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The Crime Writers’ Association has unveiled the shortlisted authors for five categories in the 2015 Dagger awards during an official reception at this year’s CRIMEFEST in Bristol.


Authors, publishers and delegates assembled to hear the Dagger chair judges announce the finalists on Friday 15th May. Diamond Dagger recipient Catherine Aird was also in attendance as she was the chair judge for the CWA’s Margery Allingham Short Story Competition. Catherine presented the prize of £1,000 and 2016 CRIMEFEST passes to the winning author Lesley Mace for her short story ‘Game Over’.


Over 882 entries were submitted by publishers and individuals to compete for the 2015 Dagger Awards. The shortlists announced at CRIMEFEST 2015 were the CWA Short Story Dagger, International Dagger, Non Fiction Dagger, Endeavour Historical Dagger and Debut Dagger. The shortlist for the Dagger In The Library award was announced on Monday 11th May by its sponsor Dead Good (


“The CWA Daggers are amongst the most prestigious crime writing awards in the world. The list of past winners reads like a Who’s Who of the genre,” enthuses CWA Chair Len Tyler. “This year the judges have been able to shortlist another fantastic collection of books in each of the categories. My congratulations to all of the nominated authors.”


The CWA Dagger Awards will be presented on 30th June, to mark the end of Crime Reading Month (, at a gala dinner in central London.


The CWA Daggers Shortlist:


The International Dagger


  • Falling Freely, As If In A Dream by Leif GW Persson (tr Paul Norlen) – published by Transworld.
  • Camille by Pierre Lemaitre (tr Frank Wynne) – published by Maclehose Press .
  • Cobra by Deon Meyer (tr K.L Seegers) – published by Hodder & Stoughton.
  • Arab Jazz by Karim Miské (tr Sam Gordon) – published by MacLehose Press.
  • The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo (tr Isabelle Kaufeler) – published by HarperCollins.
  • Into a Raging Blaze by Andreas Norman (tr Ian Giles) – published by Quercus.


The Short Story Dagger


  • Apocrypha by Richard Lange – Sweet Nothing – published by Mulholland Press
  • Red Eye by Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane – Face Off – published by Sphere
  • The Hunter by Dashiell Hammett – The Hunter & Other Stories – published by No Exit Press
  • Sweet Nothing by Richard Lange – Sweet Nothing – published by Mulholland Press
  • Juror 8 by Stuart Neville – OxCrimes – published by Profile Books
  • The Dead Their Eyes Implore Us by George Pelecanos – OxCrimes – published by Profile Books


The Non Fiction Dagger


  • In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by Dan Davies – published by Quercus
  • A Kim Jong-Il Production by Paul Fischer – published by Penguin
  • Ghettoside: Investigating a Homicide Epidemic by Jill Leovy – published by Bodley Head
  • Gun Baby Gun: A Bloody Journey into the World of the Gun by Iain Overton – published by Canongate
  • One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway by Ǻsne Seierstad – published by Virago
  • Just Mercy: a story of justice and redemption by Bryan Stevenson – published by Scribe


The Endeavour Historical Dagger – sponsored by Endeavour Press Ltd


  • Havana Sleeping by Martin Davies – published by Hodder & Stoughton
  • Lamentation by C. J. Sansom – published by Mantle
  • The Man from Berlin by Luke McCallin – published by No Exit Press
  • The Seeker by S. G. MacLean – published by Quercus
  • The Silent Boy by Andrew Taylor – published by Harper Collins
  • The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse – published by Orion


The Debut Dagger – sponsored by Orion


  • Dark Chapter by Winnie M Li
  • Last Of The Soho Legends by Greg Keen
  • The Ice Coffin by Jill Sawyer
  • The Pure Drop by Nigel Robbins
  • Lock Me In by Kate Simants


For more information please contact:

Kate White – CWA Press Officer


tel: 07814791775