2002

Winner

THE SIRIUS CROSSING by John Creed  (Faber)

‘A literate and highly accessible thriller. You are hooked from the introduction.’

Shortlisted

THE MASTER OF RAIN by Tom Bradby  (Bantam)

‘This is a rattling good yarn with well-realised historical detail, bringing to life high and low society in 1926′s Shanghai.’

WITHOUT FAIL by Lee Child   (Bantam)

‘Throughout this book and its icy climax, Lee Child’s pace keeps the story bright and irresistible.’

HOSTAGE  by Robert Crais   (Orion)
‘An adrenaline-charged, informed and unrelenting page turner. Absolutely unputdownable.’

LIME’S PHOTOGRAPH by Leif Davidsen   (Harvill)

‘This is an enigmatic and disturbing novel which questions the reader’s assumptions. Provocative and memorable to the last page, and faultessly translated.’

THE FRENCH EXECUTIONER by CC Humphreys   (Orion)

‘Like an ancient saga, this stirring tale blends history, reality and magic to create a constantly exciting – and comic – myth.’

TANGO ONE by Stephen Leather   (Hodder and Stoughton)

‘Although morally ambiguous, this thriller succeeds by giving expert surveillance details and constant excitement.’

Judges

Kate Jones (Chair) – formerly an editorial director of Penguin Books, and literary consultant to Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.
Peter Guttridge – a writer who has published five novels, and who reviews crime fiction for the Observer and other publications.
Peter Janson-Smith - Ian Fleming’s former literary agent
Richard Reynolds – a bookseller who organises regular events for readers of crime fiction, including the annual Bodies in the Bookshop in Cambridge.
Russell James - past chairman of the CWA.