Joe Victim

Joe Victim

by Paul Cleave

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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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451677980
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Series: Christchurch Noir Crime Series , #7
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 121,046
File size: 2 MB

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

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Joe Victim 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Madamereadsalot More than 1 year ago
Paul Cleave is the BEST! Since this is the second book in the series it will be much more enjoyable if you take the time to read "The Cleaner" first. I also recommend his other books: Cemetary Lake, Collecting Cooper, The Laughterhouse and Blood Men. If you are looking for something to get your heart racing these books are "unputdownable" (yes I know that isn't a word......but it's the most accurate word to describe Paul Cleave's work!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Original story line with several unexpected twists. A little long in the middle, but a great story. Recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was entirely unamused by every aspect of this book.
Birdiemom More than 1 year ago
Written partly from the perspective of the "bad guy", partly by the "good cop," partly from the point of view of the really bad girl, this is a rather surrealistic (in my view!) romp through the crime-ridden streets (!) of Christ Church, New Zealand. Nobody's what they seem, everybody's slightly wacky, and the cast of characters is just that - characters - none of whom are all good or all bad. Even the really, really bad ones are....sometimes OK. Fun read. Interesting end, and I will NOT tell you what it is!
224perweek More than 1 year ago
Awesome story, just not worthy of a 5 star rating. I don't even want to give it a 4 star. Too low. Not as good as "The Cleaner". Very great if you like detective stories/thrillers. It's about a serial killer and his girl. Not one that you will want to miss if you liked to read this kind of story. Not too gory.
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