CWA Daggers 2010

It was a busy Dagger day at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival on Friday 23 July.  First the shortlists for the Gold, Ian Fleming Steel and John Creasey (New Blood) Daggers were announced at a lunchtime event.  Later in the evening this was followed by the announcement of the winners for the Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction, Dagger in the Library, International, Short Story and Debut Daggers.

Shortlists follow.  The winners will be announced as part of the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards, sponsored by Specsavers, in the autumn.

Gold Dagger

Conman, Richard Asplin (No Exit Press)
Blacklands, Belinda Bauer (Corgi)
Blood Harvest, S J Bolton (Bantam Press)
Rain Gods, James Lee Burke (Orion)
Shadowplay, Karen Campbell (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge, Patricia Duncker (Bloomsbury)
Still Midnight, Denise Mina (Orion)
The Way Home, George Pelecanos (Orion)

Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

61 Hours, Lee Child (Bantam Press)
A Loyal Spy, Simon Conway (Hodder & Stoughton)
Gone, Mo Hayder (Bantam Press)
Slow Horses, Mick Herron (Robinson)
The Dying Light, Henry Porter (Orion)
Innocent, Scott Turow (Macmillan)
The Gentlemen’s Hour, Don Winslow (Heinemann)

John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger

Acts of Violence, Ryan David Jahn (Pan)
Cut Short, Leigh Russell (No Exit Press)
Martyr, Rory Clements (John Murray)
Random, Craig Robertson (Simon & Schuster)
Stop Me, Richard Jay Parker (Allison & Busby)
Rupture, Simon Lelic (Picador)
The Holy Thief, William Ryan (Mantle )
The Pull of the Moon, Diane Janes (Robinson)


Winners Announced Today:

Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction

Winner: Ruth Dudley Edwards for Aftermath: The Omagh Bombing & the Families’ Pursuit of Justice, Harvill Secker

Shortlisted:
Major Farran’s Hat by David Cesarani (Heinemann)
Killing Time by David R. Dow (Heinemann)
Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie & Clyde by Jeff Guinn (Simon & Schuster)
Defending the Guilty by Alex McBride (Penguin/Viking)
The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston, with Mario Spezi (Virgin/Random House)

Dagger in the Library

Winner: Ariana Franklin

Shortlisted:
Simon Beckett (highly commended)
R J Ellory
Mo Hayder
Denise Mina
Chris Simms

International Dagger

Winner: Johan Theorin for The Darkest Room

Shortlisted:
Badfellas by Tonino Benacquista, translated by Emily Read (Bitter Lemon)
August Heat by Andrea Camilleri, translated by Stephen Sartarelli (Picador)
Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason, translated by Victoria Cribb (Harvill Secker)
The Girl who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson, translated by Reg Keeland (MacLehose)
Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer, translated by K. L. Seegers (Hodder and Stoughton)

Short Story Dagger

Winner: Can You Help Me Out There by Robert Ferrigno
Runner-up: The Weapon by Jeffery Deaver

Shortlisted:
A Calculated Risk by Sean Chercover
Boldt’s Broken Angel by Ridley Pearson
Like a Virgin by Peter Robinson (from The Price of Love)
Killing Time by Jon Land
Protecting the Innocent by Simon Wood

Debut Dagger

Winner: Patrick Eden for A Place of Dying
Highly commended: Sandra Graham for Case No. 1 (Australia).

Shortlisted:
All the Precious Things Jan Napiorkowski (UK)
A Murder in Mumbles Rick DeMille (USA)
Case No 1 Sandra Graham (Australia)
Chinese Whispers Alan Carter (Australia)
In the Lion’s Throat Bob Marriott (New Zealand)
Legacy Rebecca Brodie (UK)
Lockdown Danielle Ramsay (UK)
Pretty Preeti Stephanie Light (India)
Safe Harbour Rosemary McCracken (Canada)
The Beggar’s Opera Peggy Blair (Canada)
The Chameleon Factor Kathleen Stewart (Australia)

Congratulations to all the winners and those who appear on the long- and shortlists for all awards.

And do take a look at the CWA's new site.

3 thoughts on “CWA Daggers 2010

  1. Ann Featherstone

    Hello!
    I’ve just spent a happy hour reading your reviews and wandering around your website. Thank you – it must take a deal of time to keep updated.
    I was wondering whether you might be interested in looking at my first novel, Walking in Pimlico, published last year in hardback by John Murray, and just out in paperback. It’s set in 19th century London, in the world of circuses and music halls. I’d be happy to send you a copy.
    I’m sure you get very many of these emails, so do please forgive. It’s hard work just starting out!
    With all best wishes
    Ann Featherstone

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