Hades (Archer & Bennett #1)
"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
Candice Fox is the middle child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney's western suburbs composed of half-, adopted and pseudo siblings. The daughter of a parole officer and an enthusiastic foster-carer, Candice spent her childhood listening around corners to tales of violence, madness and evil as her father relayed his work stories to her mother and older brothers. As a cynical and trouble-making teenager, her crime and gothic fiction writing was an escape from the calamity of her home life. She was constantly in trouble for reading Anne Rice in church and scaring her friends with tales from Australia's wealth of true crime writers. Bankstown born and bred, she failed to conform to military life in a brief stint as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy at age eighteen. At twenty, she turned her hand to academia, and taught high school through two undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees. Candice lectures in writing at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney, while undertaking a PhD in literary censorship and terrorism. Hades is her first novel, and she is currently working on its sequel, Eden.