Paul Cleave

ANZL Member

Photo credit: Martin Hunter

Paul Cleave is an award-winning author who often divides his time between his home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, where all his novels are set, and Europe, where none of his novels are set. His works have been bestsellers that been translated into more than 20 languages and have sold over a million copies.

He has won the Ngaio Marsh Award three times, the Saint-Maur book festival’s crime novel of the year award, has been shortlisted for the Edgar, the Barry and the Ned Kelly. He’s appeared at festivals in the U.K, Turkey, France, Germany, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Taiwan, Tahiti, New Caledonia, and New Zealand.

His first published novel, The Cleaner (2006) was an international best-seller with sales exceeding 500,000. His ninth novel Trust No One (2015), a stand-alone about a crime writer suffering from Alzheimer’s, won the Ngaio Marsh 2016 award.

Paul’s twelfth novel The Quiet People (Upstart Press, 2021) explores the question: can crime writers get away with murder?



Paul Cleave’s website

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Read NZ Te Pou Muramura writer page

Simon & Schuster [Atria Books] author page


NZ Listener article on Paul winning his third Ngaio Marsh Award (Aug, 2016)

Radio New Zealand review of Trust No One (March, 2016)

NZ Booklovers review of Trust No One (Nov, 2015)

NZ Herald interview (Jan, 2015)

New releases by Paul Cleave

The Quiet People (crime novel)

Published by Upstart Press on April 8, 2021

Bibliography: Paul Cleave



The Quiet People (Upstart Press, 2021)

Whatever it Takes (Upstart Press, 2019)

A Killer Harvest (Atria Books, 2016)

Trust No One (Atria Books, 2015)

Five Minutes Alone (Atria Books, 2014)

Joe Victim (Atria Books, 2013)

The Laughterhouse (Atria Books, 2012)

Collecting Cooper (Atria Books, 2011)

Blood Men (Atria Books, 2010)

Cemetery Lake (Arrow Books, 2008)

The Killing Hour (Atria Books, 2007)

The Cleaner (Random House, 2006)

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