Lake begins in a cold and rainy graveyard, where Private Detective Theodore
Tate is overseeing an exhumation—a routine job for the weathered former cop.
But when doubts are raised about the identity of the body found in the coffin,
the case takes a sinister turn. Tate knows he should walk away and let his
former colleagues on the police force deal with it, but his strong sense of
Complicating matters are a few loose ends from Tate’s past. Even
good guys have secrets, and Tate thought his were dead and buried for good.
With time running out and a violent killer lurking, will he manage to stay one
step ahead of the police, or will his truth be unearthed?
Originally published in Paul Cleave’s native New Zealand in
2008, Cemetery Lake is the first novel to feature Theodore Tate, the
“quintessential flawed hero” (Kirkus Reviews) from Collecting Cooper and The
Laughterhouse. Full of the clever plot twists and sardonic humor for which
Cleave has become known, it is at once a totally entertaining crime novel and
an unforgettable drama about the universal battle against the darkness within.
About the Author
Paul Cleave is the author of six internationally bestselling thrillers, including Blood Men, Collecting Cooper, and The Laughterhouse. He lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. Visit his website at PaulCleave.com.
Praise for Cemetery Lake: A Thriller…
“Cleave is a powerful writer, conjuring a malevolent atmosphere, creating a relentless momentum propelling Tate deeper into a moral swamp.... Contemporary crime noir at its best, mined from the dark pit of the human psyche.”
“Tate is hardly the first dark, brooding detective with a tragic past in crime fiction, but he brings a fresh twist to the familiar type, as does the setting of Christchurch, New Zealand, which Cleave evokes with masterful precision.”
“Reminiscent of James Ellroy… [an] uncompromising portrayal of a man in torment…fully absorbing.”