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The winner of the world’s most lucrative award for crime writing, the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing, was announced last night as Scottish author Philip Kerr, whose If the Dead Rise Not triumphed to take the €125,000 prize.
The book is set in Nazi Germany and feature’s Kerr’s popular detective Bernie Gunther.
The award, now in its third year, is open to any crime novel, originally written in any language, but submitted in Spanish or English.
The previous winners were the Spanish novelist Francisco González Ledesma for Una novela de barrio (A Neighborhood’s Novel) in 2007 and the Italian Andrea Camilleri for La muerte de Amalia Sacerdote (Amalia Sacerdote’s Death) in 2008.