Britain’s Crime Writers’ Association announced this morning that 73-year-old thriller writer Frederick Forsyth, whose best-selling works include The Day of the Jackal (1971) and The Dogs of War (1974), will receive its 2012 Diamond Dagger Award.
“Frederick Forsyth is a hugely deserving recipient and The Day of the Jackal remains one of the greatest thrillers of our times,” says CWA chair Peter James. “He has set a new standard of research-based authenticity with his writing, which has had a major influence both on my work and on many of my contemporaries in the crime and thriller field. We are very thrilled that he has accepted this award.”
Previous Diamond Dagger recipients include Val McDermid, Andrew Taylor, Sue Grafton, John Harvey, and last year’s winner, Lindsey Davis.