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El coleccionista

(Theodore Tate #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,000 ratings  ·  127 reviews
«En Paul Cleave tenemos otro digno heredero al trono de Jim Thompson.» John Connolly «¿No sabéis lo que significa adictivo? Leed a Paul Cleave y lo descubriréis.» The Sunday Telegraph «Bienvenido a mi colección.» Lleva tiempo atesorándolos. Souvenirs de asesinos en serie. Ahora ha logrado el sueño de cualquier coleccionista: la «pieza» definitiva. Empieza el juego. Cooper ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 10th 2012 by Grijalbo (first published 2011)
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Helen Andersen I think too much will be lost if this is read as the first. I believe most of his books are connected and the characters recur and develop over time.
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Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a request. If any resident of Christchurch, New Zealand, ever reads this review, please send me a private message. I'd like to know what residents of that city think of Paul Cleave and his books.

Christchurch is a serial killer's Peyton Place. There are so many killers in Cleave's books and they all mingle here and there. Joe the janitor had a cameo appearance in Cemetery Lake. Melissa from The Cleaner doesn't appear in this book, but we learn a lot more about her. Eddie Hunter, from Blood
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gets 5 stars for entertainment value!

I'm very impressed with Paul Cleave. There must have been a decent amount of planning that went into this story to make all the threads come together (without losing the reader) and those who think the scenario unlikely must remember one thing: All things are unlikely until they happen. I don't think the author pushed it too far in this case.

Here's what you can look forward to:
There are three main roads you have to follow...
It begins with Emma Green
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Once I start one of Paul Cleave's books, you can just write me off for however long it takes me to finish it. This was no exception.

There is something intrinsically creepy about abandoned psychiatric hospitals, where a good part of the action in this book takes place.

Ex-policeman Theodore Tate has just been released from prison after serving a short sentence for drink driving causing injury. On his release he is contacted by Schroder, still a cop, and the father of the girl he injured, both requ
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read of Paul Cleave & definitely read more Collecting Cooper is a fast paced thriller which keeps you turning the pages i thought the concept of the story was well done & the ending was really good dont know why its taken me so long to read this Author.

Highly recommended
Maureen DeLuca
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is no way that I can express my feelings for this author and this series except this : IT IS FANTASTIC! Paul Cleave is just creepy in a humors way - Collecting Cooper is the 2nd book in the Theodore Tate series - but also the bigger picture it is part of the "Christchurch Noir Crime Series"

It is BEST to read these books by the date it was published, for this author tends to bring in characters from another book into his current book... ( The only book so far that Cleave has written which
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a terrific book, even better than Blood Men. This is what a thriller is supposed to be. Cleave creates full-blooded characters, both good and evil, and a fast-moving plot that keeps you reading until the last page. I wished it went on longer. Edgy and violent, this is great fiction. Highly recommended.
My original Collecting Cooper audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.
So I rated Cemetery Lake, the first Theodore Tate book, 5-stars. Collecting Cooper was even better; I need a 6-star rating!
Paul Cleave’s black humor is back in the second installment of the Theodore Tate series and I love it. This one starts with Tate’s release from prison several months after the events of Cemetery Lake. Tate’s lawyer Donovan Green is asking him for help to find his daughter Emma
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, new-zealand
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, o
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I am now cancelling all of my vacation plans for Christchurch New Zealand. Author Paul Cleave paints a very bleak and scary as hell portrait of a city plagued by killers, crazies and some really crappy weather. This book is so full of serial killers it surely has to be something in the water. Now I am usually a 3 to four star rater reserving those five stars for special books. Folks this is one heck of a special one. Very fast paced with lots of action and some real great characters this one com ...more
Amanda McGill
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, own
A little bit disappointed with the second novel in the Theodore Tate series just because I loved the first novel (Cemetery Lake) a lot more. It’s best to read the books in order, just because Tate talks a lot about what happens in the first novel.

I got very confused at the beginning of the novel, with all the jumping back and forth between characters. It also didn’t help that I confused Tate and Cooper, which lead to a lot of flipping back to the beginning and scratching my head! They are two to
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced and entertaining. A few nice gory details but not enough for my taste, which may be considered excessive at times.
Book lacks a bit of depth that you otherwise would get from a psychological thriller such as Hannibal.
Overall good fun read. Would recommend to someone into psychological thrillers but doesn't want to think to hard about what they are reading.
Diane S ☔
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gritty but I really like his style of writing, and the only author I read whose setting is in New Zealand, Christchurch in particular.
Terri Wino
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2017
Whew! All aboard the crazy train with this one! Another fantastically suspenseful thriller from Paul Cleave. I do believe I like each book more than the last as I make my way through his works.

