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Book Review: Hades by Candice Fox - Reviewed by CloggieA (03 Feb 2015)
Hades is the first novel by Australian author, Candice Fox. When homicide detective Frank Bennett, late thirties, twice divorced, with a liking for alcohol, is partnered with the stunning Eden Archer, he figures he’s struck lucky. Although he certainly doesn’t feel the same way about her brother, Eric. And the case they are called into is intriguing: a stash of bodies in tool boxes at the bottom of Watson’s Bay. It seems they have a serial killer on their hands, and autopsies reveal a gruesome detail. Clues are hard to find. But then the killer makes a mistake.
Hades Archer, owner of the Utillo tip and a sculptor of trash, is known as Lord of the Underworld for his talent at making inconvenient bodies disappear: an unlikely father to Eden and Eric. The history of their association is gradually revealed in a narrative that is interspersed with the gripping account of the hunt for the killer.
Fox gives the reader an original plot with some brilliant twists, a local setting that will appeal to Sydney readers and characters that are real and flawed: the behaviour of some (supposedly ordinary people) will leave the reader gasping, and demonstrates just how fine the line is between good and evil. Her extensive research into police and medical procedure is apparent in every chapter. This debut crime novel by Candice Fox is a real page-turner and readers will look forward to reading the sequel, Eden.
Candice Fox is the middle child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney s western suburbs composed of half-, adopted and pseudo siblings. The daughter of a parole officer and an enthusiastic foster-carer, Candice spent her childhood listening around corners to tales of violence, madness and evil as her father relayed his work stories to her mother and older brothers. As a cynical and trouble-making teenager, her crime and gothic fiction writing was an escape from the calamity of her home life. She was constantly in trouble for reading Anne Rice in church and scaring her friends with tales from Australia s wealth of true crime writers. Bankstown born and bred, she failed to conform to military life in a brief stint 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. Candice lectures in writing at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney, while undertaking a PhD in literary censorship and terrorism. Hades is her first novel, and she is currently working on its sequel, Eden.
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