Annal: 2012 John Creasey Memorial New Blood Dagger for a Debuting Author

Results of the Dagger Award in the year 2012.

Book:A Land More Kind Than Home

A Land More Kind Than Home

Wiley Cash

A stunning debut reminiscent of the beloved novels of John Hart and Tom Franklin, A Land More Kind Than Home is a mesmerizing literary thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small western North Carolina town

For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when your mother catches you spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can’t help sneaking a look at something he’s not supposed to—an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess’s. It’s a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he’s not prepared. While there is much about the world that still confuses him, he now knows that a new understanding can bring not only a growing danger and evil—but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance as well. …[more]

Book:Good People: A Glyn Capaldi Mystery

Good People: A Glyn Capaldi Mystery

Ewart Hutton

The half-Welsh/half-Italian cop Glyn Capaldi has fallen from grace and is exiled from Cardiff to the Welsh countryside. It’s a place where nothing of any significance is meant to happen, a place where supposedly he can do little harm.

But trouble has a way of catching up with Capaldi. Six men and a young woman disappear after a night of rugby and drink. They don’t all reappear. The ones that do are good people and seem to have an alibi. Only Capaldi remains unconvinced. In the face of opposition from the locals, Capaldi delves deeper and starts to uncover a network of conflicts, betrayals, and depravity that resonates below the outwardly calm surface of rural respectability.

Book:Heart-Shaped Bruise

Heart-Shaped Bruise

Tanya Byrne

They say I’m evil. The police. The newspapers. The girls from school who sigh on the six o’clock news and say they always knew there was something not quite right about me. And everyone believes it. Including you. But you don’t know. You don’t know who I used to be. Who I could have been. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever shake off my mistakes or if I’ll just carry them around with me forever like a bunch of red balloons. Awaiting trial at Archway Young Offenders Institution, Emily Koll is going to tell her side of the story for the first time.

Heart-Shaped Bruise is a compulsive and moving novel about infamy, identity and how far a person might go to seek revenge.

Book:What Dies in Summer

What Dies in Summer

Tom Wright

A riveting Southern Gothic coming-of-age debut by a major new talent.

‘’I did what I did, and that’s on me.’’ From that tantalizing first sentence, Tom Wright sweeps listeners up in a tale of lost innocence. Jim has a touch of the sight. It’s nothing too spooky and generally useless, at least until the summer his cousin L.A. moves in with him and their grandmother. When Jim and L.A. discover the body of a girl—brutally raped and murdered—in a field, an investigation begins that will put both their lives in danger.

In the spirit of The Lovely Bones and The Little Friend, What Dies in Summer is a novel that casts its spell on the very first page and leaves an indelible mark.

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