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Book awards: CWA

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Works (252)

The Little Walls by Winston GrahamGold Dagger, 1955
The Second Man by Edward GriersonGold Dagger, 1956
The Colour of Murder (British Library Crime Classics) by Julian SymonsGold Dagger, 1957
Someone from the Past by Margot BennettGold Dagger, 1958
Passage of Arms by Eric AmblerGold Dagger, 1959
The Night of Wenceslas by Lionel DavidsonGold Dagger, 1960
When I Grow Rich by Joan FlemingGold Dagger, 1962
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le CarréGold Dagger, 1963
The Chill by Ross Macdonaldnot in English Common KnowledgeSilver Dagger, 1964
The Perfect Murder by H. R. F. KeatingGold Dagger, 1964
The Far Side of the Dollar by Ross MacdonaldGold Dagger, 1965
The Menorah Men by Lionel DavidsonGold Dagger, 1966
Murder Against the Grain by Emma LathenGold Dagger, 1967
The Glass-Sided Ants' Nest by Peter DickinsonGold Dagger, 1968
Another Way of Dying by Francis CliffordSilver Dagger, 1969
The Old English Peep Show by Peter DickinsonGold Dagger, 1969
The Labyrinth Makers by Anthony PriceSilver Dagger, 1970
Shroud for a Nightingale by P. D. JamesSilver Dagger, 1971
The Steam Pig by James McClureGold Dagger, 1971
The Levanter by Eric AmblerGold Dagger, 1972
The Rainbird Pattern by Victor CanningSilver Dagger, 1972
A Coffin for Pandora by Gwendoline ButlerSilver Dagger, 1973
The Defection of A.J. Lewinter by Robert LittellGold Dagger, 1973
Don't Point that Thing at Me by Kyril BonfiglioliNew Blood Dagger, 1973
The Big Fix by Roger L. SimonNew Blood Dagger, 1974
The Grosvenor Square Goodbye by Francis CliffordSilver Dagger, 1974
Other Paths to Glory by Anthony PriceGold Dagger, 1974
Acid Drop by Sara GeorgeNew Blood Dagger, 1975
The Black Tower by P. D. JamesSilver Dagger, 1975
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution by Nicholas MeyerGold Dagger, 1975
Death of a Thin-Skinned Animal by Patrick AlexanderNew Blood Dagger, 1976
A Demon in My View by Ruth RendellGold Dagger, 1976
The Honourable Schoolboy by John le CarréGold Dagger, 1977
The Judas Pair by Jonathan GashNew Blood Dagger, 1977
Laidlaw by William McIlvanneySilver Dagger, 1977
The Chelsea Murders by Lionel DavidsonGold Dagger, 1978
The Mystery of the Princes by Audrey WilliamsonNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 1978
Rogue Eagle by James McClureSilver Dagger, 1978
Saturday of glory by David SerafinNew Blood Dagger, 1978
Waxwork by Peter LoveseySilver Dagger, 1978
Rachman by Shirley GreenNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 1979
A Running Duck by Paula GoslingNew Blood Dagger, 1979
Service of All the Dead by Colin DexterSilver Dagger, 1979
Whip Hand by Dick FrancisGold Dagger, 1979
Conspiracy by Anthony SummersNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 1980
Dupe by Liza CodyNew Blood Dagger, 1980
Monk's Hood by Ellis PetersSilver Dagger, 1980
The Murder of the Maharajah by H. R. F. KeatingGold Dagger, 1980
The Dead of Jericho by Colin DexterSilver Dagger, 1981
Gorky Park by Martin Cruz SmithGold Dagger, 1981
The Ludi Victor by James LeighNew Blood Dagger, 1981
Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number by Jacobo TimermanNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 1981
Caroline Minuscule by Andrew TaylorNew Blood Dagger, 1982
Earth to Earth by John CornwellNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 1982
The False Inspector Dew by Peter LoveseyGold Dagger, 1982
Ritual Murder by S. T. HaymonSilver Dagger, 1982
Accidental Crimes by John HuttonGold Dagger, 1983
The Ariadne Clue by Carol ClemeauNew Blood Dagger, 1983
The Caravaggio Conspiracy by Peter WatsonNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 1983
The Night the Gods Smiled by Eric WrightNew Blood Dagger, 1983
