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(Archer & Bennett #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  3,448 ratings  ·  546 reviews
A dark, compelling and original thriller that will have you spellbound from its atmospheric opening pages to its shocking climax. Hades is the debut of a stunning new talent in crime fiction.

Hades Archer, the man they call the Lord of the Underworld, surrounds himself with the things others leave behind. Their trash becomes the twisted sculptures that line his junkyard. T
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 2nd 2014 by Random House Australia (first published January 1st 2014)
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Antiheroes dominate this gripping thriller, the first in the Archer and Bennet series by Candice Fox, set in Sydney, Australia. Hades, like the Greek god of mythology, is the Lord of the Underworld. He owns and runs a tip in Utulla, a fixer for the criminal underbelly of Sydney, with a fearsome reputation for solving problems permanently. At the House of Hades, he rules the dead, with a home 'full of guests'. One dark night a stranger visits, destined to never leave, bringing with him two young ...more
“Hades” is the debut novel by Australian author, Candice Fox. This is a dark psychological thriller, a crime thriller that is not for the faint hearted, dark, chilling and brutal. I thoroughly enjoyed it, the twists and turns were surprising and kept me guessing the whole way through.

Hades Archer is the man they call the Lord of the Underworld. He lives in a junkyard in Sydney. He will arrange to dispose of anything, including bodies… for a price. But when someone wants Hades to dispose of two
Outstanding debut novel from Candice Fox. As interesting as her writing was, she is equally so, with a military career at the early age of 18, that apparently wasn't for her. I think this author might have many stories up her sleeve!

Set locally, from Camden to the city, via Kurrajong and Maroubra, this was a non stop package. It was such an easy read, the pages flowed, the chapters blended into something quite unexpected, and in this given genre, a change is so refreshing.

Two youngsters left fo
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am giving this one 4 stars although it is really more like 3.5.
I agree with all the reviews I have read that it is certainly well written and that it is gripping and exciting and very readable. However it is also unrealistic and way over the top. Of course that does not necessarily matter in a work of fiction, but for me it does not work when that fiction is set in my own city. I just could not adjust to Sydney detectives making up their own minds about who should live and who should die. And
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: twisted
I am giving this read 3.5 out of 5 stars, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t like it – I did, but I did have issues with part of it. It is an Australian novel which introduces a new police partnership – Frank Bennett and Eden Archer. It is a police crime thriller that is a little bit different to anything that I have read lately – and the reasons for that will be become apparent as you read on. Eden and her brother Eric are both police officers who have had a rather unusual upbringing. Followin ...more
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hades Archer is called Lord of the Underworld. He lives in a junkyard in Sydney which contains twisted sculptures that he has made from scrap. Hades is the man you go to if you want to arrange to dispose of anything including bodies. One night someone comes to him who wants to dispose of two small bodies that are still alive. But even Hades being the man that he is can't bring himself to dispose of these bodies. What he does with them will change their lives as well as his own life forever.

Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Candice Fox marches onto the scene and makes an instant name for herself with an Australian police procedural with a significant twist. Frank Bennett is the new man on the Homicide Squad, a recent transfer with a list of less than stellar items from his past. When paired with the independent Eden Archer, Bennett cannot help but hope that he can melt her frigid exterior, while perhaps winning his way into her heart, or at least her knickers. With her elder brother, Eric, in the squad room alongsi ...more
Hades Archer had his home in the most unusual of places – the junkyard was where he spent his days, and his nights. He controlled his men with an iron fist, whilst finding a peace and calm in sculpting the trash into treasure. His night time deeds were of a different nature; many things were brought to him for disposal – the fees he charged kept him comfortable. But the night a stranger brought a small bundle covered in blood was the night his ordered existence changed forever.

Twenty years later
 Li'l Owl
From the beginning, it was frightening but I was instantly drawn in.
I had a feeling of unease, as if bad things are going to happen but unable to stop turning the pages.
Unable and unwilling to stop reading, the unease grows as the author drops hints of true evil and of terrible things to come. One unthinkable twist after another.

