International Dagger 2013 – Reading Progress and Speculation – #1

As my virtual friends at Petrona and The Game’s Afoot have already started discussing titles eligible for next year’s International Dagger award for crime fiction translated into English (and published in the UK) I thought I’d better catch up (at least in terms of number of posts on the topic if not number of books read). It’s early days yet but already Euro Crime lists a potential 56 titles (though only per author is eligible and the publication of some titles will inevitably be delayed so the list is a work in progress). So far I have read a rather paltry 5:

  • DISGRACE, Jussi Adler-Olsson, tr Kyle Semmel (Danish)
  • LAST WILL, Liza Marklund, tr Neil Smith (Swedish)
  • MISTERIOSO (a.k.a. THE BLINDED MAN), Arne Dahl, tr Tiina Nunnally (Swedish)
  • THE BLACK PATH, Asa Larsson, tr Marlaine Delargy (Swedish)
  • THE THIEF, Fuminor Nakamura, tr Stephen Coates; Satoko Izumo (Japanese)

These are all good novels but the standout so far is Liza Marklund’s LAST WILL. And I have to say Nakamura’s THE THIEF has stayed with me for months after reading it.

In some format or another I have these additional 5 titles lined up ready to read:

  • IN THE DARKNESS, Karin Fossum, tr James Anderson (Norwegian)
  • PIERCED, Thomas Enger, tr Charlotte Barslund (Norwegian)
  • THE AGE OF DOUBT, Andrea Camilleri, tr Stephen Sartelli (Italian)
  • THE BLIND GODDESS, Ann Holt, tr Tom Geddes (Norwegian)
  • THE CRUEL STARS OF THE NIGHT, Kjell Eriksson, tr Ebba Segerberg (Swedish)

And I have rather a long wishlist from which to choose. My goal is to read at least 25 of the eligible titles before the shortlist is announced (around May next year).

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7 Responses to International Dagger 2013 – Reading Progress and Speculation – #1

  1. Bernadette – It sounds as though you have some good reading ahead of you. I’m particularly interested in what you have to say about The Blind Goddess and The Age of Doubt. In the meantime I’ve a lot of reading to catch up on before the finalists are announced *sigh*…

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  2. Sarah says:

    I’ve read 2 on your list – The Blinded Man and The Black Path. I’m reading ‘Pierced’ at the moment and it is very enjoyable.

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  3. I am starting to see the same titles around also, I am keeping a list, I will try for 10. Good luck and enjoy your choices.

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  4. Kathy D. says:

    I’ve read Last Will, The Black Path, The Cruel Stars of the Night and The Age of Doubt. I’m reading Indridason’s Black Skies. His books are always good. The library is getting in The Blind Goddess, can’t wait for that one. Will look for your reviews.

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  5. Maxine says:

    Of the ones on your to-read list, I’ve read three and am reading another (Fossum) at the moment. I’ve enjoyed them all. The Age of Doubt is not out here for a few months but I’m looking forward to it.

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  6. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out says:

    Disgrace just appeared in my mail box which I hope to read soon

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