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  • Location: Christchurch

The Killing Hour

The Killing Hour

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2000s: Only the dead know what happened last night

  • ISBN: 978-1473664630
  • Genre: Crime, Police Procedural

What you need to know before your trail

Imagine waking up covered in blood – but it’s not your blood. There’s a nasty bump on your head, and you can’t remember a thing about last night. The morning paper reports that two young women were brutally murdered. You recognize their names. Pieces of the night before come back to you through the haze. And now you’re the suspect in their grisly deaths. Welcome to Charlie’s world.

In this heart-pounding thriller, only the dead know what happened last night. On the run, Charlie suspects a man named Cyris, but no one believes that Cyris exists. Not the police and not Charlie’s ex-wife Jo, though she wants to trust that the man she once loved is innocent. Soon, Charlie has Jo bound and gagged in the trunk of his car, fleeing across the countryside while the killing hour approaches yet again.

Travel Guide

Travel BookTrail style to Paul Cleave’s Christchurch

It’s fair to say that Paul Cleave paints quite the vivid picture of Christchurch’s darker areas! Of course, this is all fictional, but he blends in a lot of the common and popular places into his narrative.

Hagley Park is the central park in the city. The central police station is a place which appears in most if not all of Paul’s books given their criminal and horrific nature. There’s a visit further afield to the suburb off Brighton where a long concrete pier is of interest. There’s a nice picture of something nice to do in the novel itself:

“Pamphets on touristy things to do in Christchurch line one wall. You can start the day by skiing and then go surfing in the afternoon. You can go skydiving or Jet Skiing or play one or thirty or forty golf courses….”

But in this Paul Cleave novel, the city is changing and not always for the best:

“He’s angry at the city because the Christchurch he grew up in isn’t the same Christchurch he’s been living in for the last five or ten years and its certainly a far cry from the Christchurch he’s going to die in.”

BookTrail Boarding Pass: The Killing Hour

Destination: Christchurch Author/guide: Paul Cleave Departure Time: 2000s

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