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Publisher's Summary

Candice Fox's Hades is the 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....

©2014 Candice Fox (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

“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)

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  • Mary Catherine
  • 2019-04-10

Not a place I want to go

This book was too dark for me, spending time with characters I didn't like. I like mysteries and suspense stories for the hunt, with characters working together to solve a puzzle or catch a criminal, I don't listen to wallow in despair and aggression, or applaud bad behavior. I didn't mind the writing style or the two stories side by side, but I am more a Lucas Davenport fan than a Dexter fan, more into mystery than horror. SPOILER ALERT: In the story, you get to hang around people that drink all the time, have DUIs, take drugs, hit their spouses, fight, brag about cheating, stealing, and taking advantage of people and situations, using intimidation and bullying, and that's just the good guys. The story is all gruesome parts with different levels of repugnant actions by all and barely any difference between good and bad characters. Maybe the story stays with unpleasant characters doing crummy things and repulsive characters doing worse things, or maybe it goes to a better place, but after spending some time with the characters, I didn't want to listen anymore. This book was not for me. I will not continue with the series, and don't think I will try anything else by this author.

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