This year’s longlist for the Ned Kelly Awards announced by the Australian Crime Writers Association celebrates the novels of well established crime writers and talented newcomers.
I'm behind with everything and bloody hate coming up with Top howevermany's so I'm not pretending to try anymore. Instead, a list of books that just nailed it this year. In no particular order, or quantity, although I have had a go at combining them into geographical locations so you know - result.
Too Easy, J.M. Green (review to come at Newtown Review of Books, but this is the second book in the Stella Hardy series and it's required reading).
The best part about playing catchup is getting to read some very good examples of different sub-genres.
From the Blurb:
Do bad people look like good people, like friends and brothers and boyfriends and students, until they have their hands around your throat? All of these men standing around me, drinks in hand, backs to this screen… smiling, laughing, flirting, and they look harmless. But any one of them could be something else now: rapist, murderer, spree shooter, torturer, paedophile. I try to picture them sprayed with blood and gore and it’s easy. I can do it, mentally. All of these guys could be him because all of these guys were just like him, right up until he…
This list is of standout reads from 2016, grouped into categories with no attempt whatsoever at an arbitrary number and in no particular order.
Two cops in recovery. A brutal murder on a dangerous island. A secret history that threatens everything.
Laura Romano is in recovery for drug and alcohol addiction and her partner - Jim Harris - is her sponsor. Both of them are stationed on Tunnel Island, a tropical paradise with a dark, seedy underbelly. When a dead body washes up on the island: Harris springs into action. Meanwhile, Romano follows the trail of a mysterious parcel sent to her house.