Au­thor in best crime book line

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

COMO au­thor Ron El­liott’s novel Burn Pat­terns is in the run­ning for the Best First Fic­tion prize in Aus­tralian crimewrit­ing awards the Ned Kelly Awards.

El­liott said he was hon­oured to make the list and hoped it would re­sult in more peo­ple hear­ing about his book.

“I’m in very good com­pany as there are some ter­rific books on the short­list,”he said.

“Read­ers re­ally liked my main char­ac­ter and I have some great con­ver­sa­tions about who they thought did the crime and whether they picked the guilty party.

“Burn Pat­terns is a po­lice pro­ce­dural, but by de­liv­er­ing the story through the eyes of Iris Fos­ter, an ar­son pro­filer and wounded psy­chol­o­gist, I was able to fol­low the solv­ing of the crime through her some­times nar­rowed, some­times sus­pect view.”

El­liott joins Fre­man­tle Press’s Dave Warner (Be­fore It Breaks), Alan Carter (Prime Cut) and Peter Docker (Sweet One), who have all been ei­ther short­listed or have won the award in the past six years.

El­liott is short­listed along­side The Dry by Jane Harper, Only Daugh­ter by Anna Snoek­stra, The Love of a Bad Man by Laura El­iz­a­beth Wool­lett, Good­wood by Holly Throsby and Some­thing for Noth­ing by Andy Muir.

The win­ners of the Ned Kelly Awards will be an­nounced at the Mel­bourne Writ­ers Fes­ti­val on Fri­day, Septem­ber 1.

Ron El­liott.

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