The Silkworm has been long listed for the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger award. (The Gold Dagger is awarded to the best crime novel of the year.)

CWA chair Len Tyler said: “Our judges have had a wonderful time reading all these brilliant books. What a year for crime fiction. These long lists are a great demonstration of how diverse and fascinating the genre is right now. No wonder it’s the most popular type of fiction with UK readers.”

The shortlist will be announced soon.