The Crime Writers' Association


2016 Shortlists announced

The Crime Writers’ Association are pleased to announce the 2016 Dagger award

For the shortlist, please scroll down to the Dagger category you want to view and click ‘Read More’. Once you can see the shortlist, select the book you want to view from the shortlist for a brief description.

The Daggers

The Crime Writers’ Association Daggers have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over fifty years. These prestigious awards started in 1955, less than two years after the Association was founded, with the award of a Crossed Red Herring Award to Winston Graham for The Little Walls.

Over the years the number of CWA Daggers has increased (and occasionally decreased). Currently ten Daggers are awarded annually by the CWA.

Most of the awards are nominated by the book’s publishers. For details on schedule, on how to nominate and to submit nominations, visit

Download 2016 shortlists (PDF)


Select a Dagger below for more information. Or view past winners in the Dagger winners archive.

View the winners archive

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