The Laughterhouse

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The Laughterhouse

By Paul Cleave

Atria Books, Paperback, 9781451677959, 423pp.

Publication Date: August 21, 2012

Description
From the internationally bestselling author of "Blood Men" and "Collecting Cooper" comes an unforgettable new thriller featuring private detective Theodore Tate.
From the internationally bestselling author of "Blood Men" and "Collecting Cooper" comes a riveting new thriller about one father's revenge and another's fight for survival.
Theodore Tate never forgot his first crime scene ten-year-old Jessica found dead in the Laughterhouse, an old abandoned slaughterhouse with the S painted over. The killer was found and arrested. Justice was served. Or was it?
Fifteen years later, a new killer arrives in Christchurch, and he has a list of people who were involved in Jessica's murder case, one of whom is the unfortunate Dr. Stanton, a man with three young girls. If Tate is going to help them, he has to find the connection between the killer, the Laughterhouse, and the city's suddenly growing murder rate. And he needs to figure it out fast, because Stanton and his daughters have been kidnapped, and the doctor is being forced to make an impossible decision: which one of his daughters is to die first.
In "The Laughterhouse," the city of Christchurch becomes a modern equivalent of James Ellroy's Los Angeles of the 1950s, a discordant symphony of violence and human weakness (Publishers Weekly). Fast-paced, dark, and intensely clever, this exciting thriller represents a brilliant new chapter in the career of a world-class crime writer.


About the Author
Paul Cleave is the author of eight award-winning, internationally bestselling crime thrillers, including "Joe Victim", finalist for the Edgar, Barry, and Ngaio Marsh awards, and, most recently, "Five Minutes Alone. "He lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. Visit his website at PaulCleave.com.


Praise For The Laughterhouse

“This dark, gripping thriller, the latest in the Tate saga, is as hard-boiled as it gets. The surprise ending suspends all disbelief. Like a TV series that ends its season on a cliffhanger, you won’t want to wait until next year. This will leave the reader clamoring for the next book in the series.”



“Piano wire–taut plotting, Tate’s heart-wrenching losses and forlorn hopes, and Cleave’s unusually perceptive gaze into the maw of a killer’s madness make this a standout chapter in his detective’s rocky road to redemption.”



“An intense adrenalin rush from start to finish, I read The Laughterhouse in one sitting. It’ll have you up all night. Fantastic!”

-S.J. Watson, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep


“In Cleave’s third psycho-thriller, Theodore Tate is the quintessential flawed hero, a damaged soul hunting deviants in a forest of moral quandaries.... An intense and bloody noir thriller, one often descending into a violent abyss reminiscent of Thomas Harris, creator of Hannibal Lecter.”



“A wonderful book.... The final effect is that tingling in the neck hairs that tells us an artist is at work.”



“Cleave is a master of evoking the view askew; delving into the troubled psyches of conflicted characters. Former cop and convict Theo Tate, stumbling forward in search of some sort of redemption, returns to the scene of his first crime scene, hunting a killer and kidnapper set on revenge. Ferocious storytelling that makes you think and feel. A blood-stained high point in Cleave’s already impressive oeuvre.”