Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing 2015.

The Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing 2015 have been announced. It is the 20th Anniversary of the prestigious Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing, with the winners being announced at the Bella Union on Saturday August 22, as part of Melbourne Writers Festival.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Best Crime
Eden by Candice Fox
Most police duos run on trust, loyalty, and the desire to see killers in court. But Detective Frank Bennett's partner, the enigmatic Eden Archer, has nothing to offer him but darkness and danger. She doesn't mind catching killers – but it's not the courthouse where her justice is served.

And now Eden is about to head undercover to find three missing girls. The only link between the victims is a remote farm where the desperate go to hide and blood falls more often than rain. For Frank, the priority is to keep his partner monitored 24/7 while she's there – but is it for Eden's protection, or to protect their suspects from her?

Across the city at the Utulla Tip, someone is watching Hades Archer, a man whose criminal reputation is the stuff of legend. Unmasking the stalker for him might be just what Frank needs to stay out of trouble while Eden's away.

But it's going to take a trip into Hades's past to discover the answers - and what Frank uncovers may well put everyone in danger

Best First Crime
Quota by Jock Serong

Charlie Jardim has just trashed his legal career in a spectacular courtroom meltdown, and his girlfriend has finally left him. So when a charitable colleague slings him a prosecution brief that will take him to the remote coastal town of Dauphin, Charlie reluctantly agrees that the sea air might be good for him.

The case is a murder. The victim was involved in the illegal abalone trade and the even more illegal drug trade. and the witnesses aren’t talking.

And as Dauphin closes ranks around him, Charlie is about to find his interest in the law powerfully reignited.

Best True Crime
This House of Grief by Margaret Garner
On the evening of 4 September 2005, Father’s Day, Robert Farquharson, a separated husband, was driving his three sons home to their mother, Cindy, when his car left the road and plunged into a dam. The boys, aged ten, seven and two, drowned. Was this an act of revenge or a tragic accident? The court case became Helen Garner’s obsession. She followed it on its protracted course until the final verdict.

In this utterly compelling book, Helen Garner tells the story of a man and his broken life. She presents the theatre of the courtroom with its actors and audience, all gathered for the purpose of bearing witness to the truth, players in the extraordinary and unpredictable drama of the quest for justice.

The shortlisted works in each category are:

Best Crime

Sweet One by Peter Docker
Eden by Candice Fox
A Murder Unmentioned by Sulari Gentill
Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty
Crucifixion Creek by Barry Maitland
Present Darkness by Malla Nunn

Best First Crime

King of the Road by Nigel Bartlett
What Came Before by Anna George
Chasing the Ace by Nicholas J Johnson
Quota by Jock Serong

Best True Crime

This House of Grief by Helen Garner
He Who Must Be Obeid by Kate McClymont and Linton Besser
The Feel-Good Hit of the Year by Liam Pieper
The Fall by Amy Dale
The Family Court Murders by Debi Marshall
The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay by David Murray