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The Gold Dagger Award was an award given annually by the Crime Writers' Association for best crime novel of the year. For its first five years, it was known as the Crossed Red Herring Award. From 1995 to 2002 the award was known as the Macallan Gold Dagger. From 2006 - 2008 the award was officially renamed the Duncan Lawrie Dagger, and gained a prize fund of £20,000, making it the biggest crime-fiction award in the world, in monetary terms.

For many years, a Silver Dagger Award was also awarded, essentially a runners-up trophy. However, when Duncan Lawrie acquired sponsorship, this award was dropped. Only British publishers can submit entries for the awards, and the submissions must have been published in the English language in the UK .

98 facts:

Accidental Crimes
   was written by   
John Hutton
1983 Golden Dagger
Another Way of Dying
   was written by   
Francis Clifford
1969 Silver Dagger
The Athenian Murders
   was written by   
Jose Carlos Samoza
2002 Golden Dagger
Black And Blue
   was written by   
Ian Rankin
1997 Golden Dagger
Blacklands
   was written by   
Belinda Bauer
2010
Blacklist
   was written by   
Sara Paretsky
2004 Golden Dagger
The Black Tower
   was written by   
P.D. James
1975 Silver Dagger
Blood From Stone
   was written by   
Frances Fyfield
2008 Duncan Lawrie Dagger
Bloodhounds
   was written by   
Peter Lovesey
1996 Silver Dagger
Bones and Silence
   was written by   
Reginald Hill
1990 Golden Dagger
The Broken Shore
   was written by   
Peter Temple
2007 Duncan Lawrie Dagger
Bucket Nut
   was written by   
Liza Cody
1992 Silver Dagger
The Chelsea Murders
   was written by   
Lionel Davidson
1978 Golden Dagger
A Coffin for Pandora
   was written by   
Gwendoline Butler
1973 Silver Dagger
The Colour of Murder
   was written by   
Julian Symons
1957 Crossed Red Herring Award
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
   was written by   
Tom Franklin
2011
Cruel and Unusual
   was written by   
Patricia Cornwell
1993 Golden Dagger
Dead Lions
   was written by   
Mick Herron
2013, Gold Dagger
Deadly Web
   was written by   
Barbara Nadel
2005 Silver Dagger
The Dead of Jericho
   was written by   
Colin Dexter
1981 Silver Dagger
Deep Sleep
   was written by   
Frances Fyfield
1991 Silver Dagger
The Defection of A.J.Lewinter
   was written by   
Robert Littell
1973 Golden Dagger
A Demon in My View
   was written by   
Ruth Rendell
1976 Golden Dagger
The False Inspector Dew
   was written by   
Peter Lovesey
1982 Golden Dagger
The Far Side of the Dollar
   was written by   
Ross Macdonald
1965 Golden Dagger
A Fatal Inversion
   was written by   
Barbara Vine
1987 Golden Dagger
Fatlands
   was written by   
Sarah Dunant
1993 Silver Dagger
The Final Country
   was written by   
James Crumley
2002 Silver Dagger
Flesh and Blood
   was written by   
John Harvey
2004 Silver Dagger
Forty Words for Sorrow
   was written by   
Giles Blunt
2001 Silver Dagger
Fox Evil
   was written by   
Minette Walters
2003 Golden Dagger
Friends in High Places
   was written by   
Donna Leon
2000 Silver Dagger
Gorky Park
   was written by   
Martin Cruz Smith
1981 Golden Dagger
The Grosvenor Square Goodbye
   was written by   
Francis Clifford
1974 Silver Dagger
Half-Broken Things
   was written by   
Morag Joss
2003 Silver Dagger
The Honourable Schoolboy
   was written by   
John Le Carre
1977 Golden Dagger
King Solomon's Carpet
   was written by   
Barbara Vine
1991 Golden Dagger
The Labyrinth Makers
   was written by   
Anthony Price
1970 Silver Dagger
Laidlaw
   was written by   
William McIlvanney
1977 Silver Dagger
Last Seen Alive
   was written by   
Dorothy Simpson
1985 Silver Dagger
The Late Candidate
   was written by   
Mike Phillips
1990 Silver Dagger
The Levanter
   was written by   
Eric Ambler
1972 Golden Dagger
Life Or Death
   was written by   
Michael Robotham
2015, Gold Dagger
The Little Walls
   was written by   
Winston Graham
1955 Crossed Red Herring Award
Live Flesh
   was written by   
