Bill Beverly’s Dodgers (No Exit Press) won two gongs at the Crime Writers Association (CWA) Dagger awards last night (11th October).
Dodgers, about a young LA gang member who is sent by his uncle along with some other teenage boys to kill a key witness hiding out in Wisconsi, won the best crime novel of the year award, as well as the best debut crime novel, at last night’s Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Daggers held at The Grange Hotel in Tower Bridge in London.
The awards, given every year for excellence in crime writing, were presented by crime journalist Barry Forshaw, with BBC Radio 4 commissioning editor James Runcie giving an introductory speech.
A total of 10 winners were given prizes on the night, including Peter James, who, as previously announced, won with the Cartier Diamond Dagger for his significant contribution to crime writing.
Don Winslow was given the Ian Fleming Steel prize for best crime thriller of the year for The Cartel (Arrow), whilst David Young's Stasi Child (Twenty7) won the Endeavour Historical award for best historical crime novel. Andrew Hankinson was awarded the Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction for You Could Do Something Amazing With Your Life [You Are Raoul Moat] (Scribe UK).
John Connolly won the short story prize for On the Anatomization of an Unknown Man (1637) by Frans Mier, given to a short crime story published in the UK, and Elly Griffiths was given the Dagger in the Library for being the author whose work is most enjoyed in libraries.
The final two prizes were the international award, given every year to crime fiction translated into English and published in the UK, which went to Pierre Lemaître for The Great Swindle, translated by Frank Wynne (MacLehose Press), and the Debut Dagger for the opening of a crime novel by a writer with no pulishing contract at the time of submission. That award is sponsored by Orion Books and went to Mark Brandi for Wimmera.
The awards were sponsored by Goldsboro Books, Ian Fleming Publications Limited, Endeavour Press and Orion.