This award is given by the International Association of Crime Fiction Writers (Asociación Internacional de Escritores Policíacos) and has no economic retribution. The winner will be announced during the Semana Negra 2010 Festival in Gijon. Here is the list of previous winners (from 1988 to 2008). In 2009 the Award was given jointly to Niños de tiza by David Torres (Spain) and 77 by Guillermo Saccommano (Argentina).
It is interesting to note that the Spanish terms novela negra, novela policíaca, novela policial and novela criminal are often used interchangeably meaning crime fiction in all cases. Also note that the Spanish term novela is not the equivalent for novella.
I’m ashamed for not having read any of this books. A possible explanation is the price of books in Spain. I would have to expend over 100,00 €, to buy them all. Average price 18,63 €, with a price range between 16,00 € and 21,95 €. Outrageous. I will see if I can find any in a local library and get a flavour of the current state of crime fiction in Spanish speaking countries.
Trivia: Carlos Bardem is the brother of Javier Bardem.