The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival kicked off today in Harrogate, England, and will continue through Sunday. But what most crime-fiction enthusiasts who aren’t attending that annual literary shindig will be hoping to hear is the announcement on Friday night of who’s won the 2010 Dagger Awards, given out by the British Crime Writers’ Association. (Review the lists of nominees here and here.)
Speculation about who is favored in all five award categories has run pretty heavy over the last couple of weeks, especially as regards the 2010 International Dagger. Karen Meek polled readers of her Euro Crime blog on which novel and author they believe will score this particular award (which honors “crime, thriller, suspense or spy fiction novels which have been translated into English from their original language, for UK publication”), and the clear winner was The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, the concluding volume in Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium Trilogy.” Second place honors went to Icelandic wordsmith Arnaldur Indridason’s Hypthermia, which is already available in the UK but not due out in the States until September.
All the results of Meek’s polling can be found here. We’ll let you know tomorrow night whether the Dagger judges are in agreement.