The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
The broadest definition of the thriller novel is used for eligible books; these can be set in any period and include, but are not limited to, spy fiction and/or action/ adventure stories. Ian Fleming said there was one essential criterion for a good thriller – that “one simply has to turn the pages”; this is one of the main characteristics that the judges will be looking for.
This year's winner
A viscerally realistic report from the drug wars in early 2000s Mexico. Brutally authentic and immersive, this thriller is a powerful enough achievement as a gripping fact-driven narrative, but transcends as fiction through Winslow’s taut portrayal of a violent revenger’s tragedy.
This Year's Shortlist
The English Spy
Josephine Lane (Chair)
Josephine is the Editorial Project Manager for Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.
Professor Heather O'Donoghue
Heather is Professor of Old Norse at the University of Oxford, and an avid reader of all kinds of crime and thriller novels. She has served several terms on the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger judging panel, and reviews crime fiction for various journals. She was born and grew up in the North east of England, but has lived in Oxford for many years. She is married with three grown-up children and three grandchildren.
Diggory Laycock is on the board of Ian Fleming Publications and The Ian Fleming Estate. He is the great-nephew of Ian Fleming.
Mark is an English journalist, broadcaster and author, specialising in culture and the arts. He regularly moderates panels for events such as the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.
Ali is the Assistant Editor of Shots eZine and writes and reviews for many US Magazines and Ezines. He was awarded the 2011 David Thompson Memorial Award for Special Services to the Crime and Thriller Genre and in 2013 awarded the Don Sandstrom Lifetime achievement award for services to Crime and Mystery Fandom.
Karim is also an associate member of The Crime Writers Association [CWA]; an associate member of International Thriller Writers Inc. [ITW] and a former literary judge for both best debut novel and best thriller; and an associate member of the Private Eye Writers of America [PWA], and one of the judges of Deadly Pleasures Magazine’s Barry Awards. Karim is also a Board Member to Bouchercon [The World Mystery and Crime Convention] and co-chaired programming for Bouchercon 2015 held in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Iain was born in Scotland in 1945. In 1968, he took a degree in Scots Law at Edinburgh University and worked briefly for the Home Office in London before becoming a full time journalist and writer in 1974. Iain has written for most national newspapers and many magazines in the UK. He is currently the books editor and non-fiction reviewer for ‘Saga Magazine’ and for sixteen years was a weekly books review columnist for ‘The Times’. He also contributes reviews to ‘The Herald on Sunday’ and the ‘Crimetime’ website.
|The Cartel||Don Winslow||William Heinemann|
|The English Spy||Daniel Silva||HarperCollins|
|Bone by Bone||Sanjida Kay||Corvus|
|Rain Dogs||Adrian McKinty||Serpent’s Tail|
|Real Tigers||Mick Herron||John Murray|
|The Hot Countries||Timothy Hallinan||Soho Crime|
|Black Eyed Susans||Julia Hearberlin||Michael Joseph|
|Make Me||Lee Child||Bantam Press|
|Spy Games||Adam Brookes||Sphere|
|The American||Nadia Dalbuono||Scribe UK|