Thursday, July 05, 2007

The Dagger Winners Announced

The list is in, naming the winners of the Dagger Awards, handed out by the Crime Writers Association.

Duncan Lawrie Dagger Peter Temple - The Broken Shore (Quercus)

Duncan Lawrie International Dagger Fred Vargas - Wash this Blood Clean from my Hand (Harvill Secker), translated by Siân Reynolds

The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Gillian Flynn - Sharp Objects (Orion)

The CWA New Blood Dagger Gillian Flynn - Sharp Objects (Orion)

The CWA Dagger in the Library

Stuart MacBride
“His books tell of life in all its grim reality, but this only adds to the appeal of this truly impressive new author...the grimmest of subjects, but leavened (thankfully) with dashes of humour. He’s bad news for the Aberdeen tourist industry, but great news for crime readers.”

C.J. Sansom was very highly commended in this category.

The Debut Dagger

Alan Bradley – from British Columbia in Canada – is this year's winner with The Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie.

David Jackson, from the Wirral on Merseyside was Highly Commended with Pariah.

Congratulations to all, but especially Stuart, who can now no longer whine about being a loser.

3 comments:

norby said...

Shame for James, but yes, at least Stuart can stop whining about something. Now we just have to get through Old Theakstons!

mcewen said...

If you had to narrow the choice, would you be able to?
cheers

Sandra Ruttan said...

Norby, I'm not sure how Stuart will cope with his success!

mcewen, are you referring to the Theakstons list? I think it's impossible to be certain of anything, because I'm not entirely sure how they're doing it this year. First year, strictly fan voting. Second year they had a book club involved as well, and I'm not sure how they balanced fan voting against that.

I do think Stuart has a good chance. Awards such as those are fan driven, and the more interactive an author is with their readers, the more likely their readers will participate and support them. Stuart's books are more mainstream, as police procedurals.

But judging is a very difficult thing to do. I've judged competitions before, and found it to be a delicate process.