Annal: 1995 Dagger Award for Crime Novel

Results of the Dagger Award in the year 1995.

Book:The Mermaids Singing

The Mermaids Singing: A Dr. Tony Hill & Carol Jordan Mystery

Val McDermid

This was the summer he discovered what he wanted—at a gruesome museum of criminology far off the beaten track of more timid tourists. Visions of torture inspired his fantasies like a muse. It would prove so terribly fulfilling.

The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike anything he’s encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not beyond him. Hill’s own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend the killer’s motives. It’s also made him the perfect victim.

A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted. But as Hill confronts his own hidden demons, he must also come face-to-face with an evil so profound he may not have the courage—or the power—to stop it…

Book:The Summons

The Summons

Peter Lovesey

It is past midnight when two callers come knocking at the London flat of down-and-out, long-out-of-work Peter Diamond. When they turn out to be two CID men from his former police division of Avon and Somerset, he’s baffled. When they order him to accompany them, he’s mad as hell at being rousted from his warm bed - and intrigued. When it turns out his old department has an emergency only he can handle, he can barely stop himself from saying “I told you so.” John Mountjoy, a woman-hating murderer Diamond arrested four years earlier has broken out of prison and taken a CID officer’s daughter hostage. His demand is to talk to Peter Diamond. His reason? He wants Diamond to clear his name, insisting he never brutally stabbed a beautiful reporter to death and filled her mouth with roses as a macabre touch. But he will kill the hostage, unless Diamond gets the proof to overturn his conviction. Does this mean Diamond will be an official CID man again? With even his old enemies in the precinct welcoming his assistance,…[more]

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