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  • Published: 6 August 2024
  • ISBN: 9781761347276
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $22.99

Crimson Lake

From the award-winning and #1 bestselling author Candice Fox comes an ingenious and edgy suspense novel that will keep you guessing to the very last page . . . Adapted into the major ABC TV drama TROPPO.

'One of the best crime thrillers of the year' LEE CHILD
'A masterful novel' HARLAN COBEN
'A bright new star' JAMES PATTERSON
'Fox is a daring Antipodean original.' Sydney Morning Herald
'One of our most popular crime writers.' Woman's Day
'A tough, gripping thriller that shows why Fox is one of our best crime writers.' Canberra Weekly

Six minutes – that’s all it took to ruin Detective Ted Conkaffey’s life. Accused but not convicted of abducting a teenage girl, 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 . . .


  • Published: 6 August 2024
  • ISBN: 9781761347276
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Candice Fox

Candice Fox is the author of ten internationally bestselling crime novels and the winner of three prestigious Ned Kelly Awards. In fact, she is the only author to have been shortlisted for that award for every single novel. She has also co-written seven New York Times bestsellers with James Patterson, the world’s bestselling thriller writer. Her new solo novel, Devil's Kitchen, will release in March 2024, and her latest collaboration with James Patterson, The Murder Inn, comes out in February 2024.

In 2022 Candice’s fourth book, Crimson Lake, was adapted into a major ABC TV series, called Troppo, with series two currently in production.

A meticulous researcher, Candice has interviewed a serial killer on Death Row, been to prison three times (for work purposes) and while on honeymoon in the US took a road trip to famous crime scenes looking for clues. She has also dined with a former President of the United States, filmed a cameo role in her latest screen adaptation and, as a volunteer for WIRES, has rescued countless wild animals.

She lives in Sydney.

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Praise for Crimson Lake

In her willingness to go to the dark side and turn it upside-down, Fox is a daring Antipodean original.

Sydney Morning Herald

This is a tough, gripping thriller that shows why Fox is one of our best crime writers. Recommended.

Canberra Weekly

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.


It’s easy to see why Fox is becoming one of our most popular crime writers.

Woman's Day

The hottest property in Australian crime fiction.

Qantas Magazine

Awards & recognition

Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel

Shortlisted  •  2017  •  Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel

Davitt Awards

Shortlisted  •  2018  •  Adult Novel

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