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The Ned Kelly Awards (named for bushranger Ned Kelly) are Australian literary awards for crime writing in both the crime fiction and true crime genres. They were established in 1996 by the Australian Crime Writers' Association to reward excellence in the field of crime writing within Australia.

Source: Sighted: 10/12/2013.

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2013 winner Sandra Harvey Short Story Award Echoes From The Dolphin Roger Vickery , 2013 single work short story crime
2013 winner Best True Crime y separately published work icon The People Smuggler : The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi, the 'Oskar Schindler of Asia' Robin De Crespigny , Camberwell : Viking , 2012 Z1863577 2012 single work biography (taught in 1 units)

'At once a non-fiction thriller and a moral maze, this is one man's epic story of trying to find a safe place in the world.

'When Ali Al Jenabi flees Saddam Hussein's torture chambers, he is forced to leave his family behind in Iraq. What follows is an incredible international odyssey through the shadow world of fake passports, crowded camps and illegal border crossings, living every day with excruciating uncertainty about what the next will bring.

'Through betrayal, triumph, misfortune - even romance and heartbreak - Ali is sustained by his fierce love of freedom and family. Continually pushed to the limits of his endurance, eventually he must confront what he has been forced to become.

'With enormous power and insight, The People Smuggler tells a story of daily heroism, bringing to life the forces that drive so many people to put their lives in unscrupulous hands. It is an utterly gripping portrait of a man cut loose from the protections of civilisation, attempting to retain his dignity and humanity while taking whatever path he can out of an impossible position.' (From the publisher's website.)

2013 winner Best Fiction y separately published work icon Blackwattle Creek Geoff McGeachin , Camberwell : Viking , 2012 Z1866470 2012 single work novel crime mystery

'It's September 1957, two days before the VFL grand final, and Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin finally has some time off. But there's no rest for this decent if damaged man, still troubled by his wartime experience as a bomber pilot and POW. A recently widowed friend asks a favour and he's dropped into something much bigger than he bargained for. When he uncovers dubious practices at a Melbourne funeral parlour, it's quickly obvious that anyone asking questions is also asking for trouble. His offsider is beaten and left for dead, witnesses are warned off, Special Branch is on his case, and even Berlin's young family may be at risk. His pursuit of the truth leads him to Blackwattle Creek, once an asylum for the criminally insane and now home to even darker evils. And if Berlin thought government machinations during World War II were devious, those of the Cold War leave them for dead . . . ' (Source: publisher website)

2013 winner Best First Fiction y separately published work icon The Midnight Promise : A Detective's Story in Ten Cases Zane Lovitt , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2012 Z1875635 2012 selected work short story crime detective

'John Dorn is a private investigator. Just like his father used to be. It says "private inquiry agent" in John's yellow pages ad because that's what his old man called himself, back before his business folded, his wife left him and he drank himself to death.

'But John's not going to end up like his father. He doesn't have a wife, or much business. He doesn't really drink, either. Not yet.

'In each of these ten delicious stories Zane Lovitt presents an intriguing investigation filled with humour and complex, beautifully observed characters. At their centre is John Dorn, solving not so much crimes as funny human puzzles; but the crimes, and the criminals, are forever lurking nearby, taunting him from the city's cold underworld. It's his job to unravel the mystery, or right the wrong, or just do what the client has hired him to do. Somehow, though, there is a misstep at every turn, and John takes another small stumble towards his moment of personal truth. His midnight promise. Perhaps even his redemption.' (From the publisher's website.)

2002 joint winner Best First Crime Novel y separately published work icon Who Killed Angelique? Emma Darcy , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2001 Z912990 2001 single work novel crime mystery

'"I'll give you all the dirt darling." K.C. Gordon can't wait to find out what her old school friend Angelique means by this cryptic comment. But before they meet someone cuts short the life of international model Angelique Lanci in a hail of bullets. Loved by few, despised and envied by many, Angelique instigated infidelities, salacious gossip, betrayal and jealousy. But did she deserve to be gunned down in her own home?

'As K.C. Gordon, successful romance novelist, surveys the assembled family members, past and present acquaintances, business associates and ex-lovers standing at Angelique's graveside, all with a motive for seeing their nemesis dead, she knows shell get her own hands dirty unravelling the truth of who killed Angelique?' (From the publisher's website.)

2002 winner Best Crime Novel y separately published work icon Death Delights Gabrielle Lord , Rydalmere : Hodder Headline Australia , 2001 Z872920 2001 single work novel crime
2002 joint winner Best First Crime Novel y separately published work icon Apartment 255 Bunty Avieson , Sydney : Macmillan , 2001 Z922571 2001 single work novel thriller

'Someone is watching her ... looks can kill

'Sarah and Ginny have been best friends since school. Then Sarah meets Tom. Her career takes off. She and Tom move into a stunning inner-city apartment.

'But Ginny has not been so lucky. She wanted Tom, but she didn't get him. She wants ... what Sarah has.

