I'm very glad to see two non-English language European books on the shortlist for the Macavity awards . To be eligible, books must have been published in the USA in 2008.
The Draining Lake by Arnaldur Indridason (published in the USA by Minotaur) is nominated in the best mystery novel category. "A satisfying mystery novel by a superb author", as I wrote in my review (click on book's title).
And The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by the late Stieg Larsson (Knopf) is nominated for the best first mystery category. I called it a "powerful book which combines a good story with haunting characters and a crusading message." (Click on book's title for my review.)
The translators are not named in the nominations, a sad omission. The Draining Lake is translated from the Icleandic by the late Bernard Scudder, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland.
Other reviews of these excellent books:
The Draining Lake reviewed by Laura Root at Euro Crime.
The Draining Lake reviewed by Joan Smith in The Times.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo reviewed by Alex Berenson in The New York Times.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo reviewed by Peter Guttridge in The Guardian.
See the full list of this year's Macavity nominations at Mystery Fanfare.