Ruth Rendell
1986 Golden Dagger
A Long Way to Shiloh
   was written by   
Lionel Davidson
1966 Golden Dagger
Manchester Slingback
   was written by   
Nicholas Blincoe
1998 Silver Dagger
The Mermaids Singing
   was written by   
Val McDermid
1995 Golden Dagger
Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow
   was written by   
Peter Hoeg
1994 Silver Dagger
Monkey Puzzle
   was written by   
Paula Gosling
1985 Golden Dagger
Monk's Hood
   was written by   
Ellis Peters
1980 Silver Dagger
Motherless Brooklyn
   was written by   
Jonathan Lethem
2000 Golden Dagger
Murder Against the Grain
   was written by   
Emma Lathen
1967 Golden Dagger
The Murder of the Maharajah
   was written by   
H. R. F. Keating
1980 Golden Dagger
The Night of Wenceslas
   was written by   
Lionel Davidson
1960 Golden Dagger
Other Paths to Glory
   was written by   
Anthony Price
1974 Golden Dagger
The Papers of Tony Veitch
   was written by   
William McIlvanney
1983 Silver Dagger
Passage of Arms
   was written by   
Eric Ambler
1959 Crossed Red Herring Award
The Perfect Murder
   was written by   
H. R. F. Keating
1964 Golden Dagger
Popcorn
   was written by   
Ben Elton
1996 Golden Dagger
Presumed Innocent
   was written by   
Scott Turow
1987 Silver Dagger
A Pride of Heroes
   was written by   
Peter Dickinson
1969 Golden Dagger
The Rage
   was written by   
Gene Kerrigan
2012
The Rainbird Pattern
   was written by   
Victor Canning
1972 Silver Dagger
Ratking
   was written by   
Michael Dibdin
1988 Golden Dagger
Raven Black
   was written by   
Ann Cleeves
2006 Duncan Lawrie Dagger
Ritual Murder
   was written by   
S.T. Haymon
1982 Silver Dagger
Rogue Eagle
   was written by   
James McClure
1976 Silver Dagger
The Scold's Bridle
   was written by   
Minette Walters
1994 Golden Dagger
The Second Man
   was written by   
Edward Grierson
1956 Crossed Red Herring Award
Service of All the Dead
   was written by   
Colin Dexter
1979 Silver Dagger
The Seven Per Cent Solution
   was written by   
Nicholas Meyer
1975 Golden Dagger
The Shadow Run
   was written by   
Desmond Lowden
1989 Silver Dagger
Shroud for a Nightingale
   was written by   
P.D. James
1971 Silver Dagger
Sidetracked
   was written by   
Henning Mankell
2001 Golden Dagger
Silence of the Grave
   was written by   
Arnaldur Indridason
2005 Golden Dagger. Translator: Bernard Scudder
Skin Deep (Glass-sided Ants Nest)
   was written by   
Peter Dickinson
1968 Golden Dagger
A Small Death in Lisbon
   was written by   
Robert Wilson
1999 Golden Dagger
Someone from the Past
   was written by   
Margot Bennett
1958 Crossed Red Herring Award
The Spoilt Kill
   was written by   
Mary Kelly
1961 Golden Dagger
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
   was written by   
John Le Carre
1963 Golden Dagger
The Steam Pig
   was written by   
James McClure
1971 Golden Dagger
The Summons
   was written by   
Peter Lovesey
1995 Silver Dagger
Sunset Limited
   was written by   
James Lee Burke
1998 Golden Dagger
A Taste for Death
   was written by   
P.D. James
1986 Silver Dagger
This Dark Road To Mercy
   was written by   
Wiley Cash
2014, Gold Dagger
Three to Get Deadly
   was written by   
Janet Evanovich
1997 Silver Dagger
Toxic Shock
   was written by   
Sara Paretsky
1988 Silver Dagger
The Tree of Hands
   was written by   
Ruth Rendell
1984 Silver Dagger
The Twelfth Juror
   was written by   
B. M. Gill
1984 Golden Dagger
Vienna Blood
   was written by   
Adrian Mathews
1999 Silver Dagger
Waxwork
   was written by   
Peter Lovesey
1978 Silver Dagger
The Way Through the Woods
   was written by   
Colin Dexter
1992 Golden Dagger
The Wench is Dead
   was written by   
Colin Dexter
1989 Golden Dagger
When I Grow Rich
   was written by   
Joan Fleming
1962 Golden Dagger
Whip Hand
   was written by   
Dick Francis
1979 Golden Dagger
A Whispered Name
   was written by   
William Brodrick
2009 Gold Dagger
Young Man I Think You're Dying
   was written by   
Joan Fleming
1970 Golden Dagger


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