Acacia Pines, États-Unis. Une petite fille, Alyssa Stone, a mystérieusement disparu. Noah, un des flics de la ville, fait irruption chez le principal suspect. Fou de rage, il le séquestre et le torture jusqu'à ce que l'homme lui révèle le lieu où la victime est retenue captive. Noah file alors vers une vieille maison abandonnée, où il retrouve Alyssa enchaînée dans la cave, encore en vie.
Fin de l'histoire ? Non, début de l'histoire. Dévoiler davantage la suite des événements serait criminel. Sachez seulement que ceux-ci se passent douze ans plus tard. Le jour où Alyssa est à nouveau portée disparue. Et que le cauchemar recommence.
Inspecteur aux homicides de Christchurch, Mitchell Logan est sur la piste de l'assassin d'une jeune femme, qu'il soupçonne d'être un tueur en série. Au moment de l'appréhender, Logan se fait tuer. Conformément à ses dernières volontés, un don d'organes permet à son fils adoptif, Joshua, 16 ans, de retrouver la vue. L'opération se déroule parfaitement mais Joshua devient vite la proie de mystérieuses visions. Les yeux qu'on lui a greffés auraient-ils une mémoire ? S'il est maintenant capable de voir le monde qui l'entoure, c'est dans des ténèbres beaucoup plus dangereuses qu'il va pénétrer en essayant de percer les secrets de l'inspecteur Logan et de mener à bien une enquête aux rebondissements incessants.
Prenant pour toile de fond la mémoire cellulaire, Paul Cleave nous propose un nouveau puzzle diabolique, aux pièces plus intrigantes et effrayantes les unes que les autres.
Christchurch, Nouvelle-Zélande, Joe Middleton, contrôle les moindres aspects de son existence. Célibataire, aux petits soins pour sa mère, il travaille comme homme de ménage au département de police. Ce qui lui permet d'être au fait des enquêtes criminelles de la ville, en particulier celle relative au Boucher de Christchurch, un serial killer sanguinaire accusé du meurtre de 7 femmes. Même si les modes opératoires sont semblables, Joe sait qu'une de ces femmes n'a pas été tuée par le Boucher... il en est même certain, pour la simple raison qu'il est le Boucher. Contrarié, Joe décide de mener sa propre enquête afin de punir lui-même le plagiaire.
Jerry Grey, célèbre auteur de thrillers, ne sait plus très bien où il en est. À force d'inventer des meurtres plus ingénieux les uns que les autres, n'aurait-il pas fini par succomber à la tentation de passer à l'acte ? Dans la maison de santé où on le traite pour un Alzheimer précoce, Jerry se rend compte que la trame de son existence comporte quelques inquiétants trous noirs. Est-ce dans ses moments de lucidité ou dans ceux de démence qu'il est persuadé d'avoir commis des crimes ? Quand la police pressent que les intrigues de Jerry sont inspirées de faits réels, l'étau se resserre. Mais la vérité est tout autre, bien plus effroyable que ce que tous ont pu imaginer !Une mécanique parfaite pour égarer le lecteur. Le Parisien magazine.Traduit de l'anglais (Nouvelle-Zélande) par Fabrice Pointeau.
Tueur en série légendaire, Joe Middleton, surnommé le Boucher de Christchurch, s'est tiré une balle dans la tête. Par malheur, il s'est raté et a atterri à l'hôpital, escorté par une horde de policiers qui se demandent déjà s'ils n'auraient pas mieux fait de l'achever discrètement.
Un an plus tard, Joe est toujours derrière les barreaux d'un quartier de très haute sécurité. Son procès est imminent. Mais pour ceux qui ont eu affaire à lui, seule sa mort rapide est souhaitable.
On retrouve dans Un prisonnier modèle tout ce qui a fait la réussite d'Un employé modèle : des scènes violentes qui secouent, un humour férocement noir, une intrigue aux multiples rebondissements. Que les âmes sensibles s'abstiennent... et que les autres plongent avec délices dans ce thriller jubilatoire où notre serial killer préféré devient une cible à son tour . Du Cleave... pur sang !
