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 over a dozen languages and have sold over a million copies.

He’s 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, recently won the Ngaio Marsh 2016 award.

A Killer Harvest, a novel about a boy who gets to see for the first time after receiving an eye transplant, is his latest novel.



Paul Cleave’s website

Paul on Facebook

Paul on Twitter

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)

Bibliography: Paul Cleave



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)

'Novels stand outside time, with their narrative structure of beginning, middle and end. They outlast politics, which are by nature ephemeral, swift and changeable and can quickly become invisible, detectable only to the skilled eye. ' - Fiona Farrell

Read more