2016 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Longlist

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After reading through this year’s nail-biting thriller entries, the judges of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger have announced the 2016 longlist, comprising of their ten favourite thrillers published in the UK this year.

The Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards recognise the best crime and thriller writers in the UK each year, including awards for non-fiction, historical thrillers and debut writers.  The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger aims to find the best thriller novel every year, and Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. established the prize as a tribute to Ian Fleming’s great contribution to the genre. In his article ‘How to Write a Thriller’, Fleming put forth his ideas on what makes a successful thriller, and we still use the criteria he came up with to judge the submissions for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award.

‘There is only one recipe for a best-seller and it is a very simple one. You have to get the reader to turn over the page.’

Ian Fleming, How to Write a Thriller

So without further ado, and in no particular order, here is the 2016 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Longlist.

Black Eyed Susans by Julia Hearberlin

published by Michael Joseph

Black-Eyed Susans

Bone by Bone by Sanjida Kay

published by Corvus

Bone By Bone

Make Me by Lee Child

published by Bantam Press

Make Me

Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty

published by Serpent’s Tail

Rain Dogs

Real Tigers by Mick Herron

published by John Murray

Real Tigers

Spy Games by Adam Brookes

published by Sphere

Spy Games

The American by Nadia Dalbuono

published by Scribe UK

The American


The Cartel by Don Winslow

published by William Heinemann

The Cartel

The English Spy by Daniel Silva

published by HarperCollins

The English Spy

The Hot Countries by Timothy Hallinan

published by Soho Crime

The Hot Countries

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