The Crime Writing Association Daggers 2017

For over fifty years The Crime Writers Association Daggers have been synonymous with quality crime writing. These prestigious awards started in 1955, less than two years after the Association was founded. Over the years the number of CWA Daggers has increased (and occasionally decreased) and currently ten Daggers are awarded annually by the CWA.

 


The CWA Gold Dagger Winner

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In the small town of Kiewarra, it hasn’t rained for two years. Swept up in the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, the town crackles with seething malice and unvoiced grudges. Tensions in the community are at breaking point when three members of the Hadler family are suddenly brutally murdered.

Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty, but is he just an easy scapegoat? Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation.

The Dry is a descent into a flyblown, small-town Australia with the plot escalating in an ever more dizzying series of twists and revelations as we are edged ever nearer to the truth of what actually elapsed.

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The CWA Gold Dagger Shortlist

The Beautiful Dead
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The Dry
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Spook Street
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A Rising Man
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The Girl in Green
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The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Winner

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Twenty years retired, David Cartwright can still spot when the stoats are on his trail. Jackson Lamb worked with Cartwright back in the day. He knows better than most that this is no vulnerable old man.

'Nasty old spook with blood on his hands' would be a more accurate description.'The old bastard' has raised his grandson with a head full of guts and glory. But far from joining the myths and legends of Spook Street, River Cartwright is consigned to Lamb's team of pen-pushing no-hopers at Slough House.

So it's Lamb they call to identify the body when Cartwright's panic button raises the alarm at Service HQ.

And Lamb who will do whatever he thinks necessary, to protect an agent in peril...

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The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Shortlist

You Will Know Me
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The Killing Game
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Redemption Road
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Spook Street
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The Constant Soldier
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The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Winner

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Tall Oaks is an idyllic small town, until the disappearance of a young child throws the tight-knit community into crisis.

Jess Monroe, the boy's distraught mother, is simultaneously leading the search and battling her own grief and self-destructive behaviour. Her neighbours watch on, their sympathy masking a string of dark secrets.This is a small town where nothing is as it seems, and everyone has something to hide. And as the investigation draws towards a climax, prepare for a devastating final twist...

Dark, full of suspense and packed with twists, this brilliant new thriller is like nothing you've read before. 

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The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Shortlist

The Pictures
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Ragdoll
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Distress Signals
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Sirens
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Good Me Bad Me
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Tall Oaks
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The CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Winner

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For over a decade Stephen Purvis had been a pillar of Havana's expat community, one of many foreign businessmen investing in Cuba's crawl from Cold War communism towards modernity. But for reasons unknown to him he was also under State Security's microscope and one morning he was taken away into the absurd and brutal world of Cuban justice.

In this engrossing memoir, Purvis recounts his fifteen-month ordeal. From his arrest to his farcical secret trial and sudden release, Purvis exposes the madness of modern Cuba with wit, grit and a sharp eye for character. Close But No Cigar is part thriller, part comedy and part morality tale, but most of all a true story that takes the reader into a dark side of a sunny place that remains an enigma.

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The CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Shortlist

A Dangerous Place
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Close But No Cigar
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The Scholl Case
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The Wicked Boy
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A Passing Fury
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Another Day in the Death of America
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The CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger Winner

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Calcutta, 1919: the massacre of Amritsar is fuelling civil unrest and tensions are running high.

Into the fray steps Captain Sam Wyndham, morphine addicted and a troubled veteran of the Great War, he is desperate for a fresh start in Calcutta's police force. He is soon called to the scene of a horrifying murder. The victim was a senior official, and a note in his mouth warns the British to leave India - or else.

With the stability of the Empire under threat, Wyndham and Sergeant "Surrender-not" Banerjee must solve the case quickly. But there are some who will do anything to stop them...

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The Devil's Feast
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The Ashes Of Berlin
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The Long Drop
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A Rising Man
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By Gaslight
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The City in Darkness
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The CWA International Dagger Winner

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Retired Chief of the National Crime Police and Swedish Security Service Lars Martin Johansson has just suffered a stroke. He is paying the price for a life of excess - stress, good food and fine wine.

With his dangerously high blood pressure, his heart could fail at the slightest excitement. In the hospital, a chance encounter with a neurologist provides an important piece of information about a 25-year-old murder investigation and alerts Lars Martin Johansson's irrepressible police instincts.

The period for prosecution expired just weeks earlier and that isn't the only limitation. Lars Martin Johansson is determined to solve the atrocious crime - from his deathbed. The inimitable style, distinct voice and dark humour of Leif GW Persson, along with the fascinating exploration of a long-cold murder case, serves to make The Dying Detective a true masterpiece of the genre.

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A Cold Death
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A Fine Line
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Blood Wedding
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A Climate of Fear
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The Dying Detective
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The Legacy of the Bones
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The CWA Short Story Dagger Winner

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Short story winner - The Trials of Margaret by L. C. Tyler

In honour of multi award-winning author Peter Lovesey, the members of the Detection Club have written twenty-two twisty - and twisted - short stories that will take you on a journey from cosy English towns to the glaciers of Iceland and the glittering towers of Dubai. 

The Detection Club was founded by the creme de la crime of British crime writing in 1930 and its members included Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Anthony Berkeley and the Club's first president, G. K. Chesterton. The Detection Club was a way for crime writers to get together, socialise and discuss ideas, a tradition that continues to this day.

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The CWA Dagger in the Library Winner

The Murder Wall
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Settled Blood
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Deadly Deceit
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Monument to Murder
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Killing for Keeps
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Gallows Drop
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The Silent Room
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The Death Messenger
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The Lost
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The CWA Debut Dagger

This year's Debut Dagger, the prize for unpublished writers, went to Sherry Ranking for her novel Strange Fire. Winning the Debut Dagger doesn't guarantee you'll get published but we'll be keeping our fingers crossed.

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The CWA Diamond Dagger Winner - Ann Cleeves

The Crow Trap
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Telling Tales
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Hidden Depths
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Silent Voices
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The Glass Room
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Harbour Street
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The Moth Catcher
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The Seagull
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Raven Black
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White Nights
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Red Bones
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Blue Lightning
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Dead Water
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Thin Air
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Cold Earth
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Burial of Ghosts
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The Sleeping and the Dead
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Too Good To Be True
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