Hans Olav Lahlum's gripping mystery Satellite People has been shortlisted for the Petrona Award 2016.
The award is open to crime fiction in translation, either written by a Scandinavian author or set in Scandinavia and published in the UK in the previous calendar year.
The judges’ commented: "
An accomplished homage to Agatha Christie, Satellite People adds a Nordic twist to classic crime fiction tropes. References to Christie novels abound, but Lahlum uses a Golden Age narrative structure to explore Norway’s wartime past, as Inspector Kristiansen and Patricia investigate a former Resistance fighter’s death. Excellent characterisation, a tight plot and a growing sense of menace keep the reader guessing until the denouement."
Also on the shortlist:
The Drowned Boy
by Karin Fossum tr. Kari Dickson
by Kati Hiekkapelto tr. David Hackston
by Jorn Lier Horst tr. Anne Bruce
The Girl in the Spider's Web
by David Lagercrantz tr. George Goulding
Dark As My Heart
by Antti Tuomainen tr. Lola Rogers