The Australian Crime Writers Association announced the shortlist for the 2014 Ned Kelly Awards on Saturday evening at the Bendigo Writers Festival. I was absolutely thrilled to be on the spot when my latest novel The Dying Beach was included among the books nominated for 2014 Best Crime Novel.
This makes it 3/3 books nominated for Ned Kelly Awards for me. What a buzz!
I am also rapt to be sharing the Best Crime Novel shortlist with some of my favourite contemporary Australian authors, three of us — myself, Garry Disher and Stephen Orr — sharing a publisher in Melbourne-based Text Publishing (who also published one of the Best True Crime nominated books).
Australian Crime Writers Association chair, Michael Robotham, described this year’s shortlists as among the strongest in the 19-year history of the prizes.
‘I can’t remember a time when the competition was so fierce and the quality so high.’
I certainly don’t envy the judges’ their task – you can read their comments on the shortlisted books here.
The full list of nominees is below. Winners will be announced on 6 September at the Brisbane Writers Festival.
2014 BEST CRIME NOVEL
Garry Disher, BITTER WASH ROAD
Kathryn Fox, FATAL IMPACT
Adrian McKinty, IN THE MORNING I’LL BE GONE
PM Newton, BEAMS FALLING
Stephen Orr, ONE BOY MISSING
Angela Savage, THE DYING BEACH
2014 BEST FIRST CRIME NOVEL
Peter Cotton, DEAD CAT BOUNCE
Candice Fox, HADES
Alex Hammond, BLOOD WITNESS
Ellie Marney, EVERY BREATH
2014 BEST TRUE CRIME
Paul Dale, DISGRACED?
John Kidman & Denise Hofman, FOREVER NINE
Eleanor Learmonth & Jenny Tabakoff, NO MERCY
Colin McLaren, JFK: THE SMOKING GUN
Duncan McNab, OUTLAW BIKERS IN AUSTRALIA
John Safran, MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI
2014 SANDRA HARVEY SHORT STORY AWARD
Louise Bassett, HOUSEWARMING
Darcy-Lee Tindale, THE SCARS OF NOIR
Roger Vickery, VOICES OF SOI 22
Emma Viskic, SPLINTER
Emma Viskic, WEB DESIGN