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  • Published: 30 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143781912
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

Crimson Lake

From the award-winning author of Hades and Eden comes an ingenious and edgy suspense novel. Set in the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Far North Queensland, Crimson Lake features a detective duo unlike any other . . .

'One of the best crime thrillers of the year' LEE CHILD

'A masterful novel' HARLAN COBEN

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 . . .

'A bright new star of crime fiction - Candice Fox's writing is inventive, thrilling and totally addictive' JAMES PATTERSON

  • Published: 30 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143781912
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the author

Candice Fox

Hades, Candice Fox’s first novel, won the Ned Kelly Award for best debut in 2014 from the Australian Crime Writers Association. The sequel, Eden, won the Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel in 2015, making Candice only the second author to win these accolades back to back. Her subsequent novels – Fall, Crimson Lake, Redemption Point,Gone by Midnight and Gathering Dark have all been shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award. Her most recent bestseller, The Chase, was released in April 2021.

In 2015 Candice began collaborating with James Patterson. Their first novel together, Never Never, set in the vast Australian outback, was a huge bestseller in Australia and went straight to number one on the New York Times bestseller list in the US, and also to the top of the charts in the UK. Their later novels – Fifty Fifty, Liar Liar, Hush Hush and The Inn – have all been massive bestsellers across the world.

Bankstown born and bred, Candice lives in Sydney.

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Praise for Crimson Lake

In her willingness to go to the dark side and turn it upside-down, Fox is a daring Antipodean original.

Sydney Morning Herald

The hottest property in Australian crime fiction.

Qantas Magazine

It’s easy to see why Fox is becoming one of our most popular crime writers.

Woman's Day

This is a tough, gripping thriller that shows why Fox is one of our best crime writers. Recommended.

Canberra Weekly

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.


Awards & recognition

Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel

Shortlisted  •  2017  •  Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel

Davitt Awards

Shortlisted  •  2018  •  Adult Novel

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