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Gold:
The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer
The Rules of Wolfe by James Carlos Blake
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
Missing by Sam Hawken
Mr Mercedes by Stephen King
Pleasantville by Attica Locke
Life or Death by Michael Robotham

Steel (Thriller):
Missing by Sam Hawken
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Nobody Walks by Mick Herron
The White Van by Patrick Hoffman
The Night the Rich Men Burned by Malcolm Mackay
Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

John Creasey (New Blood):
The Abrupt Physics of Dying by Paul E Hardisty
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson
The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
You by Caroline Kepnes

Winners to be announced Tuesday, 29th September. The Historical Fiction Dagger was awarded last night to S G MacLean's The Seeker, on what proved to be a sweep for her publisher Quercus, winning the prizes for International Dagger (Camille by Pierre LeMaitre) and Non-Fiction Dagger (In Plain Sight : the Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by Dan Davies.)  None of the titles above are published by Quercus though!

These shortlists are significantly less short than they've been for a couple of years, a result I guess of decoupling from the ITV3 ceremony. I'm looking forward to reading Karin Slaughter again for the first time in many years, and seeing what all the fuss about with the books from Paula Hawkins and indeed 'Robert Galbraith'. I haven't checked yet but I'm hoping that none of these books are breezeblocks like I am Pilgrim or Natchez Burning from last year.  Meanwhile, I'm exactly halfway through C J Sansom's Lamentation, and am very impressed.

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