French topple Scandinavians to win top CWA Daggers

ghostFrench writers Fred Vargas and Pierre Lemaitre have been awarded the CWA International Dagger prompting comments that perhaps the Scandinavians have been wounded, if not actually killed off, as the major crime force. Vargas won for Ghost Writers of Ordebec and Lemaitre for Alex.

Andrew Taylor won an unprecedented third CWA Ellis Peters Historian Dagger for his The Scent of Death, Stella Duffy the Short Story Dagger and FinnPeking Clark the Debut Dagger for a Previously Unpublished Author for her Call Time. Paul French was presented with the Dagger for Non-fiction for Midnight in Peking about the murder of the adopted daughter of a former British consul in 1938 Peking.

The winners were announced earlier this week at the CWA Gala Dinner which was part of the organisation’s 60th anniversary.  But the celebrations aren’t completely over. The long list for the remaining three CWA Daggers was also revealed with the winners to be announced later in the year. Keep reading for the long-listed authors. 

The long-listed authors for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger are :
Roger Hobbs for Ghostman
Liz Jensen for The Uninvited
Malcolm Mackay for The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter
Stuart Neville for Ratlines
Mark Oldfield for The Sentinel
Andrew Williams for The Poison Tide
Robert Wilson for Capital Punishment

The shortlisted authors for the CWA Gold Dagger are:
Belinda Bauer for Rubbernecker
Lauren Beukes for The Shining Girls
Sam Hawken for Tequila Sunset
Mick Herron for Dead Lions
Becky Masterman for Rage Against the Dying
Sara Paretsky for Breakdown
Michael Robotham for Say You’re Sorry
Don Winslow for The Kings of Cool

The shortlisted authors for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger are:

Roger Hobbs for Ghostman
Hanna Jameson for Something You Are
Malcolm Mackay for The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter
Becky Masterman for Rage Against the Dying
Derek B Miller for Norwegian by Night
Thomas Mogford for Shadow of the Rock
Michael Russell for The City Of Shadows
M D Villiers for City of Blood.

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