Annal: 1981 Dagger Award for Crime Novel

Results of the Dagger Award in the year 1981.

Book:Gorky Park: A Novel

Gorky Park: A Novel

Martin Cruz Smith

A triple murder in a Moscow amusement center: three corpses found frozen in the snow, faces and fingers missing. Chief homicide investigator Arkady Renko is brilliant, sensitive, honest, and cynical about everything except his profession. To identify the victims and uncover the truth, he must battle the KGB, FBI, and New York police as he performs the impossible—and tries to stay alive doing it.

Book:Dead of Jericho

Dead of Jericho: An Inspector Morse Mystery

Colin Dexter

He meets her at a suburban party. They share a flirtation over their red wine…and he doesn’t see her again. It’s the old familiar story for Morse. Then one day he just happens to be in Jericho, where Anne Scott lives. Nobody’s home—and Morse should know since her door is unlocked and he takes a quick look inside. Only later does Morse learn that the lady was at home, just not alive. The jury’s verdict at the inquest is death by suicide. But that doesn’t sit right with Morse, and he embarks on his own investigation into the tangled private life of a lovely woman, all the while feeling his own remorse of what might have been….

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