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The Quiet People

The Quiet People

Author: Paul Cleave Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/11/2021

Suspicion is cast on two successful crime writers, when their seven-year-old son goes missing. Are they trying to show that they can commit the perfect crime? A mesmerisingly twisty, dark thriller from number-one bestselling author Paul Cleave... Cameron and Lisa Murdoch are successful New Zealand crime writers, happily married and topping bestseller lists worldwide. They have been on the promotional circuit for years, joking that no one knows how to get away with crime like they do. After all, they write about it for a living. So when their challenging seven-year-old son Zach disappears, the police and the public naturally wonder if they have finally decided to prove what they have been saying all this time... Are they trying to show how they can commit the perfect crime? Electrifying, taut and immaculately plotted, The Quiet People is a chilling, tantalisingly twisted thriller that will keep you gripped and guessing to the last explosive page. 

Other books by Paul Cleave

A Killer Harvest

A Killer Harvest

Author: Paul Cleave Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/03/2019

Joshua is convinced there's a family curse. It's taken his loved ones, robbed him of his eyesight, and now his father has been killed chasing down a murderer. His dad's last wish seems like a blessing: the chance for Joshua to see. But as Joshua navigates the world of sight, he realises he is seeing things through his father's eyes. Dark things; things he never knew. His father was living a secret life. And there are consequences coming for Joshua - along with a killer drawing closer and closer... PRAISE FOR PAUL CLEAVE 'Paul Cleave writes the kind of dark, intense thrillers that I never want to end. Do yourself a favour and check him out.' Simon Kernick 'Anyone who likes their crime fiction on the black and bloody side should move Paul Cleave straight to the top of their must-read list.' Mark Billingham 'Riveting and all too realistic. Cleave is a writer to watch.' Tess Gerritsen

The Laughterhouse

The Laughterhouse

Author: Paul Cleave Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/05/2018

'A modern equivalent of James Ellroy's Los Angeles of the 1950s, a discordant symphony of violence and human weakness' Publishers Weekly 'Cleave uses words like lethal weapons' New York Times Book Review Fast-paced, dark, and intensely clever, this exciting thriller represents a brilliant new chapter in the career of world-class crime writer Paul Cleave. Theodore Tate never forgot his first crime scene - ten-year-old Jessica found dead in the Laughterhouse, an old abandoned slaughterhouse with the S painted over. The killer was found and arrested. Justice was served. Or was it? Fifteen years later, a new killer arrives in Christchurch, and he has a list of people who were involved in Jessica's murder case, one of whom is the unfortunate Dr. Stanton, a man with three young girls. If Tate is going to help them, he has to find the connection between the killer, the Laughterhouse, and the city's suddenly growing murder rate. And he needs to figure it out fast, because Stanton and his daughters have been kidnapped, and the doctor is being forced to make an impossible decision: which one of his daughters is to die first.

Collecting Cooper

Collecting Cooper

Author: Paul Cleave Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/05/2018

From the international bestselling author comes yet another gripping novel that paints a brutally vivid picture of a killer's mind. An edge-of-your-seat thriller, for fans of Lee Child and Peter May. 'A pulse-pounding serial killer thriller' Publishers Weekly 'Cleave uses words like lethal weapons' New York Times Book Review People are disappearing in Christchurch. Cooper Riley, a psychology professor, doesn't make it to work one day. Emma Green, one of his students, doesn't make it home. When ex-cop Theodore Tate is released from a four-month prison stint, he's asked by Green's father to help find Emma. After all, Tate was in jail for nearly killing her in a DUI accident the year before, so he owes him. Big time. What neither of them knows is that a former mental patient is holding people prisoner as part of his growing collection of serial killer souvenirs. Now he has acquired the ultimate collector's item - an actual killer. Meanwhile, clues keep pulling Tate back to Grover Hills, the mental institution that closed down three years ago. Very bad things happened there. Those who managed to survive would prefer to keep their memories buried. Tate has no choice but to unearth Grover Hills' dark past if there is any chance of finding Emma Green and Cooper Riley alive. For fans of Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island, Thomas Harris' Silence of the Lambs, and Jeff Lindsay's Dexter series, Collecting Cooper is another 'relentlessly gripping, deliciously twisted, and shot through with a vein of humor that's as dark as hell' (Mark Billingham) novel by this glimmering talent in the crime thriller genre.

