North Carolina writer Wiley Cash won Britain’s 2014 Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award for the Best Crime Novel of the Year during a glitzy, star studded Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards ceremony held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on October 24. Cash’s critically acclaimed work, This Dark Road to Mercy, has been described as “a resonant novel of love and atonement, blood and vengeance… involving two young sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay for his sins.” It is Mr. Cash’s second novel.
Other works up for the prestigious award included Paul Mendelson’s The First Rule of Survival, Louise Penny’s How the Light Gets In and Paula Daly’s Keep Your Friends Close.
In other literary categories, Peter May was given the Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read of the Year award for his novel Entry Island, Robert Harris won the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the Best Thriller of the Year for his work, An Officer and a Spy, and Ray Celestin won the John Creasey New Blood Dagger for the Best New Crime Writer of the Year for his novel The Axeman’s Jazz. (Cash won the Best New Crime Writer award in 2012 for his debut novel, A Land More Kind Than Home.)
The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards, presented by the Crime Writer’s Association, do not stop at honoring literature; they include categories in theater and drama as well. This year, the HBO series “True Detective” won the award for Best International TV Series (with Matthew McConaughey receiving the accolade for Best Actor for his work in the series) and the Jim Mickle directed film Cold in July was honored with the award for Best Film.
A complete list of winners can be found on the Crime Thriller Awards website.