A very original crime drama set in the suburbs of Sydney.
The story is spread over two time periods, with the earlier catching up too the later to combine in a frantic finale.
The earlier time period sees a young brother and sister delivered to Hades. The children’s parents have been killed in a botch burglary/kidnap attempt. Hades is an underworld fixer, a violent man who makes bodies disappear, whether he’s killed them or somebody else has and needs the body disposing of. So, when a man turns up with the kids and wants them killed and buried you would expect Hades to do just that. Wrong Hades kills the man, nurses the children, and then brings him up as his own.
In the present day, the police partner up two experienced cops whose partners have recently died. Frank Bennett lost his partner to suicide. Eden Archers partner was shot in the face when he and Eden were chasing a suspect.
Eden is a tough woman with a hard exterior, who works all hours. Frank is a bit more laid back but gets things done. In fact, he’s that good a cop he begins to wonder about his new partner and her off duty activities.
Franks life isn’t made any easier when Eden’s brother Eric, a department bully, takes a dislike to him.
The first crime the new partners are called to turns out to be a serial killer who is farming human organs.
As the begin to get embroiled in the investigation Frank starts to look deeper into Eden and Eric’s activities.
It is revealed early enough in the story that this is not a real spoiler, and it is a bit obvious even earlier, the two children that Hades adopts are the cop brother and sister Eden and Eric.
The fact that a brother and sister have been brought up by an underworld monster, in the full knowledge of who he is, what he does, and how he does it, leads to the creation of two very different cops.
Can Frank live with the people he begins to realise his new colleagues are, and can they catch the serial killer.
I hadn’t heard of Candice Fox before. She is another one of those overseas authors who, without sites like Amazon, I would never have heard of. Looking through her back catalogue there are some great sounding books, which are being uploaded onto my Kindle as I write this.
Treat yourself, you won’t be disappointed.
Publishers(UK): Cornerstone Digital
Available now on Amazon