At Police headquarters, In steamy, tropical Darwin, a cop is brutally slain—right under the noses of his colleagues! The equally savage murder of select members of Darwin's legal fraternity follows, leaving investigating officers completely baffled.
Is there a serial killer at large?
Is there a connection between each of the victims other than their respective professions?
These are the questions Russell Foley, lead homicide investigator on the case, struggles with whilst facing his own personal demons brought about by a failed marriage and the disintegration of his relationship with his best friend.
Sam Rose, private investigator, former police detective and one time best friend of Russell Foley, is hired by a Supreme Court judge to covertly investigate the killings. Initially aided by crusty old journalist, Paddy O'Reily. O’Reily’s subsequent murder, the kidnapping of his new found love, and his ongoing conflict with his former partner, has Rose in a race against time to not only save his own life, but the life of the woman he loves.
The Australian Outback is a hot, remote, desolate place to die. Skeletal remains of several young women, clad only in their underwear, have been discovered in the bottom of a long abandoned well and Major Crime investigators Russell Foley and Sam Rose are assigned to the case.
Foley and Rose soon learn a number of young, female backpackers, traveling alone around Australia on the adventure of a lifetime, have been reported missing in the area. Are these the remains of those unfortunate young women? Is there a dangerous, psychotic, serial killer preying on vulnerable young women passing through the area?
As another young girl is reported missing, Foley and Rose find themselves in a race against time to find her before she becomes another victim at the bottom of the well. Where do you start to find a killer amid millions of acres of nothing, and stay alive yourself in the process?
It's hot, remote, desolate and dangerous; and about as deep into the infamous Australian outback as anyone would dare to venture. An eminent neurosurgeon, his loving wife and two adorable children, on the holiday of a lifetime, are shot dead, their shattered bodies left to the ravages of the desert sun and carrion-eating wildlife.
Detective Inspector Russell Foley, and his best friend and fellow Northern Territory cop, Detective Sergeant Sam Rose, are sent into the heart of the legendary Harold Lasseter, "Lost Reef of Gold" country to investigate the brutal murders.
Is it Gold Fever, or simply the twisted mind of a deranged killer protecting that which he believes is his?
One undercover Australian Federal Police officer, two professional Mexican assassins, two Australian hit-men on Harleys, one corrupt federal cop, and two Northern Territory Major Crime detectives. An eclectic mix of personalities with opposing agendas.
Jackson Traynor worked deep undercover as a senior, trusted member of the Australian arm of and illegal drug syndicate overseeing the distribution of tons of illegal drugs imported into the country from Mexico.
Now, Traynor has compiled enough evidence to send a lot of people to prison for a very long time. But, betraying Australia’s most infamous crime family while hiding your true identity as an Australian Federal Police officer was always going to have consequences.
When his wife and twelve-year-old daughter are savagely murdered, the authorities decide that Traynor should be placed in Witness Protection; in a safe house, somewhere where they will never find him: or will they?
Northern Territory Major Crime detectives Russell Foley and Sam Rose, sent from Alice Springs to escort Traynor to a second, more remote safe house, never anticipated that a perceived, cushy, “baby-sitting” job would see them facing a desperate battle to keep their witness safe and stay alive themselves in the process.
Chapman Bouttell, a South Australian homicide detective, is summoned to the scene of an apparently motiveless murder in a suburban Adelaide park and ultimately recognises the victim as a member of an off-the-books covert action unit to which Bouttell was assigned during the Vietnam War.
His investigation leads to the discovery of the murders of three of the four survivors of his unit's final mission before leaving Vietnam and, drawn violently into a conspiracy dating back to those chaotic days, Bouttell is soon fleeing agents of “The Coterie,” a rogue, joint CIA/ASIO intelligence organisation.
They’re young, they’re beautiful, and they’re deadly! Best friends, Amber, Ebony, and Anna are on a mission to leave a past littered with tragedy behind them. With a determination spurred by the promise of a future free of financial hardship, they travel to Alice Springs, in the heart of the Australian continent, to rob banks and kill their way to a better life. Their plan is bold, daring, and meticulously executed; what could go wrong?
The body count is rising fast, and Major Crime investigators Russell Foley and Sam Rose, assisted by Rose’s girlfriend, Sergeant Sarah Collins, are assigned to the case. Pursuing three desperate, determined women north; first on the famous Ghan passenger train packed with tourists and heading to Darwin, and then across rough, isolated, outback roads, was never going to be easy.
Foley and Rose find themselves in a frantic chase to catch the killers and save more lives, including their own, before more innocent people become victims of the Petticoat Gang.