Davis, a former civil servant in the UK, is quoted as saying: “When I heard about this I had just been awarded the Premio Colosseo, from the City of Rome, ‘for enhancing the image of Rome in the world’ so I was already reeling. The Diamond Dagger is the ultimate accolade for a crime author, because it is given by fellow writers and is not just for one book but your work as a whole over the years. I am absolutely delighted and honored to receive the Cartier award.”
The Diamond Dagger will be given to Davis by Cartier UK’s executive chairman, Arnaud Bamberger, at a yet-to-be-determined date.
Previous Diamond Dagger recipients include Val McDermid, Andrew Taylor, Sue Grafton, John Harvey, and Elmore Leonard.
* * *Meanwhile, nominations have been announced for the 2011 Dilys Award, “given annually since 1992 by IMBA [Independent Mystery Booksellers Association] to the mystery titles of the year which the member booksellers have most enjoyed selling.” The contenders are:
• Love Songs from a Shallow Grave, by Colin Cotterill (Soho Crime)
• The Lock Artist, by Steve Hamilton (Minotaur Books)
• Moonlight Mile, by Dennis Lehane (William Morrow)
• Bury Your Dead, by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
• Once a Spy, by Keith Thomson (Doubleday)
• Savages, by Don Winslow (Simon & Schuster)
A pronouncement of the Dilys winner will be made during the Left Coast Crime convention in Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 24-27.