Norwegian crime fiction writer Anne Holt has recently been nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Novel, for her very good “closed room” mystery 1222. This, of course, is a huge honor, and yet another confirmation of the popularity that Scandinavian crime fiction enjoys for the moment.
Here is the full list of nominated novels:
- The Ranger by Ace Atkins
- Gone by Mo Hayder
- The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
- 1222 by Anne Holt
- Field Gray by Philip Kerr
It is perhaps also especially delightful for the Norwegians – as we all know, they compete more than a little with the Swedes (about more or less everything you can imagine), and as Jo Nesbø was nominated for the Edgar last year, this was the second time a Norwegian has been nominated. And – sweet – no Swedes in sight
We congratulate Anne Holt and Norway, and cheer for Anne when the winners will be announced at the Edgar Awards ceremony on April 26th.