19 January 2008

Sue Grafton- 2008 Cartier Diamond Dagger

Once again how many of the authors listed among the Cartier Dagger winners have you read?
Many of my favourite authors are listed there.
Have you read all/most of Sue Grafton's alphabet series?
I think I may have missed one or two on the way, but next in line for me is S for SILENCE, already on my shelves.
There's a full list at http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/g/sue-grafton/
Her own pretty impressive site is at http://www.suegrafton.com/

Sue Grafton wins Cartier Diamond Dagger for 2008 (Crime Writers Association)
The twenty-third Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in the genre of crime writing, has been awarded to the best-selling American novelist, Sue Grafton. Her Kinsey Millhone alphabet series of PI mystery novels have won numerous awards in her native America. The latest number one best-seller, T is for Trespass, was published in the US in December 2007 and will be out in Macmillan hardback in the UK in April 2008.

The CWA committee selects writers nominated by the membership. Nominees have to meet two essential criteria: first, their careers must be marked by sustained excellence, and second, they must have made a significant contribution to crime fiction published in the English language, whether originally or in translation. The award is made purely on merit without reference to age, gender or nationality.

The first winner, in 1986, was Eric Ambler. Subsequent recipients have been P.D. James, John le Carr├ę, Dick Francis, Julian Symons, Ruth Rendell, Leslie Charteris, Ellis Peters, Michael Gilbert, Reginald Hill, H.R.F. Keating, Colin Dexter, Ed McBain, Margaret Yorke, Peter Lovesey, Lionel Davidson, Sara Paretsky, Robert Barnard, Lawrence Block, Ian Rankin and Elmore Leonard.

Last year's winner was John Harvey.

Thanks to Petrona for the heads up on the award.


Anonymous said...

Good post, and thanks for the link.
I really like John Harvey -- I've read all the Resniks and the three Frank Elders. Have you read him? He's well worth it, if not.

His take on the Polish UK culture is retrospectively fascinating, given the EU membership and flood that has happened since: all after the end of the last Resnik book. (although he has now returned to the character and has written another, apparently - and Resnik appears briefly in the Frank Elder trilogy. You can't keep a good character down.)
all best, Maxine.

Kerrie said...

Hello Maxine
Did you realise that Scotland also accepted massive Polish refugee migration after WW2? Polish pilots were stationed in Scotland during WW2. John Rebus (Ian Rankins' protag) is supposedly of Polish background and in at least one of his novels he comments on how Scotland is a melting pot and how they have absorbed migrants from everywhere over the years. I had a university lecturer who went from Poland to Edinburgh when he was about 5, had a Scottish education, but his parents saw to it that he did not lose his Polish cultural heritage including language. His accent was a hoot!


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