The Quiet People

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Cameron and Lisa Murdoch are successful crime-writers. They have been on the promotional circuit, joking that no-one knows how to get away with crime like they do. After all, they write about it for a living.

So when their 7 year old son Zach goes missing, naturally the police and the public wonder if they have finally decided to prove what they have been saying all this time – are they trying to show how they can commit the perfect crime?

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“Paul Cleave is an automatic must-read for me, and The Quiet People shows why – it grabbed me by the throat, shook me around, and left me breathing hard. Fantastic, and highly recommended.” – Lee Child

“You may think you know where it’s going, but you couldn’t be more wrong. A true page-turner filled with dread, rage, doubt, and more twists that an Escher staircase.” – Linwood Barclay

“I can’t give much of the plot away, it is so twisted and tangled that the tension of reading the book is in large part from not knowing what is going on. Cleave is a confident enough author to play with the reader, and the plotting is superb. When you do discover what has happened, the clues were there, you just didn’t know where to look – and neither did the police.” – Alyson the Blog

“Cleave exercises his formidable skills as a writer, in turns lulling and horrifying the reader, then continuing to twist his characters and plot into unimaginable shapes.” – Newsroom

“I was gripped by it! It is not a subject I usually like reading about (kids in trouble), but there is lots of layers to the story – you think one thing is happening, but it is actually something different. It was action all the way through, and keeps you reading!” – Jo, Scorpio Books

“Loved The Quiet People, It really was a page turner.  I am going to enjoy selling it.” – Whitcoulls Chartwell

“It’s a real page turner with twists and red herrings keeping you turning the pages until the final reveal.” – Five star Good Reads review

“While it’s difficult to say more without spoilers, prepare for an action-packed second half where Mr What-if gets the upper hand and the volume’s amped to 10.” – Kete Books

The Quiet People has to be the best crime novel I’ve read in years – and I’ve read many. The characters are well-drawn, and the plotline is superbly crafted.” – NZ Booklovers

“Paul Cleave is a master! I have read quite a few of his novels and I have never been disappointed. … but I have to say I think this one is his best (so far).” – Eldernet

“Paul Cleave never pulls his punches… The effect is a cinematic, raging, rollercoaster of a plot with a wry humour and a great deal of violence. The Quiet People is wildly entertaining and will keep you guessing right to the end.” – Hawke’s Bay Today

“This is a superb novel from a champion storyteller.” – Crime Watch

“Paul Cleave is a clever writer. The plot fishtails through this story. The Quiet People begins with what looks like an ending, then appears to end in the middle – except it can’t possibly! He plants a vital clue, then buries it deep, until it begins to flash in the reader’s mind like a neon sign.” – Christchurch Libraries Blog


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Paul Cleave


Upstart Press





Publication Date

8 April, 2021

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