Jørn Lier Horst ble tildelt Petrona Award i fjor, og har muligheten til å motta den igjen i år. Se hele kortlisten her.
Petrona Award er en britisk pris som deles ut til den beste skandinaviske krimromanen for året som gikk. I fjor ble Jørn Lier Horst tildelt prisen for Katharina-koden, og i år kan han vinne den igjen. Av 37 påmeldte bøker, er listen nå kuttet ned til seks. Og det er Norge som er sterkest representert, med hele tre romaner, mens Finland, Island og Sverige tar de resterende plasseringene på kortlisten.
Her er kortlisten til Petrona Award 2020:
- The Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl, tr. Don Bartlett (Orenda Books; Norway)
- Inborn by Thomas Enger, tr. Kari Dickson (Orenda Books; Norway)
- The Cabin by Jørn Lier Horst, tr. Anne Bruce (Michael Joseph; Norway)
- The Silver Road by Stina Jackson, tr. Susan Beard (Corvus; Sweden)
- The Absolution by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, tr. Victoria Cribb (Hodder & Stoughton; Iceland)
- Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen, tr. David Hackston (Orenda Books; Finland)
Vinneren blir normalt annonsert under CrimeFest, som finner sted på våren. I år vil prisvinneren derimot bli annonsert 3. desember. Både forfatteren og oversetteren mottar prispengene.
Her kan du lese juryens begrunnelser:
The Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl, tr. Don Bartlett (Orenda Books; Norway)
Kjell Ola Dahl made his debut in 1993, and has since published seventeen novels, most notably those in the ‘Gunnarstranda and Frølich’ police procedural series. In 2000, he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix, and the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. In much the same way as Icelandic author Arnaldur Indriðason, Dahl explores the experience of the Second World War by moving away from the linear murder mystery to something far more searching and emotionally driven. The Courier is an intelligent and absorbing standalone that offers a perceptive and highly moving exploration of Scandinavian history. It traverses changing times and cultural norms, and traces the growing self-awareness of a truly memorable female protagonist.
Inborn by Thomas Enger, tr. Kari Dickson (Orenda Books; Norway)
Thomas Enger worked for many years for Norway’s first online newspaper, Nettavisen, and as an author is best-known for his five novels featuring the journalist-sleuth Henning Juul, one of which – Pierced – was shortlisted for the Petrona Award in 2013. He has also won prizes for his thrillers for young adults. Inborn, his first standalone novel to be translated into English, tells the story of a murder trial from the perspective of the seventeen-year-old defendant, and combines a gripping courtroom drama with a tender and intriguing portrait of Norwegian small-town life, and the secrets bubbling away beneath its surface.
The Cabin by Jørn Lier Horst, tr. Anne Bruce (Michael Joseph; Norway)
Having previously worked as a police officer, Jørn Lier Horst has established himself as one of the most successful Scandinavian authors of the last twenty years. Horst’s previous ‘William Wisting’ novel, The Katharina Code, won the 2019 Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel, as well as the Nordic Noir Thriller of the Year in 2018. The Cabin sees Chief Inspector Wisting juggling the demands of two testing cases, leading him into the path of an old adversary and plunging him into the criminal underworld. Horst has once again produced an impeccably crafted police procedural with a deft control of pace and tension.
The Silver Road by Stina Jackson, tr. Susan Beard (Corvus; Sweden)
The Silver Road is Stina Jackson’s highly accomplished debut. It has achieved remarkable success, winning the 2018 Award for Best Swedish Crime Novel, the 2019 Glass Key Award, and the 2019 Swedish Book of the Year Award. Set in northern Sweden, where Jackson herself grew up, the novel explores the aftermath of teenager Lina’s disappearance, and her father Lelle’s quest to find her by driving the length of the Silver Road under the midnight sun. Three years on, young Meja arrives in town: her navigation of adolescence and first-time love will lead her and Lelle’s paths to cross. The Silver Road is a haunting depiction of grief, longing and obsession, with lots of heart and a tremendous sense of place.
The Absolution by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, tr. Victoria Cribb (Hodder & Stoughton; Iceland)
A full-time civil engineer as well as a prolific writer for both adults and children, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is one of Iceland’s best-selling and most garlanded crime novelists, and the winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for The Silence of the Sea. The Absolution is the third entry in her ‘Children’s House’ series, and features a very modern killer who targets teenagers with an MO involving Snapchat. This artfully plotted and thought-provoking book continues the series’ focus on the long-lasting impact of childhood trauma, with welcome light relief provided by the mismatched investigators, detective Huldar and child psychologist Freyja.
Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen, tr. David Hackston (Orenda Books; Finland)
Antti Tuomainen is a versatile crime writer, whose works draw on genres as varied as the dystopian thriller and comedy crime caper. His third novel, The Healer, won the Clue Award for Best Finnish Crime Novel in 2011 and he has been shortlisted for the Glass Key, Petrona and Last Laugh Awards, as well as the CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger. Little Siberia, set in an icy northern Finland, opens with a bang when a meteorite unexpectedly lands on a speeding car. Transferred to the local museum for safe keeping, the valuable object is guarded from thieves by local priest Joel, who is grappling with both a marital crisis and a crisis of faith. Absurdist black humour is expertly combined with a warm, perceptive exploration of what it means to be human.