This was great!! I liken it to an amusement park ride, that scares the bejesus out you. Then, when it's over, you say Again! Again! Let's go again!!
I'm reading the nex
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)
3.5 - 3.75

I was very intrigued when I read the description for Hades. It’s a police procedural set in Australia that is based around three detectives. Two are a brother and sister - Eden and Eric Archer - who were raised by a murderer. Apparently, this rather unorthodox upbringing has installed in them some unique methods of performing their police duties. The third detective, Frank Bennett, is newly transferred to their station and he is partnered with Eden who has recently lost her partner. Ed
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: australiano
The Good:
This was a moody and somewhat violent cop drama set in my hometown of Sydney. The story was intense and told at high speed, interspersed with flashbacks reeking of tragedy and loss. It was really very dark.

The Bad:
Besides the thick heaping of melodrama, the characters didn’t ring true for me. I mean, sure this was a story about extreme people, but they just didn’t seem real. Maybe I just haven’t met enough killers?

'Friends' character the protagonist is most like:
Frank. What can one say
Jennifer Masterson
Hades should be called Dexter Australian Style! I'm sorry but it was like the author binged watched Dexter and incorporated it into her novel. Now was it bad? Hell no! It was awesome. Why didn't I give it 5 Stars? Because it lacked originality. The novel is darker and lacks the humor that Dexter had but there are still so many similarities. Do I recommend it? Yes and no. Do you have no idea who Dexter was but like crime/thriller novels? Definitely read it. Are you done with Dexter? Did it jump t ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, overdrive
Hades has fashioned a career for himself out of hiding dead bodies for other people, but there is a softer, protective side to him to. The dual sides of his life lead to some very unusual child rearing. That’s just part of this book. The other part is a police procedural involving the search for a serial killer. It’s not always clear whether the worst monsters are inside or outside the police station. This is the first book of this series that I have read by this Australian author, but I’ve read ...more
☼♄Jülie 

This is a very good debut thriller from Candice Fox.
With so many books of this genre on the market these days it is often difficult to find a stand out one because, although many are excellent in their own right, they all have variations on the same themes...and that is where Hades, the first book in this series, does stand out from others.
The story incorporates very imaginative surprise elements which give this introductory book a unique character of its own, helping it stand apart from others
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hades is the first novel by Australian author, Candice Fox. When homicide detective Frank Bennett, late thirties, twice divorced, with a liking for alcohol, is partnered with the stunning Eden Archer, he figures he’s struck lucky. Although he certainly doesn’t feel the same way about her brother, Eric. And the case they are called into is intriguing: a stash of bodies in tool boxes at the bottom of Watson’s Bay. It seems they have a serial killer on their hands, and autopsies reveal a gruesome d ...more
Linda Strong
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Another gem found among the pebbles! Candice Fox is a new author to me and one that I will definitely follow. In fact, I already have the next one in this series on my kindle and can hardly wait to get started on it.

Eden and Eric Archer , brother and sister, witnessed the murders of their parents. The men who killed them botched what was supposed to be a kidnapping for ransom. So there they are .... stuck with two kids who now have no relatives to pay ransom. The men decide to take the kids to H
Alex Cantone
Hades by Candice Fox won the 2014 Ned Kelly award for the best debut novel, but left me wondering why. Fast-paced, with over-the-top characters, the early pages were promising and the middle gripping, only to limp to a predictable end. So many loose ends and questions left unanswered. Did Jason go after Sandra and Reg Turbot? What happened to Travis? How could anyone as clearly psychotic at Eric Archer be recruited by the NSW Police? A “captain” out of tune with his section, would have been note ...more
Janet Newport
Creepy, creepy, creepy
Not your usual police procedural at all....
A very fast read for me. Great one is as they might first appear. A fairly straight forward plot but somewhat convoluted with the characters' hidden pasts.

