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His Favourite Graves

The most electrifying, twisted and twisty thriller of the year!

Published by Orenda Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Desperate for reward money – and to rescue his marriage – an embattled sheriff takes incalculable risks to find a missing boy. An edge-of-your-seat, twisted and twisty thriller from New Zealand's King of Crime.

`Moves at a furious pace, even as the walls close in … everything you want from a thriller and it leaves you gasping´ Helen Fields

`Paul Cleave is an automatic must-read for me´ Lee Child

‘Electrifying’ Crime Monthly magazine

‘Our sympathies to swing one way and then the other, and the final twist is clever’ Literary Review


To catch a killer…
Maybe you've got to be one…

Acacia Pines, USA. Sheriff Cohen's life is falling apart – his father accidentally burned down the retirement home, his wife has moved out, and his son is bullying other kids at school.
When high-school student, Lucas Connor, is abducted, Cohen sees a chance to get his life back on track – to win back his wife and scoop the reward money offered for Lucas's safe return.

But as the body count rises, it becomes clear that Cohen's going to have to make the kind of decision from which there's no coming back … a decision with deadly consequences…

A furiously paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller exposing the dark underbelly of small-town life, His Favourite Graves is also a twisted and twisty story of father-and-son relationships, and the one last gamble of a desperate man to save everything…


`Uses words as lethal weapons´ New York Times

Praise for Paul Cleave

`Cleave writes the kind of dark, intense thrillers that I never want to end´ Simon Kernick

`A true page-turner filled with dread, rage, doubt and more twists than the Remutaka Pass´ Linwood Barclay

`Smart and twisty, this book will get under your skin´ Liz Nugent

`Merits comparison with the work of Patricia Highsmith´ Publishers Weekly

`The sense of dread builds unstoppably´ Gilly Macmillan

`Genuinely haunting and lingers in the memory´ Daily Mail

`Full of ideas and intelligence´ Literary Review

`A true page-turner´ Guardian

`Nerve-shredding' Crime Monthly

`Tense, thrilling, touching´ John Connolly

`This very clever novel did my head in time and again´ Michael Robotham

`This thriller is one to remember´ New York Journal of Books

About The Author

Photograph by Martin Hunter

Paul is Christchurch born and raised, and other than a couple of years when he was living in London and bouncing around Europe a little, he's always lived there. Paul wanted to write horror, and it was a few years in when he realised that crime – real life crime – is horror. When he made that connection, he turned to writing dark crime fiction, writing first The Killing Hour, and then The Cleaner, in his mid-twenties. Not long after that Paul sold his house and lived with his parents so he could write full time – a gamble that paid off a few years later when Random House signed him up. From that point on he's written dark tales set in his home city, introducing Joe Middleton – the Christchurch Carver, and Melissa, and Theodore Tate, and Schroder, and Jerry Gray, among others to the world.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Orenda Books (November 9, 2023)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781914585883

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