I absolutely love the character of Theodore Tate, poor decisions and sometimes bad behaviour included. Mr. Cleave has a talent in writing flawed characters that you can't help but like, even when you know they're about to go off the rails.

This book had more than one crazy nutjob and quite a few little twi
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty creepy book about an ex mental patient kidnapping people for his "collection". Ex cop Theodore Tate.....just released from asked by the father of missing college student Emma Green to please find and bring her home. Throw a college professor who disappears one day into the mix, along with a brutally sadistic history at a now closed psychiatric institution and well, anything (literally) can happen on the next page. Cleave is an excellent writer who brings these flawed characte ...more
Lou Harper
Apr 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In Christchurch, New Zealand serial killers and other assorted murderers–including the narrator–just can't stop running into each other. Simply suspending belief isn't sufficient here; it also hast to be drawn and quartered. ...more
Craig Sisterson
Cleave has become an absolute master at getting readers inside the head of someone with a view well and truly askew, of getting us to care enough about such people (or at least be fascinated by them), despite their failings and faults, to keep us engaged and the pages whirring as we follow their viewpoint throughout his helter-skelter storylines.

Collecting Cooper opens with Tate walking free from Christchurch Prison, where he found himself thanks to bad choices made in Cemetery Lake, into a swe
Paul Pessolano
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Collecting Cooper” by Paul Cleave, published by Atria.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

Theodore Tate has just been released from prison in Christchurch, New Zealand. He spent four months there because while intoxicated he was in an automobile accident that hurt a young woman, Emma Green. Tate was a police detective but now cannot get back on the force, however he is being asked to look into a serial killer, a woman, Natalie Flowers or Melissa X. At the same time, Emma has disappeared and her father c
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Arthur Okun
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Helen by: Gatorman
While I thought 'Collecting Cooper' took a few chapters to get going, when it does, it takes hold and won't let go.

I found earlier chapters to be somewhat convoluted and occasionally confusing, and various plot lines aren't as tightly wound together as might be expected, however, characterisation is excellent, and I liked the fact that there are shades of grey - people are not clearly delineated as all good or all bad.

It also raises some interesting questions on mental illness and the treatment
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just loved this book from start to finish. Paul Cleave is an author that is getting better and better with each book (although his first book The Cleaner takes a lot of beating!)Full of wry humour and page turning plot, this is a book that will make you want to read in one sitting. As with the previous books, it is not for the squeamish, or animal lovers! But a must read all the same. Would appeal to fans of John Connolly or Michael Marshall.
Very interesting story. Fast paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time!
Kelly Bradley
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This just about as perfect a thriller as you can get. Fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride. I highly recommend everything Paul Cleave has written!
Mar 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark, but a good crime thriller.
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I had always thought that book series become dull after the first book of the series and also they can never beat the very first book in that series, but shockingly I have been proved wrong, the series just gets better, and stronger.

The way in which Paul Cleave just puts the story and the characters, makes you instantly like them. There is an invisible pull that exists in his writings, no matter what, you just come back for more. The character
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Without getting too analytical, this was a good (often dark and twisted) thriller that kept me interested and wanting to read the next chapter before doing whatever I needed to do at the time. I especially liked how he bounced back and forth between the mindsets of the different characters in each chapter and didn't stick to one character too long. I do wish Mr. Cleave didn't refer to the summer heat so much in this book. It felt unnecessary most of the time... I picked this book up used and had ...more
Sami Simm
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good thriller novel. I got engaged in this book very easily and couldn't wait till the main character caught the bad guy. The book has some good plot twists. If you are easily disturbed by graphic content, this isn't the book for you. There are quite a few scenes that have some pretty graphic imagery. If you can handle that and you're a fan of thriller novels, this is a good one to read. ...more
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book back in highschool and loved it. A while ago, I decided I need to reread it. After getting my degree in Psychology, I was able to understand the book even better and appreciated the amazingly written characters. This time, I loved it even more
Jessie Hulena
This wasn't for me - I couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to enjoy the plot. There were so many serial killers crammed into the small city of Christchurch, the whole country would be in panic but in this fictional world, it's all a bit ho-hum. ...more
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Paul Cleave is an internationally bestselling author who is currently dividing his time between his home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, where all of his novels are set, and Europe, where none of his novels are set. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. He has won the Ngaio Marsh award for best crime novel in New Zealand, he won the Saint-Maur book festival's crime novel of the y ...more

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