Gold Dagger Award

The Gold Dagger Award is an award given annually by the Crime Writers' Association for the best crime novel of the year.

 

2014 selection

This Dark Road to Mercy

Gold Dagger Award 2014

by Wiley Cash

Hailed as "mesmerizing" (New York Times Book Review) and "as if Cormac McCarthy decided to rewrite Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird" (Richmond Times-Dispatch), A Land More Kind Than Home made Wiley Cash an...


2013 selection

Dead Lions

Slough House #2

Gold Dagger Award 2013

by Mick Herron

London's Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what's left of their failed careers. The "slow horses," as they’re called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated...


2012 selection

The Rage

Gold Dagger Award 2012

by Gene Kerrigan

Vincent Naylor, just released from jail, resumes doing what he does best, planning for an armored car robbery. Bob Tidey, an honest policeman, discouraged by his colleagues making deals with criminals and about...


2011 selection

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

Gold Dagger Award 2011, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller 2010

by Tom Franklin

Tom Franklin's extraordinary talent has been hailed by the leading lights of contemporary literature—Philip Roth, Richard Ford, Lee Smith, and Dennis Lehane. Reviewers have called his fiction "ingenious" (...


2010 selection

Blacklands: A Novel

Gold Dagger Award 2010

by Belinda Bauer

EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO, Billy Peters disappeared. Everyone in town believes Billy was murdered—after all, serial killer Arnold Avery later admitted killing six other children and burying them on the same desolate...


2007 selection

The Broken Shore

Gold Dagger Award 2007

by Peter Temple

Peter Temple is currently being hailed as the finest crime writer in Australia, but it won't be long before he is recognized as what he really is--one of the nation's finest writers, period. Born in South Africa,...


2006 selection

Raven Black

Shetland #1

Gold Dagger Award 2006

by Ann Cleeves

Winner of Britain’s coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award, Ann Cleeves introduces a dazzling new suspense series to U.S. mystery readers.

Raven Black begins on New Year’s Eve with a lonely outcast named Magnus...


2005 selection

Silence of the Grave

Inspector Erlendur #4

Gold Dagger Award 2005

by Arnaldur Indridason

“Now Iceland has its own Mankell.”

---Holger Kreitling, Die Welt (Germany)

Last year Jar City introduced international crime-writing sensation Arnaldur Indridason to rave reviews and a rousing welcome from...


2000 selection

Motherless Brooklyn: A Novel

Gold Dagger Award 2000, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 1999

by Jonathan Lethem

From America's most inventive novelist, Jonathan Lethem, comes this compelling and compulsive riff on the classic detective novel.

Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn's very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, an orphan...


1999 selection

A Small Death in Lisbon

Gold Dagger Award 1999

by Robert Wilson

1941. Klaus Felsen, forced out of his Berlin factory into the SS, arrives in a luminous Lisbon, where Nazis and Allies, refugees and entrepreneurs, dance to the strains of opportunism and despair. Felsen's assignment...


1998 selection

Sunset Limited

Dave Robicheaux #10

Gold Dagger Award 1998

by James Lee Burke

In a land soaked with sin, Dave Robicheaux is dueling with killers, ghosts, and a woman's revenge....

The townspeople of New Iberia, Louisiana, didn't crucify Megan Flynn's father. They just didn't catch whoever...


1997 selection

Black and Blue

Inspector John Rebus #8

Gold Dagger Award 1997

by Ian Rankin

Bible John killed three women, and took three souvenirs. Johnny Bible killed to steal his namesake's glory. Oilman Allan Mitchelson died for his principles. And convict Lenny Spaven died just to prove a point....


1995 selection

The Mermaids Singing

Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #1

Gold Dagger Award 1995

by Val McDermid

This was the summer he discovered what he wanted--at a gruesome museum of criminology far off the beaten track of more timid tourists. Visions of torture inspired his fantasies like a muse. It would prove so...


1993 selection

Cruel and Unusual: A Kay Scarpetta Novel

Kay Scarpetta #4

Gold Dagger Award 1993

by Patricia Cornwell

“A knockout” (People) of a thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta.

“Killing me won’t kill the beast” are the last words of rapist-murderer...