Ned Kelly Awards shortlists 2020

 Read reviewThe Scholar

The Scholar

Dervla McTiernan

Being brilliant has never been this dangerous...  

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 Read reviewTrue West

True West

David Whish-Wilson

A fast-paced and unsettling action thriller inspired by historical fact. The book captures Perth's burgeoning Neo-Nazi movement in the late 1980s.

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 Read reviewThe Nancys

The Nancys

R.W.R. McDonald

A schoolgirl and her uncle and his boyfriend have two weeks to solve a murder in a small town style forgot...

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The Wife and the Widow

The Wife and the Widow

Christian White

Brilliant and beguiling, The Wife and the Widow takes you to a cliff edge and asks the question: how well do we really know the people we love?        

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 Read reviewBowraville

Bowraville

Dan Box

From the creator of the Walkley Award-winning podcast comes the story of a small Australian town, the murders of three children and a desperate fight for justice.

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 Read reviewSix Minutes

Six Minutes

Petronella McGovern

How can a child disappear from under the care of four playgroup mums?   

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Death of a Typographer

Death of a Typographer

Nick Gadd

Martin Kern has a special sensitivity to fonts, a skill that he uses to solve typographical crimes. When a local printer is found dead in his workshop, his body in the shape of an X, Martin and his co-investigator, journalist Lucy...

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Lapse

Lapse

Sarah Thornton

Small town secrets and divisions come bubbling to the surface in Sarah Thornton's gripping debut crime novel.

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The Night Fire

The Night Fire

Michael Connelly

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The Chain

The Chain

Adrian McKinty

A high concept thriller masterpiece by a world class writer: it doesn't get any better than The Chair.       

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 Read reviewEight Lives

Eight Lives

Susan Hurley

A smart, sophisticated thriller that explores power, class and prejudice, Eight Lives will keep you engrossed until the last page.    

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Shark Arm

Shark Arm

Phillip Roope, Kevin Meagher

Truth can be stranger than fiction. In a Coogee aquarium in 1935 a shark coughed up a man's tattooed arm. The authors of Shark Arm have unravelled an extraordinary tale of high-class smuggling around Sydney Harbour and police...

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Where the Truth Lies

Where the Truth Lies

Karina Kilmore

She was slipping away. The further she fell, the closer the clouds seemed to come. Wispy transparent slipstreams of white. Cirrus. Pain smashed her head. Floating ...

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Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders

Angela Williams

It was no surprise that Angela Williams went to jail. A traumatic, violent upbringing saw to that. But after serving a short sentence for theft as a teenager, she worked hard to break the cycle. Thirteen years later Angela was...

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 Special priceThe Strangers We Know

The Strangers We Know

Pip Drysdale

Imagine seeing your loving husband on a dating app. Now imagine that's the best thing that happens to you all week ...

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River of Salt

River of Salt

Dave Warner

Former hitman Blake Saunders flees the Philadelphia Mob for a quieter existence in a coastal Australian town. Life in Coral Shoals is perfect and Blake is a new man. But then a young woman's body is found at a local motel. When...

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Dead Man Walking: The murky world of Michael McGurk and Ron Medich

Dead Man Walking: The murky world of Michael McGurk and Ron Medich

Kate McClymont

Employing her insider status and trademark wit, pace and intelligence, Kate McClymont unravels the complex business relationships between Michael McGurk and Ron Medich.

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The Last Widow

The Last Widow

Karin Slaughter

Medical examiner Sara Linton and her partner Will Trent, an investigator with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, rush into the heart of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to destroy thousands of innocent lives. When assailants...

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Present Tense

Present Tense

Natalie Conyer

What if justice isn't enough?     

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Cruel Acts

Cruel Acts

Jane Casey

The Sunday Times bestseller and winner of the Irish Independent crime fiction book of the year!

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