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Paul Cleave
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24 Sep 2009

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?

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (24 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099536250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099536253
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Most people come back from New Zealand talking about the the breathtaking scenery and the amazing experiences. I came back raving about Paul Cleave." (Mark Billingham)

"A rising star of the genre" (Gold Coast Bulletin)

"A riveting and all too realistic thriller. Cleave is a writer to watch" (Tess Gerritsen)

"When it comes to this genre, Cleave knows how to hook a reader" (Sunday Herald)

"The next Stephen King" (NDR)

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

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5.0 out of 5 stars One to watch 30 Sep 2009
By Phillip
I was lucky enough to read Cleave's 'The Cleaner' and couldn't wait for Cemetery Lake. From the opening scene in 'Cemetery Lake' through to its sticky conclusion I was absorbed into the dark world of Theodore Tate and Cleave's mysterious world; which paints Christchurch in dark light you don't normally associate with New Zealand. Cleave is an author to watch in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing 13 Jun 2014
This is my 4th book by Cleave and I can't say enough about how pleased I am to have found this author. I started with his last (to date) book "Joe Victim", then went back and started at the beginning. This series is very unique in that they feature the same police department but not the same main characters and the books do not take place one after another. I'm totally surprised by each book. Cemetery Lake takes place concurrently with book 1 "The Cleaner" and mentions the case going on in that book along with including some detectives from the first two books but the main character is a private detective who has been briefly mentioned in the previous books, but whom we've never met ... until now. And what a unique, provoking character is Theodore Tate, ex-cop turned PI. Tate takes on a case the police are working on as he feels some responsibility to it as it ties into one he was working on before he left the job. But Tate is much more of an anti-hero than the usual main character of police procedurals. This guy has his own brand of justice, loose ethics, and yet personally validates his choices as morally ethical. I couldn't help but liking him to some degree and am looking forward to the further two books he is featured in. The story really kept me guessing. I had no idea where it was going and when I did, it surprised me by going somewhere completely different; the twist was unexpected. There were several shocks along the way and I ended up reading this very fast. It's also quite refreshing to read a thriller series set in New Zealand, where things are done just a little bit differently, for a change of pace from my usual US, UK and Scandi thrillers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down 2 Oct 2013
By Kerry M
Having never read any of Paul Cleaves books before, I had no expectations. I couldn't put it down. The story starts with an exhumation and just builds and builds and builds to a very unexpected ending (no spoilers here). I found the main protagonist to be annoying at times, as he just never let things be and made some interesting (for want of a better word) choices, but that's the character. You will love and hate him. Looking forward to reading some more of this authors books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A read to bury yourself in 14 April 2013
By Bt
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
More more more.What a great read Can't wait for your next book.Why don't the publishers print all your books on kindle
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read! 23 Nov 2009
Cemetery Lake is a real page turner, full of suspense and drama. I have never been a huge crime reader as I have never been able to relate or feel for the lead character, but Cleave makes you feel for all the charasters in this book. The emotion is staggering and the whole pacing of the story is strong, from a great beggining to an exciting end. This book is a must read! And if you have not read any of Cleave's book do so. This is an author who keeps rising to new heights !!!
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