Dark Deeds Down Under
Aussie and Kiwi crime writers
and their beloved characters.
Dark Deeds Down Under: 19 short stories from some of the brightest storytelling talents from Australia and New Zealand: including international bestsellers and award winners.
Through the prism of page-turning crime, mystery and thriller stories you will roam from the dusty Outback to South Island glaciers, from ocean-carved coastlines and craggy mountains to sultry rainforests and Middle Earth valleys, and via sleepy villages to the underbellies of our cosmopolitan cities.
In these all-new stories you’ll spend time with favourite series cops, sleuths and accidental heroes, and meet some new and edgy standalone characters.
This vibrant showcase includes:
Kerry Greenwood’s Corinna Chapman, Garry Disher’s ‘Hirsch’, Vanda Symon’s Sam Shephard, Sulari Gentill’s Rowly Sinclair, RWR McDonald’s ‘Nancys’, Lee Murray & Dan Rabarts’ Penny Yee & Matiu, Katherine Kovacic’s Alex Clayton, Dinuka McKenzie’s Kate Miles, and a rare appearance from Shane Maloney’s Murray Whelan.
Dark Deeds Down Under series editor, Craig Sisterson says: ‘We are celebrating and sharing our diverse and world-class crime writers with readers at home and abroad. Many of the contributors have been shortlisted for, or have won a variety of, awards including the Ned Kelly, the Davitt, the Ngaio Marsh, and the Aurealis.’
The dark deeds herein are perpetrated by a positively criminal line-up:
Alan Carter ~ Nikki Crutchley ~ Aoife Clifford ~ Garry Disher ~ Helen Vivienne Fletcher Lisa Fuller ~ Sulari Gentil ~ Kerry Greenwood ~ Narrelle M Harris ~ Katherine Kovacic Shane Maloney ~ RWR McDonald ~ Dinuka McKenzie ~ Lee Murray & Dan Rabarts Renee ~ Stephen Ross ~ Fiona Sussman ~ Vanda Symon ~ David Whish-Wilson
As Michael Robotham says, in the foreword to Sisterson’s non-fiction book Southern Cross Crime: ‘Australia and New Zealand have our own unique landscapes and language, the dry humour and disrespect for authority. We have our own stories to tell, full of characters we recognise, set in places we know… that explore the individualism of the outsider, as well as mateship, gender, race, and justice.’
We are Dark Deeds Down Under.
The first two volumes of the Dark Deeds Down Under will be published in June and November this year, and a third in 2023.
Future volumes will include stories from Emma Viskic, Charity Norman, Jack Heath, Peter Corris, Ben Hobson, Helen Fitzgerald, Anna Downes, Stephen Johnson, Natalie Conyer, Robert Gott, and Dorothy Porter, among many others.
Kiwi and platypus series illustrations created by Māori artist Māhina Bennett and Noongar artist Seantelle Walsh.