Hammer said he couldn't be happier. ''When I was writing Scrublands, I don't think I knew what a Dagger was, or had heard of the UK Crime Writers Association awards. I was hoping to get published in Australia; I wasn't thinking about the UK. It helps demonstrate just how eager international audiences now are to read Australian crime writing.''
''I just love writing fiction too much,'' he said. ''I also loved being a journo, but that was then and this is now. I'm having too much fun.''