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Paul Cleave

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Paul Cleave was born on December 10, 1974 in New Zealand. His first novel, The Cleaner, was published in 2006. His other novels include Cemetery Lake, Collecting Cooper, The Laughter House, Joe Victim, and Five Minutes Alone. He has won several awards including the Ngaio Marsh award for best crime visa mer novel in New Zealand for Blood Men and the Saint-Maur book festival's crime novel of the year in France. In 2015 he won the Ngaio Marsh Award with his title Five Minutes Alone. He also made the New Zealand Best Seller list with his title Trust No One. He was also named an Honorary Literary Fellows in the New Zealand Society of Authors' annual Waitangi Day Honours 2016. In 2016, he won his third Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel for his book, Trust No One. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

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Verk av Paul Cleave

The Cleaner (2006) 357 exemplar
Trust No One (2015) 296 exemplar
Cemetery Lake (2008) 190 exemplar
Blood Men (2010) 140 exemplar
Collecting Cooper (2011) 127 exemplar
The Killing Hour (2007) 108 exemplar
Joe Victim (2013) 107 exemplar
A Killer Harvest (2017) 93 exemplar
The Laughterhouse (2012) 90 exemplar
Five Minutes Alone (2014) 82 exemplar
The Quiet People (2021) 74 exemplar
Whatever It Takes (2019) 36 exemplar
The Pain Tourist (2022) 16 exemplar
His Favourite Graves (2023) 7 exemplar
Intuitions (2020) 4 exemplar

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Anyone researching the definition of a thriller will find reference to a fast-paced, plot-driven narrative with unexpected twists, complex, morally-compromised characters, lots of action and suspense, and an exploration of the dark side of human nature. Anyone looking for an excellent example of a thriller should read His Favourite Graves.

James Cohen, sheriff of Acacia Pines, a small American town, has a plethora of problems: his father, who suffers from dementia, has moved in after burning down a retirement home in which a resident died; his wife Cass has moved out; his son Nathan is bullying schoolmates; and he has major financial obligations which he cannot fulfill. When a teenager, Lucas Connor, is abducted, the sheriff sees a way to misdirect the manhunt for the kidnapper in such a way that he can claim the reward money being offered. His desperation has him engaging in illegal and immoral acts from which there is no return. Of course, things do not go as planned: a number of complications arise as does the number of victims.

Three perspectives are given: that of the sheriff (first-person), that of Lucas (third-person), and that of the kidnapper (third person). All sections are told in present tense, and for first-person narration this is sometimes awkward. Would a person really narrate the following as it’s happening: “he hits me with the shovel. I tumble down the rest of the stairs, the gun and the phone flying out of my grip even before I smash into the basement floor”?

The pace is certainly fast. Everything (and that’s a lot) happens in the span of only four days. Short, snappy chapters add to the feeling of breakneck speed. And the various jaw-dropping twists compel the reader to keep turning the pages.

I appreciated the complexity of the characters; no one is purely good or totally evil. The background of characters makes their actions credible, though sometimes they do seem somewhat over-the-top. Cohen is a wonderful example of a multi-faceted character; he’s a good man who is respected by his colleagues but he finds himself in desperate circumstances and so makes unwise decisions. He even knows that his choices are not good ones, but he’s under so much pressure that he feels he has few options. He acts in a moment of spontaneity and then cannot undo what he has done without major consequences. It is impossible to totally condemn him, just as it’s impossible to have no sympathy for the other flawed and damaged characters, perpetrators but victims too.

The book is dark as it touches on subjects like child abuse, extreme bullying, alcoholism, mental illness, and murder. The darkness even extends to the black humour; one character, when wrapping a body in polythene, muses, “They’ve had it lying around since the renovations were done, and he thinks environmentalists would be happy they’ve found a use for it, rather than seeing it end up in a landfill.”

Besides examining the effects of abuse and mental illness, the novel also explores father/son relationships. Nathan’s relationship with his father, Lucas’s relationship with his father, and the kidnapper’s relationship with his foster father all impact the sons and thereby influence their actions. The nature/nurture question comes into play, as does the question of what a father would do to protect his child.

I have no reservations about recommending this book to people who enjoy intense psychological thrillers. I would advise readers to read slowly and carefully because the author is a master at misdirection. Clues are everywhere and every tidbit of information is significant, but the tension is such that readers will feel compelled to read quickly to see what happens next.

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Schatje | Nov 16, 2023 |
This book follows immediately after "Joe Victim". The police are after a man who is giving survivors their five minutes alone with the perpetrator against themselves or a loved one. This is the last book in the series.

This book just didn't feel up to the standard of the others. It wasn't gruesome at all, which is prevalent in the other books. This book is the last in the series and as such brings up events from the previous books and puts to rest any loose ends. The killings were not that exciting. The killer is revealed early but it was easy to guess the identity almost from the get-go. I didn't feel any satisfaction as to what became of Tate and Schroder. Overall, the book was an easy read and had mention of many previous characters. The story was interesting as everything was pulled together by the story's end. A decent read but I wasn't satisfied with the series' wrap-up.… (mer)
ElizaJane | 7 andra recensioner | Oct 1, 2023 |
The next Tate and Schroeder book was a bit of a slow start but then picked up the pace and I was thoroughly pleased. It's been some years since I read the first books in this series, but this book reminds us frequently of past events and it didn't take me long to remember the characters. This time there is a spree killing happening one night and Tate and Schroeder find out it is related to their first murder case years ago. We know who the killer is and the chapters alternate between the killer and Theodore Tate. A very enjoyable police procedural where the main cops often go rogue. I will continue to read Paul Cleave's books.… (mer)
ElizaJane | 7 andra recensioner | Sep 17, 2023 |



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