The Danger Prize: shortlist

BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival has just announced the short list for this year’s Danger Prize, for the best book, podcast, TV series or film about crime and Sydney, published in the past financial year. The prize will be awarded by last year’s winner, John Ibrahim, at the Sydney Crime Writers Festival on 6 September (see


An interesting addition this year is podcasts, including controversial The Teacher’s Pet, which has been downloaded internationally over 50 million times. Could be hard to beat, despite some sterling competition.



Sydney Noir ed. John Dale (fiction)

The Suicide Bride by Tanya Bretherton (true crime)

Reasonable Doubt by Hamish McDonald (true crime)

The Teacher’s Pet by Hedley Thomas (podcast)

Who the Hell is Hamish? By Greg Bearup (podcast)



The winner of the 2019 Danger Prize was Hedley Thomas for The Teacher’s Pet podcast. The Danger Lifetime Achievement Award was made to legendary crime fighter and author Bob Bottom.