Sue Grafton has been named as the winner of the Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in the genre of crime writing. I have to admit that I have never read a Kinsey Milhone alphabet mystery, which is something I must remedy sometime soon.
The first winner, in 1986, was Eric Ambler. Subsequent recipients have been P.D. James, John le Carré, Dick Francis, Julian Symons, Ruth Rendell, Leslie Charteris, Ellis Peters, Michael Gilbert, Reginald Hill, H.R.F. Keating, Colin Dexter, Ed McBain, Margaret Yorke, Peter Lovesey, Lionel Davidson, Sara Paretsky, Robert Barnard, Lawrence Block, Ian Rankin and Elmore Leonard.
Last year's winner was John Harvey. [from the Crime Writer's Association website]
This is an impressive list of 23 writers of whom I have read 16. I also have not read Julian Symons, Leslie Charteris, Michael Gilbert, Margaret Yorke, Peter Lovesey and John Harvey.
I assume the award is made only to living authors, but still there are some glaring omissions.
To whom would you give a Cartier Diamond Dagger? [work translated into English is allowed]
And who on the actual list do you consider overrated?