CRIME FICTION PRIZEWINNER
Vikki Petraitis (pictured) has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Allen & Unwin Crime Fiction Prize, but we will have to wait until August for her prizewinning manuscript to be published.
The prize was open to all unpublished full-length manuscripts in the crime or thriller genres between 70,000 and 100,000 words in length, written by residents of Australia and New Zealand. Both debut writers and already-published writers could enter.
Allen & Unwin publisher Jane Palfreyman said: “Vikki Petraitis has taken a lifetime of observing police work and true crime and brought this experience to writing fiction for the first time, and the result is this fantastic novel: tightly paced, plausible, a fabulous read and, above all, completely gripping.”
Her novel, The Unbelieved, will be added to the library’s collection when available.
Vikki Petraitis has been writing true crime books for the past three decades, including The Frankston Serial Killer, which is on the library’s shelves.