Blog: Mid-year shortlists for the 2013 CWA Dagger Awards


The Crime Writers’ Association today announced the 2013 shortlists for six of its CWA Daggers—the awards which celebrate the best in contemporary crime writing.

The winners of these Daggers, including the CWA Diamond Dagger, will be announced at the CWA Dagger Awards dinner in London on July 15th. The longlists for the Fall Daggers—the Gold, Steel, and John Creasey—will also be announced.

Nonfiction Dagger

  • Book:Midnight in Peking
  • Book:The Boy in the River
  • Book:Against a Tide of Evil
  • Book:A Fine Day for a Hanging
  • Book:Injustice: Life and Death in the Courtrooms of America
  • Book:Murder at Wrotham Hill

Historical Dagger

  • Book:The Heretics (Rory Clements)
  • Book:Pilgrim Soul: A Douglas Brodie Investigation
  • Book:The Paris Winter
  • Book:Dead Men and Broken Hearts
  • Book:The Twelfth Department
  • Book:The Scent of Death

International Dagger

  • Alex by Pierre Lemaitre, translated by Frank Wynne (Quercus)
  • The Missing File by D A Mishani, translated by Steven Cohen (Quercus)
  • Two Soldiers by Roslund & Hellström, translated by Kari Dickson (Quercus)
  • Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas, translated by Siân Reynolds (Harvill Secker)
  • Death in Sardinia by Marco Vichi, translated by Stephen Sartarelli (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • The Collini Case by Ferdinand von Schirach, translated by Anthea Bell (Michael Joseph)

Dagger in the Library

Short Story Dagger

  • Method Murder by Simon Brett
  • Stairway C by Piero Colaprico
  • Come Away with Me by Stella Duffy
  • The Case of Death and Honey by Neil Gaiman
  • Ferengi by Carlo Lucarelli
  • Lost and Found by Zoë Sharp

CWA Debut Dagger

  • The Assassin’s Keeper by Aine Oomhnaill (Ireland)
  • Call Time by Finn Clarke (UK)
  • TAG by Sue Dawes (UK)
  • Working in Unison by Alex Sweeney (UK)
  • Lesson Plan for Murder by Marie Hannan-Mandel (USA)
  • Honour or Justice by Ron Puckering (UK)
  • Torment by David Evans (UK)
  • When the Bow Breaks by Jayne Barnard (Canada)
  • Fighting Darkness: The Killer Trail by DB Carew (Canada)
  • Born in a Burial Gown by Mike Craven (UK)
  • The Journeyman by Emma Melville (UK)
  • A Cure for All Evils by Joanna Dodd (UK)


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