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Dagger Awards

Given by the Crime Writer's Association of Great Britain, it covers by fiction and nonfiction crime books.

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Dagger Awards
Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller


WINNER:  The Sirius Crossing by John Creed


  • The Master of Rain by Tom Bradby

  • Without Fail by Lee Child

  • Hostage by Robert Crais

  • Lime's Photograph by Leif Davidsen

  • The French Executioner by C. C. Humphreys

  • Tango One by Stephen Leather

WINNER:  The Small Boat of Great Sorrows by Dan Fesperman


  • Persuader by Lee Child

  • Candlemoth by R. J. Ellory

  • The Nightspinners by Lucretia Grindle

  • The Company by Robert Littell

  • Empire State by Henry Porter

  • Traitor's Kiss by Gerald Seymour

WINNER:  Garden of Beasts by Jeffery Deaver


  • The Warlord's Son by Dan Fesperman

  • Paranoia by Joseph Finder

  • Tokyo by Mo Hayder

  • Hard Landing by Stephen Leather

  • Dead I Well May Be by Adrian McKinty

  • The Confessor by Daniel Silva

WINNER:  Brandenburg by Henry Porter


  • A Blind Eye by G. M. Ford

  • A Good Day to Die by Simon Kernick

  • The Apothecary's House by Adrian Matthews

  • Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

  • Double Cross Blind by Joel Ross

  • A Death in Vienna by Daniel Silva

WINNER:  Mr. Clarinet by Nick Stone


  • The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

  • Sweet Gum by Jo-Ann Goodwin

  • Pig Island by Mo Hayder

  • The English Assassin by Daniel Silva

  • The Mercy Seat by Marty Waites

  • Contact Zero by David Wolstencroft

WINNER:  Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn


  • The Faithful Spy by Alex Berenson

  • The Woods by Harlan Coben

  • City of Lies by R. J. Ellory

  • The Intruders by Michael Marshall

  • The Night Ferry by Michael Robotham

  • Triptych by Karin Slaughter

WINNER:  Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith


  • Ritual by Mo Hayder

  • I See You by Gregg Hurwitz

  • Shatter by Michael Robotham

  • The Echelon Vendetta by David Stone

WINNER:  The Last Child by John Hart


  • The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

  • Calumet City by Charlie Newton

  • Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva

  • The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer

  • The Interrogator by Andrew WIlliams


WINNER:  A Loyal Spy by Simon Conway


  • Innocent by Scott Turow

  • The Dying Light by Henry Porter

  • The Gentlemen's Hour by Don WInslow

  • 61 Hours by Lee Child

  • Gone by Mo Hayder

  • Slow Horses by Mick Herron

WINNER:  The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton


  • The Good Son by Michael Gruber

  • Cold Rain by Craig Smith

  • Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

WINNER:  A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming


  • Dare Me by Megan Abbott

  • The Fear Index by Robert Harris

  • Reamde by Neal Stephenson

WINNER:  Ghostman by Roger Hobbs


  • Ratlines by Stuart Neville

  • The Sentinel by Mark Oldfield

  • Capital Punishment by Robert Wilson

WINNER:  An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris


  • Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

  • Natchez Burning by Greg Iles

WINNER:  Cop Town by Karin Slaughter


  • The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

  • The Night the Rich Men Burned by Malcolm Mackay

  • The White Van by Patrick Hoffman

  • Nobody Walks by Mick Herron

  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

  • Missing by Sam Hawken

WINNER:  The Cartel by Don WInslow


  • Make Me by Lee Child

  • Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty

  • Real Tigers by Mick Herron

  • The English Spy by Daniel Silva

WINNER:  Spook Street by Mick Herron


  • The Constant Soldier by WIliam Ryan

  • Redemption Road by John Hart

  • The Killing Game by J. S. Carol

  • We Go Around in the Night and Are Consumed by Fire by Jules Grant

  • You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

WINNER:  Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke


  • London Rules by Mick Herron

  • If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch

  • An Act of Silence by Colette McBeth

  • The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor

  • The Force by Don WInslow

WINNER:  To the Lions by Holly Watt


  • Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

  • Safe Houses by Dan Fesperman

  • Killing Eve : No Tomorrow by Luke Jennings

  • Lives Laid Away by Stephen Mack Jones

  • Memo From Turner by Tim Willocks


WINNER:  November Road by Lou Berney


  • This is Gomorrah by Tom Chatfield

  • One Way Out by A. A. Dhand

  • Between Two Evils by Eva Dolan

  • Cold Storage by David Koepp

  • The Whisper Man by Alex North


When She Was Good by Michael Robotham


  • Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith

  • The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

  • The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

  • One by One by Ruth Ware

  • We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker