1. 2008 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Awarded

    By Devin Zydel on 2008-07-19

    Tom Rob Smith has been announced as the winner of the 2008 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for his novel Child 44.

    As with past years, Ian Fleming Publications Ltd has sponsored the Crime Writers’ Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger; an annual award for the best thriller published in the UK.

    Smith was presented with his dagger and the £2000 cheque by Corinne Turner, managing director of Ian Fleming Publications, at the Awards Dinner held at the Four Seasons Hotel in London’s Park Lane on 10 July.

    The judges’ comments on Child 44: ‘This powerful debut evokes the double unthink disorientation and paranoia of the Stalinist era, while never losing sight of the more intimate story. Location and period take it a notch above the usual serial killer narrative.’

    The other authors nominated for this year’s Steel Dagger award included:

    • Mo Hayder – Ritual (Transworld)
    • Gregg Hurwitz – I See You (Little, Brown)
    • Michael Robotham – Shatter (Little, Brown)
    • David Stone – The Echelon Vendetta (Penguin)

    The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger judges for 2008 included literary agent Gordon Wise, crime novelist Michael Jecks, Young James Bond author Charlie Higson, and Zöe Watkins, Publishing Manager of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd with Turner acting as the chairperson.

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