Des gens disparaissent à Christchurch. Par exemple Cooper Riley, un professeur de psychologie criminelle. Ou encore Emma Green, l'une de ses étudiantes. Theodore Tate, qui vient de purger une peine de prison pour avoir renversé et blessé accidentellement Emma alors qu'il était ivre au volant, est engagé par le père de celle-ci pour la retrouver. Mû par un intense sentiment de culpabilité, Tate arpente les rues brûlantes de la ville pour retrouver Emma. Ses pas le mènent vers Grover Hills, l'ancien hôpital psychiatrique de Christchurch. Entre Melissa X, une tueuse en série, et un mystérieux individu, amateur de serial killers au point de les collectionner, Tate va affronter deux personnages pour le moins inquiétants.
« Avec ce quatrième volume, on saisit l'enjeu du terrifiant projet de Paul Cleave. Bien plus qu'une saga, c'est une entreprise inspirée par La Comédie humaine de Balzac. » Hélèna Villovitch, Elle.
Jack Hunter est un bon époux et un père idéal. Un homme bien qui n'a qu'une manie : il assassine les prostituées. Un jour, sous les yeux d'Edward, son fils de neuf ans, Jack, premier serial killer de l'histoire de Christchurch, est arrêté. Vingt ans plus tard, Edward est devenu à son tour un citoyen modèle. Comptable dans un cabinet d'avocats, il a tout fait pour oublier et faire oublier son passé. Mais quand sa femme est assassinée, c'est vers son père, toujours derrière les barreaux, qu'il se tourne. En quelques jours, la vie d'Edward va basculer dans l'horreur. Avec ce thriller glaçant et déroutant, l'auteur d'Un employé modèle impose un style tout à fait nouveau dans l'univers du polar.
Théodore Tate, un ancien policier, s'est reconverti en détective privé. Alors que la police est occupée à chasser le Boucher de Christchurch, le serial killer qui terrorise la ville, Tate est mandaté pour s'occuper d'une exhumation. La découverte de trois cadavres et l'inconnue dans le cercueil l'entraîne dans une spirale infernale.
What began as a routine exhumation of a suspected murder victim quickly turns complicated for private investigator Theodore Tate...
Theo Tate is barely coping with life since his world was turned upside down two years ago. As he stands in the cold and rainy cemetery, overseeing the exhumation, the lake opposite the graveyard begins to release its grip on the murky past.
When doubts are raised about the true identity of the body found in the coffin, the case takes an even more sinister turn. Tate knows he should walk away and let his former colleagues in the police deal with it, but against his better judgement he takes matters into his own hands.
With time running out and a violent killer on the loose, will Tate manage to stay one step ahead of the police? Or will the secrets he has buried so deeply be unearthed?
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.
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.
'Anyone who likes their crime fiction on the black and bloody side should move Paul Cleave straight to the top of their must-read list' Mark BillinghamThe brand new psychological thriller from the author of The Cleaner and Joe Victim. Perfect for fans of The Girl in the Ice and Ian Rankin.His novels tell of brutal murders and bad people. Was it just his imagination? Jerry Grey is better known as crime writer Henry Cutter - whose twelve books kept readers gripped for over a decade. Now he's been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's, and his writing life has ended. But the stories haven't. As his control loosens, Jerry confesses his worst secret: the books are real. He remembers committing the crimes.His friends, family and carers say it's all his head. He's just confused. If that's true, then why are so many bad things happening? Why are people dying?
NOMINATED FOR THE 2014 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL'Cleave uses words like lethal weapons' New York Times Book Review'A little Hannibal Lecter. A little Richard von Krafft-Ebing. A lot of gore' Kirkus Reviews
Sometimes reality can really get in the way of a good story.
