Archive for November 19, 2013

51gVF35NXJL 515Lxi9mZ8L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX385_SY500_CR,0,0,385,500_SH20_OU02_51diL7EFSdL._I finished reading John Lawton’s Then We Take Berlin last week [review to appear in due 51BvycWWroL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX385_SY500_CR,0,0,385,500_SH20_OU02_course at EuroCrime] and have moved on to read some of the books eligible for the 2014 Petrona Award.  

Full details at http://petronaremembered.com/the-petrona-award/

At the moment I am over half way through the 600+ page Hakan Nesser blockbuster The Strangler’s Honeymoon and enjoying it immensely, despite the length. The book, translated by Laurie Thompson, is over 10 years old as it was originally published in Swedish in 2001 as “Svalan, Katten, Rosen, Doden” which translates as “Swallow, the cat, the rose, the death”. Curious, but no doubt all will become clear before the conclusion.

Incidentally the award for the Best Swedish crime novel of 2013, and the Best translated novel will be awarded on 23 November details below of the nominees, who include three previous winners of the basta svenska kriminalromaner. Hakan Nesser won in 1994, 1996 and 2007; Johan Theorin in 2008; and Arne Dahl in 2011. My own selection for the svenska oversatta kriminaroman, having read three of the nominated books, would be Polis by Jo Nesbo, but we won’t have long to wait to discover the judges verdict.

Svenska Deckarakademin har nominerat årets bästa svenska kriminalromaner:

Christoffer Carlsson: Den osynlige mannen från Salem, Piratförlaget
Arne Dahl: Blindbock, Bonniers
Håkan Nesser: Levande och döda i Winsford, Bonniers
Johan Theorin: Rörgast, W&W
Katarina Wennstam: Stenhjärtat, Bonniers

Nominerade till 2013 års bästa till svenska översatta kriminalroman är:

S. J. Bolton: Odödlig, översättning: Karl G. och Lilian Fredriksson, Modernista
Gillian Flynn: Gone Girl, översättning: Ulla Danielsson, Modernista
Dror Mishani: Utsuddade spår, översättning: Nils Larsson, Brombergs
Jo Nesbø: Polis, översättning: Per Olaisen, Pirat
Ferdinand von Schirach: Fallet Collini, översättning: Lena Hammargren, Bonniers

Vilka böcker som får pris som årets bästa blir klart lördagen den 23 november då Svenska Deckarakademin håller sitt höstmöte på Deckarbiblioteket i Eskilstuna.