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CWA Dagger shortlist unveiled

22nd August 2011

The shortlist for the 2011 Crime Writers' Association (CWA) Dagger Award has been unveiled, with four titles in the running for the prestigious crime writing prize.

The shortlisted candidates include A. D. Miller, whose novel Snowdrops has also been longlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize.

It will compete against Tom Franklin's Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, which was shortlisted for the Anthony Awards earlier this year, and The End of The Wasp Season by Denise Mina.

The line-up is completed by Steve Hamilton's The Lock Artist, about an elective mute who can pick locks and break safes.

Peter James, chair of the CWA, said choosing a winner will be 'a hard and very subjective task'.

'This year's Daggers shortlists really do represent a very broad cross-section of the highest talents in our beloved genre and I'm personally feeling very thrilled - and deeply privileged - to have been selected amongst them,' he added.

Last year's CWA Gold Dagger Award was won by Belinda Bauer for Blacklands, described by the judges as 'the very best of the genre'. 

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