Joe Middleton's story is this: He doesn't remember killing anyone, so there' s no way a jury can convict him of serial murder. He calls himself Joe Victim, trying, as he awaits trial, to convince the psychiatrists that he wasn't in control of his actions, trusting that the system will save him in the end.But others know Joe as the infamous Christchurch Carver and they want to see him dead. There's Melissa, Joe's accomplice in one of the murders, who plans on shooting him on his way to the courthouse before he gets a chance to start talking. Then there's Raphael, whose daughter was one of the Carver's victims. Though he's tried to move on with life as the leader of a counseling group for grieving family members, he'd like nothing more than to watch Joe pay. Finally there's Carl Schroder, the ex-detective who locked Joe up and is determined to put things right for the case of his career.To extract himself from this epic mess, Joe has come up with a desperate plan involving a television psychic who's looking to get rich by making people believe just about anything. It's a long shot, but it had better work before he becomes the poster boy for a death penalty that may be reinstated in New Zealand, which isn't quite the dramatic ending he is hoping for...
'A modern equivalent of James Ellroy's Los Angeles of the 1950s, a discordant symphony of violence and human weakness' Publishers Weekly
'Cleave uses words like lethal weapons' New York Times Book Review
Fast-paced, dark, and intensely clever, this exciting thriller represents a brilliant new chapter in the career of world-class crime writer 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 painted over. The killer was found and arrested. Justice was served. Or was it? Fifteen years later, a new killer arrives in Christchurch, and he has a list of people who were involved in Jessica's murder case, one of whom is the unfortunate Dr. Stanton, a man with three young girls. If Tate is going to help them, he has to find the connection between the killer, the Laughterhouse, and the city's suddenly growing murder rate. And he needs to figure it out fast, because Stanton and his daughters have been kidnapped, and the doctor is being forced to make an impossible decision: which one of his daughters is to die first.
'Relentlessly gripping, deliciously twisted, and shot through with a vein of humor that's as dark as hell' Mark BillinghamWINNER OF NEW ZEALAND'S PRESTIGIOUS NGAIO MARSH AWARD FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL OF 2011Edward Hunter has it all - a beautiful wife and daughter, a great job, a bright future... and a very dark past.Twenty years ago, a serial killer was caught, convicted, and locked away in the country's most hellish of penitentiaries. That man was Edward's father. Edward has struggled his entire life to put the nightmares of his childhood behind him. But a week before Christmas, violence once again makes an unwelcome appearance into his world. Suddenly he's going to need the help of his father, a man he hasn't seen since he was a boy. Is Edward destined to be just like him, to become a man of blood?A true master of the genre that only comes along once in a generation, Cleave unveils a brutally vivid picture of a killer's mind and of a city of fallen angels captured at the ends of the earth.
'Anyone who likes their crime fiction on the black and bloody side should move Paul Cleave straight to the top of their must-read list' Mark Billingham'Pulse-pounding' Publishers WeeklyImagine waking up covered in blood - but it's not your blood. There's a nasty bump on your head, and you can't remember a thing about last night. The morning paper reports that two young women were brutally murdered. You recognize their names. Pieces of the night before come back to you through the haze. And now you're the suspect in their grisly deaths. Welcome to Charlie's world. In this heart-pounding thriller, only the dead know what happened last night. On the run, Charlie suspects a man named Cyris, but no one believes that Cyris exists. Not the police and not Charlie's ex-wife Jo, though she wants to trust that the man she once loved is innocent. Soon, Charlie has Jo bound and gagged in the trunk of his car, fleeing across the countryside while the killing hour approaches yet again.
