Danish author wins the 2016 ‘Glass Key’ Award – Best Nordic Thriller

Now in its 25th year, The Glass Key’s first recipient was Henning Mankell, and this August, the jury decided upon Ane Riel’s, Harpiks (Resin) for this year’s best Nordic thriller. Described by critics as ’Gloomy Nordic’, the prize jury wrote, ”Harpiks is not your typical crime novel, it’s both a gruesome and poignant portrayal of young Liv’s upbringing. Just look at the first sentence, ’It was dark in the white room, where my father killed grandmother.’

Jens Haarder lives an isolated life on a little island. He runs a small carpentry business, and lives with his family in a fragrant pine forest. Haarder’s life doesn’t unfold as planned though, as loss upon loss gradually breaks him. His mania for collecting becomes increasingly obsessive and grotesque, and his daughter Liv must fervently struggle to free herself from her father’s view of the world. It is a tale of illness and betrayal, as well as loyalty and caring. It is also a small introduction to the pleasures of lying in a coffin.

"It is a disturbing tale; dark, delicious and devilish, full of vitality. Resin is a haunting and beautiful novel, full of love, madness and surprises - and rabbits." - Gunn Reinertsen Næss, Aschehoug 

ANE RIEL, born 1971, studied art history and has published a number of books for children, including educational books on painting and architecture. She made her debut in 2013 with Slagteren i Liseleje (The Butcher from Liseleje), which won the Danish Crime Academy's prize for best debut crime/suspense novel. She also received the Niels Matthiasen award in 2016.

ANE RIEL

Harpiks

(Resin)

Tiderne Skifter 2015, 257 pages

FOREIGN RIGHTS: Copenhagen Literary Agency

Esthi Kunz, esthi@cphla.dk

PREVIOUS RIGHTS SOLD TO: Finland, Germany, Japan, Norway

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