THE CRIME WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION®

THE DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY

The Dagger in the Library (formerly the Golden Handcuffs) is awarded to the (living) author who has given most pleasure to readers; it recognises a body of work, not one single title. The award is nominated by UK libraries and readers' groups, and is judged by a panel of librarians who work with the public.

Thanks are due Dead Good, The Random House Group and the Reading Agency for their support and sponsorship of this unique award and also a big thank you to all the public library staff and users who take the time to nominate their favourite authors for this award.

Previous Winners

For more information about the winners listed below, click the appropriate year.

2013: Belinda Bauer

2012: Steve Mosby

2011: Mo Hayder

2010: Ariana Franklin

2009: Colin Cotterill

2008: Craig Russell

2007: Stuart MacBride

2006: Jim Kelly

2005: Jake Arnott

2004: Alexander McCall Smith

2003: Stephen Booth

2002: Peter Robinson

Earlier winners

The Award was in abeyance between 1997 and 2001.