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Crime fiction is booming, a few examples can be found today in ‘El País’, one of the Spanish leading newspapers.

Michael Connelly ‘A los personajes hay que agitarlos’. Michael Connelly ‘One has to shake the characters’, in the cultural supplement Babelia.

Crimen en La Fenice Ocho destinos a través de la mirada de detectives de novela negra. Death at La Fenice Eight destinations through the eyes of detective fiction, in the travel guide supplement El Viajero.

Premio Planeta 2010

Spanish writer Eduardo Mendoza with ‘Riña de gatos’ (Cat Fight) has won the 59th edition of the Premio Planeta, a Spanish literary prize, awarded since 1952 by the publisher Planeta to an original novel written in Spanish (Castilian) whose top prize awards 601.000 Euros.

Within Mendoza’s work stands the saga of an unnamed detective locked up in a mental asylum. The first of these novels, El misterio de la cripta embrujada (1979), was translated into English as The Mystery of the Enchanted Crypt, Telegram Books (2009). The second novel, El laberinto de las aceitunas (1982) The Olive Labyrinth, was expected to be release this year. The third and last novel in the saga, La aventura del tocador de señoras (The Adventure of the Powder Room) was published in Spain in 2002.