The Crime Writers Association has elected Lee Child its Diamond Dagger winner for 2013. The creator of Jack Reacher has won the award for his outstanding body of work, and in 2012 saw A Wanted Man, his 17th Reacher novel published. At the end of the year, the film Reacher was released starring Tom Cruise in the unlikely role of Child’s hulking hero.
A diamond-studded dagger will be presented to Lee Child at a dinner in the summer. Previous winners have included Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, Elmore Leonard and Frederick Forsyth. Founded in 1953, the CWA also celebrates its diamond jubilee this year.