German Crime Fiction Prize 2020 for Paradise City


We are proud to announce that this year’s winner of the German Crime Fiction Prize is Suhrkamp author Zoë Beck with her thriller Paradise City.

Of »very healthy people and ugly truths«: »In this gritty future scenario, freedom, truth and self-determination are the price people are forced to pay for convenient services and their comforting belief in a functioning system. And the horrifying realisation is that this price is apparently not too high for some«, states book critic and jury member Sonja Hartl on Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

The German Crime Fiction Prize is the oldest award for crime fiction in Germany. Since 1985, a jury of crime critics, literary scholars, and crime fiction booksellers distinguishes the best crime novels of the year.

The German Crime Fiction Prize honors novels that »lend new impulses to the genre with original content and literary skill.«





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Paradise City
Zoë Beck
Paradise City