Collecting Cooper

Collecting Cooper

by Paul Cleave


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Collecting Cooper 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paul Cleave bring it on! Love this author.
ReaderOfThePack More than 1 year ago
Collecting Cooper is the first book by Paul Cleave that I have read. A little research tells me that all of his books are set in Christchurch, New Zealand. Cleave portrays Christchurch as the worst place on earth to live, a city full of serial killers and people down on their luck. It made me wonder if Christchurch is as desolate a place as portrayed. Apparently, Cleave is asked this question often. It is the first question in the Q&A on his website. The answer is that he thinks Christchurch is a fantastic city. Cleave has written a page turner full of disturbing violence and mentally unstable characters. The story is told from alternating character perspectives, including Emma Green, Theodore Tate, Cooper Riley and Adrian Loaner - the former mental patient. As a reader, I felt for Tate despite his questionable past. What I did not realize is that Tate is featured in Cleave's other books. The books are not portrayed as a series but apparently some characters overlap. I would like to read Cleave's other books to learn more about Tate's history before he went to jail. Collecting Cooper is out on July 26th, and I definitely recommend this read to anyone who enjoys reading about crime/serial killers and can stomach reading about violent crime. The one aspect that got to me is that animals are killed in the story. I can read about violence towards people, but I am sensitive to violence towards animals. Go figure. Many thanks to the publisher, Simon & Schuster, for providing me with a free e-Galley for review, via Galley Grab.
austcrimefiction on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Are you allowed to do one word reviews?In which case it's ... wow.If we're not allowed could I just add terrific, twisty, tricky, tantalising, taut and maybe tremendous. It's really embarrassing that sometimes it can take an age to get to read a book that you knew you wanted to read the day before it came out. COLLECTING COOPER was always going to be an interesting book because Theodore Tate is a tremendous character, and Cleave doesn't always do follow-up books. But if he'd like to do a third, or really any book whatsoever, I've given myself a stern talking to and will make sure I get to it ... the day after it comes out!
cwlongshot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm surprised how good this was. I rarely like serial killer books but the twist this one uses kept me reading. I also like the rogue PI character who reminds me of Lawrence Block's Scudder character, one of my favorites. The other surprise was how rough Christchurch, New Zealand is portrayed in this book - I've always thought of NZ as a hiker's paradise until now (don't let the NZ tourism board). Hard to put this one down too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago