2022 Dagger Awards Longlists

The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) of the United Kingdom announced the longlist for the 2022 Dagger Awards on April 23.

The Daggers were first given in 1955, but for the first five years CWA called its top honor the Crossed Red Herring Award.

The award’s shortlist will come out May 13, and the winners will be revealed at a ceremony on June 29.

GOLD DAGGER

This award is for the best crime novel by an author of any nationality.

  • NEXT OF KIN by KIA ABDULLAH (HarperCollins • HQ)
  • THE CHRISTMAS MURDER GAME by ALEXANDRA BENEDICT (Bonnier Books UK • Zaffre)
  • RABBIT HOLE by MARK BILLINGHAM (Little, Brown • Sphere)
  • CITY OF VENGEANCE by DV BISHOP (Pan Macmillan • Macmillan)
  • BEFORE YOU KNEW MY NAME by JACQUELINE BUBLITZ (Little, Brown • Sphere)
  • SUNSET SWING by RAY CELESTIN (Pan Macmillan • Mantle)
  • RAZORBLADE TEARS by SA COSBY (Headline Publishing Group • Headline)
  • THE LAST THING TO BURN by WILL DEAN (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • THE HOUSE UPTOWN by MELISSA GINSBURG (Faber)
  • THE UNWILLING by JOHN HART (Bonnier Books UK • Zaffre)
  • A SLOW FIRE BURNING by PAULA HAWKINS (Transworld • Doubleday)
  • LIGHTSEEKERS by FEMI KAYODE (Bloomsbury Publishing • Raven)
  • I KNOW WHAT I SAW by IMRAN MAHMOOD (Bloomsbury Publishing • Raven)
  • THE SHADOWS OF MEN by ABIR MUKHERJEE (Penguin Random House • Harvill Secker)
  • THE KILLING HILLS by CHRIS OFFUTT (No Exit Press)
  • THE STONING by PETER PAPATHANASIOU (Quercus • MacLehose)
  • THE TRAWLERMAN by WILLIAM SHAW (Quercus • riverrun)
  • DAUGHTERS OF NIGHT by LAURA SHEPHERD-ROBINSON (Pan Macmillan • Mantle)
  • A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO MURDER by ROSALIND STOPPS (HarperCollins • HQ)
  • BRAZILIAN PSYCHO by JOE THOMAS (Quercus • Arcadia)

IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER

Eligible books in this category are thrillers set in any period and include, but are not limited to, spy fiction, psychological thrillers and action/adventure stories.

  • A MAN NAMED DOLL by JONATHAN AMES (Pushkin Press • Pushkin Vertigo)
  • FIND YOU FIRST by LINWOOD BARCLAY (HarperCollins • HQ)
  • EXIT by BELINDA BAUER (Transworld Publishers • Bantam Press)
  • THE PACT by SHARON BOLTON (Orion Publishing Group)
  • THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE by STEVE CAVANAGH (Orion Publishing Group)
  • SUNSET SWING by RAY CELESTIN (Pan Macmillan • Mantle)
  • RAZORBLADE TEARS by SA COSBY (Headline Publishing Group)
  • DEAD GROUND by MW CRAVEN (Little, Brown • Constable)
  • THE PLOT by JEAN HANFF KORELITZ (Faber)
  • DREAM GIRL by LAURA LIPPMAN (Faber)
  • RIZZIO by DENISE MINA (Birlinn • Polygon)
  • THE LONELY ONES by HÅKAN NESSER (Pan Macmillan • Mantle)

JOHN CREASEY (NEW BLOOD) DAGGER

This award is for the best crime novel by a first-time author of any nationality.

  • WELCOME TO COOPER by TARIQ ASHKANANI (Thomas & Mercer)
  • SIXTEEN HORSES by GREG BUCHANAN (Pan Macmillan • Mantle)
  • REPENTANCE by ELOÍSA DÍAZ (Orion Publishing Group • Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • HUNTED by ANTONY DUNFORD (Hobeck Books)
  • THE MASH HOUSE by ALAN GILLESPIE (Unbound • Unbound Digital)
  • RAFT OF STARS by ANDREW J GRAFF (HarperCollins • HQ)
  • THE APPEAL by JANICE HALLETT (Profile Books • Viper Books)
  • FALLING by TJ NEWMAN (Simon & Schuster)
  • WHERE RAVENS ROOST by KARIN NORDIN (HarperCollins • HQ)
  • THE STONING by PETER PAPATHANASIOU (Quercus • MacLehose Press)
  • HOW TO KIDNAP THE RICH by RAHUL RAINA (Little, Brown)
  • A MUMBAI MURDER MYSTERY by MEETI SHROFF-SHAH (Joffe Books)
  • THE SOURCE by SARAH SULTOON (Orenda Books)
  • WAKING THE TIGER by MARK WIGHTMAN (Hobeck Books)

CRIME FICTION IN TRANSLATION DAGGER

This award is for a crime novel not originally written in English and which has been translated into English for UK publication.

