- Series: An Archer and Bennett Thriller (Book 1)
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (January 27, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781617734410
- ISBN-13: 978-1617734410
- ASIN: 1617734411
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 104 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hades (An Archer and Bennett Thriller) Paperback – January 27, 2015
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About the Author
Candice Fox is the middle child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney's western suburbs.
She served as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy at age eighteen. At twenty, she turned her hand to academia, and taught high school through two undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees. She teaches writing at the University of Notre Dame in Sydney. Candice's first novel, Hades, won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Novel, given by the Australian Crime Writers Association. Her second novel, Eden, won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction, making her one of only two authors to win the awards back-to-back. She was chosen by international bestselling author James Patterson to co-author the book Shot Black & Blue and the thriller Never Never.
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Hades Archer is the man they call the Lord of the Underworld. He lives in a junkyard in Sydney that contains twisted sculptures he has created from scrap. He will arrange to dispose of anything, including bodies - for a fee. Even Hades decides draw the line when someone wants him to dispose of two small bodies - who are still alive. Hades actions will affect many for years to come.
Twenty years later, homicide detective Frank Bennett meets his new partner, the dark and beautiful Eden Archer. Her brother, Eric, is also in the homicide squad and immediately makes it clear that he has real problems with anyone chosen to be Eden's partner. While they are experienced detectives, it is soon clear to Frank that there is something very unusual about Eden and Eric.
While investigating the attempted drowning of a drug addict the homicide squad don't believe his story about a cache of large toolboxes on the floor of the harbour until the divers bring up the boxes and the bodies they contain. Hilary Mantel wrote a classic book called "Bring up the Bodies". Candice Fox could have easily given the same title to this book.
Frank and Eden are now looking for an unusual serial killer who kills to keep others living. While the body count keeps climbing Frank is faced with two challenges, to find out the dark secrets that power Eden and Eric, and to protect a potential victim of the serial killer.
This book is not for the faint hearted (an example - Hades observed "An adult body needed a long tooth saw"). It paces you through an emotionally charged, violent and bloody environment from the very start to a stunning climax. It is dark, compelling and very original crime fiction written by an author with a bright future. I totally agree with the book description that Hades is the debut of a stunning new talent in crime fiction. It only seems to be listed for release in Australia and New Zealand and definitely deserves a wider audience.
Candice Fox tells us on her website that she has a multi-book contract and she is close to completing her next book "Eden". While I look forward to that book I hope that the publishers will give me time to recover from this one.
An advanced copy of this book was provided for an honest review.
Hades makes bodies disappear, but even he has a code by which he lives. That includes raising two traumatized children, rather than disposing of them. Det. Frank Bennett starts his new assignment being partnered with Eden Archer, whose previous partner was killed literally in front of her. Although she’s unusual, Frank feels he can work with her. Their first case is a bad one; toolboxes dumped in the harbor containing body parts. Their challenge is to stop a serial killer while protecting the one victim who escaped.
The book opens with an incredible setting description, but this is not a place one really wants to be. One also realized the protagonist is very different from the norm. One ends the chapter with a definite sense of “Wow!”.
The characters are fascinating. Each one is deeply flawed, yet they also make you stop and think. It is sadly brought home that racial discrimination exists everywhere. Frank has a less-than-reputable past with domestic abuse and a DUI. Eden and her brother are products of their past. Martine, the survivor, is excellent in her strength and vulnerability; her emotions as a survivor define how no one else can truly understand what one has been though. Hades, in an odd way, elicits the most empathy of them all.
“Hades” is very dark, yet it is extremely well written. It takes you places you don’t really want to go but can’t avoid. It leaves you uncertain as to whether you really want to read another in this series, yet knowing you probably will.
HADES (Thriller/Pol Proc-Det. Frank Bennett-Sydney, Aus-Contemp) – VG+
Fox, Candice – 1st in series
Kensington – January 2015
I am really happy I went back and read this book it really gave great insight into the characters and made the series stand out even more. Loved it.