The Australian Crime Writers Association today 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.

The 2017 shortlists are:

Best Fiction

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

Best True Crime

  • Code of Silence, Colin Dillon and Tom Gilling (Allen & Unwin)
  • Roger Rogerson, Duncan McNab - Review (Hachette Australia)
  • Getting Away With Murder, Duncan McNab (Penguin Random House)
  • The Drowned Man, Brendan James Murray (Bonnier Publishing)
  • Denny Day, Terry Smyth (Penguin Random House)
  • Murder at Myall Creek, Mark Tedeschi QC (Simon & Schuster)

Best First Fiction

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

This year's NED KELLY AWARDS will be presented during the Melbourne Writers Festival at a free event including storytellers on Friday 1st September at 6.00pm at TOFF IN THE TOWN, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000.

For further details, contact the Australian Crime Writers Association on 0415 496066

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