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The CWA Dagger Awards 2017 The CWA Dagger Awards 2017

The winners of crime writing’s biggest annual event have been announced! The Daggers are the prizes that all crime writers and publishers, both fiction and non-fiction, want to get their mitts on!


John Creasey Debut Dagger Award 2017 Winner

Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker
Tall Oaks
Chris Whitaker
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Shortlisted for the Last Laugh Award at the CrimeFest Awards 2017. A first British crime novel, albeit set in a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016

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John Creasey Debut Dagger Award 2017 Shortlist

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole
Ragdoll
Daniel Cole
Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. A simply sensational and thrilling debut! Met police detectives William Oliver Layton-Fawkes and Emily Baxter find themselves smack bang in the middle of the hunt for a serial killer. A...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/02/2017
Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
Reader Reviewed Good Me, Bad Me
Ali Land
Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Ooh, this truly is a fabulously captivating and unpredictable tale, and it kept me clinging to the very edge of my seat. Annie’s mother is a serial killer, Annie informs...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/01/2017
Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard
Distress Signals
Catherine Ryan Howard
Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. When Adam's girlfriend fails to return from a business trip, he sets out to find her - putting him on a collision course with a deadly predator. A deeply compelling,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/01/2017
The Pictures by Guy Bolton
The Pictures
Guy Bolton
Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Yet another British beginner with a tale set overseas, in this case in Hollywood in 1939 at the time The Wizard of Oz was being filmed. Detective Jonathan Craine once...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/03/2017
Sirens by Joseph Knox
Sirens
Joseph Knox
Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Justifiably already highly-praised, this debut by a young Manchester author deserves all the generous encomiums and more lavished on it. A disgraced undercover young detective is tasked to find the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/01/2017

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John Creasey Debut Dagger Award 2017 Longlist

Sunset City by Melissa Ginsburg
Sunset City
Melissa Ginsburg
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. A wonderful portrait of a self-destructive woman at odds with the world and herself. Set in Houston, Texas, the tale of Charlotte Ford whose life has proven a great disappointment...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy
The Possessions
Sara Flannery Murphy
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. At an organization that allows the grief-stricken to reconnect with lost loved ones, an affair between a worker and an enigmatic client threatens to uncover disturbing secrets.
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/03/2017
The Watcher by Ross Armstrong
Reader Reviewed The Watcher
Ross Armstrong
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. A clever first novel with a sinister setting in London where blocks of flats are being demolished. The juxtaposition of the bird watcher protagonist, Lily, and her people watching is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/12/2016
Epiphany Jones by Michael Grothaus
Epiphany Jones
Michael Grothaus
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. A truly impressive debut by a London-based American journalist who has investigated both Hollywood and the sex trade and uses his research to best effect in a twisting tale at...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/05/2016
What You Don't Know by JoAnn Chaney
What You Don't Know
JoAnn Chaney
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Serial killer novels come and go, mostly exploitative as well as repetitive, but this American debut rings the differences with a vengeance, with a strong, visceral impact and a handful...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/02/2017
Himself by Jess Kidd
Himself
Jess Kidd
June 2017 Debut of the Month. Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Dublin-wise, orphaned young man goes in search of his birth mother. He has a photograph with a note on the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017

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There are a number of highly coveted categories in the CWA Dagger Awards, but we feel the most exciting is the New Blood (John Creasey) Dagger which celebrates brand new talent in the genre. From a longlist of eager hopefuls, the winner has finally been announced.

 

Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker

Below: Judges of the John Creasey Dagger, including Peter Crawshaw from Lovereading, celebrating with the winner Chirs Whitaker

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CWA Dagger Awards 2017 - John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Longlist

This award is for the best crime novel by a first-time author of any nationality first published in the UK in English during the Judging Period. The longlist was as follows:

The Watcher by Ross armstrong
The Pictures by Guy Bolton
What You Don't Know by JoAnn Chaney
Ragdoll by Daniel Cole
Sunset City by Melissa Ginsburg
Epiphany Jones by Michael Grothaus
Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard
Himself by Jess Kidd
Sirens by Joseph Knox
Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy
Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker

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The winners of the Daggers were:

Diamond Dagger - Ann Cleeves

Gold Dagger - The Dry by Jane Harper

Ian Fleming Steel Dagger - Spook Street by Mick Herron

Endeavour Historical Dagger - A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee

John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger - Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker

Short Story Dagger - The Trials of Margaret by LC Tyler in Motives for Murder

International Dagger - The Dying Detective by Leif G W Persson

Debut Dagger - Strange Fire by Sherry Rankin

Dagger in the Library - Mari Hannah

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Click here to see the full list of the long and the shortlists for all the Daggers.

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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.

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.

Ross Armstrong
Guy Bolton
JoAnn Chaney
Daniel Cole
Melissa Ginsburg
Michael Grothaus
Catherine Ryan Howard
Jess Kidd
Joseph Knox
Ali Land
Sara Flannery Murphy
Chris Whitaker

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