From the author of the international best-selling thrillers The Cleaner, The Killing Hour, Cemetery Lake, Blood Men and Collecting Cooper Theodore Tate never forgot his first crime scene – ten-year-old Jessica Cole found dead in 'the Laughterhouse', an old abandoned slaughterhouse with the 'S' spray painted over. The killer was found and arrested. Justice was served. Or was it? Fifteen years later, there's a new killer on the loose and he has a list of people who were involved in Jessica's murder case, among them Doctor Stanton, a man with three young daughters. If Tate is going to help them, he has to find the connection between the killer, the 'Laughterhouse' and a growing list of murder victims. And he needs to figure it out fast, because Stanton and his daughters have been kidnapped, and Stanton is being forced to make an impossible decision; which one of his daughters is to die first.
Paul was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1974, and for as long as he can remember has always wanted to be a writer. His short stories written at school always gave his teachers concerns, and his High School report cards stated there was a time and a place for his kind of writing – and school wasn't it. At nineteen, Paul began work on his first few novels which will never be allowed out of the bottom drawer. At twenty-four he began work on The Killing Hours and The Cleaner. A year later he left his job of seven years to write full time. Without any income, he was forced to make a decision – get another job or sell his house. He sold his house and continued to write. In 2006 The Cleaner was released, and introduced Joe, a serial killer who works as a janitor at the Christchurch Police Department, to the world. It became an international bestseller in 2007.