Michael Robotham this week won the 2015 Crime Writers Association (CWA) Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award for his bestselling 2014 standalone novel, Life or Death. The UK’s CWA Gold Dagger, together with the Edgars in the US, are considered crime writing’s most prestigious awards.
Robotham beat a tough field including Stephen King and JK Rowling (writing as Robert Galbraith) to win the Gold Dagger, which was awarded at a ceremony in London.
He is the only the second Australian to win, the first being Peter Temple in 2007 for The Broken Shore.
I reviewed Life or Death when it was released last year, describing it as a “love story, crime thriller and morality tale rolled into one… [combining] skillful plotting and unrelenting suspense, with characters real enough to make you cry.” It made my Top 10 Crime Reads for 2014. I also had the great pleasure of interviewing Michael about Life or Death at the Bendigo Writers Festival.
In an article by Jason Steger, Robotham is quoted as saying, “It’s nice to win any award but you often win for the one you don’t think is your best. The nice thing about this from my point of view is that I truly believe that Life or Death is the best one I’ve written.”
Heartfelt congratulations to Michael Robotham. The award couldn’t have gone to a better book or (contrary to appearances in the above photo) a nicer guy.