19.08.11 | Katie Allen - The Bookseller
The Lock Artist will also compete with Watson's Before I Go To Sleep (Doubleday) for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2011, sponsored by Ian Fleming Publications, to honour the best thriller of the year, alongside Craig Smith's Cold Rain (Myrmidon) and The Good Son by Michael Gruber (Corvus).
Watson is also shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2011 for débuts, in contention with Kiss Me Quick by Danny Miller (Constable & Robinson), The Dead Woman of Juárez by Sam Hawken (Serpent's Tail) and The Dogs of Rome by Conor Fitzgerald (Bloomsbury).
CWA chair Peter James is in the running for the ITV3 People's Bestseller Dagger 2011, voted for by viewers, for Dead Man's Grip (Macmillan). He said: "To arrive at the shortlist for any award is inevitably a hard and very subjective task. But this year's Daggers shortlists really do represent a very broad cross-section of the highest talents in our beloved genre, and I'm personally feeling very thrilled—and deeply privileged—to have been selected among them."
Also shortlisted are Lee Child, David Baldacci, Mark Billingham and Peter Robinson. The authors will also be featured in ITV3 documentary season "The A–Z of Crime", airing on 1st September.
The CWA award winners will be announced at a ceremony on 7th October, which will be broadcast on ITV3 on 11th October