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Lynda La Plante and James Lee Burke have both been honored with the Diamond Dagger lifetime award.

Lynda La Plante and James Lee Burke have both been honored with the Diamond Dagger lifetime award.

Two authors were recently awarded the Diamond Dagger for their lifetime achievements in crime writing, marking the first time in the award’s history that it has been given to two recipients. According to judges, the decision was not an easy one and almost resulted in an altercation among them.

Lynda La Plante and James Lee Burke have both been chosen to receive this year’s award, which is managed by the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and acknowledges consistent excellence in the genre.

“Due to our updated voting system, this year’s Diamond Dagger award will be given to two authors, a rare occurrence in the past seven decades,” stated Maxim Jakubowski, head of the CWA Daggers committee. “If the Booker prize can do it, we can too!”

La Plante is most recognized for creating the popular Prime Suspect and Widows books and TV shows. She has also written other series such as Lorraine Page, Anna Travis, and Trial And Retribution. In 2008, she was honored with a CBE for her contributions to literature, drama, and philanthropy. Her memoir is anticipated to be published in the near future.

According to CWA chair Vaseem Khan, “La Plante’s Prime Suspect” changed the perception of women in police investigation stories and launched Helen Mirren into stardom. Additionally, “Widows” continues to be a symbolic and delightfully entertaining heist film led by women.

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James Lee Burke has written over 20 novels in his series featuring detective Dave Robicheaux. Upon receiving an award, Burke expressed his gratitude and humility. He also acknowledged the honor of being included among the top mystery and crime writers globally.

Khan stated that James Lee Burke’s poetic portrayal of the American south goes beyond the boundaries of crime fiction. His writing is highly regarded as some of the finest in the genre. For numerous people, Dave Robicheaux embodies the persistent, morally upright detective struggling with inner struggles – a flawlessly crafted character.

Khan stated that the judges for The Dagger award were on the verge of physical confrontation this year, but for a valid reason. Ultimately, they have decided to honor two exceptional works that have both left a significant impact in their own unique ways.

Jakubowski praised La Plante and Burke, stating that they are both talented and deserving authors who collectively showcase the incredible range of crime writing.

A group of past recipients, including Lee Child, Ian Rankin, and Val McDermid, were responsible for selecting this year’s winners. Other previous honorees include Ruth Rendell, PD James, and John le Carré. The CWA awards have been running since 1955, with the first one given to Winston Graham, renowned for his Poldark book series.

Source: theguardian.com