The Crime Writing Association Daggers 2022 Winners

The premier prizes for crime writing and thrillers, the coveted Crime Writing Association Daggers Awards celebrate the very best talent in the field.

This year’s winners represent a breadth of talent, taking in a generous range of the very finest fiction and non-fiction; from former Waterstones Thriller of the Month The Appeal - which scoops the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for debut novel - to the conclusion of a great American crime quartet and the real-life story of a sixteen-year-old New Zealand girl’s disappearance in 1910.

CJ Sansom has already been announced as the recipient of the highest honour in British crime writing, the Crime Writers Association (CWA) Diamond Dagger 2022.

The CWA Gold Dagger Winner

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Celestin’s acclaimed City Blues Quartet concludes in 1960’s Los Angeles, where the paths of a young nurse, a retired investigator and a mob fixer converge in a pulsating and evocative noir mystery.

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The CWA Gold Dagger Shortlist

Before You Knew My Name
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Sunset Swing
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Razorblade Tears
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The Unwilling
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The Shadows of Men
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The CWA Gold Dagger Longlist

Next of Kin
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The Christmas Murder Game
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Rabbit Hole
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City of Vengeance
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Before You Knew My Name
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Sunset Swing
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Razorblade Tears
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The Last Thing to Burn
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The House Uptown
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The Unwilling
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A Slow Fire Burning
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Lightseekers
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I Know What I Saw
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The Shadows of Men
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The Killing Hills
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The Stoning
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The Trawlerman
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Daughters of Night
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The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Winner

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Investigating a crime where nothing seems to make any sense, DS Washington Poe must join the dots between a squalid killing in a brothel and a curious bank heist three years previously in Craven’s latest pulse-quickening thriller.

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The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Shortlist

Find You First
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The Pact
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The Devil's Advocate
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Razorblade Tears
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Dead Ground
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Dream Girl
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A Man Named Doll
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Find You First
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Exit
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The Pact
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The Devil's Advocate
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Sunset Swing
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Razorblade Tears
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Dead Ground
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The Plot
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Dream Girl
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Rizzio
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The Lonely Ones
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The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Winner

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A drama production and a fundraiser lead to murder in this fiendishly clever whodunit, presented as a series of documents – emails, messages and transcripts – that hold the keys to the mystery.

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The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Shortlist

Welcome to Cooper
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Repentance
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The Mash House
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The Appeal
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Where Ravens Roost
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How to Kidnap the Rich
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Waking the Tiger
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The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Longlist

A Mumbai Murder Mystery by Meeti Shroff-Shah is also nominated but unfortunately is currently unavailable from Waterstones.com and so is not listed below.

Welcome to Cooper
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Sixteen Horses
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Repentance
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Hunted
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The Mash House
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Raft of Stars
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The Appeal
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Falling
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Where Ravens Roost
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The Stoning
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How to Kidnap the Rich
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The Source
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Waking the Tiger
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The CWA Historical Dagger Winner

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Celestin’s acclaimed City Blues Quartet concludes in 1960’s Los Angeles, where the paths of a young nurse, a retired investigator and a mob fixer converge in a pulsating and evocative noir mystery.

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April in Spain
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Sunset Swing
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Crow Court
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Not One Of Us
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Edge of the Grave
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A Corruption of Blood
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April in Spain
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City of Vengeance
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Sunset Swing
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Crow Court
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Not One Of Us
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The Drowned City
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Where God Does Not Walk
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Edge of the Grave
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A Corruption of Blood
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Blackout
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The Royal Secret
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The Cannonball Tree Mystery
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The CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger Winner

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Mining a hip brand of modern-day noir, Buchholz's blistering hostage thriller fizzes with unforgettable characters and heart-pounding set pieces as a dozen armed men burst into a Hamburg bar during a birthday party.

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Hotel Cartagena
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Bullet Train
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Oxygen
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People Like Them
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The Rabbit Factor
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Girls Who Lie
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Hotel Cartagena
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Seat 7a
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Bullet Train
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Heatwave
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Oxygen
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People Like Them
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The Rabbit Factor
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Riccardino
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The CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Winner

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Brilliantly blending an utterly compelling true crime story with a fascinating critique of a rapidly changing world, Laite's pacey, meticulously researched account of a vanished sixteen-year-old and a global sex-trafficking panic in the 1910s is a multi-layered, unputdownable masterpiece.

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The CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Shortlist

The Devil You Know
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The Irish Assassins
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The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey
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The Unusual Suspect
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The Dublin Railway Murder
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Empire of Pain
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The Devil You Know
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The Seven Ages of Death
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What Lies Buried
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The Unusual Suspect
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The Good Girls
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The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey
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We Are Bellingcat
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Empire of Pain
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The Dublin Railway Murder
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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. This year's winner is Mark Billingham, creator of the Tom Thorne series as well as a number of standalone works.

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Whilst hunting a brutal female serial killer, Thorne is thrown into a nightmare of his own making as past secrets explode into the open in this gripping instalment of Billingham's bestselling series.

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The CWA Dagger in the Library Shortlist

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

The Killing Tide
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The Murder Book
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Tragedy on the Branch Line
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Amongst Our Weapons
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The Killing Tide
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The Murder Book
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Tragedy on the Branch Line
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Running out of Road
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A Change of Circumstance
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Devil's Table
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Celtic Cross
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The Threlkeld Theory
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Previous Winners

We Begin at the End
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When She Was Good
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The Creak on the Stairs
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The Disaster Tourist
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Written In Bone
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The Night Gate
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Good Girl, Bad Girl
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November Road
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The Man on the Street
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The Godmother
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Death in the East
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Furious Hours
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Fallen Angel
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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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