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Italian prosecutor wins German detective fiction prize

Published on July 16, 2008

Bremen -- An Italian prosecutor who writes books part-time is to receive a German literature prize for the best detective fiction this September in the northern city of Bremen.

The panel of judges picked Gianrico Carofiglio as winner of the Radio Bremen Krimipreis, an annual award worth 2,500 euros, noting his skill at describing the complexities of justice Italian style.

His recent international successes include the novel A Walk in the Dark.

He will be handed the award on September 24th at Prime Time Crime Time, a festival for lovers of crime-solving fiction.

Carofiglio is a public prosecutor and adviser to Italy’s anti-Mafia commission.

The prize, backed by public broadcaster Radio Bremen, alternates year by year between a German author and a non-German author.