Friday, July 22, 2011

Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom wins the CWA International Dagger Award

Well, that just goes to show you...don't ever bet on my choices for award winners!  I just read on EuroCrime that this year's International Dagger goes to Three Seconds.  My bet was on Needle in a Haystack, but as usual, I was wrong.

So, congratulations to the authors, and I hope that this win shows people here in the US that there is Scandinavian crime fiction beyond Stieg Larsson.  Now, I'm just going to sit and wait for Karen to post the list of next year's possibilities so I can start reading for next year!


  1. I wanted mallo to win, too, but Three Seconds is a good thriller packed with details. Next year's possibilities are already full of riches, I think it will be a much tougher contest in 2012!

  2. Well I am from Sweden so all I can say is that I am proud of Swedish crime writers. It goes back to SjöwallWahlöö (Inspector Beck-novels)..

    But I am equally interested in US crime novels. My favorite author is Marcia Muller. what do you think of her? Do you recommend any other US crime novels?

  3. Gunnar: Hello!! Don't get me wrong -- I LOVE Swedish writers, and their counterparts in the rest of Scandinavia. What's a bit odd is that I actually prefer Eurocrime over American writers.

    My favorite American crime writer is Michael Connelly with his Harry Bosch series. I also like James Lee Burke, Robert Parker and, going back in time, James Ellroy, Jim Thompson and Raymond Chandler. Sorry, but I've never read Marcia Muller, but I can definitely recommend the authors I've listed here.

    Drop in any time!

  4. Sjowall and Wahloo were the best! They were role models for many other Swedish writers -- Mankell, S. Larsson, for instance.

    If you like Marcia Muller's series (which I do), then Sara Paretsky's series featuring woman detective, V.I. Warshawski, would appeal to you. Good characters, plotting, social issues, a very strong female protagonist. And there's Sue Grafton, who writes the Kinsey Millhone "alphabet" series. She also features a strong woman detective.

    Also, of Swedish writers, I like Hakan Nesser, Stieg Larsson, Liza Marklund, Henning Mankell, and also Nordic noir is Norwegian Jo Nesbo and Icelandic writers Arnaldur Indridason and Yrsa Sigurdadottir.


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