Excellent news for Swedish and Scandinavian Crime Fiction: The dynamic, Swedish crime writing duo Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström won The 2011 CWA International Dagger with Three Seconds.
Roslund & Hellström write hard, tough, and quite critical books – in the tradition of Sjöwall and Wahlöö, who were also very socially and politically engaged, they seem to want to entertain, chock, and educate. They tend to focus on important social issues, and while the books are very entertaining and suspenseful, they are also quite thought-provoking.
In my opinion, and obviously in the opinion of the jury for the International Dagger award as well, they succeed in writing great crime fiction!
The judges praised the book, saying:
“The Swedish duo’s usual maverick cop takes a back seat to a riveting exploration of a deniable operation involving an undercover agent deep inside a criminal organisation. Their new character, doomed to betrayal by political manoeuvring, fights for his life with great intelligence and courage.”
I enjoyed the book tremendously when I read it and gave it a very enthusiastic review. Go and check it out, and consider buying the book. It really is great!