'Ginny moves into an apartment overlooking Sarah and Tom's. She starts watching them. ' (Publication summary)

2002 Lifetime Achievement Award Patrick Gallagher
2001 joint winner Best Crime Novel y separately published work icon The Second Coming : the passion of Joe Panther Andrew Masterson , Pymble : Flamingo , 2000 Z668768 2000 single work novel crime
2001 winner Best First Crime Novel y separately published work icon Last Drinks Andrew McGahan , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 2000 Z668642 2000 single work novel crime (taught in 2 units) 'It's a decade since the infamous Inquiry into corruption tore the state of Queensland apart. But for George Verney, disgraced journalist and bit-player in the great scandals of his day, the Inquiry has never quite finished. After ten years of self-imposed exile, drawn by the terrible death of a man who was his friend, he reluctantly returns to Brisbane, the city of his downfall. In a town he no longer recognises and through an underworld that has forgotten him, George must seek out the other hidden survivors of his times, to confront the truth about their common past, and to find a way to let the dead rest in peace.' (from back cover)
2000 winner Best First Novel Award y separately published work icon The Wooden Leg of Inspector Anders Marshall Browne , Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 1999 Z343464 1999 single work novel crime thriller Inspector Anders of the Rome Police force became a national hero when he closed down an anarchist group ten years ago. But in the action he lost a leg - and his nerve. Since then he has made his moral compromises with the corruption of the Italian state. Now he has been given one last job before early retirement: to close an inquiry into the murder of a respected judge in southern Italy. Once there he finds himself drawn into a shadowy world of corruption and power, and becomes increasingly involved with both the case and the judge's widow. Anders must maneuver through layers of corruption as he struggles to close the murder case. Then the judge's widow offers him the chance to redeem his life with one last explosive act of courage. (Source: Trove)
1999 winner Lifetime Achievement Peter Corris
1999 winner Best first crime novel y separately published work icon The Last Days : The Apocryphon of Joe Panther Andrew Masterson , Chippendale : Picador , 1998 Z377952 1998 single work novel crime

' Joe Panther is a man with many secrets. Dangerous secrets. He isa drug dealer. He is a killer. He is a private investigator. Above all, he is the messiah, fallen on hard times.

When a young woman is found crucified and decapitated in a melbounre inner-city church, the police suspect the local priest, a man with dark secrets of hiis own. The priest hires Panther to clear his name.

Soon Panther becomes both the hunter and the hunted.Nothing is as it seems-not even, perhaps, Panther's own sense of self.' (From back cover).

1999 winner Best Australian Crime Novel Award y separately published work icon Amaze Your Friends Peter Doyle , Milsons Point : Random House , 1998 Z376939 1998 single work novel crime humour
1997 Lifetime Achievement Award Alan Yates
1997 Lifetime Achievement Award A. G. Yates
1997 joint winner Best First Novel Award y separately published work icon Get Rich Quick Peter Doyle , Port Melbourne : Mandarin , 1996 Z52435 1996 single work novel crime

'Meet Billy Glasheen, a fresh voice in crime fiction. It’s Sydney, the 1950s, and Billy’s trying to make a living, any way he can. Luckily, he’s a likeable guy, with a gift for masterminding elaborate scenarios – whether it’s a gambling scam, transporting a fortune in stolen jewels, or keeping the wheels greased during a hair-raising tour by Little Richard and his rock ‘n’ roll entourage.

But trouble follows close behind—because Billy’s schemes always seem to interfere with the plans of Sydney’s big players, an unholy trinity of crooks, bent cops, and politicians on the make. Suddenly he’s in the frame for murder, and on the run from the police, who’ll happily send him down for it. Billy’s no sleuth, but there’s nowhere to turn for help. To prove it wasn’t him, he’ll have to find the real killer.' (Publication summary)

1997 winner Best Australian Crime Novel Award y separately published work icon The Brush-Off Shane Maloney , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 1996 Z316121 1996 single work novel crime humour (taught in 3 units)
— Appears in: The Murray Whelan Trilogy 2001;

'On a sultry summer night Murray Whelan is in the Botanical Gardens tasting Salina Fleet's apricot lips. Meanwhile the body of an artist is being fished from the ornamental moat outside the Art Gallery. The papers called it suicide. The police say it's an accident.

'Political minder, brushed-off lover and art buff on the make, Murray goes looking for the big picture. He finds there's more than meets the eye among the self-made millionaires, ruthless culture vultures, and cool operators of Melbourne's art world. He learns that when you dabble with death there's nothing abstract about a loaded gun.

'Murray Whelan, the hero of Stiff, Shane Maloney's brilliant debut novel, is back at his richly futile best. A romantic comedy and drop-dead thriller, The Brush-Off mixes high art with low blows.' (Publication summary)

1997 winner Young Adult Award y separately published work icon The Well Gary Crew , Port Melbourne : Lothian , 1996 Z282719 1996 single work children's fiction children's horror 'Seth and Adam are identical twins, but no two boys could be more different. Adam is cheerful and sunny, Seth cold and morose. When the dark secret of the well in the pine forest lures them to their fate, who can tell which twin will prove the stronger?' (source: back cover).
1996 winner Best First Novel Award y separately published work icon Dark Angel John Dale , Pymble : HarperCollins , 1995 Z245701 1995 single work novel crime
1995 Lifetime Achievement Award Jon Cleary