  • GIRLS WHO LIE by EVA BJÖRG ÆGISDÓTTIR Translated by VICTORIA CRIBB (Orenda Books)
  • HOTEL CARTAGENA by SIMONE BUCHHOLZ Translated by RACHEL WARD (Orenda Books)
  • RICCARDINO by ANDREA CAMILLERI Translated by STEPHEN SARTARELLI (Pan Macmillan • Mantle)
  • SEAT 7A by SEBASTIAN FITZEK Translated by STEVE ANDERSON (Head of Zeus)
  • BULLET TRAIN by KŌTARŌ ISAKA Translated by SAM MALISSA (Penguin Random House • Harvill Secker)
  • HEATWAVE by VICTOR JESTIN Translated by SAM TAYLOR (Simon & Schuster • Scribner)
  • OXYGEN by SACHA NASPINI Translated by CLARISSA BOTSFORD (Europa Editions UK)
  • PEOPLE LIKE THEM by SAMIRA SEDIRA Translated by LARA VERGNAUD (Bloomsbury Publishing • Raven Books)
  • THE RABBIT FACTOR by ANTTI TUOMAINEN Translated by DAVID HACKSTON (Orenda Books)
  • THE SCORPION’S HEAD by HILDE VANDERMEEREN Translated by LAURA WATKINSON (Pushkin Press • Pushkin Vertigo)

ALCS GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION

This award is for any non-fiction work on a crime-related theme by an author of any nationality.

  • THE DEVIL YOU KNOW: STORIES OF HUMAN CRUELTY AND COMPASSION by DR GWEN ADSHEAD & EILEEN HORNE (Faber)
  • THE SEVEN AGES OF DEATH by DR RICHARD SHEPHERD (Penguin Random House • Michael Joseph)
  • THE JIGSAW MURDERS by JEREMY CRADDOCK (The History Press)
  • THE DUBLIN RAILWAY MURDER by THOMAS MORRIS (Penguin Random House • Harvill Secker)
  • WHAT LIES BURIED by KERRY DAYNES (Hachette UK • Octopus)
  • THE UNUSUAL SUSPECT by BEN MACHELL (Canongate Books)
  • THE GOOD GIRLS by SONIA FALEIRO (Bloomsbury Publishing • Bloomsbury Circus)
  • THE DISAPPEARANCE OF LYDIA HARVEY: A TRUE STORY OF SEX, CRIME AND THE MEANING OF JUSTICE by JULIA LAITE (Profile Books)
  • WE ARE BELLINGCAT by ELIOT HIGGINS (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • EMPIRE OF PAIN by PATRICK RADDEN KEEFE (Pan Macmillan • Picador)
  • THE IRISH ASSASSINS: CONSPIRACY, REVENGE AND THE MURDERS THAT STUNNED AN EMPIRE by JULIE KAVANAGH (Atlantic Books • Grove Press UK)

HISTORICAL DAGGER

This award is for the best historical crime novel, set in any period up to 50 years prior to the year in which the award will be made.

  • APRIL IN SPAIN by JOHN BANVILLE (Faber)
  • CITY OF VENGEANCE by DV BISHOP (Pan Macmillan • Macmillan)
  • SUNSET SWING by RAY CELESTIN (Pan Macmillan • Mantle)
  • CROW COURT by ANDY CHARMAN (Unbound)
  • NOT ONE OF US by ALIS HAWKINS (Canelo)
  • THE DROWNED CITY by KJ MAITLAND (Headline)
  • WHERE GOD DOES NOT WALK by LUKE McCALLIN (No Exit Press)
  • EDGE OF THE GRAVE by ROBBIE MORRISON (Pan Macmillan • Macmillan)
  • A CORRUPTION OF BLOOD by AMBROSE PARRY (Canongate Books)
  • BLACKOUT by SIMON SCARROW (Headline)
  • THE ROYAL SECRET by ANDREW TAYLOR (HarperCollins • Harper Fiction)
  • THE CANNONBALL TREE MYSTERY by OVIDIA YU (Little, Brown Book Group • Constable)

SHORT STORY DAGGER

This award is for any crime short story first published in the UK in English in a publication that pays for contributions, or broadcast in the UK in return for payment.

