cold off the press – Roslund and Hellstrom win best Swedish crime novel

Maria Lang

Nordic Bookblog and Crime Scraps both are reporting that Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström’s Tre sekunder (Three seconds) has won the 2009 award for best Swedish crime novel of the year. Norm had presented the nominees earlier this month with a little translation help from Dorte.

Steve and Tiina have been taking a few pictures and picking up lots of books. “This trip should result in some hot new crime novels for you in the next couple of years, as well as some excellent new mainstream fiction,” according to Stieg Larsson’s translator.

Very little note is taken, generally, of Maria Lang, a Swedish crime writer who was very popular in her day, publishing some 40-50 mysteries between the 1950s and 1990s, but Dorte has a nice appreciation of her work and, in particular, No More Murders. Lang’s books are traditional puzzle mysteries some of which feature an intelligent academic woman. (Photo courtesy of the Swedish Wikipedia.)

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