Melbourne author Emma Viskic won the trifecta at Sisters in Crime’s 16th Davitt Awards for best crime books on Saturday night (27 August) at Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre. Her debut novel, Resurrection Bay (Echo Publishing), won Davitts for Best Adult Novel, Readers’ Choice (as judged by Sisters in Crime’s 600 members) and was joint winner with Fleur Ferris who wrote Risk for Best Debut Book.
“Emma Viskic is the first author to take out three awards on the one night in the 16-year history of the Davitts,” Jacqui Horwood, the Davitt Judges wrangler, said.
“Not only has Emma Viskic written an enjoyable and tense debut crime book but she has created a memorable main character in Caleb Zelic who is an investigator and profoundly deaf. The pace doesn’t let up as the reader travels with Caleb through his past and gains an insight into the complexities of deafness and disability, and of Aboriginal Australia,” she said.
Viskic scored a quadrella by winning the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction the following day (Sunday 28 August).
Viskic, a classical clarinettist, has also won two of Australia’s top short story awards for crime fiction: the Ned Kelly S.D. Harvey Award, and the Thunderbolt Prize. She is currently writing the sequel to Resurrection Bay with the help of a grant from Creative Victoria.