Gold Dagger Award Winners by the Year

The Rage

2012 Winner Gold Dagger Award

The Rage

by Gene Kerrigan

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Blacklands

2010 Winner Gold Dagger Award

Blacklands

by Belinda Bauer

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The Broken Shore

2007 Winner Gold Dagger Award

The Broken Shore

by Peter Temple

Five-time winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction, Peter Temple is Australia’s most acclaimed crime and thriller writer. He is the author of four Jack Irish novels: Bad Debts , Black Tide , Dead Point and White Dog . He has also wr… read more

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Raven Black

2006 Winner Gold Dagger Award

Raven Black

by Ann Cleeves

"Duncan Lawrie Dagger award winner"--Cover.

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Silence Of the Grave

2005 Winner Gold Dagger Award

Silence Of the Grave

by Arnaldur Indridason

Silence of the Grave is a crime novel by Icelandic writer Arnaldur Indriðason. Set in Reykjavík, the novel forms part of the author's regionally popular Murder Mystery Series, which star Detective Erlendur. Originally published in Icelandic in … read more

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Blacklist

2004 Winner Gold Dagger Award

Blacklist

by Sara Paretsky

Sara Paretsky is the author of sixteen books, including her renowned V. I. Warshawski novels. Her many awards include the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association. She lives in Chicago. … read more

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Fox Evil

2003 Winner Gold Dagger Award

Fox Evil

by Minette Walters

Fox Evil is a novel by British crime-writer Minette Walters. It won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger in 2003, making her one of the few writers to win the award more than once.

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Sidetracked

2001 Winner Gold Dagger Award

Sidetracked

by Henning Mankell

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A Small Death In Lisbon

1999 Winner Gold Dagger Award

A Small Death In Lisbon

by Robert Wilson

A Small Death in Lisbon is a crime novel by Robert Wilson. The novel, set in Portugal, consists of two narratives: one is the contemporary investigation by Inspector José "Zé" Coelho into the death of a young girl, and the other begins in… read more

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Sunset Limited

1998 Winner Gold Dagger Award

Sunset Limited

by James Lee Burke

The Sunset Limited is a play by American writer Cormac McCarthy. McCarthy's second published play, it was first produced by the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago on May 18, 2006, and it traveled to New York City later that same year. The play was pu… read more

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Black & Blue

1997 Winner Gold Dagger Award

Black & Blue

by Ian Rankin

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Popcorn

1996 Winner Gold Dagger Award

Popcorn

by Ben Elton

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The Mermaids Singing

1995 Winner Gold Dagger Award

The Mermaids Singing

by Val McDermid

The Mermaids Singing is a crime novel by Scottish author Val McDermid, the first featuring her recurring protagonist, Dr. Tony Hill. It was adapted into the pilot episode of ITV1's television series based on McDermid's work, Wire in the Blood… read more

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Cruel and Unusual

1993 Winner Gold Dagger Award

Cruel and Unusual

by Patricia Daniels Cornwell

Cruel and unusual is commonly used to describe punishment, for which see: Cruel and unusual punishment Other uses include: Cruel & Unusual (album), an album by Black Sun Empire Cruel and Unusual (comics), a 1999 comic book series Cruel and Un… read more

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The Way Through the Woods

1992 Winner Gold Dagger Award

The Way Through the Woods

by Colin Dexter

The Way Through the Woods is a crime novel by Colin Dexter, the tenth novel in the Inspector Morse series. The novel received Gold Dagger Award in 1992.

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King Solomon's Carpet

1991 Winner Gold Dagger Award

King Solomon's Carpet

by Barbara Vine

Eccentric Jarvis lives in a cumbling schoolhouse overlooking the tube line, compiling his obsessive history of the Underground. A group of misfits are also drawn towards his strange house: Alice, who has run away from her husband and baby; Tom, the b… read more

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Bones and Silence - Dalziel/Pascoe Mystery

1990 Winner Gold Dagger Award

Bones and Silence - Dalziel/Pascoe Mystery

by Reginald Hill

Bones and Silence is a crime novel by Reginald Hill, the eleventh novel in the Dalziel and Pascoe series. The novel received the Gold Dagger Award in 1990.

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Ratking

1988 Winner Gold Dagger Award

Ratking

by Michael Dibdin

Police Commissioner Aurelio Zen has crossed swords with the establishment before - and lost. But from the depths of a mundane desk job in Rome he is unexpectedly transferred to Perugia to take over an explosive kidnapping case involving one of Italy'… read more

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Live Flesh

1986 Winner Gold Dagger Award

Live Flesh

by Ruth Rendell

Live Flesh, is a psychological thriller by British author Ruth Rendell, published in 1986. It won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year, and has also been loosely adapted into a critically acclaimed film of t… read more

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Monkey Puzzle

1985 Winner Gold Dagger Award

Monkey Puzzle

by Paula Gosling

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The Twelfth Juror

1984 Winner Gold Dagger Award

The Twelfth Juror

by B M Gill

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The False Inspector Dew

1982 Winner Gold Dagger Award

The False Inspector Dew

by Peter Lovesey

The False Inspector Dew is a humorous crime novel by Peter Lovesey. It won the Gold Dagger award by the Crime Writers' Association in 1982 and has featured on many "Best of" list since.

