Along with all the magnificent events being held (including events with NZ-based authors Paul Cleave and Liam McIlvanney), soon-to-visit-New Zealand author RJ Ellory scooped the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, the winners of several of the 2010 CWA Daggers were announced (including Johan Theorin winning the International Dagger), and the shortlists for three of the biggest Dagger Awards were announced: the CWA Gold Dagger; the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger; and the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger.
Today I wanted to focus on the shortlisted authors and books for the CWA Gold Dagger, being:
CWA GOLD DAGGER 2010
- Blacklands, Belinda Bauer (Corgi)
- Blood Harvest, S J Bolton (Bantam Press)
- Conman, Richard Asplin (No Exit Press)
- Rain Gods, James Lee Burke (Orion)
- Shadowplay, Karen Campbell (Hodder & Stoughton)
- The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge, Patricia Duncker (Bloomsbury)
- Still Midnight, Denise Mina (Orion)
- The Way Home, George Pelecanos (Orion)
In this major new TV campaign, in the six weeks leading up to The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2010, the British public will get the chance to vote for their favourite TV detective of all time. Over the six-week season of documentaries on ITV3, twelve different fictional detectives will be profiled - each of them a nominee for ‘The People’s Detective’ Dagger, which will be presented at The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards.
I will of course be blogging more about this latter point in future. It should be interesting, especially to compare the results with the 'World's Favourite Detective' competition run by Jen Forbus of Jen's Book Thoughts earlier this year (won by Harry Bosch).
But for now, who do you think should win the CWA Gold Dagger (considered by some to be the Oscar of crime writing)? Which books have you read? Which do you intend to read? Who would you like to see win? Please share your thoughts...