Redemption point

Candice Fox

Book - 2019

"When former police detective Ted Conkaffey was wrongly accused of abducting Claire Bingley, he hoped the Queensland rain forest town of Crimson Lake would be a good place to disappear. But nowhere is safe from Claire's devastated father. Dale Bingley has a brutal revenge plan all worked out -- and if Ted doesn't help find the real abductor, he'll be its first casualty. Meanwhile, in a dark roadside hovel called the Barking Frog Inn, the bodies of two young bartenders lie on ...the beer-sodden floor. It's Detective Inspector Pip Sweeney's first homicide investigation -- complicated by the arrival of private detective Amanda Pharrell to "assist" on the case. Amanda's conviction for murder a decade ago has left her with some odd behavioral traits, top-to-toe tats -- and a keen eye for killers. For Ted and Amanda, the hunt for the truth will draw them into a violent dance with evil. Redemption is certainly in the cards -- but it may well cost them their lives"--

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[Crimson Lake series] ; [2]
Detective and mystery fiction
Mystery fiction
New York, NY : Forge, a Tom Doherty Associates Book 2019.
First U.S. edition
Item Description
"A Forge Book."
Physical Description
398 pages ; 25 cm
Main Author
Candice Fox (author)
Review by Booklist Review

Ted Conkaffey believes he's still the most hated man in Australia. The former Sydney cop, now a PI, was unjustly accused of kidnapping, raping, and strangling 13-year-old Claire Bingley and served eight months in prison before being released (as described in Crimson Lake, 2018). Claire's grieving father, Dale, comes gunning for him. Conkaffey and his partner, Amanda Pharrell, have just been hired by the father of one of two young bartenders murdered at the Barking Frog Inn. In addition to working the case, Conkaffey fends off Bingley, appears on a Sydney TV program where the interviewer disarms him with false accusations, and tries to make the most of an emotional meeting with his now two-year-old daughter. Entries from the diary of Claire Bingley's actual attacker are interspersed, heightening the mystery of whether this pedophile will be identified and receive justice. Meanwhile, newly promoted Detective Inspector Philippa Pip Sweeney, heading the bartenders' murder case, feels out of her depth until she establishes rapport with the quirky Pharrell, a petite pixie of a woman adorned with tattoos, who's a convicted murderer with a sharp tongue and even sharper intuition. Fox, formerly one of James Patterson's coauthors, builds tension and suffuses it with humanity in this compelling sequel, featuring a pair of protagonists readers will take to their hearts.--Michele Leber Copyright 2010 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In Australian author Fox's gripping sequel to 2016's Crimson Lake, charges have been dropped against former New South Wales policeman Ted Conkaffey, who was accused of the rape and attempted murder of 13-year-old Claire Bingley, but that doesn't stop Claire's father, Dale, from attacking Ted in his cabin in Crimson Lake, Queensland, where he now occasionally works as a private detective. Dale, who has trouble believing that Ted isn't guilty, eventually asks for Ted's help in bringing the real culprit to justice. Excerpts from the diary of the pedophile responsible for the crime against Claire lend a creepy note. Meanwhile, two bartenders are murdered in Crimson Lake, and Michael Bell, the father of one of the victims, hires Ted and his investigative partner, Amanda Pharrell, to find the killer. Amanda, a convicted murderer who served eight years in prison, tries to uncover what happened to Michael's son, while Ted struggles with his own demons in an effort to prove his innocence. Fox, who coauthors the bestselling Harriet Blue series with James Patterson, keeps the tension high throughout. Agent: Lisa Gallagher, DeFiore & Co. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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