“Compelling . . . A chilling read.” —Sydney Morning Herald
Winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Novel
Twenty years ago, two children were kidnapped and left for dead . . .
Homicide detective Frank Bennett has a new partner—dark, beautiful, coldly efficient Eden Archer. Frank doesn’t know what to make of her, or her brother Eric, who’s also on the police force. Their methods are . . . unusual. But when a graveyard full of large steel toolboxes filled with body parts is found at the bottom of Sydney harbor, unusual is the least of their worries.
For Eden and Eric, the case holds chilling links to a scarred childhood—and the murderer who raised them. For Frank, each clue brings him closer to something he’s not sure he wants to face. But true evil goes beyond the bloody handiwork of a serial killer—and no one is truly innocent . . .
Praise for Hades, winner of the Ned Kelly Award
“A little bit Dexter, a little bit procedural, overall a great first novel.”—Australian Crime Writers Association
“Fast-paced, with unusual protagonists and dark, disturbing scenes.”—Library Journal
“Horrors abound in Australian author Fox’s gritty police procedural. Readers will look forward to the sequel set in this not-for-the-squeamish nightmare world down under.”—Publishers Weekly
Horrors abound in Australian author Fox's first novel, a gritty police procedural set in Sydney. Hades Archer, the crime lord of the Utulla dump, disposes of the waste left over from human lives and also creates artwork from "warped scraps of metal and pieces of discarded machinery." Hades once rescued two children, Eden and Eric, from a botched kidnapping and raised them to become police homicide detectives: Eden is dangerously intuitive and creative, Eric lethally wild. Eden and her new partner, tough cop Frank Bennett, track a serial killer who kills for body parts he can sell to dying patients desperate for a transplant. In this twisted noir world, love goes as wrong as it can go, as shown in Hades's relationship with the children he saved, and Bennett's relationship with a victim who escaped her captor's chop shop. Readers will look forward to the sequel set in this not-for-the-squeamish nightmare world down under.