Frederick Forsyth has been awarded the Crime Writers Association's Diamond Dagger award at the CWA's annual awards ceremony on 5 July, which also saw the longlists for the Gold Dagger and Ian Fleming Steel Dagger revealed.
Forsyth was selected by his peers for the award, which recognises a significant and sustained contribution to crime fiction, with Peter James, chair of the CWA, declaring: “Frederick Forsyth is a hugely deserving recipient and The Day of the Jackal remains of the greatest thrillers of our times.”
Other winners included Aly Monroe, who scooped the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger for Icelight (John Murray), while Andrea Camilleri, who has previously been shortlisted three times for his Inspector Montalbano novels, published by Picador, finally won the CWA International Dagger.
The Dagger for Non-fiction was awarded to the husband and wife team Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan for The Eleventh Day (Doubleday), about the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Steve Mosby, published by Orion, picked up the CWA Dagger in the Library award, while Sandy Gingras won the 2012 Debut Dagger for her story "Beached", and Cath Staincliffe and Margaret Murphy shared the short story gong for tales included in Best Eaten Cold (The Mystery Press).