The 2022 CWA Daggers Longlists were announced last weekend. For fans of international crime, the Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger is rightly the immediate draw, but a saunter through the other categories also reveals a wealth of international crime – both fiction and non-fiction.
The Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger Longlist
Eva Björg Ægisdóttir, Girls Who Lie, tr. Victoria Cribb, Orenda, ICELAND
Simone Buchholz, Hotel Cartagena, tr. Rachel Ward, Orenda, GERMANY
Andrea Camilleri, Riccardino, tr. Stephen Sartarelli, Mantle, ITALY
Sebastian Fitzek, Seat 7a, tr. Steve Anderson, Head of Zeus, GERMANY
Kōtarō Isaka, Bullet Train, tr. Sam Malissa, Harvill Secker, JAPAN
Victor Jestin, Heatwave, tr. Sam Taylor, Scribner, FRANCE
Sacha Naspini, Oxygen, tr. Clarissa Botsford, Europa Editions, ITALY
Samira Sedira, People Like Them, tr. Lara Vergnaud, Raven Books, FRANCE
Antti Tuomainen, The Rabbit Factor, tr. David Hackston, Orenda, FINLAND
Hilde Vandermeeren, The Scorpion’s Head, tr. Laura Watkinson, Pushkin Vertigo, BELGIUM/GERMANY
A tasty bunch, I’m sure you’ll agree… But because this blog’s definition of international crime fiction is very elastic (e.g. an international author or setting is more than enough to fire my interest) I took a good, hard look at the other categories as well.
Here’s a list of those that particularly caught my eye:
D.V. Bishop, City of Vengeance, MacMillan, 1536 Florence, ITALY (Gold Dagger & Historical Dagger)
Jacqueline Bublitz, Before You Knew My Name, Sphere, NEW ZEALAND/NEW YORK, USA (Gold Dagger)
S.A. Cosby, Razorblade Tears, Headline, USA (Gold Dagger & Steel Dagger)
Eloísa Díaz, Repentance, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1981/2001 BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (New Blood Dagger)
Sonia Faleiro, The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing, Bloomsbury, RURAL INDIA (ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-fiction)
Eliot Higgins, We Are Bellingcat: An Intelligence Agency for the People, Bloomsbury, THE WORLD (ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-fiction)
Femi Kayode, Lightseekers, Raven Books, NIGERIA (Gold Dagger)
Julia Laite, The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey, Profile Books, NEW ZEALAND, ARGENTINA, UK (ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-fiction)
Laura Lippman, Dream Girl, Faber, USA (Steel Dagger)
Abir Mukherjee, The Shadows of Men, Harvill Secker, UK/INDIA (Gold Dagger)
Håkan Nesser, The Lonely Ones, tr. Sarah Death, Mantle, NORWAY (Steel Dagger)
Karin Nordin, Where Ravens Roost, HQ, RURAL SWEDEN (New Blood Dagger)
Peter Papathanasiou, The Stoning, MacLehose, AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK (Gold Dagger & New Blood Dagger)
Rahul Raina, How to Kidnap the Rich, Little, Brown, DELHI, INDIA (New Blood Dagger)
Patrick Radden Keefe, Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, Picador, USA (ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-fiction)
Meeti Shroff-Shah, A Mumbai Murder Mystery, Joffe Books, MUMBAI, INDIA (New Blood Dagger)
Joe Thomas, Brazilian Psycho, Arcadia, UK/SAO PAULO, BRAZIL (Gold Dagger)
Mark Wrightman, Waking the Tiger, Hobeck Books, 1940s SINGAPORE (New Blood Dagger)
Well, that should keep us going for while! Many congratulations to all the longlisted authors, translators and publishers. And a big thank you to the judges for their hard work in bringing us the best of the best.
Further info is available here:
CWA: https://thecwa.co.uk/awards-and-competitions/the-daggers (where you can also download a handy pdf of all the longlists)
Waterstones: you’ll find a page dedicated to the CWA longlists with gorgeous carousels for each category here – https://www.waterstones.com/category/cultural-highlights/book-awards/the-cwa-daggers
Wiw, such great contenders here, Mrs. P! There are about half a dozen that were already on my wish list, and now even more. I don’t envy the judges who will have to choose from among them.
I agree, Margot – it’s going to be tough for the judges. I’ve had my eye on a few of these as well – Razorblade Tears, Repentance and Lightseekers to name but three. Enough to keep us fuelled for the rest of 2022?
Thank you Miss P., but I haven’t even got through your marvelous Christmas book list yet, the TBR pile grows…
Ha! The good news is that there’s no end-of-year exam, Jeremy! Let’s just pick the ones that take our fancy & let any readerly guilt float off into the sky 🙂