The Papers of Tony Veitch by William McIlvanneySilver Dagger, 1983
In God's Name: An Investigation into the Murder of Pope John Paul I by David YallopNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 1984
The Tree of Hands by Ruth RendellSilver Dagger, 1984
The Twelfth Juror by B. M. GillGold Dagger, 1984
A Very Private Enterprise by Elizabeth IronsideNew Blood Dagger, 1984
Killing for Company: The Story of a Man Addicted to Murder by Brian MastersNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 1985
Last Seen Alive by Dorothy SimpsonSilver Dagger, 1985
The Latimer Mercy by Robert RichardsonNew Blood Dagger, 1985
Monkey Puzzle by Paula GoslingGold Dagger, 1985
Evil Angels by John BrysonNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 1986
Live Flesh by Ruth RendellGold Dagger, 1986
A Taste for Death by P. D. JamesSilver Dagger, 1986
Tinplate by Neville SteedNew Blood Dagger, 1986
The Dark Apostle by Denis KilcommonsNew Blood Dagger, 1987
A Fatal Inversion by Barbara VineGold Dagger, 1987
Perfect Murder by Bernard TaylorNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 1987
Presumed Innocent by Scott TurowSilver Dagger, 1987
Blood Shot by Sara ParetskySilver Dagger, 1988
Death in a Distant Land by Nancy LivingstonLast Laugh Dagger Award, 1988
Death's Bright Angel by Janet NeelNew Blood Dagger, 1988
Ratking by Michael DibdinGold Dagger, 1988
The Secret Lives of Trebitsch Lincoln by Bernard WassersteinNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 1988
Angel Touch by Mike RipleyLast Laugh Dagger Award, 1989
A Gathering of Saints: A True Story of Money, Murder and Deceit by Robert LindseyNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 1989
A Real Shot in the Arm by Annette RoomeNew Blood Dagger, 1989
The Shadow Run by Desmond LowdenSilver Dagger, 1989
The Wench is Dead by Colin DexterGold Dagger, 1989
Bones and Silence by Reginald HillGold Dagger, 1990
Killer Cinderella by Simon ShawLast Laugh Dagger Award, 1990
The Late Candidate by Mike PhillipsSilver Dagger, 1990
Not That Kind of Place by Frances FyfieldRumpole Award, 1990
The Passing of Starr Faithfull by Jonathan GoodmanNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 1990
Postmortem by Patricia CornwellNew Blood Dagger, 1990
Angels in Arms by Mike RipleyLast Laugh Dagger Award, 1991
Deep Sleep by Frances FyfieldSilver Dagger, 1991
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter MosleyNew Blood Dagger, 1991
Giordano Bruno and the Embassy Affair by John BossyNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 1991
King Solomon's Carpet by Barbara VineGold Dagger, 1991
Bucket Nut by Liza CodySilver Dagger, 1992
The Ice House by Minette WaltersNew Blood Dagger, 1992
Native Tongue by Carl HiaasenLast Laugh Dagger Award, 1992
The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe by Charles NichollNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 1992
The Way Through the Woods by Colin DexterGold Dagger, 1992
Cruel and Unusual by Patricia CornwellGold Dagger, 1993
Fatlands by Sarah DunantSilver Dagger, 1993
The Mamur Zapt and the Spoils of Egypt by Michael PearceLast Laugh Dagger Award, 1993
Murder in the Heart by Alexandra ArtleyNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 1993
Big Town by Doug J. SwansonNew Blood Dagger, 1994
Criminal Shadows : Unlocking the Minds of Serial Killers and Sexual Predators-and Cracking Cases by David CanterNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 1994
The Scold's Bridle by Minette WaltersGold Dagger, 1994
Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter HøegSilver Dagger, 1994
The Villain of the Earth by Simon ShawLast Laugh Dagger Award, 1994
A Grave Talent by Laurie R. KingNew Blood Dagger, 1995
The Summons by Peter LoveseySilver Dagger, 1995
Sunburn by Laurence ShamesLast Laugh Dagger Award, 1995
Bloodhounds by Peter LoveseySilver Dagger, 1996
Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot by Antonia Frasernot in English Common KnowledgeNon-fiction Gold Dagger, 1996
Popcorn by Ben EltonGold Dagger, 1996
Black and Blue by Ian RankinGold Dagger, 1997
Body Politic by Paul JohnstonNew Blood Dagger, 1997
The Jigsaw Man by Paul BrittonNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 1997
Cries Unheard: Why Children Kill: The Story of Mary Bell by Gitta SerenyNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 1998
Garnethill by Denise MinaNew Blood Dagger, 1998
Manchester Slingback by Nicholas BlincoeSilver Dagger, 1998
Sunset Limited by James Lee BurkeGold Dagger, 1998
The Case of Stephen Lawrence by Brian CathcartNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 1999
Lie in the Dark by Dan FespermanNew Blood Dagger, 1999
A Small Death in Lisbon by Robert WilsonGold Dagger, 1999
Two for the Lions by Lindsey DavisEllis Peters Historical Award, 1999
Vienna Blood by Adrian MathewsSilver Dagger, 1999
Absent Friends by Gillian LinscottEllis Peters Historical Award, 2000
Education of a Felon by Edward BunkerNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 2000
Friends in High Places by Donna LeonSilver Dagger, 2000
God Is a Bullet by Boston TeranNew Blood Dagger, 2000
The Earthquake Bird by Susanna JonesNew Blood Dagger, 2001
Forty Words for Sorrow by Giles BluntSilver Dagger, 2001
The Infiltrators: The First Inside Account of Life Deep Undercover with Scotland Yard's Most Secret Unit by Philip EtienneNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 2001
The Office of the Dead by Andrew TaylorEllis Peters Historical Award, 2001
Sidetracked by Henning MankellGold Dagger, 2001
Acid Row by Minette Waltersnot in English Common KnowledgeGold/Silver Dagger Shortlist, 2002
The Athenian Murders by José Carlos SomozaGold Dagger, 2002
The Cutting Room by Louise WelshNew Blood Dagger, 2002
Dead Men's Wages by Lilian PizzichiniNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 2002
The Final Country by James CrumleySilver Dagger, 2002
The Sirius Crossing by John CreedIan Fleming Steel Dagger, winner, 2002
The American Boy by Andrew TaylorEllis Peters Historical Award, 2003
Fox Evil by Minette WaltersGold Dagger, 2003
Half Broken Things by Morag JossSilver Dagger, 2003
Mission Flats by William LandayNew Blood Dagger, 2003
Pointing from the Grave: A True Story of Murder and DNA by Samantha WeinbergNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 2003
The Small Boat of Great Sorrows by Dan FespermanIan Fleming Steel Dagger, winner, 2003
Amagansett by Mark MillsNew Blood Dagger, 2004
Blacklist by Sara ParetskyGold Dagger, 2004
The Burglar on the Prowl by Lawrence BlockCartier Diamond Dagger, 2004
The Confessor by Daniel Silvanot in English Common KnowledgeIan Fleming Steel Dagger, shortlist, 2004
Cosa Nostra: A History of the Sicilian Mafia by John DickieNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 2004
The Damascened Blade by Barbara CleverlyEllis Peters Historical Award, 2004
Flesh and Blood by John HarveySilver Dagger, 2004
Garden of Beasts: A Novel of Berlin 1936 by Jeffery DeaverIan Fleming Steel Dagger, winner, 2004
The Italian Boy: A Tale of Murder and Body Snatching in 1830s London by Sarah WiseNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 2004
Midnight Cab by James W. NicholGold/Silver Dagger Shortlist, 2004
Brandenburg by Henry PorterIan Fleming Steel Dagger, winner, 2005
Dark Fire by C. J. SansomEllis Peters Historical Award, 2005
Deadly Web by Barbara NadelSilver Dagger, 2005
On the Run by Gregg Hillnot in English Common KnowledgeNon-fiction Gold Dagger, 2005
On the Run: A Mafia Childhood by Gregg HillNon-Fiction, 2005
Running Hot by Dreda Say MitchellNew Blood Dagger, 2005
Mr. Clarinet by Nick StoneIan Fleming Steel Dagger, 2006
Raven Black by Ann CleevesDuncan Lawrie International Dagger, Winner, 2006
