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  • Published: 31 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143771364
  • Imprint: Bantam NZ
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $26.00

The Killing Hour




As gripping as his first powerful novel, this fantastic crime and mystery novel keeps you guessing until the last page.

As gripping as his first powerful novel, this fantastic crime and mystery novel keeps you guessing until the last page.

'They come for me as I sleep. Their pale faces stare at me, their soft voices tell me to wake, to wake. They come to remind me of the night, to remind me of what I have done.'

The one problem is that Charlie doesn’t know what he has done. His shorts are covered in blood, there's a bump on his forehead and on the news it says the two young women he was with the night before were brutally murdered.
Charlie knows Cyris is the murderer — except the police don’t believe Cyris exists. Nor does Jo, Charlie's ex-wife, to whom he goes for help. He desperately wants her to believe in him, and when she doesn’t, he knows he must force her. As Charlie goes on the run with Jo bound and gagged in the car boot, he tries to figure out whether Cyris is real or imagined, while the killing hour approaches yet again . . .

  • Pub date: 31 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143771364
  • Imprint: Bantam NZ
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • 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.

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Praise for The Killing Hour

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

“‘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”

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

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

“‘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”


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