2015 Petrona Award Shortlist: A personal opinion


The six high-quality crime novels from Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, that have been shortlisted for the 2015 Petrona Award as announced on 26 March 2015, are: 

The Hummingbird by Kati Hiekkapelto, tr. David Hackston (Arcadia Books; Finland)
The Hunting Dogs by Jørn Lier Horst, tr. Anne Bruce (Sandstone Press; Norway)
Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indriðason, tr. Victoria Cribb (Harvill Secker; Iceland)
The Human Flies by Hans Olav Lahlum, tr. Kari Dickson (Mantle; Norway)
Falling Freely, As If In A Dream by Leif G W Persson, tr. Paul Norlen (Doubleday; Sweden)
The Silence of the Sea by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, tr. Victoria Cribb (Hodder & Stoughton; Iceland)

The winning title will be announced at the annual international crime fiction event CrimeFest, held in Bristol between the 14th and the 17th of May 2015. The award will be presented by the Godmother of modern Scandinavian crime fiction, Maj Sjöwall, co-author with Per Wahlöö of the Martin Beck series.

It is worth recalling that the Petrona Award is open to crime fiction in translation, either written by a Scandinavian author or set in Scandinavia and published in the UK in the previous calendar year. The Petrona Award has been established to celebrate the work of Maxine Clarke, one of the first online crime fiction reviewers and bloggers, who died in December 2012. Maxine, whose online persona and blog was called Petrona, was passionate about translated crime fiction but in particular that from the Scandinavian countries.

The previous awards went to:

2013 – Lat Will by Liza Marklund, tr. Neil Smith (Corgi)

2014 – Linda, As In The Linda Murder by Leif G W Persson, tr. Neil Smith (Doubleday)

Today, I’m able to confirm that, after reading all the books in the shortlist, my personal preference is for The Hunting Dogs by Jørn Lier Horst tr. Anne Bruce (Sandstone Press; Norway). You can access my reviews clicking on the book titles. What’s left now is to wait to the judges’ verdict. Stay tuned.

(Source: The Petrona Award)

See a different opinion at Crime Scraps Review

6 thoughts on “2015 Petrona Award Shortlist: A personal opinion”

  1. Congrats on the mighty feat of working your way through them all, including Persson’s 800+-page behemoth. I imagine that when that one stops a door the door stays stopped.

  2. Interesting to see your thoughts Jose Ignacio and to compare them to the judges’. I think the winner will be announced tonight my time (a few hours away). I’ll have to do a post-award roundup myself as I got unexpectedly called away for work and was unable to finish them all.

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