The Goldsboro Gold Dagger
The Gold Dagger is awarded to the best crime novel of the year. It was originally created in 1955, under the name of the Crossed Red Herrings Award. The first winner was Winston Graham for The Little Walls. It was renamed the Gold Dagger in 1960 and has been awarded ever since with variations in its name depending on sponsorship.
Up to 2005 books in translation were eligible for this prize. In 2006 the CWA established a separate dagger for books in translation, recognising the work of the translator as well as that of the original author.
This Year's Shortlist
Blood Salt Water
No Exit Press
Richard Reynolds (Chair)
Richard has been a bookseller for over thirty-five years and is the organiser of regular events for readers of crime fiction at Heffers in Cambridge, including the annual events What’s Your Poison & Murder under the Mistletoe, the editor of the Oleander Press London Bound series of classic crime novels and is an expert in Crime fiction.
Barry Forshaw is one of the UK’s leading experts on crime fiction and film. Books include Nordic Noir, Sex and Film and The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction. Other work includes Death in a Cold Climate, British Gothic Cinema, Euro Noir and the Keating Award-winning British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia, along with books on Italian cinema and Stieg Larsson. He writes for various national newspapers and edits Crime Time (ww.crimetime.co.uk).
Myles is a Kent-based podiatrist with a keen interest in crime fiction. Myles is sometime book reviewer and co-founder of CrimeFest, the crime writing convention held in Bristol.
Karen has worked in the publishing industry for over 20 years, in a variety of senior financial and operational roles for Dorling Kindersley, Time Warner and Little Brown. She currently works part time as a consultant in the publishing industry which leaves time for lots of reading.
Janice has a nursing and archaeology background with a particular interest in forensics. For the last 14 years she has worked for Waterstones as a bookseller.
Jo discovered crime fiction in the library of the small fenland town in which she grew up. She has been Secretary of/Events Organiser for the Margery Allingham Society for several years and is an occasional reviewer.
Philip has worked in Publishing for over 42 years, 29 of them as a freelance sales agent.Having worked for numerous publishers over the years he has wide experience ,especially in the Crime Fiction genre. Now semi-retired he has more time to enjoy reading!
|Dodgers||Bill Beverly||No Exit Press|
|Black Widow||Christopher Brookmyre||Little, Brown|
|After You Die||Eve Dolan||Harvill Secker|
|Real Tigers||Mick Herron||John Murray|
|Finders Keepers||Stephen King||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Dead Pretty||David Mark||Mulholland Books|
|Blood Salt Water||Denise Mina||Orion|
|She Died Young||Elizabeth Wilson||Serpent’s Tail|
Life or Death
Little, Brown Book Group/Sphere
Why would a man escape from prison the day before he’s due to be released? Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of the gang. Seven million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is. For ten years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled and threatened almost daily by prison guards, inmates and criminal gangs, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he’s due to be released. Everybody wants to find Audie, but he’s not running. Instead he’s trying to save a life . . . and not just his own.