Sunday, August 10, 2014

Ready for the Neddies?

It seems as if I’ve been writing a great deal lately about Down Under crime fiction. Last weekend brought an announcement of the four finalists for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel in New Zealand. And now comes word of which books and authors have made the shortlist for Australia’s 2014 Ned Kelly Awards.

Best Crime Novel:
Bitter Wash Road, By Garry Disher (Text)
Fatal Impact, by Kathryn Fox (Pan Macmillan)
In the Morning I’ll Be Gone, by Adrian McKinty (Serpent’s Tail)
Beams Falling, by P.M. Newton (Penguin)
One Boy Missing, by Stephen Orr (Text)
The Dying Beach, by Angela Savage (Text)

Best First Crime Novel:
Dead Cat Bounce, by Peter Cotton (Scribe)
Hades, by Candice Fox (Random House)
Blood Witness, by Alex Hammond (Penguin)
Every Breath, by Ellie Marney (Tundra)

Best True Crime:
Disgraced? by Paul Dale (Five Mile Press)
Forever Nine, by John Kidman and Denise Hofman (Five Mile Press)
No Mercy, by Eleanor Learmonth and Jenny Tabakoff (Text)
JFK: The Smoking Gun, by Colin McLaren (Hachette)
Outlaw Bikers in Australia, by Duncan McNab (Pan Macmillan)
Murder in Mississippi, by John Safran (Blackfriars)

Sandra Harvey Short Story Award:
“Housewarming,” by Louise Bassett
“The Scars of Noir,” by Darcy-Lee Tindale
“Voices of Soi 22,” by Roger Vickery
“Splinter,” by Emma Viskic
“Web Design,” by Emma Viskic

The winners of the 2014 “Neddies” will be declared on Saturday, September 6, during the Brisbane Writers Festival.

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