The Killing Hour

The Killing Hour

Author: Paul Cleave Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/05/2018

'Anyone who likes their crime fiction on the black and bloody side should move Paul Cleave straight to the top of their must-read list' Mark Billingham 'Pulse-pounding' Publishers Weekly 'Cleave uses words like lethal weapons' New York Times Book Review Cleave keeps us guessing until the last page of this fantastic psychological thriller. Imagine waking up covered in blood - but it's not your blood. There's a nasty bump on your head, and you can't remember a thing about last night. The morning paper reports that two young women were brutally murdered. You recognize their names. Pieces of the night before come back to you through the haze. And now you're the suspect in their grisly deaths. Welcome to Charlie's world. In this heart-pounding thriller, only the dead know what happened last night. On the run, Charlie suspects a man named Cyris, but no one believes that Cyris exists. Not the police and not Charlie's ex-wife Jo, though she wants to trust that the man she once loved is innocent. Soon, Charlie has Jo bound and gagged in the trunk of his car, fleeing across the countryside while the killing hour approaches yet again.

Five Minutes Alone

Five Minutes Alone

Author: Paul Cleave Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/05/2018

'Cleave uses words like lethal weapons' New York Times Book Review 'Anyone who likes their crime fiction on the black and bloody side should move Paul Cleave straight to the top of their must-read list' Mark Billingham 'Breaking Bad reworked by the Coen Brothers.' Kirkus Reviews Carl Schroder and Theodore Tate, labeled 'The Coma Cops' by the media, are finally getting their lives back into shape. Tate has returned to the police force and is grateful to be back at home with his wife, Bridget. For Schroder, things are neither good nor bad. The bullet lodged in his head from a shooting six months ago hasn't killed him, but - almost as deadly - it's switched off his emotions. When the body of a convicted rapist is found, obliterated by an oncoming train, Tate works the case, trying to determine if this is murder or suicide. The following night, two more rapists go missing. It's hard to investigate when everyone on the police force seems to be rooting for the killer. There's a common plea detectives get from the loved ones of victims: When you find the man who did this, give me five minutes alone with him. And that's exactly what someone is doing. Someone is helping these victims get their five minutes alone. But when innocent people start to die, Tate and Schroder find themselves with different objectives, and soon they're battling something they never would've expected - each other.

The Cleaner

The Cleaner

Author: Paul Cleave Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/05/2018

'Cleave uses words like lethal weapons' New York Times Book Review 'Dark, bloody, and gripping ... classic noir fiction' John Connolly An international bestseller and one of the top-selling novels in New Zealand's history, Paul Cleave's dark thriller is a brilliant, bloody masterpiece. Joe is in control of everything in his simple life - both his day job as a janitor for the police department and his night work. He isn't bothered by the daily news reports of the Christchurch Carver, who, they say, has murdered seven women. Joe knows, though, that the Carver killed only six. He knows that for a fact, and he's determined to find the copycat. He'll punish him for the one, then frame him for the other six. It's the perfect plan because he already knows he can outwit the police. All he needs now is to take care of all the women who keep getting in his way, including his odd, overprotective mother and Sally, the maintenance worker who sees him as a replacement for her dead brother. Then there's the mysterious Melissa, the only woman to have ever understood him, but whose fantasies of blackmail and torture don't have a place in Joe's investigation.

Joe Victim

Joe Victim

Author: Paul Cleave Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/05/2018

NOMINATED FOR THE 2014 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL 'Cleave uses words like lethal weapons' New York Times Book Review 'A little Hannibal Lecter. A little Richard von Krafft-Ebing. A lot of gore' Kirkus Reviews Sometimes reality can really get in the way of a good story. Joe Middleton's story is this: He doesn't remember killing anyone, so there' s no way a jury can convict him of serial murder. He calls himself Joe Victim, trying, as he awaits trial, to convince the psychiatrists that he wasn't in control of his actions, trusting that the system will save him in the end. But others know Joe as the infamous Christchurch Carver and they want to see him dead. There's Melissa, Joe's accomplice in one of the murders, who plans on shooting him on his way to the courthouse before he gets a chance to start talking. Then there's Raphael, whose daughter was one of the Carver's victims. Though he's tried to move on with life as the leader of a counseling group for grieving family members, he'd like nothing more than to watch Joe pay. Finally there's Carl Schroder, the ex-detective who locked Joe up and is determined to put things right for the case of his career. To extract himself from this epic mess, Joe has come up with a desperate plan involving a television psychic who's looking to get rich by making people believe just about anything. It's a long shot, but it had better work before he becomes the poster boy for a death penalty that may be reinstated in New Zealand, which isn't quite the dramatic ending he is hoping for...

