“The ACWA is dedicated to promoting greater recognition for crime, thriller and mystery writing in Australia and to protect the general professional interests of all creators of crime and mystery works. But we’re not just here for the professionals. We want to provide something for everyone who is devoted to the crime genre.
As organisers of the annual Ned Kelly Awards, we aim to celebrate the very best in Australian crime writing.
Past winners read like a who’s who of Australian crime writing, including the likes of Jon Cleary, Peter Corris, Gabrielle Lord, Peter Temple and Garry Disher.
We also celebrate new and up-and-coming talent with the Best First Fiction award, as well as excellence in true crime writing with the True Crime Ned Kelly award.” (http://www.austcrimewriters.com/content/about-us)
Have you read any of these? Who do you think might win?
This years shortlist is as follows:
In no particular order. ** denotes a book I have reviewed
A Murder Unmentioned Sulari Gentill
Crucifixion Creek Barry Maitland (on TBR pile)
Gun Street Girl Adrian McKinty
Present Darkness Malla Nunn
Sweet One Peter Docker
Best First Fiction:
Chasing the Ace Nicholas J Johnson (On TBR pile)
King of the Road Nigel Bartlett
Quota Jock Serong
He Who Must Be Obeid Kate McClymont & Linton Besser
The Fall Amy Dale
The Family Court Murders Debi Marshall
The Feel-Good Hit of the Year: A Memoir Liam Pieper
The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay David Murray
A Watched Pot Aoife Clifford
Daddy Played the Trumpet Adriane Howell
Prisoner’s Dilemma Stephen Gray
Roux’s Sister Darcy-Lee Tindale
Short Term People Andrea Gillum
Sweetie Grace Heyer