The delightful and very talented writer Gisa Klönne has been awarded one of German-language crime literature's greatest honours - the Friedrich Glauser Prize. The award is for her novel Nacht ohne Schatten, the third in a series featuring the poorly matched Cologne detectives Judith Krieger and Manni Korzilius. In fact, the first won Klönne the Glauser Prize for best crime debut in 2006.
I've read the first two novels and they're probably the books I most frequently lend to friends. Excellent intelligent crime fiction with a social conscience, magnificent characters, well written in general - and tense throughout.
The lifetime achievement-type award went to Hans-Werner Kettenbach, whose Black Ice and David's Revenge are published in English by Bitter Lemon Press. And Lucie Klassen scooped best debut for Der 13. Brief.