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Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award longlist released

03-Jul-2014 • Literary

Ian Fleming Publications have released the longlist for the 2014 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. Eight titles will be brutally whittled down to a shortlist of four later in the summer, and the winner will be announced at the televised Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards in October.

NEVER GO BACK by LEE CHILD (Transworld)

‘An entertaining, confident and genuinely intriguing page-turner, notable for its crisp and clear writing style.’

APPLE TREE YARD by LOUISE DOUGHTY (Faber and Faber)

‘An impressive combination of psychological and courtroom thriller with complex characters and excellent writing.’

419 by WILL FERGUSON (Head of Zeus)

‘A striking literary thriller with a strong sense of place and character. Deeply satisfying writing and a compelling narrative.’

AN OFFICER AND A SPY by ROBERT HARRIS (Random House)

‘This beautifully written novel transforms actual events into an edge-of-the-seat thriller. Masterly story-telling.’

I AM PILGRIM by TERRY HAYES (Transworld)

‘Gripping, first-rate novel which builds tension at a careful pace to set the stage for a thrilling, adrenalin-fuelled adventure.’

THE ABDUCTION by JONATHAN HOLT (Head of Zeus)

‘A deft novel notable for its ability to traverse multiple narratives while fully developing its characters.’

NATCHEZ BURNING by GREG ILES (HarperCollins)

‘An absorbing journey through past horrors and their present-day repercussions, marked by rich characterisation.’

THE CORPORAL’S WIFE by GERALD SEYMOUR (Hodder & Stoughton)

‘A multi-centred ensemble story of secret operations and private lives with two innocents at its core. Consistently intelligent and interesting.’

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