Como crime author makes out like a bandit in Ned Kelly writing awards

Ron Elliott.
Ron Elliott.

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 Fos-

ter, 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 today.