The Crime Writers’ Association

CWA Dagger Results

The Crime Writers’ Association have revealed the winners of the 2015 Dagger Awards at their prestigious ceremony in London.

Authors and publishers gathered at the Hotel Russell on Tuesday 30th June for the presentation, which marks the end of Crime Reading Month (

The CWA International Dagger was awarded to Pierre Lemaitre for Camille (translated by Frank Wynne), The CWA Short Story Dagger was won by Richard Lange for Apocrypha and the CWA Non-Fiction Dagger was taken home by Dan Davies for In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile. The Endeavour Historical Dagger was given to S.G. MacLean for The Seeker, The CWA Debut Dagger was won by Greg Keen for Last Of The Soho Legends and The Dagger In The Library, sponsored by Dead Good, was awarded to Christopher Fowler for his body of work.

The winners were joined by this year’s Diamond Dagger recipient Catherine Aird, who was honoured with the highest accolade in crime writing for her incredible career in the genre.

At the event, the shortlists were revealed for three further Daggers – The Goldsboro Gold Dagger, The John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger and the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger – as well as an exciting new initiative the CWA has created to showcase their shortlisted authors.

“This has been another incredible night for the world of crime writing,” says Lucy Santos, director of the CWA. “It’s the culmination of many months of work by our judges, readers, committee members and sponsors. All that effort is worth it because we’re constantly inspired and energised by the incredible talent on show. We’re delighted to be able to celebrate our winners’ achievements and to showcase the best of the best.

“That’s why we’re delighted to launch Dagger Reads soon and to announce our final shortlists. The next Dagger Awards cycle will begin on 1st August and we expect competition to be as fierce as ever. We can’t wait to find out who the next crop of Dagger winners will be.”

The Dagger Awards Winners List

The CWA International Dagger

Camille by Pierre Lemaitre (tr Frank Wynne) published by Quertus

The CWA Short Story Dagger

Apocrypha by Richard Lange – Sweet Nothing – published by Mulholland Books

– Highly Commended

The Dead Their Eyes Implore Us by George Pelecanos – OxCrimes – published by Profile Books

The CWA Non-Fiction Dagger

In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by Dan Davies – published by Quercus

The Endeavour Historical Dagger – sponsored by Endeavour Press Ltd

The Seeker by S. G. MacLean – published by Quercus

The CWA Debut Dagger – sponsored by Orion Publishing Group

Last Of The Soho Legends by Greg Keen

– Highly commended

Dark Chapter by Winnie M Li

Dagger in the Library – sponsored by Dead Good

Christopher Fowler

Final 2015 Dagger Shortlists

The Goldsboro Gold Dagger – sponsored by Goldsboro Books

The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer Transworld Publishers/Bantam Press

The Rules of Wolfe by James Carlos Blake Oldcastle Books/No Exit Press

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith Little, Brown Book Group/Sphere

Missing by Sam Hawken Profile Books/Serpent’s Tail

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King Hodder & Stoughton

Pleasantville by Attica Locke Profile Books/Serpent’s Tail

Life of Death by Michael Robotham Little, Brown Book Group/Sphere
The John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger

The Abrupt Physics of Dying by Paul E Hardisty Orenda Books

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Little, Brown Book Group

Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson Random House/William Heinemann

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer Faber and Faber

You by Caroline Kepnes Simon & Schuster
The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger – sponsored by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.

Missing by Sam Hawken Profile Books/Serpent’s Tail

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Transworld Publishers/Doubleday

Nobody Walks by Mick Herron Soho Crime

The White Van by Patrick Hoffman Atlantic Books Ltd/Grove Press

The Night The Rich Men Burned by Malcolm Mackay Pan Macmillan/Mantle

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter Random House/Century

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson Faber and Faber


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