CWA Dagger awards shortlists revealed

CWA Dagger awards shortlists revealed

The shortlists for the Crime Writers’ Association’s Short Story Dagger, International Dagger, Non Fiction Dagger, Endeavour Historical Dagger and Debut Dagger awards for 2015 have been revealed.

They were announced during an official reception at this year's CrimeFest in Bristol on Friday (15th May).

Quercus has two books shortlisted in the International Dagger category: Camille by Pierre Lemaitre, translated by Frank Wynne, and Into a Raging Blaze by Andreas Norman, translated by Ian Giles. They are up against: Falling Freely, As If In A Dream by Leif GW Persson, translated by Paul Norlen (Transworld); Cobra by Deon Meyer, translated by K L Seegers (Hodder & Stoughton); Arab Jazz by Karim Miské, translated by Sam Gordon (MacLehose Press); and The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo, translated by Isabelle Kaufeler (HarperCollins).

Quercus has another book on the Non Fiction Dagger shortlist: Dan Davies’ In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile, which is also currently shortlisted for this year’s Orwell Prize for political writing and is on the longlist for the Gordon Burn Prize 2015.

The other non-fiction books shortlisted include: A Kim Jong-Il Production by Paul Fischer (Penguin); Ghettoside: Investigating a Homicide Epidemic by Jill Leovy (Bodley Head); and Iain Overton’s Gun Baby Gun: A Bloody Journey into the World of the Gun (Canongate). The final two books on the shortlist are One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway by Asne Seierstad (Virago) and Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (Scribe).

Kate Mosse and C J Sansom have been shortlisted for the Endeavour Historical Dagger, sponsored by Endeavour Press Ltd for The Taxidermist's Daughter by Kate Mosse (Orion) and Lamentation (Mantle) respectively. They are joined by: Martin Davies for Havana Sleeping (Hodder & Stoughton); Luke McCallin for The Man from Berlin (No Exit Press); S G MacLean for The Seeker (Quercus); and Andrew Taylor for The Silent Boy (Harper Collins).

Mulholland Press and Profile Books have two apiece on the shortlist for the Short Story Dagger. Richard Lange’s stories “Apocrypha” and “Sweet Nothing” from his collection Sweet Nothing (Mulholland Press) are shortlisted alongside “Juror 8” by Stuart Neville and “The Dead Their Eyes Implore Us” by George Pelecanos, both published in Profile Books’ OxCrimes collection. The shortlist is completed by “Red Eye” by Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane from Face Off (Sphere) and Dashiell Hammett’s “The Hunter” from The Hunter & Other Stories (No Exit Press).

The shortlist for the Debut Dagger, sponsored by Orion, consists of: Dark Chapter by Winnie M Li; Last Of The Soho Legends by Greg Keen; The Ice Coffin by Jill Sawyer; The Pure Drop by Nigel Robbins; and Lock Me In by Kate Simants.

CWA chair Len Tyler said: "The CWA Daggers are amongst the most prestigious crime writing awards in the world. The list of past winners reads like a Who's Who of the genre. This year the judges have been able to shortlist another fantastic collection of books in each of the categories. My congratulations to all of the nominated authors."

Also at the ceremony, Diamond Dagger recipient Catherine Aird presented the £1,000 prize for the CWA's Margery Allingham Short Story Competition, which she chaired the judging panel for, to Lesley Mace who won for her short story “Game Over”.

The shortlist for the 2015 Dagger In The Library award, which includes books by Susan Hill, Ann Cleeves and Peter James, was announced last week by its sponsor Dead Good.

The CWA Dagger Awards will be presented on 30th June, to mark the end of Crime Reading Month (, at a gala dinner in central London.