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Updated: Dec 10, 2021

Crimson Lake

By Candice Fox

A woman who pleaded guilty to murdering her best friend grows to be the ally of a disgraced detective falsely accused of a brutal kidnapping. The unlikely team is a blend of eclectic hippie expression and savage bitterness, and they may just be the best chance of finding a father who has disappeared without any motive or reason. With a writing career that’s only ever been praised and a family desperate to find their patriarch, why aren’t the police able to close this case?

As Ted, the disgraced detective, and Amanda, the released murderer, search the swamps and digestive tracts of crocodiles in Queensland, the police wage a war of harassment against them. Solving this case won’t only bring answers or closure to a desperate family but redemption for two private detectives that the media loves to slander.

Candice Fox is the best modern writer in Australia if you give her extra credit for the volume of brilliant reads she’s produced in a short timeframe. Hit, after hit, after hit, and Crimson Lake is the first novel in a Candice Fox series (she’s got a few). It’s hard to compare her to experts like Peter Temple and veterans like Michael Robotham, but her blitz of titles (some shared with James Patterson) make her the top producer of 5-star Aussie novels. When I travel, I always grab a Fox novel, and I don’t bother reading the blurbs any more. I already know I’m going to love it, I don’t need any more convincing. I’ve got a bunch of Fox novels to recommend, but you’ll think I’m obsessed if I list them all here. So, just start with Crimson Lake this month, and I’ll rave about Eden later in the year.

See it on Goodreads here.

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