The Crime Writing Association Daggers 2020 Winners

Holding a candle up to the cloak and dagger world of contemporary crime writing, the Crime Writing Association Daggers celebrate the best of the genre across various categories.

This year’s winners are a typically eclectic bunch; from 1920’s India to the banlieues of modern-day Paris, and from a terrifying road-trip in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy’s assassination to Harper Lee’s obsession with a real-life Alabamian murder spree, these award-winning books are all captivating page-turners that excite and unnerve through to the very final paragraph.

The CWA Gold Dagger Winner

The Gold Dagger is awarded to the best crime novel of the year.

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A forensics psychologist and a traumatised girl team up to solve a murder in this haunting thriller from the bestselling author of The Secrets She Keeps.

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The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Winner

The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger is awarded to the best thriller of the year.

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Set against the backdrop of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, this ingeniously plotted thriller of a New Orleans mobster running for his life is fuelled by an unexpected love story.

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The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Winner

The John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger is awarded to the best debut crime novel of the year.

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A soldier suffering from PTSD sets out to save a missing girl in this intricate debut with a unique protagonist and a striking plotline.

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The CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Winner

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Witness to the ubiquitous racism and repression of the system, a hardworking French-Arabic police translator steps onto the other side of the law in Cayre’s multi-award-winning tale, eloquently translated by Stephanie Smee.

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The CWA Sapere Books Historical Dagger Winner

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The fourth gripping instalment in Mukherjee’s acclaimed Sam Wyndham series brings our Raj-era detective face to face with the traumatic memory of a brutal crime committed seventeen years ago.

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The CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Winner

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Cep’s penetrating study paints a haunting portrait of the author of To Kill a Mockingbird and her unfinished manuscript – a true crime account of an Alabamian murder spree with which Lee wrestled for years.

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The CWA Dagger in the Library Winner

The Dagger in the Library award is voted for exclusively by librarians and chosen for the author’s entire body of work.

Quite Ugly One Morning
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Country Of The Blind
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Boiling A Frog
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Be My Enemy
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Dead Girl Walking
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Black Widow
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Want You Gone
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Fallen Angel
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A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away
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The Sacred Art Of Stealing
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A Snowball In Hell
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Where The Bodies Are Buried
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When The Devil Drives
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Flesh Wounds
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Not The End Of The World
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The CWA Gold Dagger Shortlist

The Gold Dagger is awarded to the best crime novel of the year.

What You Pay For
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November Road
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Forced Confessions
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Joe Country
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Death in the East
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Good Girl, Bad Girl
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The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Shortlist

The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger is awarded to the best thriller of the year.

November Road
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This is Gomorrah
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One Way Out
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Between Two Evils
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Cold Storage
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The Whisper Man
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The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Shortlist

The John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger is awarded to the best debut crime novel of the year.

Your House Will Pay
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My Lovely Wife
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Little White Lies
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The Wreckage
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The Man on the Street
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The CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger Shortlist

Summer of Reckoning
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The Godmother
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Like Flies from Afar
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November
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The Fragility of Bodies
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Little Siberia
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The CWA Sapere Historical Dagger Shortlist

In Two Minds
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Metropolis
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The Bear Pit
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Death in the East
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The Anarchists' Club
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The Paper Bark Tree Mystery
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The CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Shortlist

Furious Hours
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Corrupt Bodies
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Honour
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The Fatal Passion of Alma Rattenbury
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The Professor and the Parson
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The CWA Dagger in the Library Shortlist

The Dagger in the Library award is voted on exclusively by librarians and chosen for the authors entire body of work.

Quite Ugly One Morning
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The Burning
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When Shadows Fall
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Previous Winners

A Long Night in Paris
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The Puppet Show
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The Boy Who Lived with the Dead
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Scrublands
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The Spy and the Traitor
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Destroying Angel
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To The Lions
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The Liar
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Nucleus
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Blood on the Page
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Bluebird, Bluebird
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Lola
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After the Fire
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The Dry
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Spook Street
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A Rising Man
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Close But No Cigar
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The Dying Detective
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