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Winner: Tall Oaks

From a longlist of twelve titles than was then narrowed down to six books Chris Whitaker's Tall Oaks emerged as the overall winner of the 2017 John Creasey Dagger Award.

The CWA Dagger Awards

The CWA Dagger Awards are the longest established literary awards in the UK and are internationally recognised as a mark of excellence and achievement.

The Crime Writers' Association was established in 1953 by crime writer John Creasey. The Daggers began with what was originally known as the Crossed Red Herring Award in 1955 and have grown from there. 10 Daggers are awarded every year.

The longlists for the 2019 CWA Daggers will be announced at a reception at CrimeFest on the evening of Friday 10 May 2019. Shortlists will be announced in the summer, and the glamorous Dagger Award ceremony where the winners are announced will be held at the Grange City Hotel in London on 24 October 2019 – the crime writing event of the year.

The CWA Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement is awarded in the springtime of the year and in 2019 goes to Robert Goddard. He will receive his prize at the October awards ceremony.

To find out more about the CWA Dagger Awards you may visit the CWA website by clicking here.

The Daggers name and Crossed Daggers logo are registered Trade Marks of the Crime Writers’ Association.