Candice Fox on disrupting the hero trope in Devil’s Kitchen

For years the firefighters of New York’s Engine 99 have rushed fearlessly into hot zones, saving countless lives and stopping devastating blazes in their tracks. They’ve also stolen millions from banks, jewellery stores and art galleries. With their inside knowledge and specialist equipment, they’ve become the most successful heist crew on the East Coast.

Their newest member, Andrea ‘Andy’ Nearland, is not what she seems either. She’s an undercover operative, hunting the men of Engine 99 for a host of crimes – including the murder of an off-duty cop and the disappearance of a mother and child. As the clock counts down to the gang’s most daring heist yet, loyalties begin to fray and mistrust boils over. Andy’s career is all smoke and mirrors, but infiltrating this crew of ‘heroes’ might prove to be her most dangerous job of all .

In this episode Gregory Dobbs chats to Candice Fox about the challenges of setting her latest crime thriller in the ultimate setting of New York’s legendary boroughs of crime, why the opening pages of a heist caper are so important, and why perfectly harmonious criminal gangs are boring.

Candice Fox authorAbout the author

Candice Fox is the author of nine solo novels, three of which have one Australia’s prestigious Ned Kelly Award. All of her novels have been shortlisted for the award. She has multiple tv and film adaptations currently in production, with the adaptation of her bestselling Crimson Lake hitting screens as Troppo starring Thomas Jane and Nicole Chamoun in 2022.

In 2015, Candice began collaborating with James Patterson. Every one of their seven novels together have been New York Times best sellers. Candice lives in Sydney with her family and is a volunteer rescuer of injured wildlife.

Find out more about Candice Fox here

Author: Candice Fox

Category: Thriller / suspense

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: BANTAM AUSTRALIA ORIGINAL

ISBN: 9781761049019

RRP: $34.99

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