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The 2014 Ned Kelly Awards

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The shortlist for this year's awards has now been released. The chair of the Australian Crime Writers Association, Michael Robotham, described this year's shortlists as among the strongest in the 19-year history of the prizes. The winners of the 2014 awards will be announced at the Brisbane Writers Festival on Saturday September 6. The Ned Kelly Awards are Australia's oldest and most prestigious prizes for crime fiction and true crime writing. First established in 1995, the list of previous winners includes, Peter Temple, Shane Maloney, Kerry Greenwood and Geoffrey McGeachin. This week we are featuring all the titles on this year's shortlist. The featured books can be reserved for $1.35 per title, or you can check for them next time you visit a library. The titles by Garry Disher, Adrian McKinty and Stephen Orr, are also available in ebook format on Overdrive.
The dying beach / by Angela Savage
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Expat private investigator Jayne Keeney's tour guide is found dead. Jayne and Rajiv are pulled into a case that the police have already decided isn't one: a case that will pull at the seams of their fledgling relationship and lead Jayne into grave danger
One boy missing / by Stephen Orr
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It was a butcher on smoko who reported the man stashing the kid in the car boot. Did he see an abduction? Maybe just a stressed-out father. Detective Bart Moy, newly returned to the country town, finds nothing. No one is missing a small boy...
Beams falling / by P. M. Newton
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Detective Nhu 'Ned' Kelly is a mess. After being shot, her brain's taking longer to heal than her body. The top brass need a way into the world of teenaged dealers and assassins in Cabramatta and they think Ned's Vietnamese heritage is the right fit.
In the morning I'll be gone / by Adrian McKinty
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1980s, Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Cormac McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze Prison.
Fatal impact / by Kathryn Fox
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When a girl's dead body is found in a toy box, forensic physician and pathologist Anya Crichton joins the police hunt in her home state of Tasmania for the child's missing mother and sister.
Bitter Wash Road / by Garry Disher
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Whistleblower Hirsch has been exiled to a one-cop station in South Australia's wheatbelt. As he heads up Bitter Wash Road to investigate gunfire he finds himself cut off without back-up. A pair of thrill killers has been targeting isolated farmhouses
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