THE CRIME WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION®

THE JOHN CREASEY DAGGER

The 'New Blood' Dagger for the best first book by a previously unpublished writers is awarded in memory of crime writer John Creasey (1908-1973), crime writer, creator of The Toff and CWA founder.

The award, previously The John Creasey Memorial Award, was sponsored from its introduction in 1973 till 2002 by publisher Chivers Press; between 2003 and 2007 it was sponsored by BBC Audiobooks.

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

2012: A Land More Kind than Home (Transworld/Bantam) - Wiley Cash

2011: Before I Go To Sleep (Doubleday) - S.J. Watson

2010: Acts of Violence (Pan Macmillan) - Ryan David Jahn

2009: Echoes From The Dead (Doubleday) - Johan Theorin, translated by Marlaine Delargy

2008: The Bethlehem Murders (Atlantic Books) - Matt Rees

2007: Sharp Objects (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) - Gillian Flynn

2006: Still Life (Hodder Headline) - Louise Penny

2005: Running Hot (Maia Press) - Dreda Say Mitchell

2004: Amagansett (Fourth Estate) - Mark Mills

2003: Mission Flats (Bantam) - William Landay

2002: The Cutting Room (Canongate) - Louise Welsh

2001: The Earthquake Bird (Picador) - Susanna Jones

Earlier Winners

2000: God is a Bullet - Boston Teran

1999: Lie in the Dark - Dan Fesperman

1998: Garnet Hill - Denise Mina

1997: Body Politic - Paul Johnston

1996: no award

1995: One for the Money - Janet Evanovich

1995: A Grave Talent - Laurie R King

1994: Big Town - Doug J Swanson

1993: no award

1992: The Ice House - Minette Walters

1991: Devil in a Blue Dress - Walter Mosley

1990: Postmortem - Patricia Cornwell

1989: A Real Shot in the Arm - Annette Roome

1988: Death's Bright Angel - Janet Neel

1987: Dark Apostle - Denis Kilcommons

1986: Tinplate - Neville Steed

 

1985: The Latimer Mercy - Robert Richardson

1984: A Very Private Enterprise - Elizabeth Ironside

1983: The Night the Gods Smiled - Eric Wright

1983: The Ariadne Clue - Carol Clemeau

1982: Caroline Miniscule - Andrew Taylor

1981: The Ludi Victor - James Leigh

1980: Dupe - Liza Cody

1979: A Running Duck (US: Fair Game) - Paula Gosling

1978: Saturday of Glory - David Serafin

1977: The Judas Pair - Jonathan Gash

1976: Death of a Thin Skinned Animal - Patrick Alexander

1975: Acid Drop - Sara George

1974: The Big Fix - Roger L Simon

1973: Don't Point That Thing at Me - Kyril Bonfiglioli