Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2014 shortlists announced

Posted on September 2, 2014 by mathew. More news

The masters of intrigue, suspense and murders most horrid are honoured in the shortlists announced today for the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2014,  which is held in association with the Crime Writers’ Association. The awards will be the culmination of a six-week Crime Thriller Club series, which starts on ITV3 on 15th September, with the winners of 11 awards honouring TV, books and film announced at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards on Friday 24th October  at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

The awards for books include the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for the Best Crime Novel of the Year, the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the Best Thriller of the Year, and the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for Best First Novel.

The Film & TV Daggers celebrate the very best of the genre in film and TV, both in the UK and overseas. Categories include the Film Dagger, awarded to the best motion picture; TV Dagger, for the best new single drama, season or serial produced and transmitted in the UK; International TV Dagger, awarded to the best crime thriller programme of the year, produced outside the UK, in addition to awards for Best Actress, Best Actor, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor.

From serial killers to tales of vengeance, the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year will uncover the most wanted author from four of the best in the crime writing business. Paul Mendelson’s The First Rule of Survival is a chilling thriller set in modern Cape Town where the discovery of two missing children reveals layer after layer of unwelcome truths. Posing a direct threat, Louise Penny’s How the Light Gets In tells the story of rampant police corruption in an isolated Canadian hamlet with no links to the outside world. Also in contention, Paula Daly’s Keep Your Friends Close reveals what happens when a marriage falls apart with fatal consequences, and This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash, brings blood and vengeance to a little town in North Carolina.

Unleashing a new era of suspense and danger, the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for Best First Novel celebrates a stunning set of debut novels. The award sees an unknown axe-man who gives his address as “Hell”, in Ray Celestin’s The Axeman’s Jazz, up against murder, gambling, opium wars and crime of M.J. Carter’s The Strangler Vine. Readers are taken into the savage world of an eighteenth century gaol in Antonia Hodgson’s The Devil in the Marshalsea, whilst in A.S.A. Harrison’s The Silent Wife, Chicago is the backdrop for the slow, murderous disintegration of a marriage.

The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year has a cast list that includes a dangerous stranger at the Houses of Parliament, an intelligence agency gone rogue, a man who doesn’t exist, a vicious KKK crew, and conspiracies of greed and murder. Thriller authors, Louise Doughty for Apple Tree Yard, Robert Harris for An Officer and a Spy, Terry Hayes for I Am Pilgrim and Greg Iles for Natchez Burning are all preparing to battle it out for this award.

For the Film & TV Daggers, Happy Valley celebrates four shortlist nominations – for the TV Dagger award; for Steve Pemberton in the Best Actor category; Sarah Lancashire for Best Actress, and James Norton for Best Supporting Actor. The TV Dagger shortlist also includes Line of Duty: Series 2; Sherlock: Series 3; The Bletchley Circle: Series 2 and The Honourable Woman. Joining Steve Pemberton in the Best Actor shortlist category are Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock; Shaun Evans for Endeavour; Martin Freeman for Fargoand for Sherlock and Matthew McConaughey for True Detective. Joining Sarah Lancashire in the Best Actress category are Brenda Blethyn for Vera; Maggie Gyllenhaal for The Honourable Woman; Keeley Hawes for Line of Duty and Anna Maxwell Martin, for both Death Comes to Pemberley and The Bletchley Circle. The five nominations for the Film Dagger are Cold in July; Dom Hemingway; Filth; Prisoners and Starred Up.

This September is ITV3 Crime Thriller Season, featuring a TV series dedicated to crime writing. The Crime Thriller Club, sponsored by Specsavers will, each episode, feature ‘Living Legends’ – a series of interviews with bestselling authors in the world of crime and thriller fiction. Authors interviewed this year will be Dean Koontz, Denise Mina, Robert Harris, Val McDermid, Michael Connelly and Lynda La Plante – who willall be members of the CWA Hall of Fame.
At the core of each episode of The Crime Thriller Club will be The Crime Thriller Book Club, in which six specially selected titles will be critiqued on air. This year’s selected titles are:

  • Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse (Bloomsbury)
  • Entry Island by Peter May (Quercus)
  • Letters To My Daughter’s Killer by Cath Staincliffe (Constable & Robinson)
  • Treachery by S.J. Parris (HarperCollins)
  • The Tilted World by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly (Mantle)
  • Watch Me by James Carol (Faber & Faber)

One of these book club titles will be presented with The Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read Award at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards in October.

Amanda Ross, Managing Director of Cactus TV, who created the Awards for ITV3 said: “This is the most popular genre of entertainment for books, TV and film, so it’s good to be able to honour some of the people that give the public so much pleasure, and encourage more readers to try more books.”

Dame Mary Perkins, founder of Specsavers, said: “I love nothing more than a good crime drama or book, especially as the nights begin to draw in, so I can’t wait to see The Crime Thriller Club. As ever, the shortlists are filled with impressive nominations and I know the judges will have a tough job picking the winners.”

Lucy Santos, Director CWA, said: “We are delighted to announce the shortlists for the CWA Goldsboro Gold, Ian Fleming Steel and John Creasey (New Blood) Daggers. These are powerful and fantastic shortlists which we know will provide hours of reading pleasure for all! As ever much thanks must go to our sponsors – Goldsboro Books and Ian Fleming Publications and all those involved in the awards.”

The Complete Shortlists for Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards are as follows:

The CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year
o The First Rule of Survival by Paul Mendelson (Constable)
o How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (Sphere/Little Brown)
o Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly (Bantam/Transworld)
o This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash (Doubleday/Transworld)

The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for Best First Novel
o The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin (Mantle)
o The Devil In The Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson (Hodder & Stoughton)
o The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison (Headline)
o The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter (Penguin Fig Tree)

The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year
o Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty (Faber and Faber)
o An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris (Random House)
o I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (Transworld)
o Natchez Burning by Greg Iles (HarperCollins)

The Film Dagger
o Cold In July
o Dom Hemingway
o Filth
o Prisoners
o Starred Up

The TV Dagger
o Happy Valley
o Line of Duty: Series 2
o Sherlock: Series 3
o The Bletchley Circle: Series 2
o The Honourable Woman

The International TV Dagger
o Fargo: Season 1
o Inspector Montalbano
o Orange is the New Black: Season 2
o The Bridge: Series 2
o True Detective: Season 1

The Best Actor Dagger
o Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock
o Shaun Evans for Endeavour
o Martin Freeman for Fargo and Sherlock
o Matthew McConaughey for True Detective
o Steve Pemberton for Happy Valley

The Best Actress Dagger
o Brenda Blethyn for Vera
o Maggie Gyllenhaal for The Honourable Woman
o Keeley Hawes for Line of Duty
o Sarah Lancashire for Happy Valley
o Anna Maxwell Martin for Death Comes to Pemberley and The Bletchley Circle

The Best Supporting Actor Dagger
o Mark Gatiss for Sherlock
o David Leon for Vera
o James Norton for Happy Valley
o Mandy Patinkin for Homeland
o Billy Bob Thornton for Fargo

The Best Supporting Actress Dagger
o Amanda Abbington for Sherlock
o Vicky McClure for Line of Duty
o Helen McCrory for Peaky Blinders
o Gina McKee for By Any Means
o Michelle Monaghan for True Detective

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