England's Crime Writers Association (CWA) concluded the issuance of its 2013 Dagger Awards with an Oct. 25 announcement of the winners of its Gold, Steel, and New Blood Daggers. British viewers can watch the presentation of these awards at 9:00 p.m. Sunday, October 27 on ITV3's broadcast of the "Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards," according to a network press release.
The CWA gave Mick Herron its Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year for the spy thriller "Dead Lions." Herron responded to his award by saying, "My shelves are crammed with Gold Dagger-winning novels of the past – The Mermaids Singing, Black and Blue, Bones and Silence. I can't quite believe I get to put my own book next to them."
The 2013 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year went to Roger Hobbs for "Ghostman." Hobbs described receiving this award as "a dream come true." He added, "When I was writing this book in the basement of my college library, scrounging off old pizza and bad coffee, I never imagined I'd end up here. I want to offer my sincerest thanks to all the family, friends, and co-workers who helped me make this dream possible."
Derek B. Miller received the John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best New Crime Writer of the Year for "Norwegian Night," his debut novel. Miller commented that he considered his award to be "a wonderful form of encouragement."
The CWA's 2013 awards process began in February with the naming of Lee Child as winner of its Diamond Dagger. The announcement of the winners of its International Dagger, Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, Debut Dagger Short Story Dagger, Non-Fiction Dagger and Dagger in the Library followed in July.