Lee Child is one of the world’s leading thriller writers. His novels consistently top the bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic. Lee Child has written 17 books centered around Jack Reacher, a 6'5", tough as nails, ex-Army military police officer and maverick drifter. His books have been published in 95 countries and 40 languages with 60 million copies sold worldwide.
The Diamond Dagger is voted for by members of the CWA and celebrates an author with an outstanding body of work in crime fiction. Past winners include Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, and Elmore Leonard. In 2012 the award went to Frederick Forsyth.
2013 is also the Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Jubilee. The organisation was started in 1953 by prolific author John Creasey, and it now provides support for published crime writers and promotes the genre, as well as running the prestigious Dagger awards, the oldest literary awards in the UK.
Chair of the CWA Peter James said: ‘I am delighted that the CWA has chosen Lee Child as this year’s recipient. Lee is one of the few British crime thriller authors to have become a global brand name; he is also an extremely charming and open person and a tireless promoter of our genre.’
The diamond-studded Dagger will be awarded to Lee Child at a gala dinner in the summer.
Lee’s latest book released September 2012 is 'The Wanted Man'.