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Peter James and Tom Franklin triumph at Crime Thriller awards

10th October 2011

Peter James and Tom Franklin were among the big winners at the 2011 Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards last weekend, organised jointly by ITV3 and the Crime Writers Association (CWA).

James scooped the ITV3 People's Bestseller Dagger 2011 award after six weeks of public voting, while Franklin won the coveted CWA Gold Dagger Award for his novel Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.

The other big winners on the night included Steve Hamilton, who won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for The Lock Artist, while S. J. Watson won the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for his debut novel Before I Go To Sleep.

Franklin beat off stiff competition from A.D. Miller's Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel Snowdrops to scoop the Gold Dagger and said he felt 'honoured' just to be shortlisted.

Hamilton, who has been nominated for several awards this year, added that he was delighted to win the best thriller prize.

'Ian Fleming's work represents everything I've always loved about storytelling, whether it be books or movies. I can't even express how honoured I am to receive an award with his name on it,' he added.

James said the People's Bestseller Dagger 'strikes at the very heart' of what good books are all about and said there is no higher accolade for any author than receiving an award voted for by the public.

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