Jensen won Publikumsprisen for best crime fiction

Over the weekend, Jens Henrik Jensen was awarded the Crime Fiction Festival's Publikumspris (Readers’ Award) 2017.
It was presented during the annual Crime Fiction Festival in Horsens at the town’s old prison where the biggest crime festival in Northern Europe is held.

Mayor Peter Sørensen hosted the ceremony. The prize was an artwork by local artist Filip Møller. It is a book made of granite with a sunken bronze motif depicting a brain, symbolising that the reader of a book gets a glimpse into the author’s brain. Beautifully executed and a brilliant idea.

A strong line-up of 10 authors were vying for the prize, nominated by a committee of Danish crime bloggers. They included strong competitors such as Jussi Adler-Olsen, Jesper Stein, Michael Katz Krefeld and others. Once the votes had been counted, it nevertheless showed a big gap between the winner and number two.

Jens Henrik Jensen made a brief acceptance speech. He said the following about the prize:
“I am honoured by this prize. I think it is a tremendous and wonderful pat on the shoulder from the readers, so it makes me happy, and I will give it a place of honour in my home. The readers, more than anything else, are what matters to me, and they are the ones who always support me and give me the strength to carry on.”

1) Mayor Peter Sørensen has just announced from the stage that Jens Henrik Jensen, who can be seen waving happily, is this year’s winner.
2) Jens Henrik Jensen thanked the organisers of the Crime Festival in Horsens for their great work in support of crime fiction.
3) On the left artist Filip Sørensen, who created the prize. On the right Mayor Peter Sørensen (S).
4) Jussi Adler Olsen was among the first to congratulate.
5) After the awards ceremony, Politikens Forlag’s stand was the centre of much celebration, and Managing Director Lene Juul congratulated the winner.
6) The day after – mention in MetroXpress.