Sigurðardóttir wins Petrona Award

Sigurðardóttir wins Petrona Award

The Silence of the Sea by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir has won the 2015 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year.

The book, translated by Victoria Cribb and published by Hodder & Stoughton, was chosen as the wining title by Petrona Award judges Barry Forshaw, Dr Katharina Hall and Sarah Ward.

The award was presented to Saturday at a Gala Dinner at CrimeFest in Bristol.

In the novel, an empty yacht crashes into Reykjavik’s harbour wall; its Icelandic crew and passengers have vanished. Thóra Gudmundsdóttir investigates the puzzling and deeply unsettling case, “in a narrative that skilfully orchestrates fear and tension in the reader,” according to the judges. 

The book beat off competition from The Hummingbird by Kati Hiekkapelto (Arcadia Books; Finland), The Hunting Dogs by Jørn Lier Horst (Sandstone Press; Norway), Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indriðason (Harvill Secker; Iceland), The Human Flies by Hans Olav Lahlum (Mantle; Norway) and Falling Freely as If In A Dream by Leif G W Persson (Doubleday; Sweden).

The third Petrona trophy was presented to Sigurðardóttir by author Maj Sjöwall, co-author with Per Wahlöö of the Martin Beck series. 

As well as the trophy, Sigurðardóttir receives a pass to and a guaranteed panel at next year's CrimeFest.