Quercus wins three at CWA Awards

Quercus wins three at CWA Awards

Christopher Fowler and Pierre Lamaitre are among the winners of this year's Crime Writer's Association's (CWA) Dagger Awards, with Quercus taking home the most awards for its authors.

At a ceremony last night where the winners of the Daggers were revealed, the CWA also announced the shortlists for three further awards, The Goldsboro Gold Dagger, The John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger, and the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger.

The CWA also announced it would be launching a new scheme called Dagger Reads, more details of which are due to be revealed later this month.

At last night's awards at the Hotel Russell in London, the CWA International Dagger was awarded to Lemaitre for Camille (Quercus), translated by Frank Wynne.

The Dagger In The Library, sponsored by Penguin Random House's crime community Dead Good, was awarded to Fowler, who is published by Transworld, for his body of work.

The CWA Short Story Dagger was won by Richard Lange for Apocrypha, published in Sweet Nothing (Mulholland Books), while the CWA Non-Fiction Dagger was won by Dan Davies for In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile (Quercus). 

The Endeavour Historical Dagger, sponsored by Endeavour Press Ltd, was given to S G MacLean for The Seeker (Quercus).

Greg Keen won the CWA Debut Dagger, sponsored by Orion, for Last Of The Soho Legends.

The winners were joined by this year's Diamond Dagger recipient Catherine Aird, who was honoured with the highest accolade in crime writing for her career in the genre.

The shortlists for the final three Dagger Awards of the year were also announced.

The shortlist for the Goldsboro Gold Dagger, sponsored by Goldsboro Books, is The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer (Bantam Press); The Rules of Wolfe by James Carlos Blake (No Exit Press); The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (Sphere); Missing by Sam Hawken (Serpent's Tail); Mr Mercedes by Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton); Pleasantville by Attica Locke (Serpent's Tail); and Life of Death by Michael Robotham (Sphere).

Hawken's Missing is also shortlisted for The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, sponsored by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, alongside The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Doubleday); Nobody Walks by Mick Herron (Soho Crime); The White Van by Patrick Hoffman (Grove Press); The Night The Rich Men Burned by Malcolm Mackay (Mantle); Cop Town by Karin Slaughter (Century); and The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson (Faber and Faber).

Vying for The John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger are The Abrupt Physics of Dying by Paul E Hardisty (Orenda Books); Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (Blackfriars); Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson (William Heinemann); The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer (Faber and Faber); and You by Caroline Kepnes (Simon & Schuster).

Lucy Santos, director of the CWA, said the awards were "the culmination of many months of work by our judges, readers, committee members and sponsors".

"All that effort is worth it because we're constantly inspired and energised by the incredible talent on show," she continued. "We're delighted to be able to celebrate our winners' achievements and to showcase the best of the best.

"That's why we're delighted to launch Dagger Reads soon and to announce our final shortlists. The next Dagger Awards cycle will begin on 1st August and we expect competition to be as fierce as ever. We can't wait to find out who the next crop of Dagger winners will be."