Friday, 10 September 2010

Harlan Coben wins the 4th RBA International Prize for Crime Writing with his novel ‘Live Wire’

CNA

Barcelona (ACN).- The U.S. writer Harlan Coben is the new winner of the 4th edition of the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing. In his winning text ‘Live Wire’, the author reflects on the limits of sincerity and forgiveness. Coben received a total of 125,000 euros in prize money for his novel.

Coben has gained widespread popularity in Europe within the last few years thanks to his series of thriller novels. The series’ protagonist is the author’s alter ego, Myron Bolitar, a sports agent turned into private investigator. The series has sold 47 million copies around the world. Coben has won 3 of the most important awards for his work in the thriller genre, contributing to his success and following.

Harlan Coben has previously won the Edgar Award, the Shamus Award and the Anthony Award for his contributions to the thriller genre. He is now the recipient of the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing. The awards ceremony was held this Thursday night in Barcelona. Coben seemed very “proud” to receive the award in Barcelona. When he was young he wrote his first book in the Costa del Sol of southern Spain. “A very bad novel,” said the author.

Coben won the prize for his novel ‘Live Wire,’ where he reflects on two questions: how far does sincerity go and to what point is forgiveness still possible? The author said that the ideas for his books come from real experiences and his constant question, “what would happen if…?” He said that, after seeing an ultrasound of a friend’s son on Facebook, he asked himself, “What would happen if someone put a comment saying…’the baby is not yours?’” ‘Live Wire’ begins when an ex-tennis star hires private detective Myron Bolitar to find the father of the child he is expecting.

  • Harlan Coben, yesterday afternoon in Barcelona