2017 Daggers Winners


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The CWA Dagger winners for 2017 were announced yesterday at the Dagger Awards Gala Dinner. Visit the CWA website here. The full list is here. Congratulations to all the CWA Dagger winners. I’ve read and reviewed here The Dying Detective by Leif G W Persson –though I read it translated into Spanish– and I’m near to finish reading The Dry by Jane Harper. My review will be available soon. Stay tuned. Besides I have added to my wish list A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee and Spook Street by Mick Herron.

At the CWA website we read:

Almost everyone has something to hide in The Dry, Jane Harper’s Australian-set humdinger of a debut. With razor-sharp characterisation she skilfully peels back the layers of secrets and lies within a drought-ridden farming community – a perfectly-paced page-turner.

Mick Herron’s idiosyncratic writing is something unique in his genre, which is, one might venture, the spycraft of le Carré refracted through the blackly comic vision of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. Herron’s trips to the outer reaches of British espionage already have a cult following, and this latest entry, as ever, is priceless.

After a number of Backstrom adventures, what a pleasure to reach back in this series, and reflect on the gifts, various, of Persson’s earlier cast of mature characters. I quote Henry Reed’s parody of T. S. Eliot, ‘As we get older, we do not get any younger’. We do not, but perhaps we can remain ourselves until the end.

Former Scotland Yard detective Captain Sam Wyndham starts a new life in Calcutta in 1919 desperately seeking to escape the horrors of the Great War. Yet before he can even acclimatise, he is appointed the head of a new CID and tasked with investigating the murder of a senior British official. With the aid of Indian-born Sergeant “Surrender-Not” Banerjee, Wyndham embarks on a journey into the dark underbelly of the British Raj to find the killer.

I’m pretty sure that some of this books, if not all, are certainly worth your while.

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