Joe Victim by Paul Cleave
A Thriller

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Sometimes reality can really get in the way of a good story.

Joe Middleton’s story is this: He doesn’t remember killing anyone, so there’ s no way a jury can convict him of serial murder. He calls himself Joe Victim, trying, as he awaits trial, to convince the psychiatrists that he wasn’t in control of his actions, trusting that the system will save him in the end.

But others know Joe as the infamous Christchurch Carver and they want to see him dead. There’s Melissa, Joe’s accomplice in one of the murders, who plans on shooting him on his way to the courthouse before he gets a chance to start talking. Then there’s Raphael, whose daughter was one of the Carver’s victims. Though he’s tried to move on with life as the leader of a counseling group for grieving family members, he’d like nothing more than to watch Joe pay. Finally there’s Carl Schroder, the ex-detective who locked Joe up and is determined to put things right for the case of his career.

To extract himself from this epic mess, Joe has come up with a desperate plan involving a television psychic who’s looking to get rich by making people believe just about anything. It’s a long shot, but it had better work before he becomes the poster boy for a death penalty that may be reinstated in New Zealand, which isn’t quite the dramatic ending he is hoping for…

About Paul Cleave

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Paul Cleave is the author of five previous internationally bestselling thrillers, The Cleaner, The Killing Hour, Cemetery Lake, Blood Men, and Collecting Cooper. He lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. Find out more at
Published September 3, 2013 by Atria Books. 497 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror. Fiction

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Joe Middleton says he can't remember, but he has murdered so many people so gruesomely that he's been dubbed the Christchurch Carver. Now, with New

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