THE EUROPEANS ARE COMING
Ake Edwardson, FROZEN TRACKS (Viking)
Karin Fossum (Translated by Charlotte Barslund) THE INDIAN BRIDE (Harcourt)
Tana French, IN THE WOODS (Viking)
Jan Costin Wagner (Translated by John Brownjohn) ICE MOON (Harcourt)
Where are the excellent American writers? Is this the equivalent of what happened in the U.K. with the CWA Awards a couple of years ago?
Tana French may be published by Viking but her intriguing first novel is set in Ireland and she was born in Vermont. Jan Costin Wagner is German but his wife is from Finland and his novels are set in Finland so I suppose he can be classified as Scandinavian.
When the CWA seperated translated fiction from that written in English we ended up with a South African born Australian Peter Temple deservedly winning the big prize with The Broken Shore.
So the Americans have not only got to worry about Europeans but some superb Australian crime fiction as well. We obviously need more niche awards and the ability to keep our eye on the ball and find out who has won each year's Ned Kelly, Martin Beck, Nordic Glass Key, Glauser and other European prizes.
Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.
Rudyard Kipling 1865-1936