I first wrote about my progress towards reading eligible titles for this year’s International Dagger Award for crime fiction translated into English back in April and updated my progress just prior to the announcement of the shortlist. My final post on the subject should have been my thoughts on the entire shortlist prior to the announcement of the winner (which will be in the very early hours of Saturday morning in my local time) but I didn’t quite manage to finish reading all of the shortlisted books, which are
- Andrea Camilleri – THE POTTER’S FIELD tr. Stephen Sartarelli
- Maurizio De Giovanni – I WILL HAVE VENGEANCE tr. Anne Milano Appel
- Asa Larsson – UNTIL THY WRATH BE PAST tr. Laurie Thompson
- Deon Meyer – TRACKERS tr. K L Seegers
- Jo Nesbo – PHANTOM tr. Don Bartlett
- Valerio Varesi – THE DARK VALLEY tr. Joseph Farrell
I’ll blame my failure to complete this simple task mostly on the fact that I misplaced my eReader during my recent move and it contained both of the books I haven’t read. Though in reality it would have been quite easy to pick up a copy of PHANTOM from the library but quite honestly I was bored to tears by all things Jo Nesbo after his recent tour of Australia during which he seemed to be in/on every media outlet I encountered and I couldn’t help wondering why some of those shows/newspapers couldn’t perhaps interview some of the many excellent Australian crime writers once in a while instead of fawning all over the cute chap from Scandinavia who repeated the same half-dozen anecdotes ad nauseum (and I do acknowledge this wasn’t his fault – he was asked the same daft, simplistic questions over and over again).
According to the readers and voters at Euro Crime that’s the book likely to win the award (apparently Australian media are not the only ones Nesbo-obsessed) but if I were handing out the trophy it would go to Deon Meyer for TRACKERS (sorry Mr Meyer given my track record for being on the losing side that’s surely lost you any chance of winning) (and sorry too Ms Larsson as I really loved UNTIL THY WRATH BE PAST also but picking two winners seems like a bit of a cheat). Regardless of who wins though I feel privileged to have been able to read so many wonderful books thanks to the work of all the excellent translators and I look forward to getting stuck into next year’s reading.