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Blood Men

by Paul Cleave

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?Blood Men is "relentlessly gripping, deliciously twisted, and shot through with a vein of humor that's as dark as hell" (Mark Billingham). 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.

Cemetery Lake

by Paul Cleave

A chilling case of unsolved murders and mistaken identities unravels when a lake in a Christchurch cemetery releases its grip on the murky past in this exciting crime thriller from the internationally bestselling author of The Laughterhouse.Tragedy can change people. It can turn them into someone or something beyond comprehension. In the two years after losing his wife and child in a drunk driving accident, Christchurch private detective Theodore Tate has stood at the crossroad between the light and the abyss many times. One could say that alcohol made him a different man. One could say lust for revenge made him yet another. But there is only one Theodore Tate. Cemetery Lake begins in a cold and rainy graveyard, where Tate is overseeing an exhumation--a routine job for the weathered former cop. But when doubts are raised about the identity of the body found in the coffin, the case takes a sinister turn. Tate knows he should walk away and let his former colleagues on the police force deal with it, but his strong sense of justice intervenes. Complicating matters are a few loose ends from Tate's past. Even good guys have secrets, and Tate thought his were dead and buried for good. With time running out and a violent killer lurking, will he manage to stay one step ahead of the police, or will his own dark truth be unearthed? Originally published in Paul Cleave's native New Zealand in 2008, Cemetery Lake is the first novel to feature Theodore Tate, the "quintessential flawed hero" (Kirkus Reviews) from Collecting Cooper and The Laughterhouse. It is at once a thoroughly entertaining crime novel and an unforgettable drama about the universal battle against the darkness within us all.

The Cleaner

by Paul Cleave

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. Originally published in 2006 in Cleave's native New Zealand, where it was a finalist for the prestigious Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction, The Cleaner is a chilling and darkly funny thriller that will leave you clamoring for his next.

El coleccionista

by Paul Cleave

«En Paul Cleave tenemos otro digno heredero al trono de Jim Thompson.» John Connolly «¿No sabéis lo que significa "adictivo"? Leed a Paul Cleave y lo descubriréis.» The Sunday Telegraph «Bienvenido a mi colección.» Lleva tiempo atesorándolos. Souvenirs de asesinos en serie. Ahora ha logrado el sueño de cualquier coleccionista: la «pieza» definitiva. Empieza el juego. Cooper Riley está encerrado en una celda a oscuras cuando recobra el conocimiento. Al otro lado de la puerta metálica Adrian lo saluda: «Bienvenido, profesor. Bienvenido a mi colección».A Adrian siempre le han fascinado los asesinos en serie. Colecciona todo lo relacionado con ellos: historias, fotos, recuerdos? Y ahora Cooper, profesor de psicología criminal y asesor de la policía. La «pieza» definitiva. Es experto en su tema preferido. Él podrá enseñarle lo que aún no sabe: cómo matar. Y para eso le tiene una sorpresa preparada. O Cooper espera que la ayuda venga de fuera, o le sigue el juego a Adrian, siempre impredecible, para que le abra la puerta. El coleccionista, de Paul Cleave, es un thriller intenso, memorable e imprevisible, que nos devuelve a los mejores momentos de El dragón rojo y El silencio de los corderos de Thomas Harris. «Cleave ofrece en El coleccionista una serie de giros que pocos lectores preverán, aunque la auténtica fuerza de este libro recae en la complejidad de sus personajes.» Publishers Weekly «La mayoría de la gente que regresa de Nueva Zelanda habla de los maravillosos paisajes y de las increíbles experiencias que ha vivido. Yo volví deshaciéndome en elogios de Paul Cleave. Sus novelas son de las que no se olvidan.» Mark Billingham «Un tono y una atmósfera únicos. El autor revelación de esta temporada.» Le Parisien

Collecting Cooper

by Paul Cleave

From the international bestselling author of Blood Men comes a gripping new thriller that paints a brutally vivid picture of a killer's mind.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 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.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 new talent in the crime thriller genre.

