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The Danger Prize
or Danger Award
Subcategory of Awards Australian Awards
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History

The Danger Prize honours the best TV drama, book or film about Sydney and crime. It is held during the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival and is sponsored by the Daily Telegraph, Prohibition Gin Co., Rocks Brewing and Urban Winery Sydney. (2019)

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2021

joint winner y separately published work icon Trust Chris Hammer , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 19844604 2020 single work novel crime thriller

'The gripping new Martin Scarsden novel.

'She breathes deeply, trying to quell the rising sense of panic. A detective came to her home, drugged her and kidnapped her. She tries to make sense of it, to imagine alternatives, but only one conclusion is possible: it's the past, come to claim her.

'Martin Scarsden's new life seems perfect, right up until the moment it's shattered by a voicemail: a single scream, abruptly cut off, from his partner Mandalay Blonde.

'Racing home, he finds an unconscious man sprawled on the floor and Mandy gone. Someone has abducted her. But who, and why?

'So starts a twisting tale of intrigue and danger, as Martin probes the past of the woman he loves, a woman who has buried her former life so deep she has never mentioned it.

'And for the first time, Mandy finds denial impossible, now the body of a mystery man has been discovered, a man whose name she doesn't know, a man she was engaged to marry when he died. It's time to face her demons once and for all; it's time she learned how to trust.

'Set in a Sydney riven with corruption and nepotism, privilege and power, Trust is the third riveting novel from award-winning and internationally acclaimed writer Chris Hammer.' (Publication summary)

joint winner y separately published work icon I Catch Killers : The Life and Many Deaths of a Homicide Detective Gary Jubelin , Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 2020 19883123 2020 single work autobiography

'Serial killings, child abductions, organised crime hits and domestic murders. This is the memoir of a homicide detective.

'Here I am: tall and broad, shaved head, had my nose broken three times fighting. Black suit, white shirt, the big city homicide detective. I've led investigations into serial killings, child abductions, organised crime hits and domestic murders. But beneath the suit, I've got an Om symbol in the shape of a Buddha tattooed on my right bicep. It balances the tattoo on my left ribs: Better to die on your feet than live on your knees. That's how I choose to live my life.

'As a cop, I got paid to catch killers and I learned what doing it can cost you. It cost me marriages and friendships. It cost me my reputation. They tell you not to let a case get personal, but I think it has to. Each one has taken a piece out of me and added a piece, until there's only pieces.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2020

winner Tanya Bretherton for 'The Killing Streets'.
winner (Lifetime Achievement Award) Kate McClymont

Year: 2019

winner Hedley Thomas for the podcast 'Teacher's Pet'.

Year: 2018

winner y separately published work icon Last King of the Cross Last King of the X John Ibrahim , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2017 11581309 2017 single work autobiography

'John Ibrahim's incredible life story told in his own words. Last King of the Cross lays bare Australia's most notorious underworld figure.

'In the mongrel tongue of the streets, John writes of fleeing war-torn Tripoli with his family and growing up in Sydney's rough and tumble west - before establishing himself as a tough guy and teen delinquent, then a bouncer, enforcer and nightclub king on the Golden Mile.

'Bullets fly, blades flash and bodies fall. In a city of shadows, John builds his army and empire - partying like a playboy prince of darkness while staying one step ahead of the cops, the outlaw gangs and hungry triggermen, plotting to take him and his family down.

'Crazier than Goodfellas, more compelling than The Godfather, Last King of the Cross is a colourful crime saga like no other and powerful proof that truth is always stranger than fiction.' (Synopsis)

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