Blood Men

Blood Men

Author: Paul Cleave Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/05/2018

WINNER OF NEW ZEALAND'S PRESTIGIOUS NGAIO MARSH AWARD FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL OF 2011 'Riveting and all too realistic. Cleave is a writer to watch' Tess Gerritsen 'Cleave uses words like lethal weapons' New York Times Book Review Edward Hunter has it all - a beautiful wife and daughter, a great job, a bright future... and a very dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer was caught, convicted, and locked away in the country's most hellish of penitentiaries. That man was Edward's father. Edward has struggled his entire life to put the nightmares of his childhood behind him. But a week before Christmas, violence once again makes an unwelcome appearance into his world. Suddenly he's going to need the help of his father, a man he hasn't seen since he was a boy. Is Edward destined to be just like him, to become a man of blood? A true master of the genre that only comes along once in a generation, Cleave unveils a brutally vivid picture of a killer's mind and of a city of fallen angels captured at the ends of the earth.

Trust No One

Trust No One

Author: Paul Cleave Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/07/2017

The brand new psychological thriller from the author of The Cleaner and Joe Victim. Perfect for fans of Dexter and Karin Slaughter. 'Cleave uses words like lethal weapons' New York Times 'Cleave is very good indeed' John Connolly 'Anyone who likes their crime fiction on the black and bloody side should move Paul Cleave straight to the top of their must-read list' Mark Billingham *** He's confessed to every murder. So why does no one believe him? Crime writer Jerry Grey's grisly books kept readers gripped for over a decade - full of brutal murders and horrific crimes. Now, diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's, his writing career has been cut short. But Jerry is not ready to give up yet. He confesses that the books are real and he remembers committing the crimes, but everyone says it's all in his head. But if this is just another one of Jerry's stories... why are people still dying?

Paul Cleave Collection #2

Paul Cleave Collection #2

Author: Paul Cleave Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/09/2013

Critics and writers are raving about Paul Cleaves outstanding, internationally bestselling crime thrillers. Now experience three of them in this second ebook-only collection.The Cleaner: Joe isnt bothered by the daily news reports of the Christchurch Carver, who, they say, has murdered seven women. Joe knows for a fact that the Carver only killed six, and hes determined to find the copycat killer. Hell punish him for the one, then frame him for the other six. It's the perfect plan because he already knows he can outwit the police. A finalist for the prestigious Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction in Cleaves native New Zealand, The Cleaner is a chilling and darkly funny thriller that will leave you clamoring for his next. The Killing Hour: Imagine waking up covered in bloodbut its not your blood. You cant remember a thing about the night before. The morning paper reports that two young women were brutally murdered. You recognize their names. Pieces of the night before come back to you through the haze. And now youre the suspect in their grisly deaths. Welcome to Charlies world. In this heart-pounding thriller, only the dead know what happened last night. Combining gruesome thrills with clever twists and a heavy dose of devilish humor, Cleave keeps us guessing until the last page of this fantastic psychological thriller. Cemetery Lake: In a cold and rainy graveyard, private detective Theodore Tate is overseeing a routine exhumation. When doubts are raised about the identity of the body found in the coffin, the case takes a sinister turn, and dark, personal secrets that Tate thought were buried for good threaten to come to the surface. The first novel to feature Theodore Tate, the quintessential flawed hero (Kirkus Reviews), Cemetery Lake is at once a totally entertaining crime novel and an unforgettable drama about the universal battle against the darkness within.

