Arnaldur Indriðason, author of the popular Icelandic crime novel series featuring Detective Erlendur, has won Spanish publisher RBA’s ‘Premio RBA de Novella Negra,’ for his forthcoming novel “Skuggasund,” (‘Shadow Channel’), reports Mórgunblaðið. The prize is awarded to crime novels and thrillers written in any language and is accompanied by a 124 thousand euro prize (about 20 million ISK). Previous winners include Michael Connelly, Patricia Cornwell, Philip Kerr, Andrea Camillieri, and Harlan Coben among others.
Applicants for the RBA prize submit their manuscripts anonymously, using pseudonyms. (Arnaldur reportedly submitted his book under the name Stephan.) The ‘Shadow Channel’ is Arnaldur’s 17th novel and will be published simultaneously in Icelandic and Spanish in early November.