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Amplify shortlisted for Australian crime writer awards

First independently published author to make finals

· indie,fiction,crime,thriller,rocknoir

Amplify is an Australian Crime Writers Association finalist

Amplify, a crime thriller set in the seedy world of the rock music business, made the finals of the prestigious Ned Kelly Awards, held annually by the Australian Crime Writers Association.


Author and first-time novelist Mark Hollands is the first self-published author ever to be shortlisted for the Ned Kelly’s, in the ‘Best First Fiction’ category.


His novel, Amplify, released last November, introduces anti-hero Billy Lime, an entertainment entrepreneur who risks losing everything when the lead singer of a band he’s promoting is murdered.

Set in Sydney, Amplify explores the glitz of the city’s clubs and pubs, and the dark side of its excessive behaviour. Billy Lime must save the tour and find the killer to clear his name.


The Ned Kelly judges said of the novel: “A rip-roaring, thriller-come-expose of the sex, drugs and rock'n'roll lifestyle, AMPLIFY is a combination of textbook life on the road for a rock band and high threat action thriller with enough twists to make a normal person think the life of a promoter wasn't such a great business choice. Laced with humour and irony, populated by vivid and memorable characters, this is highly entertaining reading.”


Hollands was singled out at the awards for a special mention for being the first self published author to make the finals.


Hollands said: “I am really thrilled to receive this nomination, even to be shortlisted is a tremendous honour for me. I wanted to create a hard-edged, Australian anti-hero that lovers of crime thrillers anywhere in the world can relate to.


Amplify is the first in a series of Billy Lime adventures. It is set in the present day and anchored in the music industry rather than a city or region.


“The rock business delivers a fascinating and contemporary social commentary on the changes we are all experiencing in the digital content revolution. It’s great to allow the real world to intersect with a plot that twists and turns with each chapter.”


Amplify is a fierce page-turner, edited by Miles Franklin winner Tom Flood.


Hollands was a long-time journalist with News Corp and is currently Chief Executive of the newspaper industry body, NewsMediaWorks.


The winner for best new fiction at the Ned Kelly's was won by Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic. 

Amplify: A Billy Lime Thriller is available for Kindle and e-Readers from Amazon and in paperback on this website.

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