2009

Winner

THE LAST CHILD by John Hart (John Murray)

‘Accomplished and ambitious piece of southern gothic. It is beautifully rendered, with a cast of memorable characters – full of pathos, atmosphere and mystery. A cracking and original story.’

Shortlisted

THE BRASS VERDICT by Michael Connelly (Orion)

‘A highly accomplished legal thriller. Very readable with good twists and an engaging lead character. Never less than compelling to the very last page.’

DARK PLACES by Gillian Flynn (Weidensfeld Nicolson)

‘Exceptionally good, mystery thriller that surprises to the end. The central character is beautifully drawn and the structure of the book – the two time scales working towards a single crescendo – is skilfully handled.’

CALUMET CITY by Charlie Newton  (Bantam Press)

‘An addictively good read, original, pacy, with a ballsy and believable heroine and a complex and absorbing plot. A great sense of place and real tension. Sharp and distinctive voice.’

MOSCOW RULES by Daniel Silva (Michael Joseph)

‘A masterful rendering of a story that sounds uncomfortably close to the truth. A credible cast of characters, written with style and wit. It’s great to be in the hands of a writer who knows exactly what he is doing.’

THE TOURIST by Olen Steinhauser  (HarperCollins)

‘Unorthodox, unsentimental and gripping spy thriller. Traditional but with enough of a fresh stance to make it stand out. The protagonist is tough but sympathetic and convincingly realised.’

THE INTERROGATOR by Andrew Williams  (John Murray)

‘Serious, well-written and thoroughly researched world war two drama. Seamlessly interweaves real historical events with flawlessly imagined characters at a critical moment in British history.’

Judges

Corinne Turner (Administrative Chair) – Managing Director, Ian Fleming Publications Ltd
Sarah Fairbairn – Editorial Manager at Ian Fleming Publications Ltd
Philip Gooden – writer of fiction and non-fiction, and a past Chairman of the CWA.
Samantha Weinberg - writer and winner of the 2003 CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction. She is the author of the Moneypenny Diaries trilogy (writing as Kate Westbrook).
Rob Williams – until recently Penguin’s first Creative Director and is now a Screenwriter, currently working on BBC continuing drama series.
David Wilson – Head of Creative and Business Affairs at Eon Workshop. He has worked in feature film production for the past sixteen years on eleven films, including as assistant producer of Casino Royale.