The prestigious Crime Writer's Association Dagger Awards have been announced today! Previous award winners include Lee child, SJ Watson, Mo Hayder and Ian Rankin.
A bit of history: The Gold Dagger is awarded to the best crime novel of the year. It was originally created in 1955, under the name of the Crossed Red Herrings Award. It was renamed the Gold Dagger in 1960 and has been awarded ever since with variations in its name depending on sponsorship.
The broadest definition of the thriller novel is used for eligible books for this award. These can be set in any period and include, but are not limited to, spy fiction and/or action/ adventure stories. Ian Fleming said there was one essential criterion for a good thriller – that “one simply has to turn the pages”.