Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dining with Daggers

During a dinner ceremony this evening at the Hotel Russell in London, the British Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) presented seven of its coveted annual Dagger Awards. Recipients were as follows:

The International Dagger: Camille, by Pierre Lemaitre, translated by Frank Wynne (Quercus)

Also nominated: Falling Freely, As If in a Dream, by Leif G.W. Persson, translated by Paul Norlen (Transworld); Cobra, by Deon Meyer, translated by (Hodder & Stoughton); Arab Jazz, by Karim Miské, translated by Sam Gordon (MacLehose); The Invisible Guardian, by Dolores Redondo, translated by Isabelle Kaufeler (HarperCollins); and Into a Raging Blaze, by Andreas Norman, translated by Ian Giles (Quercus)

The Short Story Dagger: “Apocrypha,” by Richard Lange (from Sweet Nothing: Stories, by Richard Lange; Mulholland Press)

Also nominated: “Red Eye,” by Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane (from Face Off, edited by David Baldacci; Sphere); “The Hunter,” by Dashiell Hammett (from The Hunter and Other Stories; No Exit Press); “Sweet Nothing,” by Richard Lange (from Sweet Nothing); “Juror 8,” by Stuart Neville (from OxCrimes; Profile); and “The Dead Their Eyes Implore Us,” by George Pelecanos (from OxCrimes)

The Non-fiction Dagger: In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile, by Dan Davies (Quercus)

Also nominated: A Kim Jong-Il Production, by Paul Fischer (Penguin); Ghettoside: Investigating a Homicide Epidemic, by Jill Leovy (Bodley Head); Gun Baby Gun: A Bloody Journey into the World of the Gun, by Iain Overton (Canongate); One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway, by Ǻsne Seierstad (Virago); and Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson (Scribe)

The Endeavour Historical Dagger: The Seeker, by
S.G. MacLean (Quercus)

Also nominated: Havana Sleeping, by Martin Davies (Hodder & Stoughton); Lamentation, by C. J. Sansom (Mantle); The Man from Berlin, by Luke McCallin (No Exit Press); The Silent Boy, by Andrew Taylor (HarperCollins); and The Taxidermist’s Daughter, by Kate Mosse (Orion)

The Debut Dagger: Last of the Soho Legends, by Greg Keen

Also nominated: Dark Chapter, by Winnie M. Li; The Ice Coffin, by Jill Sawyer; The Pure Drop, by Nigel Robbins; Lock Me In, by Kate Simants

Dagger in the Library: Christopher Fowler (Transworld)

Also nominated: Mark Billingham (Little, Brown); Ann Cleeves (Macmillan); Elly Griffiths (Quercus); Peter James (Macmillan); and Peter May (Quercus)

Diamond Dagger: Catherine Aird

The winners of another three Daggers--the Gold Dagger, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger--will be announced this coming fall.

(Hat tip to our UK correspondent, Ali Karim.)

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