CWA 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.

CWA Ian Fleming Steel Judges

Each year our judges read, between them, over 600 submissions. The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger judges are invincible and read them all whilst balancing 1000 ft in the air with a Martini in one hand of course.

Corinne Turner

Corinne Turner

Chair CWA Ian Fleming Steel Judges

has managed and helped develop authors’ literary estates for nearly 30 years. She is Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd and also owns and manages the literary estate of children’s author, Willard Price.

Ali Karim

Ali Karim

Judge

is the Assistant Editor of Shots eZine, writes and reviews for many crime/thriller magazines; an associate member of the CWA, ITW and PWA. He was awarded 2011 David Thompson Memorial Award and The Don Sandstrom Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in Fandom in 2013 Bouchercon Albany.

Diggory Laycock

Diggory Laycock

Judge

is on the board of Ian Fleming Publications and The Ian Fleming Estate.  He is the great-nephew of Ian Fleming.

 

 

Mark Lawson

Mark Lawson

Judge

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.

Professor Heather O'Donoghue

Professor Heather O'Donoghue

Judge

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.

 

Donna Moore

Donna Moore

Judge

Donna is an avid reader, writer and occasional reviewer of crime fiction. She is co-host of Crimefest and also does the programming for Magna cum Murder in Indiana. In her day job, she is an adult literacy tutor and is also currently undertaking a PhD.

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Nominations for 2017

Only registered publishers are able to nominate in the CWA Dagger Awards. The 2016-2017 Daggers are for works published between April 01, 2016 to March 31, 2017 inclusive. The final deadline for submitting a work is February 28, 2017.

 

