A former Victoria Police staffer, Jacqui won the Scarlet Stiletto first prize trophy and the Chronicles Bookshop award for the Best Police Procedural for 'Slasher's Return'. Jacqui grew up on the mean streets of Frankston, reading the Famous Five and Nancy Drew and 'hoping to smash international spy rings'. She worked as a project officer for ten years at Victoria Police where she learned to decipher police jargon and recognise the difference between GBH and GHB.
Take a walk outside the law with some of Australia's best crime writers. Investigate the criminals who deal in murder, drugs and kidnapping; the cops who track them down; and the journalists who report their stories.
John Kerr worked as a police roundsman and court report for a daily newspaper in New Zealand, and has resided in Melbourne and Sydney since 1977. He has published many true crime books, including Untold Violence; Walsh Street; Neddy: the life and crimes of Arthur 'Neddy' Smith; The Phillip Island Murder; Hellbent: Ces Waters and Me; and Roger Rogerson's memoir, The Dark Side. He is the author of Wanted: John & Lucy about the helicopter hijack and prison break, Bloody Relations: true stories of murder in the family and a series of 96-page books on true-crime themes. He is working on this country's first book on its killings by contract, The Hit Men, and a dictionary of Crime & Punishment in Australia, to be published in 2010.
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Lindy Cameron wanted to be a famous scientist when she grew up but became a surburban journalist instead, until she got bored filling the gaps between the ads and switched to book editing because it meant she didn't have to interview people. She is now a crime writer - which is what she wanted to be in the second place.
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Melbourne author and freelance editor, Liz had won two commendations before 'Brought to Book', her story about women fans of school girl stories, took out first prize in 2004. Born in the English Midlands, educated on the Welsh coast, and now living on top of a Victorian mountain with her Aussie husband, Liz gave up being a convenor of Sisters in Crime so she could enter the Scarlet Stilettos. She had a children's picture book, Tumbler, published in 2001; and her first crime novel, To All Appearances, Dead, will be published in the United Kingdom in 2007.
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Peter Haddow was a founding editor of Brave New Word and has contributed to various newspapers and magazines. A former police officer he has also been an adviser for film and television, including Blue Heelers, Halifax and Water Rats.
Rochelle Jackson was born in Melbourne and grew up in a police family. She began her career in country Victoria and Sydney as a journalist in television and radio. Later she worked as a TV producer and investigative researcher for 'Today, Tonight', 'Australian Story', 'New Dimensions', 'Watchdog', SBS TV and radio news services and TVNZ's 'Sixty Minutes'. She specialises in crime and police stories. Currently she is based in Melbourne and is working as a freelance journalist.
Vikki Petraitis has been writing true crime since the early 1990s and has spent hundreds of hours interviewing police and even accompanying them on active duty to compile her fascinating collections of crime stories from behind the scenes.