Thursday, January 14, 2021

Crime Fiction in Translation (International) Dagger Speculation (2021)

The CWA are changing the period of eligibility for their Daggers so that it runs on a calendar year not a financial year so this year's eligibility period will be April 2020 to December 2020. Next year it will be Jan to Dec 2021 and so on.

Read more about it on the CWA's Website.

So here are the 47* translated crime novels published between 1 April 2020 and 31 December 2020 ie the period of eligibility. 

In the list below I've also included the country of birth and gender of the author(s) plus the translator's name and the publisher.

* updated from 41, 14/01/21 pm.


The breakdown by gender is 28 Male, 19 Female. Authors are from 15 countries. The most represented countries, in terms of titles, are Germany (8) and Sweden (8), Norway (7) followed by Iceland (6). More than thirty translators (including pairs of translators) brought you these titles, with 10 individuals having translated more than one. There are 32 publishers/imprints represented.

April 2020 - December 2020


Eva Björg Ægisdóttir - The Creak on the Stairs (Iceland, F) (tr. Victoria Cribb, Orenda Books)

Stefan Ahnhem - X Ways to Die (Sweden, M) (tr. Agnes Broomé, Head of Zeus)

Fredrick Backman - Anxious People (Sweden, M) (tr. Neil Smith, Michael Joseph)

Heine Bakkeid - Scatter Her Ashes (Norway, M) (tr. Anne Bruce, Raven Books)

Marco Balzano - I'm Staying Here (Italy, M) (tr. Jill Foulston, Apollo)

Roxanne Bouchard - The Coral Bride (Canada, F) (tr. David Warriner, Orenda Books)

Michel Bussi - Never Forget (France, M) (tr. Shaun Whiteside, W&N)

Andrea Camilleri - The Safety Net (Italy, M) (tr. Stephen Sartarelli, Mantle)

Andrea Camilleri - The Sicilian Method (Italy, M) (tr. Stephen Sartarelli, Mantle)

Kjell Ola Dahl - Sister (Norway, M) (tr. Don Bartlett, Orenda Books)

Sandrone Dazieri - Kill the King (Italy, M) (tr. Anthony Shugaar, Simon & Schuster UK)

Marc Elsberg - Greed (Austria, M) (tr. Simon Pare, Black Swan)

Katrine Engberg - The Tenant (Denmark, F) (tr. Tara Chace, Hodder Paperbacks)

Sebastian Fitzek - The Package (Germany, M) (tr. Jamie Bulloch, Head of Zeus)

David Foenkinos - The Mystery of Henri Pick (tr. France, M) (tr. Sam Taylor, Pushkin Press)

Mario Giordano - Auntie Poldi and the Handsome Antonio (Germany, M) (tr. John Brownjohn, John Murray)

Abdelilah Hamdouchi - The Butcher of Casablanca (Morocco, M) (tr. Peter Daniel, Hoopoe)

Zhou Haohui - Fate (China, M) (tr. Zac Haluza, Head of Zeus)

Romy Hausmann - Dear Child (Germany, F) (tr. Jamie Bulloch, Quercus)

Anne Holt - A Necessary Death (Norway, F) (tr. Anne Bruce, Corvus)

Jorn Lier Horst - The Inner Darkness (Norway, M) (tr. Anne Bruce, Michael Joseph)

You-Jeong Jeong - Seven Years of Darkness (South Korea, F) (tr. Chi-Young Kim, Little, Brown)

Anna Johannsen - Death on the Beach (Germany, F) (tr. Jozef van der Voort, Thomas & Mercer)

Ragnar Jonasson - The Mist (Iceland, M) (tr. Victoria Cribb, Michael Joseph)

Ragnar Jonasson - Winterkill (Iceland, M) (tr. David Warriner, Orenda Books)

Serge Joncour - Wild Dog (France, M) (tr. Jane Aitken & Polly Mackintosh, Gallic Books)

Yun Ko-eun - The Disaster Tourist (South Korea, F) (tr. Lizzie Buehler, Serpent's Tail)

Martin Kruger - Don't Wake Me (Germany, M) (tr. Jozef van der Voort, Thomas & Mercer)

Volker Kutscher - The March Fallen (Germany, M) (tr. Niall Sellar, Sandstone)

Camilla Lackberg - The Gilded Cage (Sweden, F) (tr. Neil Smith, HarperCollins)

D A Mishani - Three (Israel, M) (tr. Jessica Cohen, riverrun)

Jo Nesbo - The Kingdom (Norway, M) (tr. Robert Ferguson, Harvill Secker)

Hakan Nesser - The Secret Life of Mr Roos (Sweden, M) (tr. Sarah Death, Mantle)

Mikael Niemi - To Cook a Bear (Sweden, M) (tr. Deborah Bragan-Turner, MacLehose Press)

Olivier Norek - The Lost and the Damned (France, M) (tr. Nick Caistor, MacLehose Press)

Sólveig Pálsdóttir - The Fox (Iceland, F) (tr. Quentin Bates, Corylus Books Ltd)

Melanie Raabe - The Shadow (Germany, F) (tr. Imogen Taylor, Text Publishing)

Agnes Ravatn - The Seven Doors (Norway, F) (tr. Rosie Hedger, Orenda Books)

Max Seeck - The Witch Hunter (Finland, M) (tr. Kristian London, Welbeck)

Adania Shibli - Minor Detail (Palestine, F) (tr. Elisabeth Jaquette, Fitzcarraldo Editions)

Lilja Sigurdardottir - Betrayal (Iceland, F) (tr. Quentin Bates, Orenda Books)

Yrsa Sigurdardottir - Gallows Rock (Iceland, F) (tr. Victoria Cribb, Hodder & Stoughton)

Gunnar Staalesen - Fallen Angels (Norway, M) (tr. Don Bartlett, Orenda Books)

Viveca Sten - In the Name of Truth (Sweden, F) (tr. Marlaine Delargy, AmazonCrossing)

Helene Tursten  - Snowdrift (Sweden, F) (tr. Marlaine Delargy, Soho Press)

Ilaria Tuti - Painted in Blood (Italy, F) (tr. Ekin Oklap, W&N)

Maike Wetzel - Elly (Germany, F) (tr. Lyn Marven, Scribe UK)

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