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Gorky Park

1981 Winner Gold Dagger Award

Gorky Park

by Martin Cruz Smith

Gorky Park  is the first book by author Martin Cruz Smith and it introduces his homicide detective Arkady Renko. A triple murder in Moscow’s famous Gorky Park leads detective Renko into a battle with the powerful agencies of the KGB, FBI an… read more

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Whip Hand

1979 Winner Gold Dagger Award

Whip Hand

by Dick Francis

Whip Hand is a crime novel by Dick Francis, the second novel in the Sid Halley series. The novel received Gold Dagger Award in 1979.

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The Chelsea Murders

1978 Winner Gold Dagger Award

The Chelsea Murders

by Davidson Lionel

The Chelsea Murders (known in the USA as Murder Games) is a thriller by Lionel Davidson. The book won the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger Award.

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The Honourable Schoolboy

1977 Winner Gold Dagger Award

The Honourable Schoolboy

by John Le Carre

The Honourable Schoolboy (1977), by John le Carré, is a spy novel wherein British SIS Chief George Smiley must reconstruct the mole-devasted London headquarters, and also launch a successful offensive espionage operation to save “The Circus” fro… read more

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A Demon In My View

1976 Winner Gold Dagger Award

A Demon In My View

by Ruth Rendell

A Demon in my View is a novel by British author Ruth Rendell. First published in 1976, it won the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year, gaining Rendell the first of six Dagger awards she received during her career, more than any other wri… read more

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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

1975 Winner Gold Dagger Award

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

by Nicholas Meyer

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution is a 1974 novel by American writer Nicholas Meyer. It is written as a pastiche of a Sherlock Holmes adventure, and was adapted for the cinema in 1976. The novel's full title is The Seven-Per-Cent Solution: Being a Repr… read more

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The Levanter

1972 Winner Gold Dagger Award

The Levanter

by Eric Ambler

Eric Ambler was born in London in 1909. Before turning to writing full-time, he worked at an engineering firm, and wrote copy for an advertising agency. His first novel was published in 1936. During the course of his career, Ambler was awarded two Go… read more

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The Steam Pig

1971 Winner Gold Dagger Award

The Steam Pig

by James McClure

James McClure was born in Johannesburg. Je published eight wildly successful books in the Kramer and Zondi series. He died on June 17, 2006.

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Skin Deep

1968 Winner Gold Dagger Award

Skin Deep

by Peter Dickinson

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A Long Way To Shiloh

1966 Winner Gold Dagger Award

A Long Way To Shiloh

by Davidson Lionel

A Long Way to Shiloh (known in the USA as The Menorah Men so as not to be thought a Civil War novel) is a thriller by Lionel Davidson. The book won the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger Award.

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The Perfect Murder

1964 Winner Gold Dagger Award

The Perfect Murder

by H R F Keating

Perfect murder may be: Perfect murder (fiction), the fiction sub-genre Perfect Murder, Perfect Town (film), 2000 film documenting the events behind and following the JonBenet Ramsey murder A Perfect Murder, 1998 remake of the 1954 film Dial M for Mur… read more

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The Spy Who Came In From the Cold

1963 Winner Gold Dagger Award

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold

by John Le Carre

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a novel by British author John le Carré. Set during the political tensions of the Cold War, the revolutionary espionage novel portrays the intelligence services of both Eastern and Western nations as sacrificing … read more

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1961 Winner Gold Dagger Award

The Spoilt Kill

by Mary Kelly

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The Night Of Wenceslas

1960 Winner Gold Dagger Award

The Night Of Wenceslas

by Davidson Lionel

The Night of Wenceslas is the debut novel of British thriller and crime writer Lionel Davidson. It describes the reluctant adventures of Nicolas Whistler, a dissolute young man of mixed English and Czech parentage who finds himself caught up against … read more

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Passage Of Arms

1959 Winner Gold Dagger Award

Passage Of Arms

by Eric Ambler

Passage of Arms is a novel by Eric Ambler, written in 1959. It is a fast paced thriller about the discovery of a cache of arms abandoned by communist insurgents in the jungle of Malaya, and the transfer of the arms via Singapore to Indonesia. The boo… read more

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1955 Winner Gold Dagger Award

The Little Walls

by Winston Graham

The Little Walls is a crime novel by Winston Graham. It won the very first Gold Dagger, then called Crossed Red Herring Award, awarded by the Crime Writers' Association in 1955. The authorized abridgement was published in USA in 1955 as Bridge to… read more

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