Blood Men: A Thriller

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From international bestselling author Paul Cleave comes a gripping thriller about a dedicated family man, who may or may not have inherited his serial killer father’s penchant for violence.

WINNER OF NEW ZEALAND’S PRESTIGIOUS NGAIO MARSH AWARD FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL OF 2011

Edward Hunter has it all—a beautiful wife and daughter, a great job, a bright future . . . and a very dark past.

Twenty years ago, a serial killer was caught, convicted, and locked away in New Zealand’s most hellish penitentiary. That man was Edward’s father. Edward has struggled his entire life to put the nightmares of his childhood behind him. But a week before Christmas, violence once again makes an unwelcome appearance in his world. Is Edward destined to be just like his father, to become a man of blood? A true master of the genre, Paul Cleave unveils a brutally vivid picture of a killer’s mind and a city of fallen angels captured at the ends of the earth.
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About the author

Paul Cleave is the internationally bestselling author of ten award-winning crime thrillers, including Joe Victim, which was a finalist for the 2014 Edgar and Barry Awards, Trust No One and Five Minutes Alone, which won consecutive Ngaio Marsh Awards in 2015 and 2016. He lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. Visit his website at PaulCleave.com.

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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Jul 20, 2010
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9781439189634
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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This content is DRM protected.
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To catch a killer, you must first think like one...

 

A serial killer is playing a twisted game of life or death with married women. After he captures them, a countdown begins. He marks the time by sending three disturbing images to their husbands: alive, tortured, dead.   

 

When Detective Ruby Preston receives a new photograph of a terrified victim, she must try and work out where she is, before it’s too late.

 

But this isn’t the first time the police have seen such a sickening crime. The notorious Lonely Hearts Killer, Mason Gatley, was put behind bars ten years ago for murdering six women in exactly the same chilling way.

 

Desperate for more information, Ruby persuades her boyfriend, Nathan Crosby, to set up a dangerous meeting. But will the dark and charming Mason Gatley really help her catch the killer before someone else dies? Or will Ruby be the next victim?

 

An utterly addictive and unputdownable crime thriller, packed with twists until the final page. If you love reading Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Peter James you’ll be hooked by this book.

 

What readers are saying about Murder Game:

 

‘OMG fantastic thriller by Caroline Mitchell…This story had me hooked from start to finish, kept my attention as we race to find the killer before he strikes again… A page turner that kept me riveted with the twists and turns that awaited me…’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

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‘Wow! Caroline Mitchell really outdid herself here! I wasn't able to guess who the killer was until Mitchell had it flashing on a sign for me at 92%, but of course, that wasn't all... she threw a massive twist in on top of it!’ Next Book Review, 5 stars

 

‘Gripped me from the start. I loved every minute of it… And the ending wow I wasn’t expecting that at all.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘What a dizzying roller-coaster ride! Now that I've finished this book, I can finally take some deep breaths and allow my heart beat to return to normal. The author took me through twists, turns and an intricate and fast-paced plot…The ending just made me gasp.’ Relax and Read reviews, 5 stars

 

‘Murder Game is the gritty new thriller from Caroline Mitchell and it’s guaranteed to have you hooked from the very first page… I couldn’t put it down…’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘The plot is fast paced very much like the investigation, and I'm sure my heart was pounding as Murder Game reached its dramatic conclusion… the perfect crime thriller read.’ The Book Review Café, 5 stars

 

​‘This book was a first class gripping read. I absolutely loved it.’ I Love Reading UK, 5 stars

 

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It—publishing just as the second part of It, the movie, lands in theaters.

In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”

In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.

As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.
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