The Crime Writers’ Association

Debut Dagger 2019

Highly Commended


Catherine Hendricks

About Hardways

Hardways is a modern police procedural set in Seattle – in the present and in the mid-1990s. With the federal government threatening to take control of the police department over its treatment of the city’s minority communities, embattled Homicide Detective Gwen Drake must solve the sniper killings of two well-respected black men. Drake hides her past relationship with one of the victims in a high-stakes gamble to solve these hate crimes and save her career.

About Catherine Hendricks

Catherine is a North American writer based in Seattle, USA where she has worked as a felony prosecutor and, most recently, as an appellate lawyer for the Washington State Attorney General. Her first mystery novel was placed second at the London Book Fair Lit-Idol Competition in 2005. In 2017, Hardways was longlisted for the Debut Dagger. Ms. Hendricks has been writing full time since July 2019.

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