The winners of the 2012 Davitt Awards, presented by Sisters in Crime for the best crime books by Australian women, have been announced in Melbourne.
The Adult Fiction prize was won by Sulari Gentill for A Decline in Prophets, the second instalment in her Rowland Sinclair series. The Children’s and Young Adult Fiction winner was Meg McKinlay for Surface Tension, and Best Debut novel went to Jaye Ford for Beyond Fear.
Ford was also the joint winner, with Y. A. Erskine, of the Reader’s Choice Award. Erskine’s novel The Brotherhood is described by its publisher as ‘a novel about violence, preconceptions, loyalties, corruption, betrayal and the question a copper should never need to ask: just who can you trust?’ (Bantam Australia) The novel is set in Tasmania where Erskine served for eleven years with that state’s Police Service.
The 2012 Davitt Awards were presented by Swedish crime writer Ǻsa Larsson. Sisters in Crime reports that Larsson was ‘so impressed by the event that she intends to set up Sisters in Crime in Sweden’.