Thursday, February 28, 2019

For the Love of Goddard

This is good news, indeed. The British Crime Writers’ Association has selected author Robert Goddard as the recipient of its 2019 CWA Diamond Dagger. According to a press release, “The Dagger award recognises authors whose crime writing careers have been marked by sustained excellence, and who have made a significant contribution to the genre.” Goddard will be given this commendation during the CWA’s Dagger Awards ceremony in London on October 24.

More from the CWA’s press announcement:
Martin Edwards, Chair of the CWA, said: “Robert Goddard has been entertaining crime fiction fans across the world for over thirty years. His books are notable for their breathtaking plot twists, sharp characterisation, and insights into history. It is a genuine pleasure to celebrate his illustrious career with the award of the Diamond Dagger.”

Robert Goddard said: “I’m greatly honoured to be this year’s CWA Diamond Dagger recipient, particularly since it’s an award conferred by my fellow writers, who know about the challenges of the craft from the inside. Looking back, I’m not exactly sure when trying to make a go of writing turned into a career, but it’s been a hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience and recognition like this is much appreciated. It also gives me encouragement, for which I’m very grateful, to look ahead to all those books yet to come!”
Previous winners of the CWA Diamond Dagger include Michael Connelly (2018), Ann Cleeves (2017), Andrew Taylor (2009), Sara Paretsky (2002), and Peter Lovesey (2000).

I have enjoyed many of Goddard’s thrillers over the years, among them Caught in the Light (1998), Sea Change (2000), and Play to the End (2004). Late last year, as part of an assignment for CrimeReads, I read 2013’s The Way of the World, which was the initial book in a trilogy, and has spurred me on to read its sequels. From my perspective, Goddard certainly deserves this latest honor.

(Hat tip to Ali Karim.)

1 comment:

Icewineanne said...

Very happy for him. As a reader, his books have provided me with countless hours of enjoyment 🤗