CWA Dagger Longlists 2012: Gold, Steel, John Creasey (New Blood)

Announced last night:

John Creasey (New Blood):
The Doll Princess by Tom Benn (Jonathan Cape)
Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne (Headline)
A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash (Transworld/Bantam)
So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman (Century)
Good People by Ewart Hutton (HarperCollins)
Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante (Harvill Secker)
The Expats by Chris Pavone (Faber & Faber)
What Dies in Summer by Tom Wright (Canongate)

Gold:
A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash (Transworld/Bantam)
Vengeance in Mind by N.J. Cooper (Simon & Schuster)
Grandad, There’s a Head on the Beach by Colin Cotterill (Quercus)
The Flight by M.R. Hall (Mantle)
The Rage by Gene Kerrigan (Vintage)
Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante (Harvill Secker)
The Child Who by Simon Lelic (Mantle)
Bereft by Chris Womersley (Quercus)

Steel:
Dare Me by Megan Abbott (Picador)
The Shadow Patrol by Alex Berenson (Headline)
A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming (HarperCollins)
The Fear Index by Robert Harris (Hutchinson)
The Dispatcher by Ryan David Jahn (Macmillan)
Uncommon Enemy by Alan Judd (Simon & Schuster)
The Child Who by Simon Lelic (Mantle)
Reamde by Neal Stephenson (Atlantic Books)

Interesting points for me were that A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash and Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante appeared on both the Gold and Creasey lists, with The Child Who by Simon Lelic appearing on both the Gold and the Steel.  It was good see both Lelic and Ryan David Jahn on the Steel list consolidating their earlier promise where both featured in 2010’s Creasey: Lelic as a finalist and Jahn as the winner.

In respect of the Creasey specifically, five of the eight listed originated in the US: A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash; So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman; Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante; The Expats by Chris Pavone; What Dies in Summer by Tom Wright.  What might this tell us about the state of publishing today?  Certainly, on introducing the longlist, Chair of the Judges for the Creasey, Danuta Reah took time to point out that publishers seem to want and big booksellers seem to stock more of the same: ‘the next successful author X’.  Reah then sent out a plea to publishers to support and encourage new writers to take risks and to experiment with the limits of the genre, emphasising that we want and need new voices.  That said, the final Creasey longlist for 2012 does offer new and experimental voices.  I urge you to try them out if you have not already done so.

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