Friday, 24 September 2010

The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2010

The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2010, will take place on Friday October 8th in London and transmitted on ITV3 on Tuesday, October 12th.

The CWA, in partnership with Specsavers, Cactus TV and ITV3, have already announced the finalists for the three top CWA Daggers.

CWA Chairman Tom Harper said:
“The CWA Dagger Awards have always enjoyed huge prestige among crime fiction
fans and authors. The shortlists this year are incredibly strong, from exciting
new talents to established masters, all working at the top of their game. It’s
particularly gratifying to see two authors who've come through the CWA Debut
Dagger for unpublished authors now shortlisted for these major awards.
“We’re thrilled with the way Cactus TV and ITV3 have embraced the Daggers to
bring them to the widest possible audience. Together with the retail promotion,
more people than ever are now getting the chance to discover the best crime
writing in the UK.”
The finalists are:
For the CWA Gold Dagger: Belinda Bauer with Blacklands, S J Bolton with Blood Harvest, George Pelecanos with The Way Home and Karen Campbell with Shadowplay

For the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger: Simon Conway with A Loyal Spy, Scott Turow with Innocent, Henry Porter with The Dying Light and Don Winslow with The Gentlemen’s Hour

For the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger: Ryan David Jahn with Acts of Violence, Simon Lelic with Rupture, William Ryan with The Holy Thief and Diane Janes with The Pull of the Moon.

ITV3 are giving you a chance to vote for your favourite TV detective of all time as part of 'The People's Detective' Dagger, which will be presented at The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards in October by host Marcus Brigstocke. Vote here. In the meantime, ITV3 is showing brand new crime and thriller documentaries on Tuesdays at 9pm, focusing on TV's greatest detectives and showcasing shortlisted books for the Crime Writer's Association Dagger.

SHOTS will be covering the event as in previous years. Snapper Karim will be let loose on the unsuspecting audience (well, they might suspect him by now) and if Ayo and I manage to contain him a full report will follow.

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