When former detective Ted Conkaffey is wrongly accused of abducting a teenage girl, he hopes the Queensland town of Crimson Lake will be the perfect place to disappear.
But nowhere is safe from the girl’s devastated father. Dale Bingley has worked out a brutal revenge plan – and if Ted doesn’t help find his daughter’s real abductor, he’ll be the first casualty.
Meanwhile, in a nearby roadside hovel, the bodies of two young bartenders lie on the beer-sodden floor. As a homicide investigation unravels, Ted and his unlikely ally private detective Amanda Pharrell are brought in to assist on the case.
While Ted fights to clear his own name, their hunt for the killer will draw them into a violent dance with evil.
Redemption is certainly on the cards – but it may well cost them their lives…
I haven’t read the first book in this series, but there is enough information in this second book to position the characters and let the reader know what motivates them and what their demons are.
The setting is atmospheric and has intrinsic interest for a reader unfamiliar with the Australian outback. The characters are unique and vividly depicted. Both detectives are victims of injustice, and this draws them together. There are murders to solve, reputations and lives to reclaim and dramatic irony in this action-packed, detailed and suspenseful to the last moment story.
An enthralling crime thriller with an original plot.
I received a copy of this book from Random HouseUK – Cornerstone, Arrow via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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I am the author of 'The Dragon Legacy' series and 'The Dangerous Gift'.
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