Karen of Euro Crime has searched her archives to produce a comprehensive list of eligible titles for the CWA Duncan Lawrie International Dagger award, the shortlist for which, together with the other awards, will be announced tomorrow (Tuesday) night. Karen is "particularly interested in the International dagger as it's the only award for which translated crime novels are eligible." The criteria (via CWA) are: crime novels by the broadest definition including thrillers, suspense novels and spy fiction as long as the book was not originally written in English and has been translated into English for UK publication between June 1 2007 and May 31 2008.
"So which ones will be on the shortlist?", asks Karen, inviting readers to choose their own. She says "my six – based on my own reading plus Euro Crime and press reviews, are: Gomez-Jurado's God's Spy, Hammesfahr's The Sinner, Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Meyer's Devil's Peak, Nesbo's Nemesis and Vargas' This Night's Foul Work." (I thought I was an avid crime fiction reader, but I've read only one of these!)
Fiona Walker, Norman Price, CrimeFic Reader and me all chance our arm in the comments to Karen's post: please do head on over and add your vote, too – there are some fantastic books to choose from. What is especially nice about the exercise is that Roger Cornwell, CWA webmaster, has dropped in and confirmed that the yet-to-be-revealed shortlist does come exclusively from Karen's longlist (one up for the comprehensiveness of the Euro Crime database). He also writes "we will be running a forum where you can discuss the shortlist, in the run-up to the announcement of the winner. Check out the CWA website for more details, from around 10pm Tuesday evening. Your comments will be most welcome."