How do you move on when the world won’t let you?
12:46: Claire Bingleystands alone at a bus stop
12:47: Ted Conkaffey parks his car beside her
12:52: The girl is missing . . .
Six minutes in the wrong place at the wrong time—that’s all it took to ruin Sydney detective Ted Conkaffey’s life. Accused but not convicted of a brutal abduction, Ted is now a free man—and public enemy number one. Maintaining his innocence, he flees north to keep a low profile amidst the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake.
There, Ted’s lawyer introduces him to eccentric private investigator Amanda Pharrell, herself a convicted murderer. Not entirely convinced Amanda is a cold-blooded killer, Ted agrees to help with her investigation, a case full of deception and obsession, while secretly digging into her troubled past. The residents of Crimson Lake are watching the pair's every move . . . and the town offers no place to hide.
"Complex, human characters, and a dark, meaty story, and fine writing, and a great sense of place – this is one of the best crime thrillers of the year. Sign me up as a big-time Fox fan!" —Lee Child
Crimson Lake by Sydney-based, Ned Kelly award-winning author Candice Fox is a thrilling contemporary crime novel set in Queensland, Australia, perfect for readers of authors like James Patterson, Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, and Tana French.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Three murder stories hang over the town of Crimson Lake. Is former cop Ted Conkaffey a pedophile? What pushed private investigator Amanda Pharrell to kill that kid a decade ago? And what happened to legendary author Jake Scully? Rising Australian star Candice Fox’s plot is thick with twists and surprises; her characters are richly drawn and fabulously flawed. With colorful details, she transports us right into the humid, sweating jungles of North Queensland. As plots converge, the tension mounts—once again, Fox has crafted a quirky and compulsive piece of crime fiction.
Sydney homicide detective Ted Conkaffey, the pariah narrator of this engrossing suspense novel from Ned Kelly Award winner Fox (Hades), is halfway through his trial for the rape and attempted murder of a 13-year-old girl when the NSW director of public prosecutions withdraws the charges, since the evidence isn't strong enough to satisfy a jury beyond a reasonable doubt. Per Australian law, Ted could be prosecuted later if more evidence emerges. After his wife asks him for a divorce, Ted moves north to Crimson Lake, Queensland, where he hopes to remain incognito. Ted's lawyer puts him in touch with Amanda Pharrell, a convicted killer who has become a PI after serving eight years in prison. Ted and Amanda decide to partner on an investigation to find a missing bestselling author. Meanwhile, Ted wrestles with harassment from local cops, a reporter on his tail, and vigilante attacks against him. The surprising conclusion will leave the reader looking forward to Ted and Amanda's further adventures.
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I just kinda
I had read Candice Fox’s three previous books. “Hades” was a blind selection, a choice from a list of bargain books. That book got me hooked on her writing, story telling. I couldn’t wait to read the next two. They were equally enjoyable stories, great characters, unusual story lines and fast paced. Crimson Lake didn’t disappoint. Welcome back Ms Fox. Hope you won’t let us wait too long before your next book is released!