Monday, May 17, 2010

International Dagger Speculation (2010)

The shortlist for the CWA International Dagger will be announced at CrimeFest on Friday. As one of the judges, I do know what's on the list so cannot comment but I shall be running the polls as in earlier years, for "what do you *think*will win" and "what do you *want* to win", once the official announcement's been made.

I thought I'd repost the list of titles published during the eligibility period, with links to Euro Crime reviews and perhaps people would like to comment below on which 6 titles would be in their shortlist. (Maxine has reviewed some more of the titles on Petrona):
Boris Akunin - She Lover of Death
Selcuk Altun - Many and Many a Year Ago
Barbara Baraldi - The Girl With the Crystal Eyes
Tonino Benacquista - Badfellas
Mikkel Birkegaard - The Library of Shadows
Sergio Bizzio - Rage
Armand Cabasson - Memory of Flames
Andrea Camilleri - August Heat
Raphael Cardetti - Death in the Latin Quarter
Massimo Carlotto - Poisonville (with Marco Videtta)
Donato Carrisi - The Whisperer
Jacques Chessex - A Jew Must Die
K O Dahl - The Last Fix
Leif Davidsen - The Woman from Bratislava
Tim Davys - Amberville
Tom Egeland - The Guardians of the Covenant
Marjolijn Februari - The Book Club
Marcello Fois - Blood from the Skies
Karin Fossum - The Water's Edge
Eugenio Fuentes - At Close Quarters
Michele Giuttari - The Death of a Mafia Don
Juan Gomez-Jurado - Contract with God
Luigi Guicciardi - Inspector Cataldo's Criminal Summer
Petra Hammesfahr - The Lie
Anne Holt - Death in Oslo
Arnaldur Indridason - Hypothermia
Claude Izner - The Predator of Batignolles
Christian Jacq - The Judgement of the Mummy
Tove Jansson - The True Deceiver
Andrea H Japp - The Divine Blood
Mari Jungstedt - The Killer's Art
Andrey Kurkov - The Good Angel of Death
Camilla Lackberg - The Stonecutter
Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest
Giulio Leoni - The Kingdom of Light
Henning Mankell - The Man from Beijing
Dominique Manotti - Affairs of State
Javier Marias - Your Face Tomorrow 3: Poison, Shadow and Farewell
Petros Markaris - Che Committed Suicide
Patricia Melo - Lost World
Deon Meyer - Thirteen Hours
Zygmunt Miloszewski - Entanglement
Rita Monaldi & Francesco Sorti - Secretum
Jo Nesbo - The Snowman
Guillermo Orsi - No-one Loves a Policeman
Jean-Francois Parot - The Nicolas le Floch Affair
Arturo Perez-Reverte - Pirates of the Levant
Claudia Pineiro - Thursday Night Widows
Luis Miguel Rocha - The Last Pope
Santiago Roncagliolo - Red April
Emili Rosales - The Invisible City
Frank Schatzing - Death and the Devil
Andrea Maria Schenkel - Ice Cold
Bernhard Schlink - Self's Murder
Mehmet Murat Somer - The Gigolo Murder
Gunnar Staalesen - The Consorts of Death
Johan Theorin - The Darkest Room
Alberto Vazquez-Figueroa - Tuareg
Alberto Vazquez-Figueroa - Coltan
Carlos Ruiz Zafon - The Angel's Game
Juli Zeh - Dark Matter

7 comments:

Uriah Robinson said...

I don't envy you the difficult task of judging this year with so many outstanding novels, but at least we know that one judge will know what she is talking about. ;o)

My six from books I have already read:

The Darkest Room-Johan Theorin
Claudia Pineiro-Thursday Night Widows
Jo Nesbo-The Snowman
Stieg Larsson-The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest
Andrea Camilleri-August Heat
Henning Mankell-The Man from Beijing

But I expect from reading other people's opinions of books thta I have not read yet that Deon Meyer's Thirteen Hours [his Blood Safari was superb] and Arnaldur Indridason's Hypothermia will be shortlisted.

Kiwicraig said...

Sheesh - an impressive lineup. I've actually only read a couple, but I do have a couple more on my bookshelf (some are only just being published in NZ about now), and have read other works by some of the authors (e.g. Mankell etc).

I would just be guessing by picking six, but I do like Norman's selections above.

Jose Ignacio Escribano said...

I've already read nine:
Andrea Camilleri - August Heat
Eugenio Fuentes - At Close Quarters
Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest
Javier Marias - Your Face Tomorrow 3: Poison, Shadow and Farewell
Arturo Perez-Reverte - Pirates of the Levant
Claudia Pineiro - Thursday Night Widows
Santiago Roncagliolo - Red April
Mehmet Murat Somer - The Gigolo Murder
Carlos Ruiz Zafon - The Angel's Game

Javier Marias is one of the best Spanish authors, but I don't think he will have a chance to be shortlisted.
I did like very much Eugenio Fuentes book.

Still this year I plan to read:
Leif Davidsen - The Woman from Bratislava
Karin Fossum - The Water's Edge
Arnaldur Indridason - Hypothermia
Henning Mankell - The Man from Beijing
Dominique Manotti - Affairs of State
Petros Markaris - Che Committed Suicide
Patricia Melo - Lost World
Deon Meyer - Thirteen Hours
Jo Nesbo - The Snowman
Johan Theorin - The Darkest Room
Here I think there is more chance to find some shortlisted.
Thanks Karen. It is always fun to speculate.

Fiona said...

I'd be horifically disappointed if Hypothermia wasn't on there. And didn't win, too, really, cause it's a masterpiece. Though I think The Snowman will.

Maxine said...

Here's my attempt at a shortlist:

The Darkest Room by Johan Theorin (translator: Marlaine Delargy) (Sweden)
Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason (translator Victoria Cribb) (Iceland)
The Killer's Art by Mari Jungstedt (translator Tiina Nunnally) (Sweden)
The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell (translator Laurie Thompson) (Sweden)
The Consorts of Death by Gunnar Staalesen (translator Don Bartlett) (Norway)
At Close Quarters by Eugenio Fuentes (translator Martin Schifino) (Spain)

My choice for the winner is The Darkest Room by Johan Theorin, though I did love Hypothermia so would be equally thrilled if that won (or about 18 of the others!)

Roger Cornwell said...

The web page announcing the shortlist is now (just) sitting on my hard disk ready to be uploaded to the CWA website shortly after 7pm on Friday evening, once the official announcement has been made at Crimefest in Bristol.

So even if you cannot get to Bristol, you can check out the CWA International Dagger Page after 7pm Friday.

kathy d. said...

What a great long list and I so appreciate the shortlists here.

And, again, I protest vehemently that many of the European books cited here are not yet in the public library in my (very big) city across the pond.

I feel like I've been waiting for a decade for "Hypothermia," and the more I read about it, the worse is the wait!