Peter James, 67-year-old author of a Brighton, England-based series starring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace (You Are Dead, Love You Dead), has been selected by the British Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) as the winner of its 2016 Diamond Dagger award.
In a press release announcing this prize, CWA chair L.C. “Len” Tyler called James “King of the Police Procedural. His books combine up-to-the-minute accuracy with tight plotting and a fast pace. Over the past 30 years or so, Peter has established himself as one of the best-known and best-loved thriller writers in the country. He is immensely supportive of other authors and his wide-ranging work inside and outside the genre has been recognized both by Brighton University and Sussex Police. I know this will be a popular choice both amongst readers and other crime writers.”
Previous recipients of the Diamond Dagger, which is given annually to “a writer who has a career marked by sustained excellence,” include Frederick
Forsyth, Lee Child, Simon Brett, and Catherine Aird.