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  • Master of the twist

    Another fantastic book by Paul Cleave. I love the sick and twisted plots, they always comes as a surprise. This one didn't disappoint!

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  • Page turner

    Hard to put the book down; kept trying to figure out the angle. I like a book that keeps you guessing. I will seek other books by this New Zealand author.

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  • A brilliant page-whirrer with emotional punch

    How far would you go to save an abducted child? That’s a question quickly answered for Sheriff’s Deputy Noah Harper in Christchurch author Paul Cleave’s superb eleventh thriller, WHATEVER IT TAKES. Bloodied hands and gunpowder residue are the evidence of Noah’s method; a rescued girl and self-destruction of his life the result. Job gone, marriage gone, banished from his town, Noah has no intention of ever returning to Acacia Pines. Twelve years later he’s semi-happily working in a bar far away, until Alyssa goes missing again, and a dying priest asks for Noah’s help. Cleave’s first tale set abroad delivers the compromised characters, fizzing prose, settings that cast a character-like shadow, and jet-black plotlines salted with sly humour we’ve come to expect from the Crown Prince of antipodean crime, while taking readers somewhere fresh. Acacia Pines is heartland America, a one-road-in town of sawmills, vast forests, and elected lawmen. Cleave expertly delivers a page-whirring tale that touches on tough issues while entertaining throughout. << This review was first published in the New Zealand Listener magazine in September 2019 >>

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  • Whatever it takes

    It was an okay story. A bit of a surprise in the ending, which is always nice. A bit on the violent side, but lots of people like that sort of story line. It certainly moved very fast, a quick changing scene where you want to know what is coming next, or how our hero is going to get out of the mess.

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