Who are Australia’s best crime writers? Discover the top 18…

by |August 14, 2017


Over the weekend, the Australian Crime Writers Association announced the shortlists for the 2017 Ned Kelly Awards for the best in Australian crime writing.

The Best Fiction section this year is a combination of past winners (Candice Fox, Adrian McKinty and Jock Serong), up against some strong newcomers to the awards. True Crime this year has two entrants around the same Australian historical event – the Myall Creek Massacre (Terry Smyth and Mark Tedeschi QC), as well as two historical investigations and two very different aspects of police behavior. Best First is a wide field with styles and settings including rural, city based, humorous, and explorations of family and wider society.

This year’s Ned Kelly Awards will be presented during the Melbourne Writers Festival at a free event on Friday 1st September at 6.00pm at TOFF IN THE TOWN, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000.


Best Fiction: Shortlist


Crimson Lake by Candice Fox (Penguin Random House), The Golden Child by Wendy James (Harper Collins), An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire (Pan MacMillan), Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly by Adrian McKinty (Allen & Unwin), The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong (Text Publishing), Out of the Ice by Ann Turner (Simon & Schuster). Browse all books here.


Best True Crime: Shortlist


Code of Silence by Colin Dillon (Allen & Unwin), Roger Rogerson by Duncan McNab (Hachette Australia), Getting Away With Murder by Duncan McNab (Penguin Random House), The Drowned Man by Brendan Murray (Bonnier Publishing), Denny Day by Terry Smyth (Penguin Random House), Murder at Myall Creek by Mark Tedeschi QC (Simon & Schuster). Browse all books here.


Best First Fiction: Shortlist


Burn Patterns by Ron Elliott (Fremantle Press), The Dry by Jane Harper (Pan MacMillan), Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra (Harlequin), The Love of a Bad Man by Laura Elizabeth Woollett (Scribe Publications), Goodwood by Holly Throsby (Allen & Unwin), Something for Nothing by Andy Muir (Affirm Press). Browse all books here.

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Anastasia Hadjidemetri is the former editor of The Booktopian and star of Booktopia's weekly YouTube show, Booked with Anastasia. A big reader and lover of books, Anastasia relishes the opportunity to bring you all the latest news from the world of books.

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