The XXIII Semana Negra de Gijón announced today the winner of the Hammett Award to the best crime fiction book published originally in Spanish (Castilian) in 2009: Ciudad Santa (Almuzara) by Guillermo Orsi (Argentina).
The Hammett Prize was first awarded during the Semana Negra de Gijón in 1988 and this is, therefore, its 23rd edition.
Congratulations to Guillermo Orsi.
For more information click at Semana Negra website here.
Last Friday July 9, 2010. Patti Abbott was kind enough to publish my note on Red Wind a short story by Raymond Chandler that you can find published in Trouble is My Business, a collection of short stories. Although I choose Red Wind, Goldfish is another one of my favourites. Both are highly recommended.
You can visit her blog Pattinase here, it’s worthwhile reading.
Just in case you don’t know Patti is the proud mother of Megan Abbott.
Visit also The Raymond Chandler website.
Back at home, I’ve managed to finish reading all the books in The 2010 CWA International Dagger: shortlist. Just in time before the announcement, next week, of the winner. Pity that there will only be one winner. More than one of these books could or would have been easily the winner in any other CWA International Dagger Award’s edition.
I’m not able to come up with a single favourite, honestly. My preferences goes to Hypothermia, The Darkest Room and Thirteen Hours. But I would lie if I do not praise the merits of the other three: Badfellas, August Heat and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. Maybe, just maybe, there is some intention in this particular order.
Anyhow I did enjoyed very much reading all of them, it was a wonderful experience. It can only be compare to Spain winning the 2010 World Football Championship, in my opinion.
You can also check on this same subject, the Dagger not the Football Championship, the following blogs: Petrona, Crime Scraps, Reactions to Reading, Mysteries in Paradise. Vote, if you’ve not yet done so, at Euro Crime. And read them during this summer, great stuff.