- “Fox keeps her characters firmly in shades of gray, and it’s their complexity that drives this riveting thriller, right through to the gruesome, surprising finale.” – Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW) on Eden
Winner of the Ned Kelly Award
Justice is good. Vengeance is better.
“A new murder mystery star—Candice Fox may just be your new literary addiction.” —Primo Life
“I fool myself that Eden has a heart—that she would at least have trouble killing me…”
Most homicide detective teams run on trust, loyalty, and the shared desire to put killers behind bars. Frank Bennett’s partner, Eden Archer, thrives on darkness and danger. She has a rare talent for catching killers – but her idea of justice has little to do with courtrooms.
Now three girls are missing, and Eden is going undercover to a remote farm where the troubled go to hide and blood falls more often than rain. Frank’s job is to keep an eye on his partner while she’s there – but is it for Eden’s protection, or to protect others from her? Walking a tightrope between duty and desperation, Frank confronts a threat from Eden’s past—the sadistic crime lord Hades, who raised her. Suddenly, the hunter is the hunted. And a killer’s vicious desires are about to be unleashed . . .
The breathtaking new thriller from the author of Hades, winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Novel, establishes Candice Fox as a suspense writer of international renown and undisputed power.
Praise for Candice Fox and Hades
“Compelling . . . a chilling read.”—Sydney Morning Herald
“Disturbing . . . gritty . . . captivating.”—Newtown Review of Books
“A frighteningly self-assured debut.”—Qantas magazine
“One of the standout crime thrillers of the past few years.” – The Chronicle
Candice Fox is the middle child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney’s western suburbs. The daughter of a prison parole officer and an enthusiastic foster caregiver, she served as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy at age eighteen. At twenty, she turned her hand to academia, and taught high school through two undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees. She currently teaches writing at the University of Notre Dame in Sydney while undertaking a Ph.D. in literary censorship and terrorism. Candice’s eagerly awaited first novel, Hades, was first published by Random House Australia to widespread acclaim.
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DON’T MISS THE FIRST BOOK THAT STARTED IT ALL!
Twenty years ago, two children were kidnapped and left for dead.
Raised by a master criminal, they grew up to become cops. Very unusual cops . . .
Homicide detective Frank Bennett has an intriguing new partner. Dark, beautiful, coldly efficient, Eden Archer is one of the most enigmatic colleagues Frank has ever worked with—that includes her brother Eric, who’s also on the Sydney Metro police force. All of them are tested to the core when a local man discovers a graveyard of large steel toolboxes lying at the bottom of the harbor. Each box contains a grisly trove of human body parts.
For Frank, the madman’s clues are a tantalizing puzzle. For Eden and Eric, the case holds chilling links to a scarred childhood—and a murderous mentor named Hades. But the true evil goes beyond the bloody handiwork of a serial killer…
Praise for Hades, winner of the Ned Kelly Award
“A frighteningly self-assured debut with strong characters and feisty, no-nonsense writing.”—Qantas magazine
“Powerful, twisted, dark, original—an incredible read.”—The Reading Room
“Hades combines a number of current genre tropes into something new and exciting. A little bit Dexter, a little bit procedural, overall a great first novel.”—Australian Crime Writers Association