Friday, January 2, 2015


Paul Cleave's CEMETERY LAKE was one of the books (along with Vanda Symon's THE RINGMASTER) that flicked the switch for me back in late 2008 when it came to appreciating contemporary New Zealand crime writing. In the six years since, Cleave's reputation has grown internationally and become less overlooked at home.

He's won the Ngaio Marsh Award, the St-Maur Crime Novel of the Year Award in France, and been a finalist for the Edgar and Barry Awards in the United States. His books have topped Amazon bestseller lists in three countries, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and received praise from critics and reader reviews alike.

And today, at last, his latest dark thriller, FIVE MINUTES ALONE, is released in New Zealand (it was first published in the United States in late 2014). Here's the blurb:

Theodore Tate returns in the latest thriller from bestselling international crime writer Paul Cleave. 
Back in the police force and with his wife Bridget out of hospital, Tate looks to be getting his life on track. Meanwhile, his former detective partner Carl Schroder is finding life a little more challenging. The bullet he took in the head six months ago hasn't killed him . . .  but it's left him with time on his hands.
When the body of a convicted rapist is found, obliterated by an oncoming train, and other criminals begin to disappear, it seems somebody might be helping their victims exact revenge. There's a common plea from victims' loved ones: when you find the man who did this, give me five minutes with him. And that's what someone is doing.
But then innocent people start to die, and Tate and Schroder find themselves caught up in a dangerous cat and mouse chase that only one of them can win.

I'm really looking forward to reading this (I'm currently in the UK, which has complicated things a little), as Tate has been my favourite Cleave character since first reading about him in CEMETERY LAKE, and Schroder has become incredibly interesting over the course of recent books such as THE LAUGHTERHOUSE and JOE VICTIM. As I can't give any review yet, you can get some others here:

  •  "Cleave offers a macabre, compelling demonstration of how Murphy’s Law dogs the efforts of ex-cop Carl Schroder to give victims of violent crime the five minutes alone they crave with the criminals who’ve ruined their lives." (starred review, Kirkus Reviews)
  • "The truth is beyond complex, and Cleave’s masterful plotting skills are matched with superior pacing and characterization." (starred review, Publisher's Weekly)
  • "Cleave weaves a clever tale of suspense as a killer helps rape victims get revenge against their attackers. The plot is tight, and moves between perspectives as Cleave builds his spider web and characters find themselves trapped." (Caffeinated Reviews)

Have you read FIVE MINUTES ALONE? What do you think of the idea of crime victims getting vigilante revenge on the perpetrators? Have you read any of Cleave's other dark thrillers? 

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