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Blood Men: A Thriller (Christchurch Noir Crime Series) by [Cleave, Paul]
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

New Zealander Cleave's disappointing U.S. debut focuses on the son of a notorious serial killer. When Edward Hunter was nine, his father, Jack (aka "Jack the Hunter"), was convicted of murdering 11 prostitutes in Christchurch, New Zealand. In the 20 years of Jack's incarceration, Edward hasn't spoken to or visited him once. Edward is doing okay in his struggle to get over his past until the day shortly before Christmas he and his wife, Jodie, get caught in the middle of a violent bank heist that leaves Jodie dead. Edward, who has always feared that he'll turn out like his father, is shocked when Jack contacts him from prison and encourages him to seek revenge on the robbers. He's even more shocked when he takes Jack's advice. While Cleave (The Cleaner) explores intriguing concepts-- particularly the gray area between guilt and innocence--and the steady stream of blood never feels gratuitous, too many subplots and character motivations compete for anything to truly resonate.
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From Booklist

What was it like to grow up with a serial killer as a father? Edward Hunter knows: his father has a monster inside him, and although he's now in prison, his legacy is something Edward has always feared. But Edward is nothing like his father. He has a good life—friends, a job, a loving wife, and a child he adores. All that changes though, the moment he calls out to save a bank teller from being killed during a hold-up, and the robbers kill his wife instead. What has he done? How can he fix it? When the police work too slowly, Edward decides to investigate himself, and as he does, he connects with feelings he has denied his whole life—and discovers his own terrible monster. Compelling, dark, and perfectly paced, New Zealand writer Cleave's psychological thriller explores the evil lurking in us all, working relentless magic until the very last page. There's nary a misstep in this riveting thriller about the bad deeds even good men sometimes do. --Stephanie Zvirin

Product Details

  • File Size: 3608 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reissue edition (June 30, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 20, 2010
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UBAYV6
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Format: Paperback
Kiwi novelist Paul Cleave doesn't write boring stories, that's for sure. His taut tales told through the eyes of deeply troubled `heroes' have broken the mould when it comes to New Zealand crime and thriller writing, becoming international bestsellers.

In Blood Men, Cleave's fourth novel and first to be readily available in the USA, Edward Hunter is a happily-married family man with a great life but a very dark past; he's the son of a notorious serial killer who's been in prison for 20 years, and will never be coming out. The son of a man of blood. When tragedy strikes, Edward suddenly needs the help of the man he's spent his entire life distancing himself from. And as things spiral out of control, Edward fears he's destined to become a man of blood too.

Cleave's prose crackles with freshness and energy. Sporadic moments of brutal violence may be too much for some who prefer mysteries of the Christie-esque `cosy' style (or distract some critics), but those who can handle grittier crime will uncover a top-notch tale. Cleave masterfully mixes compelling characters, sly humour, a taut plotline with enough tension and twists to keep the pages whirring, and a well-evoked, if somewhat malevolent, version of Christchurch.

With Blood Men, Cleave shows he not only stacks up with, but in fact betters, many of the better-known big-name international bestsellers that readers worldwide by in droves.
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Just finished reading Blood Men, by New Zealand author Paul Cleave. As an American, I find it interesting reading stories that take place in New Zealand. This is the second book of Paul's that I've read (The Cleaner), and I've thoroughly enjoyed them both.
Paul has an interesting way with words, and a nice sense of humor.
Don't hesitate to pick up one of Paul's books.
I think you'll enjoy them as much as I did.
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By Rachel on March 24, 2011
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Second book I read of Cleave and the second one I loved , I read it in three days . How a man lives when his father his a serial killer , of thirteen prostitutes ? When Eddie loses his wife all his world fall apart , I did not expect the final twist but it made me think of all the book , what I have read and how Eddie behaved , thought ...
One thing I not enjoyed much (but the same thing can be said for Cemetery Lake) is that Cleave sometimes go in the 'too much' so not really believable , but anyway I loved his novel , I kept reading and reading and in the end I just wanted to read it again for comprehend it again better
Excellent Paul Cleave , now I am impatient to see again Theo Tate in his next novel !
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I've been a fan of Paul Cleaves since before I even read any of his books. Does that even make sense? You know when you hear about a book and it peaks your interest so much that it becomes almost an obsession. I must read this book, I have to have it, have to know what happens.

This happened to me when I first heard about Jeff Lindsays book Darkly Dreaming Dexter. Since then Jeff Lindsays Dexter has become a phenomenon. Everyone likes him he's the anti hero the serial killer who kills other serial killers.

The point being that some times you are gripped by the sound of a book, the synopsis appeals to you so much that you just can't get it out of your head. Well Paul's book The Cleaner did just that to me. Sadly while Paul is published internationally in the US only one of his books is out and that is Blood Men, end of the year and The Cleaner will be here. Total must read!

Blood Men is about a family man. He has a wife and a little girl who he loves, who are his life. Poor Edward did not grow up with the same loving family, his father was a serial killer caught and taken away when he was 9.
It's hard for anyone growing up but being the son of a serial killer makes it harder everyone looking at you wondering if you will be the same. You are the same blood so everyone wonders will you to be a blood man.

Edwards perfect life is shaken one normal average day by an act of violence that brings his fathers past that he has tried to push away to the forefront. A sudden presence in his life that is devastating in many ways to him and those around him.

How will Edward handle it, will he be the man he has lived his life as or will he become what people have suspect of him? Will he be his fathers son a man of blood?
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Cleave has written a few books since his 2006 debut masterpiece, The Cleaner. Not only have those novels not reached that thriller's quality level but to be honest have been a bit average. That high level we enjoyed with The Cleaner has however once again been reached with Cleave's latest Christchurch, New Zealand set thriller, Blood Men. Blood Men is a bit different in style to the Cleaner and other previous novels. This one reads sort of like a Harlan Coben/Linwoood Barclay everyday guy's happy life suddenly being turned upside down forcing him to use internal resources he didn't know existed beforehand. It doesn't have the humour element that The Cleaner had either, but the thriller aspect is well and truly there. There's also a cameo by the main character from the Cleaner.

In Blood Men, Edward Hunter meets his wife for lunch. Afterwards they go into a bank and stand in queue. Outside unbeknownst to them six men with shotguns are about to join them. The robbers aren't shy about murdering those inside and when one tells a female bank teller she took too long to get the money so as punishment she's coming with them, Edward without thinking speaks up to stop them. As punishment they murder his wife. Edward's life is shattered, if he didn't have a young daughter he'd end it all.

Edward had to rebuild his life once before. When he was a child armed police came to his house one night and dragged off his father. He would later discover his father was the serial killer of a number of Christchurch prostitutes and earnt the public nickname Jack the Hunter. For years the media has speculated if his father's desire to kill would be genetically passed onto his son.
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