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Peter James receives award ahead of Bromley performance next month

PUBLISHED: 17:02 27 January 2016

Peter James

Peter James


He received the Crime Writers’ Association’s Diamond Dagger award.

Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace. Credit: Darren BellShane Richie and Jessie Wallace. Credit: Darren Bell

Crime writer Peter James - who will be bringing a stage adaptation of A Perfect Murder to Bromley next month - has been given an award by the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA).

Mr James, who has penned 28 novels, was awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger.

The CWA was particularly impressed with his series of books featuring the adventures of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace.

“Peter James is king of the police procedural,” said CWA chair Len Tyler.

“His books combine up-to-the-minute accuracy with tight plotting and a fast pace.

“Over the past thirty years or so, Peter has established himself as one of the best-known and best-loved thriller writers in the country.

“He is immensely supportive of other authors and his wide-ranging work inside and outside the genre has been recognised both by Brighton University and Sussex Police.”

The CWA Diamond Dagger is awarded each year to a writer who ‘has a career marked by sustained excellence’.

Past winners have included Lee Child, Frederick Forsyth, Val McDermid and Elmore Leonard.

Speaking about the award, Mr James said: “I’ve always felt that the CWA Diamond Dagger stands head and shoulders above all the myriad awards in the world for crime and thriller writing.

“It is, without doubt, the most coveted of all, partly because of its history, partly because of who actually decides it, but more important than either of these, is the list of past winners - a veritable roll call of the giants of our genre.

“I remember attending the ceremonies in my earliest days as young, struggling writer, watching the annual presentations, listening to the acceptance speeches, and dreaming that one that this could be me - which I always dismissed as no more than fantasy.

“Now to find that I am actually to be this year’s recipient is, without doubt, one of the greatest moments of my career. And it is proof that sometimes, our dreams really can come true.”

Mr James’ A Perfect Murder will be performed at the Churchill Theatre from February 8 to 13.

The show stars EastEnders co-stars Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace as Victor and Joan Smiley.

The couple have been married for a long time, and their marriage has reached a crisis point.

Victor has decided that there is only one way to get his wife out of his life forever, but he is in for a nasty surprise.

The show is directed by Ian Talbot.

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