Friday, July 23, 2010

And Still More Daggers

There is still more news coming out of this week’s Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, England: “three key book shortlists” for the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards--“celebrating the very best of British and international crime thriller fiction in the UK and beyond”--were announced today. These awards represent a partnership between the British Crime Writers’ Association (CWA), Specsavers, Cactus TV, and ITV3.

CWA Gold Dagger 2010:
Blacklands, by Belinda Bauer (Corgi)
Blood Harvest, by S.J. Bolton (Bantam Press)
Conman, by Richard Asplin (No Exit Press)
Rain Gods, by James Lee Burke (Orion)
Shadowplay, by Karen Campbell (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Strange Case of the Composer and His Judge,
by Patricia Duncker (Bloomsbury)
Still Midnight, by Denise Mina (Orion)
The Way Home, by George Pelecanos (Orion)

CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2010 (sponsored by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.):
61 Hours, by Lee Child (Bantam Press)
A Loyal Spy, by Simon Conway (Hodder & Stoughton)
Gone, by Mo Hayder (Bantam Press)
Slow Horses, by Mick Herron (Robinson)
The Dying Light, by Henry Porter (Orion)
Innocent, by Scott Turow (Macmillan)
The Gentlemen’s Hour, by Don Winslow (Heinemann)

CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2010:
Acts of Violence, by Ryan David Jahn (Pan)
Cut Short, by Leigh Russell (No Exit Press)
Martyr, by Rory Clements (John Murray)
Random, by Craig Robertson (Simon & Schuster)
Stop Me, by Richard Jay Parker (Allison & Busby)
Rupture, by Simon Lelic (Picador)
The Holy Thief, by William Ryan (Mantle)
The Pull of the Moon, by Diane Janes (Robinson)

The finalists in each category will be announced on Monday, August 9. Announcements of the winners will be made during a special event at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday, October 8. The presentation ceremony will be televised on ITV3 the following week.

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