Tom Franklin has been awarded the Crime Writers Association (CWA) Gold Dagger for his novel Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, beating Man Booker-shortlisted Snowdrops by A D Miller.
The Pan Macmillan title also beat Denise Mina’s The End of the Wasp Season and The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton to the prize for the best crime novel of the year at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards on Friday evening (7th October).
Franklin said: "What an amazing long list! What an amazing short list! I'm truly happy just for the company, and everything else is gravy. All my thanks."
Hamilton clinched the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller, beating S J Watson, Michael Gruber and Craig Smith. The Orion author said: "Ian Fleming’s work represents everything I’ve always loved about storytelling, whether it be books or movies. I can’t even express how honoured I am to receive an award with his name on it."
Watson also did not go home empty-handed, picking up the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for his novel Before I Go To Sleep, published by Doubleday.
The night was the culmination of six weeks of programming on ITV3, with viewers voting for the ITV3 People’s Bestseller Dagger 2011. The accolade was awarded to Pan Mac author Peter James, who said: "The is a wonderful award that strikes at the very heart of what good books are all about: enthralling readers with gripping, page-turning fiction–and decided not by an elite committee but by the very people who read and loved them—the general public. I don't think there can be a higher accolade for any author and I could not be more thrilled."
Amanda Ross, creator and executive producer of the awards said: "It was amazing to see such a close fought contest and thanks to the success of the pre-awards series, more people than ever before voted for their favourite author."
"Case Histories", the BBC1 drama based on Kate Atkinson’s novels won the TV Dagger, while "Luther", based on Neil Cross’ novels, won Best Actor Dagger for Idris Elba.