Paul Cleave Collection #1

Paul Cleave Collection #1

Author: Paul Cleave Format: Ebook Release Date: 18/12/2012

Critics and writers are raving about Paul Cleaves outstanding, internationally bestselling crime thrillers. Now experience three of them in this ebook-only collection. Blood Men, winner of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel of 2011: Edward Hunter has it alla beautiful wife and daughter, a great job, a bright future and a very dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer was caught, convicted, and locked away in the countrys most hellish of penitentiaries. That man was Edwards father. Edward has struggled his entire life to put the nightmares of his childhood behind him. But a week before Christmas, violence once again makes an unwelcome appearance into his world. Suddenly hes going to need the help of his father, a man he hasnt seen since he was a boy. Is Edward destined to be just like him, to become a man of blood? Collecting Cooper, a Suspense Magazine Best Book of 2011: People are disappearing in Christchurch. Cooper Riley, a psychology professor, doesnt make it to work one day. Emma Green, one of his students, doesnt make it home. When ex-cop Theodore Tate is released from a four-month prison stint, hes asked by Greens father to help find Emma. After all, Tate was in jail for nearly killing her in a DUI accident the year before, so he owes him. Big time. What neither of them knows is that a former mental patient is holding people prisoner as part of his growing collection of serial killer souvenirs. Now he has acquired the ultimate collectors iteman actual killer. Meanwhile, clues keep pulling Tate back to Grover Hills, the mental institution that closed down three years ago. Very bad things happened there. Those who managed to survive would prefer keeping their memories buried. Tate has no choice but to unearth Grover Hills dark past if there is any chance of finding Emma Green and Cooper Riley alive. The Laughterhouse: Theodore Tate never forgot his first crime sceneten-year-old Jessica found dead in "e;the Laughterhouse,"e; an old abandoned slaughterhouse with the S painted over. The killer was found and arrested. Justice was served. Or was it? Fifteen years later, a new killer arrives in Christchurch, and he has a list of people who were involved in Jessicas murder case, one of whom is the unfortunate Dr. Stanton, a man with three young girls. If Tate is going to help them, he has to find the connection between the killer, the Laughterhouse, and the citys suddenly growing murder rate. And he needs to figure it out fast, because Stanton and his daughters have been kidnapped, and the doctor is being forced to make an impossible decision: which one of his daughters is to die first. "e;An intense adrenalin rush from start to finish."e; S.J. Watson "e;A bloody noir thriller, one often descending into a violent abyss reminiscent of Thomas Harris, creator of Hannibal Lecter."e; Kirkus Reviews "e;A wonderful book.... The final effect is that tingling in the neck hairs that tells us an artist is at work."e; Booklist, starred review

Cleaner

Cleaner

Author: Paul Cleave Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/05/2012

Meet Joe. He's a nice guy out to catch a copycat killer. The one copying himself.Surprising and compelling this powerfully written novel is a terrifyingly vivid rendering inside the mind of a serial killer. Joe is in control of everything in his simple life, including both his day job at the police department and his 'night work'. He remembers to feed his fish twice a day and visit his mother at least once a week, although he occasionally peppers her coffee with rat poison. He is not bothered by the reports of The Christchurch Carver, who, they say, murdered seven women. Joe knows the carver has only killed six women. He knows that for a fact. And Joe is going to find that copy-cat killer, punish him for the one and then frame him for the other six. It's a perfect plan because he already knows he can outwit the police. All he has to do now is take care of all the women who keep getting in his way - his domineering mother for one. Then there is Sally, the maintenance worker who sees him as a replacement for her dead brother, and the mysterious Melissa, the only woman to have ever understood him, but whose fantasies of blackmail and torture no longer have any place in Joe's investigation.

Killing Hour

Killing Hour

Author: Paul Cleave Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/05/2012

'They come to remind me of the night, to remind me of what I have done,' only Charlie doesn't know what he has done.His shorts are covered in blood, there's a bump on his forehead and on the news it says the two young women he was with the night before were brutally murdered. Charlie knows Cyris is the murderer - except the police don't believe Cyris exists. Nor does Jo, Charlie's ex-wife, to whom he goes for help. He desperately wants her to believe in him, and when she doesn't, he knows he must force her. As Charlie goes on the run with Jo bound and gagged in the car boot, he tries to figure out whether Cyris is real or imagined, while the killing hour approaches yet again . . . As gripping as his first powerful novel, this fantastic story keeps you guessing until the last page.

Cemetery Lake

Cemetery Lake

Author: Paul Cleave Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/05/2012

Some secrets won't stay buried...A standard exhumation becomes anything but for private investigator Theodore Tate, when bodies begin bubbling to the surface of the cemetery lake. Tate knows he has to let it go and let his former colleagues in the police deal with it. But when the coffin is opened and its occupant is not the old man supposed to be inside, he knows he cannot walk away. He can't let the police keep digging either, because they are getting dangerously close to digging up the real truth: the truth about him. With the evidence mounting against him, Tate must stay ahead of the police and out of jail in order to find a killer. A killer who could turn Tate into the very man he despises.

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