Cover Stories: Skulduggery at the Crime Writers' Association; a coup for Maia Press; publishing legend Michael Korda

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Dreda Say Mitchell has snatched the award for a first crime novel for Running Hot, published by fledgling indie Maia Press: a coup for them. And John le Carré has won the "Dagger of Daggers", to mark 50 years of the CWA, for The Spy Who Came In from the Cold. But some members obviously think that he should have written about Bournemouth, not Berlin.

New York publishing legend Michael Korda will be retiring from full-time work at Simon & Schuster. The son of Hungarian-born film mogul Alexander Korda, he has been S&S editor-in-chief since 1968. Born in Britain, he interrupted his education to participate in the 1956 Hungarian uprising. His account, Arise, Magyars!, will mark the 50th anniversary next year. As an editor, he has worked on the memoirs of US presidents from Nixon on, as well as those by Kissinger, Brezhnev and - Korda's own favourite - Laurence Olivier. As of January, the Editor Emeritus will have more time for his hobbies - horses, and gun collecting.

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