27 May 2012

Reading lists: various CWA shortlists

At CrimeFest in Bristol some shortlists have been announced, in case you need more books or authors to look out for.

International Dagger
The Potter’s Field by Andrea Camilleri, translated by Stephen Sartarelli (Mantle)
I Will Have Vengeance by Maurizio de Giovanni, translated by Anne Milano Appel (Hersilia Press)
Until Thy Wrath Be Past by Åsa Larsson, translated by Laurie Thompson (Quercus/Maclehose)
Trackers by Deon Meyer, translated by T K L Seegers (Hodder & Stoughton)
Phantom by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett (Harvill Secker)
The Dark Valley by Valerio Varesi, translated by Joseph Farrell (Quercus/Maclehose)

my reviews seem to predict it is going to be a very close call:
Karin Fossum's THE CALLER to which I gave 5.0 did not make the cut.

Ellis Peters Historical DaggerThe Crown by Nancy Bilyeau (Orion)
I Will Have Vengeance by Maurizio de Giovanni (Hersilia Press)
Bitter Water by Gordon Ferris (Corvus)
Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr (Quercus)
Icelight by Aly Monroe (John Murray)
Sacrilege by S.J. Parris (HarperCollins)
A Willing Victim by Laura Wilson (Quercus)

The Dagger in the Library – for a body of work
Belinda Bauer
S.J. Bolton
Susan Hill
Peter May
Steve Mosby
Imogen Robertson

This list raises the question, again, of how big a "body of work" is.
Not all bodies of work are equal it seems, otherwise a couple on this list would be streets ahead numerically. Bauer for example has only 3 published books, while Susan Hill has over 30 but not all crime fiction. Imogen Robertson has 4, Peter May about 18, S J Bolton 5, Steve Mosby 7.

Thanks to It's A Crime for the information about these and other lists.
She also says "The winners of these Daggers, and the CWA Diamond Dagger (Frederick Forsyth), will be announced/presented at a black tie dinner on 5th July, when the longlists for the second set of Daggers – the Gold, Steel, and John Creasey – will also be announced. The winners of this second set will be revealed at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards in the autumn."


Maxine Clarke said...

Thanks, Kerrie, for these lists. Just to note for the international dagger at least, we don't know which books were submitted by the publisher for the prize....so that could possibly account for some omissions.

The library award has some element of public voting rather than being decided by a judging panel, I believe. The "body of work" has to be at least 3 books.

raidergirl3 said...

Cool - I've read two of the International Nominees, the Camilleri and the Deon Meyer. Meyer has become one of my favorite crime writers. I've bought a couple of his back list to read this summer, plus he has a new one coming out this summer. I'm too far behind in the Nesbo series to have read that one, but I'll get to it.

I'll have to look up the other titles. The one listed on both International and Historical looks promising.


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