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Title:
Hades
Author:
Fox, Candice, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2015]

©2014
Physical Description:
309 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
"Twenty years ago, two children were kidnapped and left for dead. Raised by a master criminal, they grew up to become cops. Very unusual cops... Homicide detective Frank Bennett has an intriguing new partner. Dark, beautiful, coldly efficient, Eden Archer is one of the most enigmatic colleagues Frank has ever worked with--that includes her brother Eric, who's also on the Sydney Metro police force. All of them are tested to the core when a local man discovers a graveyard of large steel toolboxes lying at the bottom of the harbor. Each box contains a grisly trove of human body parts. For Frank, the madman's clues are a tantalizing puzzle. For Eden and Eric, the case holds chilling links to a scarred childhood--and a murderous mentor named Hades. But the true evil goes beyond the bloody handiwork of a serial killer..."--Page [4] of cover.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781617734410
Format :
Book

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Summary

"Compelling . . . A chilling read." -- Sydney Morning Herald

Twenty years ago, two children were kidnapped and left for dead.
Raised by a master criminal, they grew up to become cops. Very unusual cops . . .

Homicide detective Frank Bennett has an intriguing new partner. Dark, beautiful, coldly efficient, Eden Archer is one of the most enigmatic colleagues Frank has ever worked with--that includes her brother Eric, who's also on the Sydney Metro police force. All of them are tested to the core when a local man discovers a graveyard of large steel toolboxes lying at the bottom of the harbor. Each box contains a grisly trove of human body parts.

For Frank, the madman's clues are a tantalizing puzzle. For Eden and Eric, the case holds chilling links to a scarred childhood--and a murderous mentor named Hades. But the true evil goes beyond the bloody handiwork of a serial killer...


Author Notes

Candice Fox was born in Sydney, Australia. She served briefly as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy at age eighteen. She then taught high school through two undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees. Currently she works as a lecturer on writing at the University of Notre Dame.

She is the author of Hades, Fall, Eden, which won the Ned Kelly 2015 award in the fiction category which is presented by the Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA). Her other books include, Black and Blue, written with James Patterson, Crimson Lake, and Redemption Point.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

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. Agent: Gaby Naher, Naher Agency (Australia). (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Frank Bennett is excited about his new homicide beat, mostly because he's partnered with the beautiful if inscrutable Eden Archer. Unfortunately for Frank, both Eden and her brother and fellow officer Eric combine their police work with a bit of serial killing on the side. When a number of toolboxes containing body parts are discovered in Sydney's harbor, the three uneasy allies must hunt down the madman responsible. Debut author Fox expertly connects alternating chapters that focus on Frank's present and the Archers' childhood with Hades Archer, the chief disposer for Australia's criminal underworld, while making it clear that the current murders may be related to the Archers' past. VERDICT The comparisons to Jeff Lindsay's "Dexter" series will be unavoidable, but this fast-paced first novel, with its unusual protagonists and dark, disturbing scenes stands on its own. Readers will anticipate eagerly the planned sequel. This was well received when released previously as an e-book and should prove equally popular with print readers. Craig L. Shufelt, Fort Erie P.L., Ont. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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