Red Sky Lament (A John Ray Horn Thriller) by Edward WrightEllis Peters Historical Award, 2006
Still Life by Louise PennyNew Blood Dagger, 2006
The Three Evangelists by Fred VargasDuncan Lawrie International Dagger, Winner, 2006
The Broken Shore by Peter TempleGold Dagger, 2007
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana FranklinEllis Peters Historical Award, 2007
Sharp Objects by Gillian FlynnNew Blood Dagger, 2007
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan BradleyDebut Dagger Award, 2007
Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand by Fred VargasDuncan Lawrie International Dagger, Winner, 2007
Blood from Stone by Frances FyfieldGold Dagger, 2008
Child 44 by Tom Rob SmithIan Fleming Steel Dagger, winner, 2008
The Collaborator of Bethlehem by Matt Beynon ReesNew Blood Dagger, 2008
A Deal with the Devil by Martin Suternot in English Common KnowledgeDuncan Lawrie International Dagger, Shortlist, 2008
The Hounding of David Oluwale by Kester AspdenNon-Fiction, 2008
Lorraine Connection by Dominique ManottiDuncan Lawrie International Dagger, Winner, 2008
Stratton's War by Laura WilsonEllis Peters Historical Award, 2008
Bleeding Heart Square by Andrew TaylorCartier Diamond Dagger, 2009
The Chalk Circle Man by Fred VargasDuncan Lawrie International Dagger, 2009
Echoes from the Dead by Johan TheorinNew Blood Dagger, 2009
If the Dead Rise Not by Philip KerrEllis Peters Historical Award, 2009
The Last Child by John HartIan Fleming Steel Dagger, 2009
The Pathologist by Catherine O'KeefeDebut Dagger, 2009
A Whispered Name by William BrodrickGold Dagger, 2009
Aftermath: The Omagh Bombing and the Families' Pursuit of Justice by Ruth Dudley Edwardsnot in English Common KnowledgeNon-fiction Gold Dagger, 2010
The Assassin's Prayer by Ariana FranklinDagger in the Library, 2010
Blacklands by Belinda BauerGold Dagger, 2010
The Darkest Room by Johan TheorinDuncan Lawrie International Dagger, 2010
Good Neighbors: A Novel by Ryan David JahnNew Blood Dagger, 2010
A Loyal Spy by Simon ConwayIan Fleming Steel Dagger, 2010
Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. WatsonNew Blood Dagger, 2011
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom FranklinGold Dagger, 2011
The Killer of Little Shepherds by Douglas StarrNon-fiction Gold Dagger, 2011
The Lock Artist by Steve HamiltonIan Fleming Steel Dagger, 2011
The Somme Stations by Andrew MartinEllis Peters Historical Award, 2011
Three Seconds by Anders RoslundDuncan Lawrie International Dagger, 2011
The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden by Anthony SummersNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 2012
A Foreign Country by Charles CummingIan Fleming Steel Dagger, 2012
Icelight by Aly MonroeEllis Peters Historical Award, 2012
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley CashNew Blood Dagger, 2012
The Potter's Field by Andrea CamilleriDuncan Lawrie International Dagger, 2012
The Rage (World Noir) by Gene KerriganGold Dagger, 2012
Alex by Pierre LemaitreDuncan Lawrie International Dagger, 2013
Dead Lions by Mick HerronGold Dagger, 2013
The Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred VargasDuncan Lawrie International Dagger, 2013
Ghostman by Roger HobbsIan Fleming Steel Dagger, 2013
Midnight in Peking by Paul FrenchNon Fiction Gold Dagger, 2013
Norwegian by Night by Derek B. MillerNew Blood Dagger, 2013
The Scent of Death by Andrew TaylorEllis Peters Historical Award, 2013
Acknowledgements by Martin EdwardsMargery Allingham Prize, Short Story, 2014
The Axeman's Jazz by Ray CelestinJohn Creasey, 2014
The Bookbinder’s Apprentice by Martin EdwardsDagger, Best Short Story of the Year, 2014
The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgsonnot in English Common KnowledgeHistorical Dagger, 2014
An Officer and a Spy by Robert HarrisIan Fleming Steel, 2014