Now onward to the rest of this series. Hard to believe this was Ms. Fox's debut.
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

There is more than just the city's refuse buried in Hades Archer junkyard and when a stranger appears at his door muttering about an accident, carrying two small bundles, he considers the land around his yard, trying to determine the best place to lay the tiny bodies to rest. Until he notices the clenched toes of a pearly white foot.
Twenty years later, Frank Bennett joins the homicide team at Bondi and is partnered with the enigmatic Eden Archer. Their first case, following up an druggie's outla
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: might-read
Thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for the ARC.

Hades is a book I'm in mixed minds about. It's the story of, well, many parts really. We have Hades, a well known underground figure that is able to fix things for anyone that needs anything fixing, usually crime related. We then have Eric and Eden, a brother and sister duo that were brought to Hades as young children after the violent murder of their parents. We also have Frank Bennett, a cop who has been assigned to work alongside Ed
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I don't know what to!

The thing is, I've really got a visual mind. I can see things enfolding in my 'minds eye' and some of the things written about were gruesome. I expect those who read horrors have read worse than this, I'm just someone who hides behind a sofa when watching the film JAWS and that music starts to go da da da.......ya know?

I'm not saying its terrible, its not. There are no actual really terrible graphic scenes where you have to close your eyes, its just ME! mention
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hades by Candice Fox is the beginning of a new crime thriller series (Archer and Bennett) which starts off with a bang. Hades is a man who is a ‘fixer’. This means that any problem a criminal may have with disposals or accidents, Hades can help solve that problem for a price. During one such accident, two small children are brought to Hades, something he abhors because to him, children are innocents and not to be killed. After all, even someone like Hades has standards. When the clients leave, H ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Hades is the first book I have read by Candice Fox, and I did like it, but I not sure if I understand what it is all about is it a fantasy or murder mystery. The readers of Hades would enjoy the roller coaster ride to find the person who is killing young women for their body parts and understanding why Eden and Eric are murdering people. Also, the readers will enjoy the way Candice Fox, entwine homicide detective Frank Bennett into the story which leaves the readers wondering will Eden and Frank ...more
Craig Sisterson
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, australia
This is a bit of a strange book to review. Recently released in paperback in the UK, Candice Fox's debut novel (published in Australia in 2014) kickstarted a meteoric rise for the Sydney author. She won back-to-back Ned Kelly Awards (Best First Fiction and Best Fiction) for this novel and its sequel, has teamed up with bestseller-factory James Patterson on a crime tale set in the Australian Outback, and has gathered plenty of high-powered blurbs from big names in crime writing. There's another P ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Wonderful. Candice has done it again. Written thriller fiction, reigned in terror writing, a plausible ( but out there) storyline. Great characters. Terrific.
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
Review to follow. Loved the book and Candice Fox's writing. ...more
Timbo  Jones
May 31, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Top 50 Books of 2015. "Best Standout International Crime Thriller Debut Series."

HADES, a spine-chilling debut, by award-winning Australian author, Candice Fox is a dark, twisted, violent, gruesome psychological, crime, cop procedural, suspense thriller all rolled into ONE "Bloody-Good" mystery. Like NO other - Good versus evil mostly, evil.

It all began one night, a kidnapping gone wrong, five ev
Rating 3.5 Stars

I had mixed feelings about this book. There were times during my reading where I was really into it, then there were times when I just didn't feel a strong desire to pick it back up. I must mention that I was simultaneously reading a 5 star book alongside this one and I have begun to find out that when I read two books at once I can't help but subconsciously compare the two and pick a favorite. I tended to enjoy the other book better so this took a backseat. I have a feeling if I
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Candice Fox is the middle child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney's western suburbs composed of half-, adopted and pseudo siblings. The daughter of a parole officer and an enthusiastic foster-carer, Candice spent her childhood listening around corners to tales of violence, madness and evil as her father relayed his work stories to her mother and older brothers.

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