The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) have announced the shortlist for the 2022 Ned Kelly Awards.
The shortlisted titles in each category are:
Best Debut Crime Fiction
Sweet Jimmy by Bryan Brown, (Allen & Unwin)
Shadow Over Edmund Street by Suzanne Frankham, (Journey to Words Publishing)
Cutters End by Margaret Hickey, (Penguin)
Banjawarn by Josh Kemp, (UWA Publishing)
Best True Crime
The Mother Wound by Amani Haydar, (Macmillan)
Larrimah by Caroline Graham & Kylie Stevenson, (Allen & Unwin)
Banquet: The Untold Story of Adelaide’s Family Murders by Debi Marshall, (Vintage)
A Witness of Fact by Drew Rooke, (Scribe)
Best International Crime Fiction
Case Study by Graeme Macrae Burnet (Text)
The Heron’s Cry by Ann Cleeves, (Macmillan)
The Maid by Nita Prose, (HarperCollins)
Cry Wolf by Hans Rosenfeldt, (HarperCollins)
Best Crime Fiction
The Enemy Within by Tim Ayliffe, (Simon & Schuster)
The Others by Mark Brandi, (Hachette)
You Had it Coming by B M Carroll, (Profile Books)
The Chase by Candice Fox, (Bantam)
Kill Your Brother by Jack Heath, (Allen & Unwin)
The Family Doctor by Debra Oswald, (Allen & Unwin)
The Deep by Kyle Perry, (Michael Joseph).
Established in 1995, the Ned Kelly Awards are Australia’s oldest, most prestigious awards honouring crime fiction and true crime writing. ACWA reported that in 2022 ‘it was particularly pleasing to see authors breaking away from some of the more common crime tropes, with a large variety of characters, settings and social diversity in this year’s entries’.
The association expects to announce the winners in approximately one month.