Paul Cleave lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, where all his novels are set. His first novel, The Cleaner, was published to outstanding reviews. It has subsequently become an international bestseller, selling over 250,000 copies, and was the top-selling crime/thriller title for 2007 on amazon.de in Germany. It was also short-listed for the Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing. His other books include Cemetery Lake & The Killing Hour.