'A pulse-pounding serial killer thriller' Publishers Weekly From the international bestselling author of Blood Men comes yet another gripping thriller that paints a brutally vivid picture of a killer's mind.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. When ex-cop Theodore Tate is released from a four-month prison stint, he's asked by Green's father to help find Emma. After all, Tate was in jail for nearly killing her in a DUI accident the year before, so he owes him. Big time. What neither of them knows is that a former mental patient is holding people prisoner as part of his growing collection of serial killer souvenirs. Now he has acquired the ultimate collector's item - an actual killer.Meanwhile, clues keep pulling Tate back to Grover Hills, the mental institution that closed down three years ago. Very bad things happened there. Those who managed to survive would prefer to keep their memories buried. Tate has no choice but to unearth Grover Hills' dark past if there is any chance of finding Emma Green and Cooper Riley alive.For fans of Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island, Thomas Harris' Silence of the Lambs, and Jeff Lindsay's Dexter series, Collecting Cooper is another 'relentlessly gripping, deliciously twisted, and shot through with a vein of humor that's as dark as hell' (Mark Billingham) novel by this glimmering talent in the crime thriller genre.
'Cleave uses words like lethal weapons' New York Times Book Review'Anyone who likes their crime fiction on the black and bloody side should move Paul Cleave straight to the top of their must-read list' Mark Billingham'Breaking Bad reworked by the Coen Brothers.' Kirkus ReviewsCarl Schroder and Theodore Tate, labeled 'The Coma Cops' by the media, are finally getting their lives back into shape. Tate has returned to the police force and is grateful to be back at home with his wife, Bridget. For Schroder, things are neither good nor bad. The bullet lodged in his head from a shooting six months ago hasn't killed him, but - almost as deadly - it's switched off his emotions.When the body of a convicted rapist is found, obliterated by an oncoming train, Tate works the case, trying to determine if this is murder or suicide. The following night, two more rapists go missing. It's hard to investigate when everyone on the police force seems to be rooting for the killer.There's a common plea detectives get from the loved ones of victims: When you find the man who did this, give me five minutes alone with him. And that's exactly what someone is doing. Someone is helping these victims get their five minutes alone. But when innocent people start to die, Tate and Schroder find themselves with different objectives, and soon they're battling something they never would've expected - each other.
'Cleave uses words like lethal weapons' New York Times Book Review'Dark, bloody, and gripping ... classic noir fiction' John ConnollyAn international bestseller and one of the top-selling novels in New Zealand's history, Paul Cleave's dark thriller is a brilliant, bloody masterpiece.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." He isn't bothered by the daily news reports of the Christchurch Carver, who, they say, has murdered seven women. Joe knows, though, that the Carver killed only six. He knows that for a fact, and he's determined to find the copycat. He'll punish him for the one, then frame him for the other six. It's the perfect plan because he already knows he can outwit the police. All he needs now is to take care of all the women who keep getting in his way, including his odd, overprotective mother and Sally, the maintenance worker who sees him as a replacement for her dead brother. Then there's the mysterious Melissa, the only woman to have ever understood him, but whose fantasies of blackmail and torture don't have a place in Joe's investigation.
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From the internationally bestselling author of Blood Men and Collecting Cooper comes a riveting new thriller about one fathers revenge and anothers fight for survival. Theodore Tate never forgot his first crime scene--ten-year-old Jessica found dead in the Laughterhouse, an old abandoned slaughterhouse with the S painted over. The killer was found and arrested. Justice was served. Or was it? Fifteen years later, a new killer arrives in Christchurch, and he has a list of people who were involved in Jessicas murder case, one of whom is the unfortunate Dr. Stanton, a man with three young girls. If Tate is going to help them, he has to find the connection between the killer, the Laughterhouse, and the citys suddenly growing murder rate. And he needs to figure it out fast, because Stanton and his daughters have been kidnapped, and the doctor is being forced to make an impossible decision: which one of his daughters is to die first. In The Laughterhouse, the city of Christchurch becomes a modern equivalent of James Ellroys Los Angeles of the 1950s, a discordant symphony of violence and human weakness (Publishers Weekly). Fast-paced, dark, and intensely clever, this exciting thriller represents a brilliant new chapter in the career of a world-class crime writer.