Crimson Lake

Crimson Lake

Large Print - 2018 | Center Point Large Print edition
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Six minutes in the wrong place at the wrong time--that's all it took to ruin Sydney detective Ted Conkaffey's life. Accused but not convicted of a brutal abduction,Ted is now a free man--and public enemy number one. Maintaining his innocence, he flees north to keep a low profile amidst the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake. There, Ted's lawyer introduces him to eccentric private investigator Amanda Pharrell, herself a convicted murderer. Not entirely convinced Amanda is a cold-blooded killer, Ted agrees to help with her investigation.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine :, Center Point Large Print,, 2018
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781683247739
Branch Call Number: LP FIC FOX
Characteristics: 495 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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SuJF Jan 10, 2021

Audio Book review
The ending saved this book that and Amanda. The lead character is so frequently an idiot I felt like I was in a horror movie shouting advice constantly.

Jul 14, 2020

Part hard-boiled PI story, part murder mystery, evocatively set in the humid, crocodile infested rainforest of Queensland, Australia. Cleverly written, engaging characters, good twists throughout.

Jul 12, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. It has three crimes running through the storyline which kept you going to find out what happened. It is a quick and fast read.

Jul 05, 2020

Many layers in this crime novel

May 13, 2020

Terrible book and I appreciate that's a harsh thing to say about someone's effort. First up we have a former seasoned narcotics cops unjustly charged with rape of a child. When charges get dropped he decides to leave town for somewhere no one knows him and ends up in the nastiest town imaginable filled with nasty people who immediately recognize him which is ridiculous, turns into a slob and is literally terrified of his own shadow and the teens who harass him. Former cop I think not! Then his lawyer suggests he meets a woman in town who's a PI so after protesting he does.

She's an extremely unpleasant foul mouthed young woman who served time for a murder she committed as a teen (obviously not guilty) and is seriously weird for no apparent reason. She also dresses up and acts like the town whore at the bar with men who hate her. Again adds nothing and makes no sense. Anyway the guy goes home from meeting her and orders furniture, food and a fridge for his crappy home he deliberately chose and loves and suddenly overnight he's cleaned up.

The book involves solving 3 crimes, his, her's and another one all equally boring as the other with a whole lot of moaning and feeling sorry for themselves along the way. It does not read like a good mystery but a boring soap opera. Everything is rehashed over and over and over meaning the book should be a quarter as long as it is. Finally a third of the way thru I had to give up and read the last few pages. Of course it ends up everything solved. If it's mystery you're after I'd not recommend this one.

Apr 30, 2020

Lots of action, a real page turner. Very quick read. No red herrings, easy to tell who the bad guys were and that the good guys won at the end. Excerpt from her next book at the end did not inspire me to want to read it.

Jun 25, 2019

What a book!! There is damaged. There is quirky. And then there is Amanda! Amanda is mysterious and not willing to reveal anything about herself. She's also a spitfire and more than a little wacky. Some of her comments were an absolute scream, like: "I’m dead fascinated with your case. I’m so fascinated, someone should pin me in their hair and wear me to the races.”
And then there is Ted. Ted Conkaffey is hiding. He’s tired, sad and angry. However, he has had no choice other to accept what fate has dealt him to date. Then the geese found him. Amanda baffled him. The case he was drawn into working on with Amanda interested him. I found the stories behind Ted’s innocence and Amanda’s guilt were the best part of this book. I found the themes of criminal injustice, negligence, withholding or tampering with evidence making me feel angry and sad, as well as a little scared. I can't wait to read Redemption Point!!!

Jan 11, 2019

Plot. Intricately woven with three separate murder investigations, all these characters have complicated pasts.

Oct 05, 2018

Can’t say I enjoyed this book. I didn’t engage with the characters and the solutions at the end were totally unbelievable

Jul 27, 2018

Enjoyed this thriller - not the run of the mill character that is true. However once you get into their stories and learn about how these two people got where they were you soon like them and want to find out more about them. Like why does Amanda not want to be touched - or won't get in the car -the answer is chilling. As far is Ted is concerned this is what can happen to someone who is wrongly accused - the crowd mentality takes over and even though he is innocent his life is hell.

I believe that this is a beginning of a crime series with these two characters and I will be looking forward to more of their investigations.

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