Five Minutes Alone

by Paul Cleave

"Breaking Bad reworked by the Coen Brothers." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) In the latest thriller by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, someone is helping rape victims exact revenge on their attackers, prompting an edge-of-your-seat, cat-and-mouse chase between old friends, detectives Theodore Tate and Carl Schroder.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. "Ferocious storytelling that makes you think and feel," says The Listener (New Zealand). Smart, funny, and breathlessly suspenseful, Five Minutes Alone takes the definition of "crime thriller" to a whole new level.

Joe Victim

by Paul Cleave

The internationally bestselling author of The Laughterhouse brings back one of his most infamous characters, the dreaded Christchurch Carver--but in this darkly fascinating psycho-thriller...he's the target.Joe Middleton has a lot on his plate, to say the least. Arrested for a whole slew of murders he says he can't remember, Joe--a.k.a. the Christchurch Carver--has been in jail for the last year awaiting trial, charged with the task of convincing the psychiatrists interviewing him that he wasn't of sound mind and can't be blamed for what he did. And, incredibly, that's the least of his worries. That's because there's no shortage of people who like the idea of seeing Joe dead, some of whom are on the inside with him. On the outside, 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. To get himself out of this epic mess, Joe has a desperate plan involving the disgraced ex-detective who put Joe away and a television psychic who's looking to get rich. It's a long shot, but it had better work--because the people of New Zealand are voting to bring back the death penalty, and the Christchurch Carver is just the poster boy to make it happen. An award-winning author, New Zealand-based Paul Cleave is known for blending action, sardonic humor, ingenious plot twists, and dark wit into his novels, all of which are on full display in Joe Victim. This is a masterful example of the crime thriller genre, from an author who has won the admiration of critics, writers, and readers around the world.

The Killing Hour

by Paul Cleave

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. Originally published in 2007 in Cleave's native New Zealand, The Killing Hour represents the early, "pulse-pounding" (Publishers Weekly) work of a writer known the world over for a style that combines 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.

The Laughterhouse

by Paul Cleave

From the internationally bestselling author of Blood Men and Collecting Cooper comes a riveting new thriller about one father's revenge and another's fight for survival. 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. In The Laughterhouse, the city of Christchurch becomes "a modern equivalent of James Ellroy's Los Angeles of the 1950s, a discordant symphony of violence and human weakness" (Publishers Weekly). Fast-paced, dark, and intensely clever, this exciting thriller represents a brilliant new chapter in the career of a world-class crime writer.

The Paul Cleave Collection #1

by Paul Cleave

Critics and writers are raving about Paul Cleave's 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 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? Collecting Cooper, a Suspense Magazine Best Book of 2011: 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 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 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. "An intense adrenalin rush from start to finish." --S.J. Watson "A bloody noir thriller, one often descending into a violent abyss reminiscent of Thomas Harris, creator of Hannibal Lecter." --Kirkus Reviews "A wonderful book.... The final effect is that tingling in the neck hairs that tells us an artist is at work." ­--Booklist, starred review

Trust No One

by Paul Cleave

In the exciting new psychological thriller by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, a famous crime writer struggles to differentiate between his own reality and the frightening plot lines he's created for the page.Jerry Grey is known to most of the world by his crime writing pseudonym, Henry Cutter--a name that has been keeping readers at the edge of their seats for more than a decade. Recently diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at the age of forty-nine, Jerry's crime writing days are coming to an end. His twelve books tell stories of brutal murders committed by bad men, of a world out of balance, of victims finding the darkest forms of justice. As his dementia begins to break down the wall between his life and the lives of the characters he has created, Jerry confesses his worst secret: The stories are real. He knows this because he committed the crimes. Those close to him, including the nurses at the care home where he now lives, insist that it is all in his head, that his memory is being toyed with and manipulated by his unfortunate disease. But if that were true, then why are so many bad things happening? Why are people dying? Hailed by critics as a "masterful" (Publishers Weekly) writer who consistently offers "ferocious storytelling that makes you think and feel" (The Listener) and whose fiction evokes "Breaking Bad reworked by the Coen Brothers" (Kirkus Reviews), Paul Cleave takes us down a cleverly twisted path to determine the fine line between an author and his characters, between fact and fiction.

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