Candice Fox: Hades
Book 25 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Candice Fox: Hades—A detective is transferred into a conflict-filled homicide department chasing a serial killer.
The author has a new book, Redemption Point, which came recommended by a couple of authors, but I decided to try her first novel instead about a group of homicide detectives chasing a prolific serial killer.
The primary case the detectives are pursuing is really the secondary story. They discover a large cache of bodies, all of whom have apparently had organs harvested from them for transplant. That leads them to interview people who have been on the organ transplant wait lists and then removed themselves without explanation.
Secondarily, a story unfolds of a kidnap victim who finds herself trapped in a crate of steel bars. The only thing she can see is a metal surgical table waiting in the next room.
The real story is centered around the group of detectives. Part of it is told in first person from an officer new to the homicide squad whose partner recently committed suicide. He is partnered with a woman whose partner was recently murdered. She resents his intrusion into her life and clearly is hiding some dark secrets.
Her brother, who also is on the squad, is openly hostile to the newcomer (and, frankly, everyone else) and reveals our narrator’s dark history contained in his personnel file – a DWI on his way TO work, a domestic violence conviction, and a drug problem.
And the brother and sister’s backstory is revealed in a third-person story told from the point of view of our title character, Hades, who is as evil as his name indicates.
So the quick summary is dark, deeply flawed characters in a complex and twisting story with lots of violence.
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