> Skip to content
About the book
  • Published: 31 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143771357
  • Imprint: Bantam NZ
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $26.00

The Cleaner




Surprising and compelling, this powerfully written novel is a terrifyingly vivid rendering of the mind of a serial killer.

Surprising and compelling, this powerfully written novel is a terrifyingly vivid rendering of the mind of a serial killer.

Meet Joe. He’s a nice guy out to catch a copycat killer. The one copying himself. Joe is in control of everything in his simple life, including both his day job at the police department and his 'night work'. He remembers to feed his fish twice a day and visit his mother at least once a week, although he occasionally peppers her coffee with rat poison. He is not bothered by the reports of The Christchurch Carver, who - they say - murdered seven women. Joe knows the carver has killed only six. He knows that for a fact. And Joe is going to find that copycat killer, punish him for the one murder and then frame him for the rest.

It's a perfect plan because he already knows he can outwit the police. All he has to do now is take care of all the women who keep getting in his way – his domineering mother for one. Then there is Sally, the maintenance worker who sees him as a replacement for her dead brother, and the mysterious Melissa, the only woman to have ever understood him, but whose fantasies of blackmail and torture no longer have any place in Joe's investigation…

The Carver Series:
Book 1: The Cleaner
Book 2: Joe Victim

  • Pub date: 31 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143771357
  • Imprint: Bantam NZ
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

Paul Cleave

Paul Cleave lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, where all of his novels are set. His first novel, The Cleaner, was published to outstanding reviews. It has subsequently become an international bestseller, selling over 250,000 copies, and was the top-selling crime thriller title for 2007 on amazon.de in Germany. It was also shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing. Cemetery Lake, Paul's third novel, hit the New Zealand bestseller list on its release in 2008, following 2007's The Killing Hour.
For more information visit www.paulcleave.com.

Also by Paul Cleave

See all

Praise for The Cleaner

““...an eccentric, intriguing and rather gory story.” - Alison Pressley, Good Reading”

““Cleave also has an excellent ability to keep the surprises coming as the book unfolds, and at the same time has carefully and cleverly mapped out the journey of a criminally insane mind unravelling.” - Lucy Clark, the Sunday Telegraph”

“"Paul Cleave... is a talent to watch" - Courier Mail 8/7/06”

““It’s an exceptional debut by young New Zealand writer Paul Cleave whose concept of telling a story from a mass murderer’s viewpoint is compelling.” - Ray Chesterton, The Saturday Daily Telegraph”

“"Cleave's writing is uncompromising, unpredictable, and enthralling... Made me vomit - seriously, it's that good" - Jack Heath, author, THE LAB”


Related titles