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A heart-thumping, no-holds-barred murder-mystery that keeps you guessing until the very last page.

A heart-thumping, no-holds-barred murder-mystery that keeps you guessing until the very last page.

Some secrets won't stay buried . . .

A standard exhumation becomes anything but for private investigator Theodore Tate when bodies begin bubbling to the surface of the cemetery lake. Tate knows he has to let it go and let his former colleagues in the police deal with it. But when the coffin is opened and its occupant is not the old man supposed to be inside, he knows he cannot walk away. But he cannot let the police keep digging, because they are getting dangerously close to digging up the real truth: the truth about him.
With the evidence mounting against him, Tate must use his skills to stay ahead of the police and out of jail in order to find a killer. A killer on a mission - a person who will kill again and again - a person who will turn Tate into the very man he despises.

From the author of The Cleaner and The Killing Hour, this is Cleave's most terrifying and chilling thriller to date. It will keep you guessing to the very last page.


Cleave writes the kind of dark, intense thrillers that I never want to end. Do yourself a favour and check him out

Simon Kernick

Dark, bloody, and gripping . . . In Paul Cleave, Jim Thompson has another worthy heir to his throne.

John Connolly

Most people come back from New Zealand talking about the the breathtaking scenery and the amazing experiences. I came back raving about Paul Cleave. These are stories that you won’t forget in a while: relentlessly gripping, deliciously twisted and shot through with a vein of humour that’s as dark as hell. Cleave creates fictional monsters as chilling and as charming as any I’ve ever come across. 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

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The Lying Game
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To Kill A Mockingbird
A Stranger in the House
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The Girl Who Was Taken
Final Girls
The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay
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