BLINDSIDED by CAROLINE ENGLAND in Criminal Pursuits: Crime Through Time; Editor: Samantha Lee Howe (Telos Publishing)

THE VICTIM by AWAIS KHAN in Criminal Pursuits: Crime Through Time; Editor: Samantha Lee Howe (Telos Publishing)

NEW TRICKS by MATT WESOLOWSKI in Afraid of the Shadows; Editor: Miranda Jewess (Criminal Minds)

LONDON by JO NESBØ in The Jealousy Man and other stories; Editor: Robert Ferguson (Penguin Random House • Harvill Secker)

WITH THE OTHERS by TM LOGAN in Afraid of the Shadows; Editor: Miranda Jewess (Criminal Minds)

THE CLIFTON VAMPIRE by TEKINSEY in Afraid of the Shadows; Editor: Miranda Jewess (Criminal Minds)

FLESH OF A FANCY WOMAN by PAUL MAGRS in Criminal Pursuits: Crime Through Time; Editor: Samantha Lee Howe (Telos Publishing)

CHANGELING by BRYONY PEARCE in Criminal Pursuits: Crime Through Time; Editor: Samantha Lee Howe (Telos Publishing)

THE WAY OF ALL FLESH by RAVEN DANE in Criminal Pursuits: Crime Through Time; Editor: Samantha Lee Howe (Telos Publishing)

WHEN I GROW UP by ROBERT SCRAGG in Afraid of the Shadows; Editor: Miranda Jewess (Criminal Minds)

PUBLISHERS’ DAGGER

This prestigious Dagger is awarded annually to the Best Crime and Mystery Publisher of the Year.

  • AMAZON
  • THOMAS & MERCER
  • BLOOMSBURY
  • RAVEN BOOKS
  • FABER & FABER
  • HACHETTE UK
  • QUERCUS HARPERCOLLINS
  • HARPER FICTION ONEWORLD PUBLICATIONS
  • POINT BLANK PAN
  • MACMILLAN
  • MANTLE
  • PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE
  • MICHAEL JOSEPH
  • PROFILE BOOKS
  • VIPER
  • PUSHKIN PRESS
  • PUSHKIN VERTIGO TITAN BOOKS

DEBUT DAGGER

A competition for the opening of a crime novel and synopsis.

  • HENRY’S BOMB by KEVIN BARTLETT
  • LUFKIN, TEXAS by KATHERINE FUTERS HOLLOWAY CASTLE by LAURA ASTON HILL
  • THE 10:12 by ANNA MALONEY
  • THE MERCY SEAT by RACHEL NIXON
  • THE TWO MURDERS AT MANOR PARK by ELIZABETH OPALKA
  • BLOOD CASTE by SHYLASHRI SHANKAR
  • DEAD RECKONING by JENNIFER SLEE and JESSICA SLEE
  • THE DEAD OF EGYPT by DAVID SMITH
  • THE DIEPPE LETTERS by LIZ RACHEL WALKER

DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY

The Dagger in the Library is a prize for a body of work by an established crime writer who has long been popular with borrowers from libraries, and who has supported libraries and their users.

  • BEN AARONOVITCH
  • LIN ANDERSON
  • MARK BILLINGHAM
  • SUSAN HILL
  • EDWARD MARSTON
  • KATE RHODES
  • SARA SHERIDAN
  • CATH STAINCLIFFE
  • REBECCA TOPE

MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT STORY COMPETITION

  • BLACK TIE FOR MURDER by CRAIG BOWLSBY
  • SECRETS IN THE FAMILY ATTIC by HANNAH BROWN
  • WHEELING AND DEALING by CAREY COOMBS
  • SAY CHEESE by WILLIAM CROTTY
  • UNFOUND by MARY-JANE HARBOTTLE
  • THE EXCEPTIONAL DEATH OF SIR THADDEUS PARKER by TOM HOLROYD
  • LOCKED IN by SCOTT HUNTER
  • THE MISSING PIECE by DEBORAH MANTLE
  • A FACE FOR MURDER by JUDITH O’REILLY
  • WEIGHTS AND BIASES by ALEXANDRE SADEGHI
  • BAD TIMING by PAUL SPENCER
  • BOXED IN by MARK THIELMAN

DIAMOND DAGGER

Awarded every year to an author whose crime-writing career has been marked by sustained excellence, and who has made a significant contribution to the genre. Votes from CWA members go forward to be deliberated on by an independent panel. This year’s recipient is —

  • C J Sansom

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