From the award-winning author of Hades and Eden comes an ingenious and edgy suspense novel that will keep you guessing to the very last page . . .
'One of the best crime thrillers of the year' LEE CHILD
'A masterful novel' HARLAN COBEN
'A bright new star' JAMES PATTERSON
12.46: Thirteen-year-old Claire Bingley stands alone at a bus stop
12.47: Ted Conkaffey parks his car beside her
12.52: The girl is missing . . .
Six minutes – that’s all it took to ruin Detective Ted Conkaffey’s life. Accused but not convicted of Claire’s abduction, he escapes north, to the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake.
Amanda Pharrell knows what it’s like to be public enemy number one. Maybe it’s her murderous past that makes her so good as a private investigator, tracking lost souls in the wilderness. Her latest target, missing author Jake Scully, has a life more shrouded in secrets than her own – so she enlists help from the one person in town more hated than she is: Ted Conkaffey.
But the residents of Crimson Lake are watching the pair’s every move. And for Ted, a man already at breaking point, this town is offering no place to hide . . .
“In her willingness to go to the dark side and turn it upside-down, Fox is a daring Antipodean original.”
Sydney Morning Herald
“This is a tough, gripping thriller that shows why Fox is one of our best crime writers. Recommended.”
“It’s easy to see why Fox is becoming one of our most popular crime writers.”
“Fox masterfully pulls together all three threads – Ted’s alleged crime, Amanda’s past and the mystery of what happened to Jake – into a heart-pounding conclusion. Five stars.”
“The hottest property in Australian crime fiction.”
Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel
Shortlisted • 2017 • Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel
Shortlisted • 2018 • Adult Novel