Shortlist for John Creasey New Blood Dagger revealed

Shortlist for John Creasey New Blood Dagger revealed

Titles from Faber, No Exit Press, HarperCollins, Viking and Jonathan Cape have been shortlisted for this year’s John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger.

The award is for the best crime novel by a first-time author of any nationality first published in the UK in English.

The shortlisted titles are Fever City by Tim Baker (Faber), a multi-stranded examination of the JFK assassination, Dodgers by Bill Beverly (No Exit Press), a "modern and deadly" road journey from the ghettos of Los Angeles to the heart of the US Midwest, Freedom’s Child by Jax Miller (HarperCollins), a "fascinating" tale of revenge and redemption, The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle (Viking), a "fiendishly-plotted" urbane thriller, and Eileen by Ottessa Moshfergh (Jonathan Cape), a "sober" and "gritty" tale of a woman "lost inside her demons".

The prize will be judged by writer and editor Maxim Jakubowski; novelist and critic Peter Guttridge; director of LoveReading Louise Weir; and author Dave Hutchinson.