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The sequel to Candice Fox's stunning breakout novel Crimson Lake, which Lee Child described as 'one of the best thrillers of the year'.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Candice Fox delivers a compulsive new crime thriller, which sees Ted Conkaffey once again teaming up with an unlikely partner – this time the father of the girl he was accused of abducting . . .

When former police detective Ted Conkaffey was wrongly accused of abducting thirteen-year-old Claire Bingley, he hoped the Queensland rainforest town of Crimson Lake would be a good place to disappear. But nowhere is safe from Claire’s devastated father.

Dale Bingley has a brutal revenge plan all worked out and if Ted doesn’t help find the real abductor, he’ll be its first casualty.

Meanwhile, in a dark roadside hovel called the Barking Frog Inn, the bodies of two young bartenders lie on the beer-sodden floor. It’s Detective Inspector Pip Sweeney’s first homicide investigation – complicated by the arrival of private detective Amanda Pharrell to ‘assist’ on the case. Amanda’s conviction for murder a decade ago has left her with some odd behavioural traits, top-to-toe tatts – and a keen eye for killers.

For Ted and Amanda, the hunt for the truth will draw them into a violent dance with evil. Redemption is certainly on the cards – but it may well cost them their lives . . .

'This is terrific crime writing' Herald Sun

'Definitely a writer to watch' Harlan Coben

'A bright new star of crime fiction' James Patterson


An important new voice in crime fiction.

Sydney Morning Herald

Definitely a writer to watch.

Harlan Coben

There is no stopping Australian Candice Fox . . . This is terrific crime writing with characters you'll be happy to read about again.

Herald Sun

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  • Trade Paperback


    January 29, 2018

    Bantam Australia

    352 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook


    January 29, 2018

    Random House Australia

    352 pages

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There were predators beyond the wire. I knew they were there, although in the months since my incarceration I hadn’t yet seen one. My evening ritual was to come down to the shore and look for the ominous rise of two dead eyes above the surface of the water, the flick of a spiky tail. Feeding time. Half a tonne of prehistoric reptile lolling and sliding beneath the sunset-lit water, separated from me by nothing but an old, rusty fence. I looked for crocodiles every day, drawn to the bottom of my isolated property on Crimson Lake by the recollection of being one of them. Ted Conkaffey; the beast. The hunter. The monster in hiding from whom the world needed to be protected.

I couldn’t stop myself coming down here, though holding the wire and watching for crocs brought up the comparisons, the dark thoughts, all those scary old memories of my arrest, my trial, my victim.

She was never far from my mind. Claire would come to me at the strangest times, more vivid than she possibly could have been when she first etched herself into my memory, standing there at the bus stop by the side of the road. Every time I thought about her, I saw something new. Gentle wind from the approaching rain tossing her almost-white hair over her thin shoulder. The glaring outline of her small, frail body against the blue-black clouds gathering on the horizon.

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Also by Candice Fox

Fifty Fifty
Crimson Lake
Never Never


The Thirst
Make Me
The Black Book
The Girl on the Train
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Don't Let Go
The Girl Who Was Taken
After the Fire
Two Nights
The Couple Next Door
Never Never
I Am Pilgrim
The Innocent Wife
If I Die Before I Wake
I Know a Secret
The Word Is Murder
Look For Me
The Chalk Man