The 2015 Petrona Awards shortlist announced


Novels from all across Scandinavia have been nominated for the 2015 Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year. With works from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland represented their sectors of the Nordic region. Renowned Scandi author Maj Sjöwall – often referred to as ‘The Godmother of Modern Scandinavian Crime Fiction’ – will present the prestigious award at this year’s event. Sjöwall’s successful Martin Beck crime series, alongside co-author Per Wahlöö, has gone on to become bestsellers in the literature market.

Now in its third year, the Petrona Awards commemorates the pioneering work of Maxine Clarke who was one of the first bloggers to write about Scandinavian crime fiction. The award is open to English language translated Scandinavian fiction published in the previous twelve months fiction with all novels set in Scandinavia.


The nominees are: 

The Hummngbird 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)


Previous winners of the Petrona Award include Liza Marklund for Last Will and Linda and As in the Linda Murder by Leif G W Persson, both of which were translated by Neil Smith.

Nordic Noir expert Barry Forshaw commented on the event: ‘The Petrona Award goes from strength to strength, with both winners and shortlisted authors representing the very finest in the Nordic Noir genre; I’m pleased to be involved.’

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