Hood Rat was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Non-fiction Dagger Award 2012. It was announced at Crimefest in Bristol, in the company of writers like Lee Child and Peter James. Judges said:
‘This is a fine piece of investigative journalism, covering three aspects of gang warfare: personal interviews with those involved in the drug trade in Manchester; with the gangs of Glasgow, which has the highest murder rate in Europe; and among the Indian population of Southall, London. The author is to be commended on his ability to get close to the criminals.’
The winner will be announced on 5th July in the Library at Birdcage Walk in Westminster, London.