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 PaulCleave.com.
"This dark, gripping thriller, the latest in the Tate saga, is as
hard-boiled as it gets. The surprise ending suspends all disbelief.
Like a TV series that ends its season on a cliffhanger, you won't
want to wait until next year. This will leave the reader clamoring
for the next book in the series." * Suspense Magazine *
"Piano wire-taut plotting, Tate's heart-wrenching losses and forlorn hopes, and Cleave's unusually perceptive gaze into the maw of a killer's madness make this a standout chapter in his detective's rocky road to redemption." * Publishers Weekly (starred) *
"An intense adrenalin rush from start to finish, I read The Laughterhouse in one sitting. It'll have you up all night. Fantastic!" -- S.J. Watson, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep
"In Cleave's third psycho-thriller, Theodore Tate is the quintessential flawed hero, a damaged soul hunting deviants in a forest of moral quandaries.... An intense and bloody noir thriller, one often descending into a violent abyss reminiscent of Thomas Harris, creator of Hannibal Lecter." * Kirkus Reviews *
"A wonderful book.... The final effect is that tingling in the neck hairs that tells us an artist is at work." * Booklist (starred) *
"Cleave is a master of evoking the view askew; delving into the troubled psyches of conflicted characters. Former cop and convict Theo Tate, stumbling forward in search of some sort of redemption, returns to the scene of his first crime scene, hunting a killer and kidnapper set on revenge. Ferocious storytelling that makes you think and feel. A blood-stained high point in Cleave's already impressive oeuvre." * The Listener (New Zealand), A Best Book of 2012 *
"Cleave has written a tightly controlled and skillfully executed crime thriller." * Philadelphia Inquirer *