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Maria Adolfsson winner of the 2022 Petrona Award!

Posted on 08/12/2022 in Awards

Bonnier Rights are proud to announce that Maria Adolfsson, author of the internationally acclaimed ‘DOGGERLAND’ series, is the winner of the Petrona Award 2022 for debut crime novel Fatal Isles.

The Petrona Award is a British literary award for Scandinavian crime fiction translated to English. The jury’s motivation goes as follows:

“This captivating winning novel is the first in a proposed trilogy featuring the beautifully flawed protagonist Detective Inspector Karen Eiken Hornby, whose take on life and work make for a strong, down-to-earth and modern heroine in the relicts of a man’s world.

Set in the fictional yet completely credible location of Doggerland, this three-island archipelago in the North Sea reflects Scandinavian, North European and British heritages. Doggerland is shaped and influenced by its geographical position; the atmospheric setting, akin to the wind and history-swept Faroe and Shetland Islands, and Nordic climes, enhances the suspenseful and intriguing plot of a police procedural that combines detailed observations and thoughts on the human condition.

A brutal murder sets in motion an investigation into layers of hidden secrets and of societal attitudes, and the interaction between the superbly portrayed characters creates a thrilling tension and believable environment.”

Fatal Isles is the first book in the DOGGERLAND series, introducing willful main character Investigator Karen Eiken Hornby as well as the fictional islands of Doggerland, situated between Scandinavia and Great Britain.

Maria Adolfsson is published in English by Bonnier Books UK. Her books are translated by Agnes Broomé.

Previous winners of the Petrona Award include Mikael Niemi, Jorn Lier Horst & Malin Persson Giolito.

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