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The winners of the annual Arthur Ellis awards for Canadian crime writing were announced Thursday, with Barbara Fradkin's Fifth Son taking the award for best novel published in 2004.

It's the fourth novel in Fradkin's series featuring Ottawa police inspector Michael Green.

The author is an Ottawa psychologist whose work with children and families provides "ample inspiration, and occasional motivation, for plotting murders," according to her website.

Dark Places by Jon Evans won the award for best first novel, while The Irish Game: A True Story of Crime and Art by Matthew Hart was named best non-fiction work.

Best short story was Crocodile Tears by Leslie Watts, published in Revenge: A Noir Anthology.

Best juvenile book was The Beckoners by Carrie Mac, and Ann Lamontagne's Les Douze pierres won the award for best crime writing in French.

Max Haines received the Derrick Murdoch Award, given to an individual for contribution to Canadian crime writing or to the Crime Writers of Canada, which presents the Arthur Ellis Awards. CP

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