22.10.09 Philip Jones reporting in The Bookseller
US crime writer Harlan Coben was named this week as ITV3 viewers' favourite crime genre author, beating Dick Francis, Alexander McCall Smith, Nicci French and Martina Cole after an online poll which lasted six weeks. But it was Lynda La Plante who stole the show with her views on celebrity authors.
The best crime novel of the year went to William Brodrick who won the CWA Gold Dagger 2009, sponsored by BooksDirect, for A Whispered Name (Little, Brown). The year’s best thriller was The Last Child by John Hart (John Murray), which won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2009, sponsored by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. Johan Theorin's Echoes From The Dead (Doubleday) won the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2009, sponsored by Louise Penny and Michael Whitehead, as a first book by a previously unpublished writer, awarded in memory of CWA founder John Creasey.