Hades by Candice Fox
I love crime fiction but it’s been a while since I’ve read one that thrilled me like Hades did. Well written with a suck you in story and characters with depth Hades will keep you reading, and if I didn’t have to do things like go to work I would have finished this in one sitting.
Hades Archer is a man who makes things disappear – a junk-lord who they call Lord of the Underworld. When a problem, in the form of two small children, lands of his doorstep he changes his approach and his life forever.
Moving forward in time we meet Frank, a cop with a history settling into a new station, taking the desk of a deadman. He’s partnered with Eden Archer, a woman he can’t quite work out, and when they take on what seems to be an unlikely attempted murder case things get interesting. When Eric Archer joins the team the dynamic between the brother and sister triggers something in Franks mind that see him questioning his partners moves and wondering if there is more to the siblings than they show – there’s something lurking beneath the surface, part of their family history and past that has a sinister tinge, but Frank can’t quite put his finger on it.
Hades is an exciting read, a bit Dexter-ish, it moves at a great pace and revels the narrative twists and turns in a way that keep you playing detective as you read and has an outcome I didn’t see coming. It’s a great debut novel from Candice Fox (yes another Australian debut author) who actually lectures in writing at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney, while undertaking a PhD in literary censorship and terrorism.
I’m looking forward to reading what Fox comes up with next, for the rest of you you will have to look forward to the release of Hades in January 2014