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Danger Awards 2023 shortlists announced

The BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival has announced the shortlists for the 2023 Danger Awards.

The shortlisted titles in each category are:


  • Brunswick Street Blues (Sally Bothroyd, HarperCollins)
  • Daughters of Eve (Nina D Campbell, A&U)
  • The Tilt (Chris Hammer, A&U)
  • Exiles (Jane Harper, Pan)
  • Double Lives (Kate McCaffrey, Echo)
  • The Torrent (Dinuka McKenzie, HarperCollins)
  • Black River (Matthew Spencer, A&U)
  • Dirt Town (Hayley Scrivenor, Pan)


  • The Boy in the Dress (Jonathan Butler, Affirm)
  • Suburban Noir (Peter Doyle, Newsouth)
  • Nabbing Ned Kelly (David Dufty, A&U)
  • An Uncommon Hangman (Rachel Franks, NewSouth)
  • The Widow of Walcha (Emma Partridge, S&S)
  • Missing, Presumed Dead (Mark Tedeschi, S&S).

The Danger Awards champion books featuring Australia as a setting for stories about crime and justice. This year the festival theme is ‘A place for every crime story and a crime story for every place.’

This year, a People’s Choice Award has been introduced and will be announced on 3 November. Readers can cast their vote on shortlisted titles until 28 October via the festival website

The winner of the Danger Award receives $1000 and a trophy, to be presented during this year’s BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival, which will run 1–5 November at the State Library of NSW.

For more information about this year’s BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival, see the website.


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