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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
Gold Dagger for Nonfiction



The Mystery of the Princes by Audrey WIlliamson


Rachman by Shirley Green


Conspiracy by Anthony Summers


Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number by Jacobo Timerman


Earth to Earth by John Cornwell


Double Dealer : How Five Art Dealers, Four Policemen, Three Picture Restorers, Two Auction Houses and a Journalist Plotted to Recover Some of the World's Most Beautiful Stolen Paintings


In God's Name by David Yallop


Killing for Company by Brian Masters


Evil Angels by John Bryson


Perfect Murder by Bernard Taylor and Stephen Knight


The Secret Lives of Trebitsch Lincoln by Bernard Wasserstein


A Gathering of Saints : a True Story of Money, Murder and Deceit by Robert Lindsey


The Passing of Starr Faithfull by Jonathan Goodman


Giordano Bruno and the Embassy Affair by John Bossy


The Reckoning by Charles Nicholl


Murder in the Heart by Alexandra Artley


Criminal Shadows : Inside the Mind of the Serial Killer by David Canter


Dead Not Buried by Martin Beales


The Gunpowder Plot by Antonia Fraser


The Jigsaw Man (The Remarkable Career of Britain's Foremost Criminal Psychologist by Paul Britton


Cries Unheard : Why Children Kill - The Story of Mary Bell by Gitta Sereny


The Case of Stephen Lawrence by Brian Cathcart



Mr. Blue : Memoirs of a Renegade by Edward Bunker


The Infiltrators : the Fist Inside Account of Life Deep Undercover with Scotland Yard's Most Secret Unit by Philip Etienne and Martin Maynard (with Tony Thompson)


  • Maggots, Murder and Men : Memories and Reflections of a Forensic Entomologist by Zacaria Erzinçlioglu

  • Patriot Traitors : Roger Casement, John Amery and the Real Meaning of Treason by Adrian Weale


Dead Man's Wages : the Secrets of a London Conman and His Familiy by Lillian Pizzichini


  • Anthony Blunt, His Lives by Miranda Carter

  • Town Without Pity : the Fight to Clear Stephen Downing of the Bakewell Murder by Don Hale

Scene of the Crime : a Guide to the Landscapes of British Detective Fiction by Julian Earwaker & Kathleen Becker


Pointing from the Grave : a True Story of Murder and DNA by Samantha Weinberg


  • Wicked Beyond Belief : the Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper by Michael Bilton

  • Devil in The White City : Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

  • Imprint of the Raj : the Colonial Origin of Fingerprinting and Its Voyage to Britain by Chandak Sengoopta

  • An Underworld at War : Spivs, Deserters, Racketeers and Civilians in the Second World War by Donald Thomas

  • Gang War : the Inside Story of the Manchester Gangs by Peter Walsh


  • Cosa Nostra : a History of the Sicilian Mafia by John Dickie

  • The Italian Boy : Murder and Grave Robbery in 1830s London by Sarah Wise


  • The Swamp of Death : a True Tale of Victorian Lies and Murder by Rebecca Gowers

  • The Trials of Hank Janson by Steve Holland

  • Slave : the True Story of a Girl's Lost Childhood and her Fight for Survival by Mende Nazer and Damian Lewis

WINNER:  On the Run : a Mafia childhood by Gregg and Gina Hill


  • The Wreckers : a story of killing seas, false lights, and plundered shipwrecks by Bella Bathurst

  • The Last Duel : a true story of crime, scandal, and trial by combat in Medieval France by Eric Jager

  • The Trial : a history from Socrates to O. J. Simpson by Sadakat Kadri

  • A Serpent in Eden : the greatest murder mystery of all time by James Owen

WINNER:  The Dagenham Murder : The Brutal Killing of PC George Clark, 1846 by Linda Rhodes, Lee Shelden, and Kathryn Abnett


  • A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger

  • The Story of Chicago May by Nuala O'Faolain

  • The Death of Innocents : an Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions by Sister Helen Prejean

  • Under and Alone : the True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America's Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang by William Queen

  • And Then the Darkness : the Fascinating Story of the Disappearance of Peter Falconio and the Trials of Joanne Lees by Sue Williams

No Awards

WINNER:  Nationality : Wog - The Hounding of David Oluwale by Kester Aspden


  • The Art of Political Murder : Who Killed Bishop Gerardi by Francisco Goldman

  • Violation : Justice, Race and Serial Murder in the Deep South by David Rose

  • The Lost Boy by Duncan Staff

  • The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, or, the Murder at Road Hill HOuse by Kate Summerscale

  • Into the Darkness : 7/7 by Peter Zimonjic

No Awards


WINNER:  Aftermath : The Omagh Bombing & the Families' Pursuit of Justice by Ruth Dudley Edwards

WINNER:  The Killer of Little Shepherds by Douglas Starr

WINNER:  The Eleventh Day by Anthony Summers & Robbyn Swan

WINNER:  Midnight in Peking by Paul French

WINNER:  The Siege by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark

WINNER:  In Plain Sight : the Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by Dan Davies

WINNER:  You Could Do Something Amazing With Your Life [You Are Raoul Moat] by Andrew Hankinson

WINNER:  Close But No Cigar by Stephen Purvis

WINNER:  Blood on the Page by Thomas Harding

WINNER:  The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre


WINNER:  Furious Hours : Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep


Written in Bone by Sue Black


  • We Keep the Dead Close : a Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper

  • These Are Not Gentle People by Andrew Harding

  • Dancing with the Octopus by Debora Harding

  • The Book of Trespass by Nick Hayes

  • Agent Sonya by Ben MacIntyre