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Australian authors shortlisted for 2016 CWA Dagger awards

Australian authors Tim Baker and Mark Brandi have been shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) 2016 Dagger awards.

Sydney-born Baker’s ‘multi-stranded new examination of the JFK assassination’ Fever City (Faber) is one of five titles shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, for the best crime novel by a first-time author of any nationality.

Melbourne-based Brandi is shortlisted in the Debut Dagger category for unpublished writers. Brandi’s manuscript ‘Wimmera’ unveils the dark underbelly of Australian rural life. Shortlisted entries in this category are sent to publishers and agents, and each will receive a professional assessment by a judging panel of crime editors and agents.

Shortlists were also announced for the Gold Dagger for best crime book of the year, the Steel Dagger for best thriller, the Dagger in the Library award for an author’s body of work, as well as the dagger awards for translated crime fiction, nonfiction, short story and historical crime fiction.

The winners will be announced on 11 October at a gala dinner event in London.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Australian author Michael Robotham is the current holder of the Gold Dagger for Life or Death (Sphere).

See the full shortlists here.


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