time in many years that all 10 were announced at the same occasion.

The Diamond Dagger, for a career’s outstanding contribution to crime fiction as nominated by CWA members, was announced earlier in the year and was awarded to chart-topper author Peter James, who received the stunning Diamond Dagger.

The other nine Dagger winners are as follows.

Goldsboro Gold – for the best crime novel of the year: Bill Beverly with Dodgers

Ian Fleming Steel – for the best crime thriller of the year; Don Winslow with The Cartel

John Creasey New Blood – for the best debut crime novel; Bill Beverly with Dodgers

Endeavour Historical – for the best historical crime novel; David Young with Stasi Child

Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction – for non-fiction crime; Andrew Hankinson with You Could Do Something Amazing With Your Life [You Are Raoul Moat]

Short Story – for a short crime story published in the UK; John Connolly with On the Anatomization of an Unknown Man (1637) by Frans Mier from Nocturnes 2: Night Music

International – for crime fiction translated into English and published in the UK; Pierre Lemaître with The Great Swindle, translated by Frank Wynne

Dagger in the Library – for the author of the most enjoyed collection of work in libraries; Elly Griffiths

Debut Dagger sponsored by Orion Books – for the opening of a crime novel by a writer with no publishing contract at time of submission: Mark Brandi with Wimmera.

The excellent after-dinner speaker was James Runcie, author of The Grantchester Mysteries, and Master of Ceremonies was leading crime fiction expert Barry Forshaw, author of Brit Noir. Both entertained the assembled audience of authors, publishers, literary agents, CWA members and crime writing fans to the full!

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Nominations are now open for Dagger Awards 2017.


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