Daggers Crime Writing Awards Presented To 'the Best Of The Best'
An investigation into the crimes of Jimmy Savile, a Cromwellian murder mystery and the adventures of a pair of superannuated detectives have all been honoured at the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association Dagger awards.
The CWA unveiled the winners of its 2015 Dagger awards at a ceremony in London on Tuesday night, and announced the shortlists for a further three awards to be presented in September – for which Stephen King, Sam Hawken, and JK Rowling’s alter ego Robert Galbraith are in contention.
Six awards were presented at the event – which marked the close of Crime Reading Month - and which was attended by veteran crime writer Catherine Aird, who collected the Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement.
Huddersfield-born Aird, who turned 85 in June, is the author of 20 novels and was honoured for her “incredible career in the genre”.‘Incredible career’ ... Catherine Aird. Photograph: PR
The Dagger in the Library award, the shortlist for which is assembled via online voting from readers and then decided by a judging panel, went to Christopher Fowler. The award is for a body of work rather than a single book, and Fowler’s oeuvre includes his series of Bryant and May novels, featuring the “gentlemen of a certain age” who head up the Peculiar Crimes Unit.
The Non-Fiction Dagger was awarded to Dan Davies for In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile. Davies interviewed the disgraced DJ and presenter many times before Savile’s death in 2011.
Pierre Lemaitre won the International Dagger for Camille (translated by Frank Wynne), and SG MacLean’s The Seeker, the first in a series of mysteries set in Oliver Cromwell’s England, scooped the Endeavour Historical Dagger.
Richard Lange’s Apocrypha, from his collection of dark LA tales Sweet Nothing, won him the Short Story Dagger, while the Debut Dagger award for unpublished writers went to Greg Keen’s The Last of the Soho Legends.
Lucy Santos, director of the CWA, said: “This has been another incredible night for the world of crime writing. 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.”
The CWA will soon be launching Dagger Reads, a web-based initiative to showcase the shortlisted authors in the awards to be decided in September. The three shortlists are:
The Goldsboro Gold Dagger 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) DaggerThe 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 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)
The Dagger awards winners:
The CWA International DaggerCamille by Pierre Lemaitre (tr Frank Wynne) (Quercus)
The CWA Short Story DaggerApocrypha by Richard Lange, from Sweet Nothing (Mulholland Books)
The CWA Non-Fiction DaggerIn Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by Dan Davies (Quercus)
The Endeavour Historical Dagger The Seeker by SG MacLean (Quercus)
The CWA Debut Dagger Last Of The Soho Legends by Greg Keen