Two-time winner Garry Disher is among a strong list of writers vying for the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel in Australia. The fiction shortlist, announced by the Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) on Saturday (August 9) at the Bendigo Writers Festival, features other previously shortlisted nominees, including Adrian McKinty, Angela Savage and Kathryn Fox.
Disher has been nominated for BITTER WASH ROAD his 14th crime novel, about a city police constable investigating a hit-and-run death and a suspicious suicide in rural South Australia. Judges described the work as:
‘A masterfully plotted trip into the dark recesses of outback Australia. Disher has created a true outsider detective: a whistleblower who can't trust anyone.’
The True Crime shortlist features a wide range of topics, including books about outlaw bikies, gangland wars, missing children and the murder of JFK. It includes documentary maker John Safran’s MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI, a provocative account of race, religion and crime in America’s deep south.
The Debut Fiction shortlist features political skulduggery in Canberra (DEAD CAT BOUNCE by Peter Cotton), a courtroom drama (BLOOD WITNESS by Alex Hammond), a twisted serial killer (HADES by Candice Fox) and a young adult detective story (EVERY BREATH by Ellie Marney).
The chair of the Australian Crime Writers Association, 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. Nordic crime has been huge around the world since the Stieg Larsson trilogy but I think Australia can become the next great hotbed of crime writing.’
The winners of the 2014 awards will be announced at the Brisbane Writers Festival on Saturday September 6.
The Ned Kelly Awards are Australia’s oldest and most prestigious prizes for crime fiction and true crime writing. First established in 1995, the list of previous winners includes, Peter Temple, Shane Maloney, Kerry Greenwood and Geoffrey McGeachin.