From the award-winning author of Hades and Eden comes an ingenious and edgy suspense novel. Set in the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Far North Queensland, Crimson Lake features a detective duo unlike any other . . .
'One of the best crime thrillers of the year' LEE CHILD
'A masterful novel' HARLAN COBEN
12.46: Thirteen-year-old Claire Bingley stands alone at a bus stop
12.47: Ted Conkaffey parks his car beside her
12.52: The girl is missing . . .
Six minutes - that’s all it took to ruin Detective Ted Conkaffey’s life. Accused but not convicted of Claire’s abduction, he escapes north, to the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake.
Amanda Pharrell knows what it’s like to be public enemy number one. Maybe it’s her murderous past that makes her so good as a private investigator, tracking lost souls in the wilderness. Her latest target, missing author Jake Scully, has a life more shrouded in secrets than her own - so she enlists help from the one person in town more hated than she is: Ted Conkaffey.
But the residents of Crimson Lake are watching the pair’s every move. And for Ted, a man already at breaking point, this town is offering no place to hide . . .
'A bright new star of crime fiction - Candice Fox's writing is inventive, thrilling and totally addictive' JAMES PATTERSON
“In her willingness to go to the dark side and turn it upside-down, Fox is a daring Antipodean original.”
Sydney Morning Herald
“The hottest property in Australian crime fiction.”
“It’s easy to see why Fox is becoming one of our most popular crime writers.”
“This is a tough, gripping thriller that shows why Fox is one of our best crime writers. Recommended.”
“Fox masterfully pulls together all three threads – Ted’s alleged crime, Amanda’s past and the mystery of what happened to Jake – into a heart-pounding conclusion. Five stars.”
Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel
Shortlisted • 2017 • Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel
Shortlisted • 2018 • Adult Novel