Saturday, July 24, 2010


The Crime Writers’ Association tonight (Friday July 23) announced the winners of a number of this year’s Daggers - the prestigious awards that celebrate the very best in crime and thriller writing. The winners were announced during an event staged as part of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate.

The CWA International Dagger
for best translated crime novel went to Swedish writer Johan Theorin for The Darkest Room, translated by Marlaine Delargy (Doubleday).  This is Theorin’s second Dagger triumph in as many years: last year he scooped the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for best first novel.

Irish author Ruth Dudley-Edwards won the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction for Aftermath: the Omagh Bombing & the Families’ Pursuit of Justice (Harvill Secker).  The judges described it as, ‘an outstandingly good book, vividly told by one of the campaigners.’

Other winners were Ariana Franklin, who won the CWA Dagger in the Library for her Mistress of the Art of Death series of medieval whodunits (Random House).  The CWA Short Story Dagger went to Can You Help Me Out There by Robert Ferrigno from the anthology Thriller 2, edited by Clive Cussler (Mira).  The CWA Debut Dagger, for an author who has not yet had a novel published commercially, was awarded to Patrick Eden for the opening to his atmospheric noir tale A Place of Dying.

The CWA Dagger Awards are the longest established literary awards in the UK and are internationally recognised as a mark of excellence and achievement.
CWA Chair Tom Harper said: “These Daggers recognise every aspect of crime writing, from books which don’t yet have publishers to authors who have already entertained millions.  We had high quality shortlists again this year and the winners represent the very best in modern crime writing.”

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