The Siege by Arturo Pérez-Revertenot in English Common KnowledgeInternational Dagger, 2014
The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel by Cathy Scott-Clarknot in English Common KnowledgeNon-fiction Gold Dagger, 2014
This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley CashGold Dagger, 2014
Camille by Pierre Lemaitrenot in English Common KnowledgeInternational Dagger, 2015
Cop Town by Karin SlaughterIan Fleming Steel, 2015
Fourth of July Creek by Smith HendersonJohn Creasey, 2015
In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by Dan Daviesnot in English Common KnowledgeNon-fiction Gold Dagger, 2015
The Seeker by S.G. MacLeannot in English Common KnowledgeHistorical Award, 2015
The Cartel by Don WinslowIan Fleming Steel Dagger, 2016
Dodgers by Bill BeverlyJohn Creasey, 2016
The Great Swindle by Pierre LemaitreInternational, 2016
Stasi Child by David YoungEndeavour Historical, 2016
You Could Do Something Amazing with Your Life (You are Raoul Moat) by Andrew HankinsonGold Dagger for Non-Fiction, 2016
Close but No Cigar by Stephen PurvisGold Dagger for Non-Fiction, 2017
The Dry by Jane HarperGold Dagger, 2017
The Dying Detective by Leif G. W. PerssonInternational, 2017
A Rising Man by Abir MukherjeeHistorical Award, 2017
Spook Street by Mick HerronIan Fleming Steel Dagger, 2017
Tall Oaks: Winner of the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award by Chris WhitakerJohn Creasey, 2017
After the Fire by Henning Mankellnot in English Common KnowledgeInternational Dagger, 2018
Blood on the Page by Thomas Hardingnot in English Common KnowledgeNon-fiction, 2018
Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Lockenot in English Common KnowledgeIan Fleming Steel Dagger, 2018
The Liar by Steve Cavanaghnot in English Common KnowledgeGold Dagger, 2018
Lola by Melissa Scrivner Lovenot in English Common KnowledgeJohn Creasey, 2018
Nucleus by Rory ClementsHistorical Dagger, 2018
Destroying Angel by S.G. MacLeannot in English Common KnowledgeHistorical Dagger, 2019
A Long Night in Paris by Dov Alfonnot in English Common KnowledgeInternational Dagger, 2019
The Puppet Show by M. W. Cravennot in English Common KnowledgeGold Dagger, 2019
Scrublands by Chris HammerJohn Creasey, 2019
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyrenot in English Common KnowledgeNon-fiction, 2019
To The Lions by Holly WattIan Fleming Steel Dagger, 2019

Award description

The Crime Writers' Association was founded by John Creasey in 1953 and it has grown steadily ever since. Its membership has increased, its range of activities has widened, its sponsorship has developed and its prestige has grown. It has adapted itself to changing circumstances in crime publishing and done its utmost to serve the astonishingly diverse group of writers whom it represents. In short, it has become a distinctive feature on the crime-fiction landscape in the UK.
Readers and authors alike often wonder how the CWA Dagger nominees and winners are selected. The following should answer some of those questions, as well as giving a comprehensive list of all the winners since they were instituted.

Only British publishers can submit entries for the awards, and the submissions must have been published in the English language in the United Kingdom within a limited period of time. The number of awards, as well as their names, have varied over the years. In part this was due to sponsorship: in the mid 1990s the names of four of the Daggers (Gold, Silver, Non Fiction, and Short Story) were expanded to include that of its sponsor, The Macallan, distillers of one of Britain's top whiskies.

Since publishers can submit the same book for all relevant awards, it is theoretically possible for a historical crime thriller by a debuting author to win the Duncan Lawrie, Creasey, Historical and Steel Daggers.


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