Best Swedish and translated Crime Novels of 2012: nominations

Posted: October 24, 2012 in Book Awards, Sweden

The Swedish Crime Academy nominated this year’s five best Swedish crime novels and the five best translated into Swedish crime novels. 

Tove Alsterdal is new in this context, while both Åsa Larsson and Roslund / Hellström won the prize for the best crime novels before: Larson for the blood spilled in 2004 and Roslund / Hellström for three seconds in 2009 Lars Kepler (pseudonym of authors Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril) has been nominated for the price of two of his earlier books (Paganini contract Eldvittnet 2010 and 2011).  Grebe / Hit were nominated in 2010 for more bitter than death. 

Belinda Bauer has managed the feat of getting two of her crime novels – last year was her debut novel Dark Earth nominated, but was beaten off the line by Denise Mina. Yrsa Sigurdardottir is a newcomer in the context, while Arnaldur Indriðason and Peter Robinson both have scooped the award for best crime novel translated into Swedish before, in 2005 and 2001 respectively. 

The winners will be revealed by Detective Academy’s autumn meeting in Eskilstuna Saturday 24 november. 

Tove Alsterdal: In the silence buried (Lind & Co.) 
Camilla Grebe / Asa Hit: Before you died (Wahlström & Widstrand) 
Lars Kepler: Sand Man (Bonnier) 
Åsa Larsson: To sacrifice to Molech (Bonnier) 
Anders Roslund / Hellström Börge: Two soldiers (Piratförlaget) 

Belinda Bauer: You love them (“finders keepers”, translation: Ulla Danielsson, Modernista) 
Belinda Bauer: Shadow Side (“Dark Side”, translation: Ulla Danielsson, Modernista) 
Arnaldur Indriðason: The cold fire (“Furðustrandir”, translation: Ylva Hellerud, Collins) 
Peter Robinson: A poisoned man (“Before the Poison”, translation: Jan Malmsjö, Minotaur) 
Yrsa Sigurdardottir: Eldnatt (“Horfðu á me” Translation: Anna Gunnarsdotter Grönberg, Modernista) 

[from the Swedish Crime Academy website translated by google translator with modifications by me] 

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Norman – Thanks for the summing-up. I’m glad you reminded me of Belinda Bauer’s work too; I must catch up with her. It’s been a bit since I’ve read her work.

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