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  • Published: 22 January 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143789161
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

Gone by Midnight




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 is 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

  • Published: 22 January 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143789161
  • 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 Gone by Midnight

Gone by Midnight hits terminal velocity halfway through page one and never slackens.

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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Awards & recognition

Ned Kelly Awards

Shortlisted  •  2019  •  Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction

Sisters in Crime Davitt Award

Longlisted  •  2020  •  Adult crime

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Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox

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... Learn more: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/gone-by-midnight-9780143789154

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