CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
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It is given to a title that fits the broadest definition of the thriller novel; these can be set in any period and include, but are not limited to, spy fiction and/or action/ adventure stories. Ian Fleming said there was one essential criterion for a good thriller – that “one simply has to turn the pages”; this is one of the main characteristics that the judges will be looking for.
- Winner: Karin Slaughter, "Cop Town"
- Winner: Roger Hobbs, Ghostman
- Winner: Charles Cumming, A Foreign Country
- Winner: Steve Hamilton, The Lock Artist
- Winner: Simon Conway, A Loyal Spy
- Winner: John Hart, The Last Child
- Winner: Tom Rob Smith, Child 44
- Winner: Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects
- Winner: Nick Stone, Mr Clarinet
- Winner: Henry Porter, Brandenburg
- Winner: Jeffery Deaver, Garden of Beasts
- Winner: Dan Fesperman, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows