CWA Dagger Awards longlists revealed at CrimeFest in Bristol

CWA Dagger Awards longlists revealed at CrimeFest in Bristol

The longlists for this year’s CWA Dagger Awards have been revealed at CrimeFest in Bristol, featuring dozens of crime writers.

Claire Askew and Peter Swanson are among those on the Gold Dagger longlist for crime novel of the year, which features two titles from Cornerstone imprint William Heinemann.

Other prizes on offer include the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for the best crime novel by a debut author and the Ian Fleming Steel prize for thrillers.

Robert Goddard will also be the recipient of this year’s Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement. His 28th novel, One False Move (Bantam Press), was published in February.

Longlists have also been published for the ACLS Dagger for Non-Fiction, International Dagger, Sapere Historical Dagger, Short Story Dagger, Dagger in the Library and Debut Dagger for the opening of a crime novel from a writer without a traditional publishing contract.

Nominations will be cut down to shortlists and announced in the summer before the final winners are revealed at the Dagger Awards dinner in London on 24th October.

Last year’s Gold Dagger was won by Steve Cavanagh for The Liar (Orion), while the Debut award was bagged by Melissa Scriver Love for Lola (Point Blank)

The main longlists are:

CWA Gold Dagger

Claire Askew, All the Hidden Truths (Hodder & Stoughton)

Belinda Bauer, Snap (Bantam Press)

Ray Celestin, The Mobster's Lament (Mantle)

M W Craven, The Puppet Show (Constable)

John Harvey, Body and Soul (William Heinemann)

Christobel Kent, What We Did (Sphere)

Donna Leon, Unto Us a Son Is Given (William Heinemann)

John Lincoln, Fade to Grey (No Exit Press)

David Mark, Cold Bones (Mulholland Books)

Derek B. Miller, American By Day (Doubleday)

Abir Mukherjee, Smoke and Ashes (Harvill Secker)

William Shaw, Salt Lane (Riverrun)

Peter Swanson, Before She Knew Him (Faber)

Andrew Taylor, The Fire Court (Harper Fiction)

Benjamin Wood, A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better (Scribner)


CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

Megan Abbott, Give Me Your Hand (Picador)

Steve Cavanagh, Thirteen (Orion Fiction)

Dan Fesperman, Safe Houses (Head of Zeus)

Elly Griffiths, The Stranger Diaries (Quercus Fiction)

Luke Jennings, No Tomorrow (John Murray)

Stephen Mack Jones, Lives Laid Away (Soho Crime)

Niklas Natt och Dag, The Wolf and the Watchman (John Murray)

Khurrum Rahman, Homegrown Hero (HQ)

Holly Watt, To The Lions (Raven Books)

Tim Willocks, Memo From Turner (Jonathan Cape)


CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger

G D Abson, Motherland (Mirror Books) 

Claire Askew, All the Hidden Truths (Hodder & Stoughton) 

Alex Dahl, The Boy at the Door (Head of Zeus) 

Mark Griffin, When Darkness Calls (Piatkus) 

Chris Hammer, Scrublands (Wildfire) 

Vicky Newham, Turn a Blind Eye (HQ) 

Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Blood and Sugar (Mantle) 

Catherine Steadman, Something in The Water (Simon & Schuster) 

Søren Sveistrup, The Chestnut Man (Michael Joseph) 

Vanda Symon, Overkill (Orenda)