Michael Robotham has been awarded the 2021 Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for his heart-stopping psychological thriller When She Was Good. This comes a year after Robotham became the first Australian to win the CWA’s prestigious Gold Dagger twice.
The Crime Writers’ Association said of When She Was Good that it was, ‘An urgent, poignant and terrifying thriller. This page-turner will hold your attention until you get to the very last page.’
When She Was Good follows the story of Evie Cormac, who was found six years ago hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a brutal murder. Nobody has ever discovered her real name or where she came from, because everybody who tries ends up dead. Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven, ignores her warnings and starts digging into her past, only to disturb a hornet’s nest of corrupt and powerful people.
This award comes in the same week as the publication of Robotham’s new standalone thriller When You Are Mine, which shines a light into the dark spaces of police corruption, domestic violence, and toxic friendships. QRC has reviewed these novels by Michael Robotham: When You Are Mine, The Secrets She Keeps, The Other Wife, Good Girl Bad Girl and When She Was Good.
- Author’s photo by Tony Mott.