Paul Cleave
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Paul Cleave

Paul Cleave is currently dividing his time between his home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, where all of his novels are set, and Europe, where none of his novels are set. His eight novels have so far been translated into over a dozen languages and nearly 20 territories. He has won the Saint-Maur book festival's crime novel of the year in France, has been shortlisted for the Ned Kelly award, the Edgar Award, the Barry Award, and has won the Ngaio Marsh award for NZ crime fiction.

The New Zealand Listener said that Cleave writes with 'an energy that conventional crime novels lack', and he has been called 'the next Stephen King', 'a rising star of the genre' and 'a writer to watch'. Publishers Weekly have said 'a pulse-pounding serial killer thriller. 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... the book's real power lies in the complexity of its characters,', and

Cleave numbers among his fans top crime and thriller writers such as Mark Billingham, who wrote: 'Most people come back from New Zealand talking about the breathtaking scenery and the amazing experiences. I came back raving about Paul Cleave.' John Connolly called Blood Men 'dark, bloody, and gripping . . . classic noir fiction', and said that in Paul Cleave 'Jim Thompson has another worthy heir to his throne'. The Lab's John Heath calls Cleave's writing 'uncompromising, unpredictable, and enthralling', adding, 'Made me vomit -- seriously, it's that good.' Simon Kernick said 'Cleave writes the kind of dark, intense thrillers that I never like to finish. Do yourself a favour and check him out,' and S.J Watson said 'An intense adrenalin rush from start to finish. It'll have you up all night. Fantastic!'

His novels are - The Cleaner, The Killing Hour, Cemetery Lake, Blood Men, Collecting Cooper, The Laughterhouse, Joe Victim, Five Minutes Alone, and Trust No One.

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    • Cemetery Lake

    • By: Paul Cleave
    • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 34

    Cemetery Lake begins in a cold and rainy graveyard, where Private Detective Theodore Tate is overseeing an exhumation. But doubts are raised about the identity of the body....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Whoa! Unusual Story Gripping End To End

    • By Ted on 12-27-15

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Collecting Cooper

    • By: Paul Cleave
    • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
    • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Quirky & enjoyable book

    • By Janie O'brien on 02-28-16

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Joe Victim

    • By: Paul Cleave
    • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
    • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Joe Middleton doesn't remember killing anyone. He calls himself Joe Victim, but others know Joe as the infamous Christchurch Carver, and they want to see him dead....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Joe Victim. Great follow up yo tje Cleaner.

    • By Wayne Gorlick on 02-22-18

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Blood Men

    • By: Paul Cleave
    • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Twenty years ago a serial killer was caught, convicted, and locked away in New Zealand's most hellish penitentiary. That man was Edward's father....

    Regular price: $34.99

    • A Killer Harvest

    • A Thriller
    • By: Paul Cleave
    • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
    • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Joshua is convinced there is a family curse....

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Five Minutes Alone

    • By: Paul Cleave
    • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
    • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    There's a common plea detectives get from the loved ones of victims: When you find the person who did this, give me five minutes alone with them. And that's exactly what someone is doing....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fitting end (?) to the Christchurch series!

    • By Old Hippy on 05-13-16

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Trust No One

    • By: Paul Cleave
    • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
    • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 252
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 233

    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 edges of their seats for more than a decade....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • only ok

    • By Michelle P. Ransom on 02-10-16

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Cleaner

    • By: Paul Cleave
    • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
    • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 59

    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"....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Why no NZ accents?

    • By P. Terrington on 10-18-18

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Laughterhouse

    • By: Paul Cleave
    • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
    • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Theodore Tate never forgot his first crime scene - 10-year-old Jessica found dead in the Laughterhouse, an old abandoned slaughterhouse. The killer was found and arrested....

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Killing Hour

    • By: Paul Cleave
    • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Imagine waking up covered in blood - but it's not your blood. The morning paper reports that two young women were brutally murdered. You recognize their names....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • U.G.H.!!!! Caveat Emptor

    • By Ted on 01-08-16

    Regular price: $6.99

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