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The CWA Dagger Awards 2000

The Macallan Dagger

The Macallan Daggers 2000
In association with the Crime Writers' Association Originators of the Dagger Awards

The Macallan Daggers celebrate crime writing at its best in three categories - fiction, non fiction and short stories. Former Macallan Dagger winners include Ruth Rendell, Ian Rankin and Colin Dexter. The winner of last year's Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction was British author Robert Wilson for A Small Death in Lisbon.

The winners of The Macallan Gold and Silver Daggers for Fiction receive £3000 and £2000 respectively. The winner of The Macallan Gold Dagger for Non Fiction receives £3000; there is a prize of £1500 for The Macallan Short Story Dagger.

WINNERS OF THE MACALLAN DAGGERS 2000

THE MACALLAN GOLD DAGGER FOR FICTION

MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN Jonathan Lethem £9.99 Paperback (Faber & Faber)
This New York thriller is idiosyncratically narrated by Lionel Essrog, aka the Human Freakshow, a victim of Tourette's Syndrome, as he doggedly unravels the reasons behind the death of his gangland protector.

THE MACALLAN SILVER DAGGER FOR FICTION

FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES Donna Leon £15.99 Hardback (William Heinemann)
The latest elegant thriller about the Venetian policeman Guido Brunetti and his attempts to negotiate the narrow path between personal intrigue and political corruption in modern day Italy.

THE MACALLAN GOLD DAGGER FOR NON FICTION

MR BLUE Edward Bunker £16.99 Hardback (No Exit Press)
A relentlessly honest life story from the ex-San Quentin inmate, written in lean, sinewy prose by the reformed con who played Mr Blue in Reservoir Dogs.

THE MACALLAN SHORT-STORY DAGGER

HELENA AND THE BABIES Denise Mina From Fresh Blood 3, edited by Mike Ripley and Maxim Jakubowski £8 (The Do-Not Press)
Set in 'The Babies Room' for confused and incontinents in Roseybank Nursing home, this new slant on the country house mystery is dark, but tremendously humane. Denise Mina sets the scene economically and very successfully.

Between 1995 and 2002, The Macallan Daggers were sponsored by The Macallan, distillers of the finest Single Highland Malt Whisky, in association with the Crime Writers' Association. The Macallan Daggers were founded by The Crime Writers' Association in 1956. The CWA continue to manage the awards today.