Congratulations to Cleave, who is hugely popular in European markets, and has previously won crime writing awards in New Zealand and France. The Edgar Awards are like the Oscars of the crime writing community, and Cleave joins a select group of New Zealanders to ever be nominated for or presented with an Edgar.
JOE VICTIM is one of six nominees in the Best Paperback Original category:
- The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow Paperbacks)
- Almost Criminal by E. R. Brown (Dundurn)
- Joe Victim by Paul Cleave (Simon & Schuster – Atria Books)
- Joyland by Stephen King (Hard Case Crime)
- The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood (Penguin Group USA - Penguin Books)
- Brilliance by Marcus Sakey (Amazon Publishing – Thomas and Mercer)
JOE VICTIM by Paul Cleave (Penguin, 2013)
He’s baaaa-aaack. Joe, the charming and brutal serial killer who masqueraded as a slow-witted police janitor while terrorising Christchurch in Cleave’s raw but outstanding 2006 debut, THE CLEANER.
In the years since, Cleave has gathered awards and acclaim here and abroad for his gripping and gory thrillers, yet for Joe only one year has passed. Joe awaits trial on multiple murder charges, but sees himself as the victim. Stuck in prison, unable to continue his ‘work’, forced to liaise with lawyers and psychologists as he plots a defence that he wasn’t in control of his actions. And then there’s the movement calling for the reintroduction of the death penalty, with him as posterchild for the hangman, as well as former cops, victims’ family, and a sociopathic ex-girlfriend all coming for him.
Cleave writes vividly and violently, ratcheting up the tension as we wonder what will happen to Joe, and all those whose lives he touches. Ferocious and fun.