Andrew Taylor clinches CWA diamond Dagger

<p>The Crime Writers&#39; Association has awarded the 2009 Cartier Diamond Dagger, for sustained excellence in crime writing, to Penguin author Andrew Taylor.</p><p>Taylor is the best-selling author of the Richard-and-Judy pick <em>The American Boy</em> as well as <em>Bleeding Heart Square</em>.</p><p>Previous winners of the award include P D James, Ruth Rendell, John le Carre and Ian Rankin.<br />Andrew Taylor&#39;s first novel, <em>Caroline Minuscule</em>, won the CWA&#39;s John Creasey Award. He is the only author to have won the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger twice, for <em>The Office of the Dead</em> and <em>The American Boy</em>, which was about the English childhood of Edgar Allan Poe, and which also won the US Audie in the literary fiction category.</p><p>Taylor said: &quot;I am hugely honoured to receive this award. It&#39;s the sort of award that validates an entire career. What makes it particularly special is that I have been chosen by my fellow crime writers.&quot;</p><p>Lesley Horton, chair of the CWA, said: &quot;The Cartier award acknowledges the work of an author who has made an outstanding contribution to the genre, and Andrew Taylor has consistently shown his ability to do just that. He is a worthy recipient.</p><p>&quot;The recipient of the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award is chosen by the members and committee of the CWA and is very much an honour awarded by the author&#39;s peers and thus makes it special.&quot;<br />The award will be presented at the Gore Hotel, London on 6th May.</p>