The Brighton crime novelist, Peter James, has won this year’s Crime Writers Association Diamond Dagger. He received it for sustained excellence and making a significant contribution to the crime genre. Peter is the author of the ‘Dead’ series of crime novels – Dead Simple, You Are Dead etc, – featuring Detective Roy Grace. From the beginning, Peter spent time with Sussex Police and injects much of what he has learnt into his novels, making them both authentic and believable, and as a result, the books are often read by police officers. He has forged strong links with Sussex Police and it’s possible to see one of the two patrol cars he’s sponsored when walking around Brighton. The CWA is an organisation which supports published authors and Peter, who has sold a staggering 16m books, was chosen by its 600 members.