CWA Daggers – 2018 Shortlists Announced

by |July 27, 2018

The Crime Writers’ Association has announced the 2018 shortlists for the Daggers awards.

Australian author Emma Viskic has been shortlisted twice! Resurrection Bay is on the shortlist for both the CWA Gold Dagger and for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger.

Abir Mukherjee was also nominated twice for his novel A Necessary Evil – click here to read Bronwyn Eley’s review.

The Crime Writers Association was established in 1953 by crime writer John Creasey. Each year, the Daggers are awarded across 10 categories. With the exception of the Diamond Dagger, the Debut Dagger and the Dagger in the Library, all the books are nominated by publishers.

The Diamond Dagger is awarded to an author who has made an outstanding contribution to crime fiction. The Diamond Dagger is nominated by the CWA members. Bestselling author Michael Connelly was announced as the 2018 winner earlier this year. The rest of the winners will be announced at an award dinner in London on 25 October.

Scroll down to see all the nominations …

THE CWA GOLD DAGGER


cwa daggersResurrection Bay 
Emma Viskic

Caleb Zelic, profoundly deaf since early childhood, has always lived on the outside – watching, picking up tell-tale signs people hide in a smile, a cough, a kiss. When a childhood friend is murdered, a sense of guilt and a determination to prove his own innocence sends Caleb on a hunt for the killer. But he can’t do it alone.

Caleb and his troubled friend Frankie, an ex-cop, start with one clue: Scott, the last word the murder victim texted to Caleb. But Scott is always one step ahead.

This gripping, original and fast-paced crime thriller is set between a big city and a small coastal town, Resurrection Bay, where Caleb is forced to confront painful memories.

Caleb is a memorable protagonist who refuses to let his deafness limit his opportunities, or his participation in the investigation. But does his persistence border on stubbornness? And at what cost? As he delves deeper into the investigation Caleb uncovers unwelcome truths about his murdered friend – and himself.

Click here to read Emma Viskic answer Ten Terrifying Questions.


The Liar by Steve Cavanagh

London Rules by Mick Herron

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

A Necessary Evil  by Abir Mukherjee

 

THE CWA IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER


cwa daggersThe Force
by Don Winslow

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the leader of ‘Da Force’.

Malone and his crew are an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs and guns. Every day and every night for eighteen years, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps. He’s done whatever it takes to serve and protect in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean-including Malone himself.

What only a few know is that Denny Malone is dirty.

Now he’s caught in a trap and being squeezed by the Feds, and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family, and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.

Based on years of research inside the NYPD, The Force is a searing portrait of a city on the edge and of a courageous, heroic, and deeply flawed man who stands at the edge of its abyss.

Click here to read my review of The Force by Don Winslow


London Rules by Mick Heron

If I Die before I Wake by Emily Kock

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

An Act of Silence by Colette McBeth

The Chalk Man C J Tudor

 

THE CWA JOHN CREASEY (NEW BLOOD) DAGGER


Gravesend by William Boyle

I.Q. by Joe Ide

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love

East of Hounslow by Khurrum Rahman

Resurrection Bay Emma Viskic

 

THE CWA ALCS GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION


Black Dahlia Red Rose by Piu Eatwell

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Blood on the Page by Thomas Harding

The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

A False Report by Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong

Rex V by Edith Thompson Laura Thompson

 

THE CWA HISTORICAL DAGGER


A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee

Fire by L. C. Tyler

Lightning Men by Thomas Mullen

Money in the Morgue by Ngaio Marsh & Stella Duffy

Nine Lessons by Nicola Upson

Nucleus by Rory Clements

 

THE CWA INTERNATIONAL DAGGER


Zen and the Art of Murder by Oliver Bottini, tr Jamie Bulloch

Three Days and a Life by Pierre Lemaître tr Frank Wynne

After the Fire by Henning Mankell, tr Marlaine Delargy

The Frozen Woman by Jon Michelet, tr Don Bartlett

Offering to the Storm by Dolores Redondo, tr Nick Caistor & Lorenza Garzía

The Accordionist by Fred Vargas, tr Sian Reynolds

 

THE CWA SHORT STORY DAGGER


‘The Last Siege of Bothwell Castle’ by Chris Brookmyre

Bloody Scotland
‘Second Son’ by Lee Child

No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories
‘Smoking Kills’ by Erin Kelly

“The Body” Killer Women Crime Club Anthology 2, Edited by Susan Opie
‘Nemo Me Impune Lacessit’ by Denise Mina

Bloody Scotland
‘Accounting for Murder’ by Christine Poulson

Mystery Tour: CWA Anthology of Short Stories, Edited by Martin Edwards

THE CWA DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY


Nominated by libraries.

Martin Edwards

Nicci French

Edward Marston

Peter May

Rebecca Tope

Simon Kernick

THE CWA DEBUT DAGGER


For the opening of a crime novel from a writer without a traditional publishing contract.

The Eternal Life of Ezra Ben Simeon by Bill Crotty

The Last Googling of Beth Bailly by Luke Melia

Riverine Blood by Joseph James

Original Sins by Linda McLaughlin

Trust Me, I’m Dead by Sherryl Clark

Resurrection Bayby Emma Viskic

Resurrection Bay

by Emma Viskic

Caleb Zelic, profoundly deaf since early childhood, has always lived on the outside – watching, picking up tell-tale signs people hide in a smile, a cough, a kiss. When a childhood friend is murdered, a sense of guilt and a determination to prove his own innocence sends Caleb on a hunt for the killer. But he can’t do it alone. Caleb and his troubled friend Frankie, an ex-cop, start with one clue: Scott, the last word the murder victim texted to Caleb. But Scott is always one step ahead.

This gripping, original and fast-paced crime thriller is set between a big city and a small coastal town, Resurrection Bay, where Caleb is forced to confront painful memories. Caleb is a memorable protagonist who refuses to let his deafness limit his opportunities, or his participation in the investigation. But does his persistence border on stubbornness? And at what cost? As he delves deeper into the investigation Caleb uncovers unwelcome truths about his murdered friend – and himself.

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  • Philip

    July 27, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Your review has convinced me to read The Force!!

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