The John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger
This award is for the best crime novel by a first-time author of any nationality first published in the UK in English during the Judging Period.
This year's winner
No Exit Press
A modern and deadly Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn road journey from the ghettos of Los Angeles to the heart of the US midwest with unforgettable characters, humanity and compassion and a constant awareness of the evil that surrounds us.
This Year's Shortlist
No Exit Press
The Good Liar
Maxim Jakubowski (Chair)
Maxim worked for many years in book publishing as an editor and launched the Murder One Bookshop, which he owned and ran for over 20 years. He now writes, edits and translates full-time in London. The series The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime Volume, which he edits and now at volume 13, has printed many winners of the CWA Short Story Dagger. His website is maximjakubowski.co.uk.
Peter is a novelist, critic, writing teacher and a chairperson/interviewer at a wide range of literature festivals and events. He is a former Director of the Brighton Literature Festival and for eleven years – until 2011 – was the Observer ’s crime fiction critic. He is the author of ten novels, two works of non-fiction and numerous short stories His website is www.peterguttridge.com.
Louise has worked in the book industry for 30 years, first on the marketing and PR side with three major publishers and for the last 10 years as director and co-founder of Lovereading Ltd. Websites Lovereading.co.uk and Lovereading4kids.co.uk are the number one book recommendation sites in the UK, providing enriched content including taster extracts, expert reviews and consumer reader reviews on carefully selected titles.
Dave is an acclaimed London-based author whose two last novels EUROPE IN AUTUMN and EUROPE AT MIDNIGHT have been shortlisted for various prestigious awards. An ex-journalist, his just-about-futuristic thrillers deal with the hidden side of political reality. He has also edited various SF anthologies and published collections of his short stories.
|Fever City||Tim Baker||Faber&Faber|
|Dodgers||Bill Beverly||No Exit Press|
|Mr Miller||Charles Den Tex||World Editions|
|The Teacher||Katerina Diamond||Avon|
|Wicked Game||Matt Johnson||Orenda Books|
|Freedom’s Child||Jax Miller||HarperCollins|
|Eileen||Ottessa Moshfegh||Jonathan Cape|
|The Dark Inside||Rod Reynolds||Faber&Faber|
|The Good Liar||Nicholas Searle||Viking|