Annal: 2012 Gold Dagger Award for Crime Novel

Results of the Dagger Award in the year 2012.

Book:The Rage (Gene Kerrigan)

The Rage

Gene Kerrigan

Vincent Naylor is a professional thief, as confident as he is reckless. Just ten days out of jail, and he’s preparing his next robbery. But his plan is already unravelling. While investigating the murder of a crooked banker, Detective Sergeant Bob Tidey gets a call from an old acquaintance, Maura Coady. The retired nun believes there’s something suspicious happening in the Dublin backstreet where she lives alone.Maura’s call inadvertently unleashes a storm of violence that will engulf Vincent Naylor and force Tidey to make a deadly choice.

The Rage is a masterpiece of suspense, told against the background of a country’s shameful past and its troubled present.

Book:Bereft (Chris Womersley)

Bereft

Chris Womersley

The year is 1919 and the Great War has ended. Sergeant Quinn Walker—with a damaged body and soul from his wartime experiences—decides to return home to the small and desolate town of Flint, Australia, to set right the past. Ten years earlier, he had fled following the horrific rape and murder of his beloved younger sister Sarah—a crime that everyone, including his family, believed Quinn committed.

When he arrives on the outskirts of Flint, Quinn learns the town has not escaped the deadly flu epidemic sweeping the globe. And though he is in danger of being hanged if his identity is discovered, Quinn feels compelled to convince his mother (dying of the flu) of his innocence. As he hides out, working up the courage to confront the tragedy that shattered his life, Quinn meets a mysterious orphan girl, Sadie Fox, whose powers verge on magical and who seems to know more about the evil that lives in Flint…[more]

Book:The Flight: A Jenny Cooper Mystery

The Flight: A Jenny Cooper Mystery

M.R. Hall

When Flight 189 plunges into the Severn Estuary, Coroner Jenny Cooper finds herself handling the case of a lone sailor whose boat appears to have been sunk by the stricken plane, and drawn into the mysterious fate of a ten year-old girl, Amy Patterson, a passenger on 189, whose largely unmarked body is washed up alongside his. While a massive and highly secretive operation is launched to recover clues from the wreckage, Jenny begins to ask questions the official investigation doesn’t want answered. How could such a high tech plane—virtually impregnable against human error—fail? What linked the high powered passengers who found themselves on this ill-fated flight? And how did Amy Patterson survive the crash, only to perish hours later? Under pressure from Amy’s grieving mother, and opposed by those at the very highest levels of government, Jenny must race against time to seek the truth behind this terrible disaster, before it can happen again…

Book:Vengeance in Mind

Vengeance in Mind

N.J. Cooper

Sir Dan Blackwater, well known businessman and philanthropist is found dead one morning in his home on the Isle of Wight. Pinned to the kitchen table with butcher’s knives, he has been castrated in what looks like a gruesome act of revenge.

The only other person on the scene is his own PA, Sheena. But when DCI Charlie Trench brings her in for questioning, he discovers that she can’t remember a thing about the events of last night—the shock seems to have caused her to lose her memory.

Unsure whether to believe Sheena’s story, Trench calls in forensic psychologist Karen Taylor to help unblock Sheena’s memory. But as Karen begins her investigation, she will discover there is much more to the Blackwaters than ever met the public eye. And as she lifts the lid on a truly scandalous history, she will put herself in more danger than she could possibly imagine.

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