Title of Book Author Name Publisher Name
The Heat Garry Disher Text Publishing
The Constant Soldier William Ryan Mantle
You Were Never Really Here Jonathan Ames Pushkin Vertigo
The Killing Game J.S. Carol Bookouture
Blink K.L.Slater Bookouture
The Rules of Backyard Cricket Jock Serong Text Publishing
Kill the Next One Frederico Axat Text Publishing
No Killing Sky Rory McCourt New Internationalist
Thirst Benjamin Warner Bloomsbury
Breaking Cover Stella Rimington Bloomsbury
Brighton Michael Harvey Bloomsbury
The River at Night Erica Ferencik Raven Books
Arrowood Laura McHugh Century
The Book of Mirrors E.O. Chirovici Century
The Hanging Club Tony Parsons Century
The Kept Woman Karin SLaughter Century
Home Harlan Coben Century
The Bone Field Simon Kernick Century
Crash Toby Vintcent Aracdia Books
By Any Means Necessary Stephen Sayers Britain’s Next Bestseller
The Freedom Broker K.J. Howe Headline
Moskva Jack Grimwood Michael Joseph
Dark Fragments Rob Sinclair Bloodhound Books
We Go Around in the Night Consumed by Fire Jules Grant Myriad Editions
Never Alone Elizabeth Haynes Myriad Editions
Redemption Road John Hart Hodder & Stoughton
Dark Asset Adrian Magson Severn House
The Woman in Cabin 10 Ruth Ware Harvill Secker
Only the Truth Adam Croft Thomas & Mercer
The Ottoman Conspiracy Thomas Ryan Thomas & Mercer
Trojan Alan McDermott Thomas & Mercer
Lock the Door Jane Holland Thomas & Mercer
Duplicity Sibel Hodge Thomas & Mercer
Witness Caroline Mitchell Thomas & Mercer
Cold John Sweeney Thomas & Mercer
Before You Leap Keith Houghton Thomas & Mercer
The Lost Ones Ben Cheetham Thomas & Mercer
The Devil’s Work Mark Edwards Thomas & Mercer
The Traitor’s Story Kevin Wignall Thomas & Mercer
Strangers Paul Finch Avon
Born Bad Marnie Riches Avon
The Nowhere Man Gregg Hurwitz Michael Joseph
Girl Unknown Karen Perry Michael Joseph
Every Pretty Thing Chris Mooney Michael Joseph
Jericho’s War Gerald Seymour Hodder & Stoughton
Her Husband’s Lover Julia Crouch Headline
Say Nothing Brad Parks Faber & Faber
Hard Cold Winter Glen Erik Hamilton Faber & Faber
Her Every Fear Peter Swanson Faber & Faber
Crash Land Doug Johnstone Faber & Faber
Paradime Alan Glynn Faber & Faber
Long Time Lost Chris Ewan Faber & Faber
Dear Amy Helen Callaghan Michael Joseph
Hide and Seek M.J. Arlidge Michael Joseph
Broken Heart Tim Weaver Michael Joseph
Local Girl Missing Claire Douglas Michael Joseph
Orphan X Gregg Hurwitz Michael Joseph
Deep Down Dead Steph Broadribb Orenda Books
Safe From harm R.J. Bailey Simon & Schuster
The Dead Don’t Boogie Douglas Skelton Contraband
Blood for Blood J.M. Smyth Black & White Publishing
The Weaver Fish Robert Edeson Aardvark Bureau
The Twenty-Three Linwood Barclay Orion Fiction
The Plea Steve Cavanagh Orion Fiction
The Time to Kill Mason Cross Orion Fiction
The Dark Room Jonathan Moore Orion Fiction
The Napoleon Complex E.M. Davey Duckworth
Find Me J.S. Monroe Head of Zeus
A Death in the Family Michael Stanley Orenda Books
Deadly Harvest Michael Stanley Orenda Books
Six Stories Matt Wesolowski Orenda Books
Police at the Station and they Don’t Look Friendly Adrian McKinty Serpent’s Tail
A Separation Katie Kitamura Clerkenwell Press
Deadly Game Matt Johnson Orenda Books
The Mountain in my Shoe Louise Beech Orenda Books
A Suitable Lie Michael J Malone Orenda Books
Pendulum Adam Hamdy Headline
Nomad James Swallow Zaffre
Disciple Stephen Lloyd Jones Headline
Spare Me the Truth CJ Carver Zaffre
Every Man a Menace Patrick Hoffman Grove Press
Where I Lost Her T.Greenwood Corvus
All the Missing Girls Megan Miranda Corvus
Everything You Told Me Lucy Dawson Corvus
The Drowning Child Alex Barclay HarperFiction
The Black Widow Daniel Silva HarperFiction
Her Perfect Life Sam Hepburn HarperFiction
Behind Her Eyes Sarah Pinborough HarperFiction
The Fire Child S. K. Tremayne HarperFiction
Watching Edie Camilla Way HarperFiction
A Divided Spy Charles Cumming HarperFiction
The Rule of Fear Luke Delaney HarperFiction
Ed’s Dead Russel D. McLean Saraband
All the Devils Neil Broadfoot Contraband
Spook Street Mick Herron John Murray Publishers
Hoffer Tim Glencross John Murray Publishers
Local Poet Paul Trembling Lion FIction
Deep Water Christine Poulson Lion FIction
The Vanishing Year Kate Moretti Titan Books
Search and Destroy James Hilton Titan Books
Parallel Lines Steven Savile Titan Books
The Will to Kill Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins Titan Books
You Will Know Me Megan Abbott Picador
The Girl Before JP Delaney Quercus
While My Eyes Were Closed Linda Green Quercus
The Killer Susan Wilkins Pan
The Hit Nadia Dalbuono Scribe UK
Devour L.A.Larkin Constable
The Innocents Ace Atkins Corsair
A Time to Die Tom Wood Sphere
Cold Blood Andy McNab Bantam Press
Night School Lee Child Bantam Press
Streets of Darkness A.A. Dhand Bantam Press
Crisis Frank Gardner Bantam Press
Montecristo Martin Suter No Exit Press
The One Man Andrew Gross Macmillan
The Searcher Chris Morgan Jones Mantle
Threat Hugh Fraser Urbane

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