In its sixth year in 2012, Spanish publishing company RBA’s Novela Negra Prize this year goes to Michael Connelly for La caja negra (The Black Box). [At the moment, news of the award is in Spanish only on the RBA site.]
Since RBA established this prize – which offers the world’s largest monetary prize money for the genre – the winner has been announced on the first Thursday of September. The prize money of €125,000 is for the best unpublished work in the genre, recognising the confidence RBA has in its authors – both well-known and those waiting to be discovered. The competition is open to works written in any language with a translation into Spanish or English. The prior year winners are:
- 2011 – Patricia Cornwell, Niebla roja
- 2010 – Harlan Coben, Alta Tensión
- 2009 – Philip Kerr, Si los muertos no resucitan
- 2008 – Andrea Camilleri, La muerte de Amalia Sacerdote
- 2007 – Francisco González Ledesma, Una novela de barrio.
[Hat-tip to Jose Ignacio at The Game's Afoot for the heads-up on the announcement.]