Kettenbach Wins the Glauser

black_iceWe don’t usually report on the Glauser Award, said to be Germany’s “most prestigious crime writing prize,” but this time I can’t resist: Hans Werner Kettenbach has won the award for lifetime achievement. Reviewing Black Ice (2006), Glauser’s first novel to be published in English, Frank Sennett wrote:

In what amounts to a virtuoso shaggy-dog story, Kettenbach provides an answer that’s either darkly humorous or melancholically tragic, depending on how black the reader’s heart proves to be.

I’m guessing it’s funnier if you’re German.

Bitter Lemon will publish Kettenbach’s David’s Revenge in October.



About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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