Shortlists for the 2008 CWA / Duncan Lawrie Daggers have been announced by the Crime Writers' Association. The CWA have a range of awards including their prestigious Duncan Lawrie Dagger (previously the Gold Dagger) which with its award of £20,000 is the world's largest prize for a crime novel.
The Duncan Lawrie Dagger shortlist is dominated by the publisher Orion. You can debate the shortlist on the Duncan Lawrie Dagger forum. The line-up is as follows:
James Lee Burke The Tin Roof Blowdown Orion
Colin Cotterill Coroner's Lunch Quercus
Frances Fyfield Blood From Stone Sphere (Little, Brown)
Steve Hamilton Night Work Orion
Laura Lippman What the Dead Know Orion
RN Morris A Vengeful Longing Faber & Faber
And the run down for the Duncan Lawrie International Dagger is:
Andrea Camilleri (Italy) The Patience of the Spider (Picador, Macmillan) Translated by Stephen Sartarelli
Stieg Larsson (Sweden) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (MacLehose Press, Quercus) Translated by Reg Keeland
Dominique Manotti (France) Lorraine Connection (EuroCrime, Arcadia Books) Translated by Amanda Hopkinson and Ros Schwartz
Martin Suter (Germany) A Deal with the Devil ( EuroCrime, Arcadia Books) Translated by Peter Millar
Fred Vargas (France) This Night's Foul Work (Harvill Secker, Random House) Translated by Sîan Reynolds
If you are interested in the international award and live in the north east of England then you might be interested in the event in Newcastle where the Lit & Phil is hosting three of the translators (Ros Schwarz, Stephen Sartarelli and Peter Millar) in conversation with Ann Cleeves at 7:30pm on Tuesday 8th July.
The CWA winners will be announced at a dinner on Thursday 10th July.