This year’s winner of the Planeta prize, Alicia Giménez Bartlett, has been featured as a crime novel author on this blog before, cf. these posts from 2014 and 2015. (As to the Planeta prize, cf. the Wikipedia article here.)
This year’s winning novel is entitled Hombres desnudos [Naked men], the story of a fatal couple relationship that started in the world of male prostitution. The runner-up, always rumored to be the better book and still endowed with 150,000 EUR, is the film director Daniel Sánchez Arévalo’s La isla de Alice [Alice’s island], where a woman tries to reconstruct the mysterious death of her husband.
Alicia Giménez Bartlett (Almansa, Albacete, 1951) is an established crime novel author from before this genre became fashionable. The 10 novels around the inspector Petra Delicado have been very successful internationally (they have been translated into 15 languages and won prizes such as the Raymond Chandler one). In Spain it became popular due to a TV series.
Daniel Sánchez Arévalo (Madrid, 1970) is a movie scriptwriter, producer and director. He has directed various short films and four movies: Azuloscurocasinegro [Darkbluenearlyblack; 2006], Gordos [Obese; 2009], Primos [Cousins; 2011] and La gran familia española [The great Spanish family; 2013]. As a writer he has published two juvenile books: La maleta de Ignacio Karaoke [Ignacio Karaoke’s suitcase] and 31 de junio de 1993 [31 June 1993]. Since 1995 he has worked as a scriptwriter, starting with TV series. For his scripts of Gordos and La gran familia española he was nominated for the Goya [read Spanish Oscar] for best screenplay.
SOURCE: article by Carles Geli in El País, Oct. 15, 2015