The Australian Crime Writers Association today announced the shortlists for the 2017 Ned Kelly Awards for the best in Australian crime writing. Only Daughter has been included in the Best First Fiction Category.
The awards night will be a free event on the 1st of September, as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. I’ve read about half of the list, so my aim is to have the other half read by then.
Crimson Lake, Candice Fox (Penguin Random House)
The Golden Child, Wendy James (Harper Collins)
An Isolated Incident, Emily Maguire (Pan MacMillan)
The Rules of Backyard Cricket, Jock Serong (Text Publishing)
Out of the Ice, Ann Turner (Simon & Schuster)
Best True Crime
Code of Silence, Colin Dillon (Allen & Unwin)
Roger Rogerson, Duncan McNab (Hachette Australia)
Getting Away With Murder, Duncan McNab (Penguin Random House)
The Drowned Man, Brendan James Murray (Bonnier Publishing)
Denny Day, Terry Smyth (Penguin Random House)
Murder at Myall Creek, Mark Tedeschi QC (Simon & Schuster)
Best First Fiction
Burn Patterns, Ron Elliott (Fremantle Press)
The Dry, Jane Harper (Pan MacMillan)
Only Daughter, Anna Snoekstra (Harlequin)
The Love of a Bad Man, Laura Elizabeth Woollett (Scribe Publications)
Goodwood, Holly Throsby (Allen & Unwin)
Something for Nothing, Andy Muir (Affirm Press)
Anna Snoekstra delivers atmosphere in spades—this is a terrific book with a nicely worked-out plot. Only Daughter is what domestic suspense should be.