Karin Brynard’s novel Weeping Waters shortlisted for the prestigious CWA International Dagger Award
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Some great news: Karin Brynard’s Weeping Waters has been included on the shortlist for this year’s CWA International Dagger Award.
This Crime Writers’ Association award is for crime novels (defined by the broadest definition including thrillers, suspense novels and spy fiction) not originally written in English and translated into English for United Kingdom publication during the judging period.
CWA International Dagger shortlist
- Dov Alfon: A Long Night in Paris, translated by Daniella Zamir (Maclehose Press )
- Karin Brynard: Weeping Waters, translated by Maya Fowler & Isobel Dixon (World Noir)
- Gianrico Carofiglio: The Cold Summer, translated by Howard Curtis (Bitter Lemon Press)
- Keigo Higashino: Newcomer, translated by Giles Murray (Little, Brown)
- Håkan Nesser: The Root of Evil, translated by Sarah Death (Mantle)
- Cay Rademacher: The Forger, translated by Peter Millar (Arcadia Books)
The glamorous Dagger Award ceremony where the winners are announced will be held in London on 24 October 2019 – the crime writing event of the year.
Weeping Waters is the English translation of Brynard’s debut thriller Plaasmoord. It was published by Penguin Random House in 2014, after which British publisher Europa’s imprint World Noir bought the rights. Plaasmoord was awarded the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize. Brynard has also since won two M-Net Prizes, as well as the ATKV Prize for prose.
Brynard is a former journalist, who worked as a political correspondent for Rapport, and now writes full-time. Weeping Waters was followed by Onse Vaders (Our Fathers) and Tuisland (Homeland).
In Weeping Waters, inspector Albertus Beeslaar escapes from the city’s rush, only to have his hopes of finding peace and quiet in the Kalahari shattered by the brutal murder of artist Freddie Swarts and her adopted daughter.
With Swarts’s sister not convinced that it was a typical farm attack, Beeslaar also has to investigate a series of stock thefts. The disturbing puzzle grows increasingly sinister as age-old secrets and hostilities surface, spurring the local inhabitants to violent action.