Joe Victim

Joe Victim

The internationally bestselling author of The Laughterhouse brings back one of his most infamous characters, the dreaded Christchurch Carver—but in this darkly fascinating psycho-thriller…he’s the target.Joe Middleton has a lot on his plate, to say the least. Arrested for a whole slew of murders he says he can’t remember, Joe—a.k.a. the Christchurch Carver—has been in jail for the last year awaiting trial, charged with the task of convincing the psychiatrists interviewing him that he wasn’t of sound mind and can’t be blamed for what he did. And, incredibly, that’s the least of his worries.

That’s because there’s no shortage of people who like the idea of seeing Joe dead, some of whom are on the inside with him. On the outside, 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. To get himself out of this epic mess, Joe has a desperate plan involving the disgraced ex-detective who put Joe away and a television psychic who’s looking to get rich. It’s a long shot, but it had better work—because the people of New Zealand are voting to bring back the death penalty, and the Christchurch Carver is just the poster boy to make it happen.

An award-winning author, New Zealand-based Paul Cleave is known for blending action, sardonic humor, ingenious plot twists, and dark wit into his novels, all of which are on full display in Joe Victim. This is a masterful example of the crime thriller genre, from an author who has won the admiration of critics, writers, and readers around the world.

Title:Joe Victim
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781451677973
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    Joe Victim Reviews

  • Barbara

    In the first book in this series, 'The Cleaner', a serial killer dubbed The Christchurch Carver is terrorizing Christchurch, New Zealand. The murderer, named Joe Middleton, is able to hide in plain si...

  • Brenda

    In this second book of the "Cleaner" series, Joe the janitor is in lockup awaiting trial. He talks about the other inmates and life inside. He speaks to his lawyer and his psychiatrist. Caleb Cole fro...

  • Maureen DeLuca

    If I could give this book a 10 star read I would. Ok- so I LOVE Paul Cleave as a writer- hence the 10 star read. If you never picked up any of his books- I suggest starting with his books by PUBLICATI...

  • debra

    4.5 Really enjoyed this on audio. Very strange to find being in this killer's head was really quite humorous much of the time. Brenda wrote an excellent review for this title.PS I didn't read the firs...

  • Terri Wino

    I usually love Paul Cleave's books. This one, not so much. There was quite a bit of action, which is always a good thing. There was also a lot of humor, which helped with some of the less palatable mo...

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    What can I say about this book? I admit, I had to wonder what Paul Cleave could find to write about in this the second Joe Middleton (aka Christchurch Carver) book, with Joe being in jail.....but I sh...

  • Craig Sisterson

    He’s baaaa-aaack. Joe, the charming and brutal serial killer who masqueraded as a slow-witted police janitor while terrorising Christchurch in Cleave’s raw but outstanding 2006 debut, THE CLEANER....

  • Linda

    This follows where the Cleaner left off. In fact it starts with Joe being arrested. Then it is a year later and Joe's trial is coming up. The same old characters are there plus others from later books...

  • Tom

    Great story. Joe is like the Forest Gump of serial Killers...

  • Paul Pessolano

    “Joe Victim” by Paul Cleave, published by Atria Paperback.Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date - September 03, 2013Paul Cleave has written seven books that are now being republished in p...