Kensington. Feb. 2015. 310p. ISBN 9781617734410. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781617734427. F
Frank Bennett is excited about his new homicide beat, mostly because he's partnered with the beautiful if inscrutable Eden Archer. Unfortunately for Frank, both Eden and her brother—and fellow officer—Eric combine their police work with a bit of serial killing on the side. When a number of toolboxes containing body parts are discovered in Sydney's harbor, the three uneasy allies must hunt down the madman responsible. Debut author Fox expertly connects alternating chapters that focus on Frank's present and the Archers' childhood with Hades Archer, the chief disposer for Australia's criminal underworld, while making it clear that the current murders may be related to the Archers' past.
VERDICT The comparisons to Jeff Lindsay's "Dexter" series will be unavoidable, but this fast-paced first novel, with its unusual protagonists and dark, disturbing scenes stands on its own. Readers will anticipate eagerly the planned sequel. This was well received when released previously as an e-book and should prove equally popular with print readers.
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