International Dagger 2012 – Reading Progress and Speculation #1

As I am rarely in step with the thinking of awards judging panels I’m really not that interested in the myriad of awards handed out in the crime fiction field these days. One exception is the UK Crime Writers Association’s International Dagger Award for books translated into English which I follow because it prompts me to read beyond the American and English stuff that can overwhelm the market. In the past I’ve normally only managed to read the shortlisted novels but this year I’ve kept track of eligible titles via Karen from the excellent Euro Crime tagging eligible books on Good Reads and have at least managed to make a head start (thanks Karen).

So far I’ve finished 15 books (with a 16th forever being on the DNF pile):

I’ve indicated which of these I would put on my shortlist. As I haven’t read even a quarter of the books that are eligible I am likely way off the mark but If I were handing out the award today it would go to Karin Fossum’s THE CALLER but I think all of the books I have selected are excellent

I own these books and plan to read them all before the shortlist is announced. I wonder if any will replace the ones I have picked above.

  • Gazan, Sissel-Jo; The Dinosaur Feather
  • Kaaberbol, Lene; Friis, Agnete, The Boy In The Suitcase
  • Kallentoft, Mons; Midwinter Sacrifice
  • Läckberg, Camilla; The Drowning
  • Mallo, Ernesto; Sweet Money
  • Nakamura, Fuminori; The Thief
  • Nykänen, Harri, Nights of Awe
  • Ohlsson, Kristina; Unwanted
  • Sacheri, Eduardo, The Secret In Their Eyes (well I’m on the library queue for this one but not sure I will get it in time)
  • Sigurdardottir, Yrsa; The Day Is Dark

However there are 53 more titles eligible for nomination. Are there any others you think I MUST read in the time remaining (the shortlist is due to be announced in the last week of May)? Have you got your own prediction for what will make the shortlist?

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10 Responses to International Dagger 2012 – Reading Progress and Speculation #1

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Bernadette – You’ve read quite a lot of the eligibles – more than I have. I like your choices for the short list, too. You found some gems in your TBR :-). I’ve been trying to read more translated crime fiction in the past few months. As you say, there is a lot of English-language crime fiction out there and although there’s plenty of excellent work there, it’s also good to get a bigger picture, so to speak.


    • It is so hard to keep up isn’t it Margot? And I do love my favourite American and English (and Aussie) authors but it’s nice to think I’m getting a small sense of the rest of the world by reading these translated books – we can become so insular if we’re not careful I think.


  2. Kathy D. says:

    Interesting post. I’ve only read four in your first list of those you’ve read and one in the list of to-be-read books. I would agree that Outrage, Until Thy Wrath Be Past (and I normally don’t like anything that even remotely has a supernatural element) should be on the short list and I would add The Boy in the Suitcase. I saw the film of The Secret in their Eyes, but won’t be reading the book . I look forward to reading Dregs which I surprisingly received yesterday as a gift. So on to more good reading.


    • I’m looking forward to Boy in the Suitcase Kathy – not sure why I’ve not read it until now. And I’m not sure about The Secret in their Eyes which is why it’s only a library one – won’t worry me if it’s a DNF. Hope you enjoy your gift.


  3. Maxine says:

    Hmm, I have a post in draft on this, and our shortlists are remarkably similar! I thought The Boy in the Suitcase was OK but not as good as some of these.I imagine Nesbo’s Phantom will be a srong contender, and I liked Nesser’s Hour of the Wolf more than his previous books. I liked several eligible books not listed here but would not put them on my personal shortlist because they aren’t what I’d call “proper crime fiction” but “assorted fiction types with a crime in”. (eg Pineiro’s All Yours).


  4. I´d never trust any of my own predictions so let me just mention my three favourites: The Boy in the Suitcase, The Day is Dark and Until Thy Wrath Be Past.
    I also enjoyed The Dinosaur Feather, but I understand the readers who think it is too different 🙂


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