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The Ned Kelly Awards

2018 Winners Announced!

The Ned Kelly Awards are Australia’s oldest and most prestigious prizes honouring our published crime fiction and true crime writing. The awards began in 1995 and are run by the Australian Crime Writers Association. The categories are Best Fiction, Best First Fiction and True Crime.

Find out more about the Ned Kelly Awards and the nominated titles by visiting the official website, or see below for copies available in our collections to borrow.

2018 Best Crime Fiction

Sulari Gentill has won the Ned Kelly Best Fiction Award for her book, Crossing the Lines.

When Madeleine d'Leon conjures Ned McGinnity as the hero in her latest crime novel, she makes him a serious writer simply because the irony of a protagonist who'd never lower himself to read the story in which he stars, amuses her. When Ned McGinnity creates Madeleine d'Leon, she is his literary device, a writer of detective fiction who is herself a mystery to be unravelled. As Ned and Madeleine play out their own lives while writing the other's story, they find themselves crossing the lines that divide the real and the imagined. This is a story about two people trying to hold onto each other beyond reality.

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2018 Best True Crime

Graham Archer has won the Best True Crime Award for his book, Unmaking a Murder: The Mysterious Death of Anna-Jane Cheney

An investigation into an intriguing murder case and an unprecedented account of how the decisions made by organs of government can be defended and mistakes covered up.

Anna-Jane Cheney worked at the epicentre of the conservative Adelaide legal community. She was vivacious, popular and talented with an impeccable middle-class upbringing. The man she loved, Henry Vincent Keogh, was a divorced 39-year-old Irish migrant with three children. She died just six weeks before their wedding date.

According to the prosecution Keogh had planned the drowning murder of Anna-Jane 18 months in advance. He had taken out five insurance policies amounting to $1.2 million over his fianceĢe's life and forged her signature on them. Journalist Graham Archer became fascinated by the case. It wasn't a matter of Henry Keogh's guilt or innocence, but that a man could be sentenced to life in prison without him having received a fair trial.

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2018 Best First Fiction

Sarah Bailey has won the Best First Fiction Award for her book, The Dark Lake.

A beautiful young teacher has been murdered, her body found in the lake, strewn with red roses. Local policewoman Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock pushes to be assigned to the case, concealing the fact that she knew the murdered woman in high school years before. But that's not all Gemma's trying to hide. As the investigation digs deeper into the victim's past, other secrets threaten to come to light, secrets that were supposed to remain buried. The lake holds the key to solving the murder, but it also has the power to drag Gemma down into its dark depths.

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2018 Ned Kelly Awards
Best Fiction Longlist

Big Red Rock
by David Owen
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Class Act
by Ged Gillmore
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Clear to the Horizon
by Dave Warner
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Crossing the Lines
by Sulari Gentill
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Pachyderm
by Hugh McGinlay
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Marlborough Man
by Alan Carter
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Redemption Point
by Candice Fox
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The Lone Child
by Anna George
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The Secrets She Keeps
by Michael Robotham
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The Student
by Iain Ryan
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Under the Cold Bright Lights
by Garry Disher
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Best First Fiction Longlist

All Our Secrets
by Jennifer Lane
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See What I Have Done
by Sarah Schmidt
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She Be Damned
by M.J. Tjia
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The Echo of Others
by S.D. Rowell
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The Girl in Kellers Way
by Megan Goldin
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Wimmera
by Mark Brandi
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True Crime Longlist

Last King of the Cross
by John Ibrahim
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Once a Copper: The Life and Times of Brian 'The Skull' Murphy
by Vikki Petraitis
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The Contractor
by Mark Abernethy
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The Fatalist
by Campbell McConachie
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The Last Escape
by John Killick
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The Suitcase Baby
by Tanya Bretherton
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Unmaking a Murder: The Mysterious Death of Anna-Jane Cheney
by Graham Archer
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Whiteley on Trial
by Gabriella Coslovich
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