Candice Fox is at the Top of her Game with Gathering Dark

Candice Fox is at the Top of her Game with Gathering Dark

From Australia’s most exciting and original crime writer comes another electrifying thriller, set in Los Angeles, introducing a new – and decidedly unconventional – team of ‘detectives’.

A convicted killer. A gifted thief. A vicious crime boss. A disillusioned cop.
Together they’re a missing girl’s only hope.

Dr Blair Harbour was once a wealthy, respected surgeon in Los Angeles, but is now an ex-con down on her luck. She’s determined to keep her nose clean to win back custody of her son. But when her former cellmate, Sneak Lawlor, begs for help to find her missing daughter, Blair is compelled to put her new-found freedom on the line. Joined by LA’s most feared underworld figure, Ada Maverick, the crew of criminals bring outlaw tactics to the search for Dayly.

Detective Jessica Sanchez has always had a difficult relationship with the LAPD. And her inheritance of a $7 million mansion as a reward for catching a killer has just made her police enemy number one. It’s been ten years since Jessica arrested Blair for the cold-blooded murder of her neighbour. So when Jessica opens the door to the disgraced doctor and her friends late one night she expects abuse, maybe even violence.

What comes instead is a plea for help.

Candice Fox really is the Queen of Australian crime. She’s written over a dozen bestsellers now, some under her own name and some in partnership with publishing superstar James Patterson. Each time she delivers a thrilling, compulsively addictive page-turner and here is no different.

Tight plot, polished writing, snappy dialogue and a great dose of dark humour already makes this excellent crime, but then Candice adds a cast of complex, interesting, extremely compelling female characters, and Gathering Dark immediately soars to the top of a genre normally inhabited by complicated men. Blair and Jessica, through who’s alternating voices the story is told, are particularly great, but Candice is a master of characterisation, so every single one of them is interesting.

Gathering Dark is set in LA and the setting literally drips from the page. And so it should. Candice spent 12-months living in the city she says is the ultimate crime novel location, for this purpose – to know what she writes. Listen to our podcast with Candice where she talks about her experiences living in Los Angeles. It’s one of our most entertaining podcasts ever, and an excellent example of how Candice is the ultimate storyteller both on and off the page. In Gathering Dark, her real-life research shows, with the city richly drawn and vivid, the perfect backdrop for this story.

Gathering Dark is a thrilling and highly entertaining read. Candice is an author at the top of her game. Don’t miss this.

 

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Gathering Dark by Candice Fox is a Thrilling and Highly Entertaining Read

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30 March 2020

Gathering Dark by Candice Fox is a Thrilling and Highly Entertaining Read

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      Publisher details

      Gathering Dark
      Author
      Candice Fox
      Publisher
      Penguin
      Genre
      Crime Fiction
      Released
      31 March, 2020
      ISBN
      9780143789178

      Synopsis

      A convicted killer. A gifted thief. A vicious crime boss. A disillusioned cop. Together they're a missing girl's only hope.Blair Harbour, once a wealthy, respected surgeon in Los Angeles, is now an ex-con down on her luck. She's determined to keep her nose clean to win back custody of her son.But when her former cellmate, Sneak Lawlor, begs for help to find her missing daughter, Blair is compelled to put her new-found freedom on the line. Joined by LA's most feared underworld figure, Ada Maverick, the crew of criminals bring outlaw tactics to the search for Dayly.Detective Jessica Sanchez has always had a difficult relationship with the LAPD. And her inheritance of a $7 million mansion as a reward for catching a killer has just made her police enemy number one.It's been ten years since Jessica arrested Blair for the cold-blooded murder of her neighbour. So when Jessica opens the door to the disgraced doctor and her friends early one morning she expects abuse, maybe even violence.What comes instead is a plea for help.
      Candice Fox
      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. All her subsequent novels – FallCrimson Lake, Redemption Point and Gone by Midnight – have been shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award.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 1 on the New York Times bestseller list in the US and also to the top of the charts in the UK. Their subsequent novels Fifty FiftyLiar Liar and Hush Hush have all been massive bestsellers across the world. Their most recent collaboration, The Inn, was released in August 2019.Bankstown born and bred, Candice lives in Sydney.

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