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Ex-cop Ted Conkaffey is slowly rebuilding his life in Crimson Lake, and getting to know his three-year-old daughter, Lillian. But when he and his PI partner Amanda take on the case of a boy who seems to have literally disappeared into thin air, his job once again threatens everything . . .

Crimson Lake is where bad people come to disappear – and where eight-year-old boys vanish into thin air . . .

On the fifth floor of the White Caps Hotel, four young friends are left alone while their parents dine downstairs. But when Sara Farrow checks on the children at midnight, her son is missing. The boys swear they stayed in their room, and CCTV confirms Richie has not left the building. Despite a thorough search, no trace of the child is found.

Distrustful of the police, Sara turns to Crimson Lake's unlikeliest private investigators: disgraced cop Ted Conkaffey and convicted killer Amanda Pharrell. This case just the sort of twisted puzzle that gets Amanda's blood pumping.

For Ted, the case couldn’t have come at a worse time. Two years ago a false accusation robbed him of his career, his reputation and most importantly his family. But now Lillian, the daughter he barely knows, is coming to stay in his ramshackle cottage by the lake.

Ted must dredge up the area's worst characters to find a missing boy. And the kind of danger he uncovers could well put his own child in deadly peril . . .
'Terrific crime-writing' Herald Sun
'The queen of the creepily compulsive thriller' WHO magazine
'One of our best crime writers' Canberra Weekly


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Australian Book Review

It's a rollercoaster ride full of twists and turns.

Courier Mail

This chilling new novel in Fox's critically acclaimed series will have you on the edge of your seat.

Family Circle

Candice Fox is something of a publisher's dream when it comes to knocking out perfectly paced, super addictive crime fiction.

Herald Sun

A fast-paced, well-plotted thriller.

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    January 22, 2019

    Bantam Australia

    400 pages

    RRP $37.00

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    January 22, 2019

    RHA eBooks Adult

    400 pages

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    January 22, 2019

    Random House AU Audio Adult

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