The internationally best-selling author of Collecting Cooper and The Laughterhouse brings back one of his most infamous characters, the Christchurch Carver, in this gripping thriller. Joe Middleton, a.k.a the Christchurch Carver, is in jail awaiting trial for a slew of murders he says he didn't commit. His only way out is to convince the psychiatrists assessing him that he wasn't sound of mind and can't be blamed for what he did. 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 in prison with him. To get himself out of this mess, Joe has a desperate plan involving the disgraced ex-detective who put him away and a TV psychic who's looking to get rich. It's a long shot, but it had better work - because there's talk of bringing back the death penalty, and the Christchurch Carver is just the poster boy to make it happen.
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. From the author of the international best-selling thrillers The Cleaner, The Killing Hour, Cemetery Lake, Blood Men, Collecting Cooper and The Laughterhouse.
From the author of the international best-selling thrillers The Cleaner, The Killing Hour, Cemetery Lake, Blood Men and Collecting Cooper
A gripping new thriller from crime writing sensation Paul Cleave
Theodore Tate never forgot his first crime scene &- ten-year-old Jessica found dead in the 'Laughterhouse', an old abandoned slaughterhouse with the 'S' spray-painted over. The killer was found and arrested. Justice was served. Or was it?
Fifteen years later, there's a new killer on the loose and he has a list of people who were involved in Jessica's murder case, among them Doctor Stanton, a man with three young daughters.
If Tate is going to help them, he has to find the connection between the killer, the 'Laughterhouse' and a growing list of murder victims. And he needs to figure it out fast, because Stanton and his daughters have been kidnapped, and Stanton is being forced to make an impossible decision: which one of his daughters is to die first.
'Piano wire-taut plotting, Tate's heart-wrenching losses and forlorn hopes, and Cleave's unusually perceptive gaze into the maw of a killer's madness make this a standout chapter in his detective's rocky road to redemption.' Publishers Weekly