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  • Published: 31 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143789185
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

Gathering Dark




From Australia's most exciting and original crime writer comes another electrifying thriller, set in Los Angeles, introducing a new – and decidedly unconventional – team of 'detectives'.

A convicted killer. A gifted thief. A vicious crime boss. A disillusioned cop. Together they’re a missing girl's only hope.

Blair Harbour, once a wealthy, respected surgeon in Los Angeles, is now an ex-con down on her luck. She’s determined to keep her nose clean to win back custody of her son.

But when her former cellmate, Sneak Lawlor, begs for help to find her missing daughter, Blair is compelled to put her new-found freedom on the line. Joined by LA’s most feared underworld figure, Ada Maverick, the crew of criminals bring outlaw tactics to the search for Dayly.

Detective Jessica Sanchez has always had a difficult relationship with the LAPD. And her inheritance of a $7 million mansion as a reward for catching a killer has just made her police enemy number one.

It’s been ten years since Jessica arrested Blair for the cold-blooded murder of her neighbour. So when Jessica opens the door to the disgraced doctor and her friends early one morning she expects abuse, maybe even violence.

What comes instead is a plea for help.

'Candice Fox’s brilliant crime novel set in LA that will surely garner her a whole new set of readers . . . Gathering Dark is expansive, generous and thoroughly engaging and will surely cement Fox’s reputation as one of Australia’s finest new gen crime writers. It’s that good.' Sydney Morning Herald

‘Suspend disbelief and prepare for a wild, funny yet ultimately sobering ride. That’s my advice for anyone new to Candice Fox’s thrillers…Fox’s books are models of the professional thriller writer’s craft and Gathering Dark is true to form. Audacious things are done, at a cracking pace, the punchy prose designed to make readers share the characters’ physical sensations.’ The Australian

'Gathering Dark is Candice Fox's best book so far, which makes it bloody good.' Laurie Oakes‘Candice Fox’s writing is inventive, thrilling and totally addictive.’ James Patterson

‘The queen of the creepily compulsive thriller.’ WHO magazine

‘A master of the genre . . . grisly, original and exhilarating.’ Saturday Paper

  • Published: 31 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143789185
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the author

Candice Fox

Hades, Candice Fox's first novel, won the Ned Kelly Award for best debut in 2014 from the Australian Crime Writers Association. The sequel, Eden, won the Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel in 2015, making Candice only the second author to win these accolades back to back. All her subsequent novels – Fall, Crimson Lake,Redemption Point and Gone by Midnight – have been shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award.

In 2015 Candice began collaborating with James Patterson. Their first novel together, Never Never, set in the vast Australian outback, was a huge bestseller in Australia and went straight to number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list in the US and also to the top of the charts in the UK. Their subsequent novels Fifty Fifty, Liar Liar and Hush Hush have all been massive bestsellers across the world. Their most recent collaboration, The Inn, was released in August 2019.

Bankstown born and bred, Candice lives in Sydney.

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Praise for Gathering Dark

Candice Fox’s brilliant crime novel set in LA . . . will surely garner her a whole new set of readers: the ones who haven’t already encountered her via her earlier prize-winning crime novels set in Australia, or through her partnership with James Patterson. But Gathering Dark is in an altogether different league, one headed by the great Elmore Leonard.

Sue Turnbull, The Age

Gathering Dark is expansive, generous and thoroughly engaging, and will surely cement Fox’s reputation as one of Australia’s finest new gen crime writers. It’s that good.

Sue Turnbull, Sydney Morning Herald

Tight plot, polished writing, snappy dialogue and a great dose of dark humour already makes this excellent crime, but then Candice adds a cast of complex, interesting, extremely compelling female characters, and Gathering Dark immediately soars to the top of a genre normally inhabited by complicated men.

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Gathering Dark is Candice Fox’s best book so far, which makes it very bloody good. Takes guts to set it in LA, the territory of so many great crime writers. Should be her big breakthrough book

Laurie Oakes

Perhaps it’s the LA setting, or the fact that all the core characters are women, but something about Gathering Dark feels a little different. It’s like Candice Fox is taking things to a whole new level. The action is bigger and bolder, which is saying something, considering some of the things this author has pulled off in precious books.

Sarah McDuling, The Booktopian

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