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Five Minutes Alone

(Theodore Tate #4)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  604 ratings  ·  106 reviews
In the latest thriller by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, someone is helping rape victims exact revenge on their attackers, prompting an edge-of-your-seat, cat-and-mouse chase between old friends, detectives Theodore Tate and Carl Schroder.

Carl Schroder and Theodore Tate, labeled "The Coma Cops" by the media, are finally getting their lives back into shape. Tate
Paperback, 464 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Atria Books
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Judy Collins
FIVE MINUTES ALONE is the "best of the best"! A true gripping, riveting, intense, suspenseful fast-paced crime thriller. Brilliantly written, an award-winning author, and predicted "crime thriller of the year!"

Set in Christchurch, New Zealand, someone is helping rape victims get revenge on their attackers. An intense, edge-of-your-seat, holding your breath, cat-and-mouse chase between old friends- detectives Theodore Tate and Carl Schroder. These two, labeled “The Coma Cops” by the media, are
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've been binge reading this series, and I'm having difficulty rating this book. It begins six months after Joe Victim.

Often cops hear a victim's family member angrily state, "Give me five minutes alone with the bastard!" There are characters in this book who are given that chance by Carl Schroder. Due to dying and then almost dying (yes, in that order) in the previous book, Schroder has lost his job, his family, his self-respect, and he's understandably depressed. There is still a bullet in his
Tim The Enchanter
I could not finish this one. Regardless, you will see I still gave it 3 stars. I felt it was well written despite the absurd number of bad luck experiences the protagonists faced. Ultimately,this story used one of my least favourite plot structures. The plot in which the bad guy is known and we get to guess whether he will get away with it. For my money, a book that reveals the killer at the outset needs to have string characterization to keep my interest. This one did not so I had to give up ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
I have said it myself...."just give me five minutes alone with him/her/them".

And there is someone out there, in Christchurch New Zealand, who is determined to give the victims of horrible crimes their five minutes, or however long it takes, with the offenders to exact their revenge.

And really, who is going to worry when a murderer or a rapist is disposed of?

But just how carefully is the Five Minute Man selecting his victims? And what happens when innocent people start being hurt?

Theodore Tate
Terri Wino
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: year-2018
Finally Theo and Schroder are back together for another wild ride! I love the concept of this book -- how many times have people asked for five minutes alone with the perpetrators of terrible crimes?

Paul Cleave is so adept at making his readers accessories to murder and all other sorts of crime, because I've got to say, I often question if I'm a horrible person for rooting for characters who are doing bad things! I find myself just going along for the ride and saying, "Yep, uh-huh, that's
Another winner for Paul Cleave (“Cleave”). I absolutely loved “Five Minutes Alone.” If a series could garner a rating I’d give this one ten big stars.

I have a handful of go-to authors that never disappoint and Paul Cleave (“Cleave”) is one of them. Being a huge fan of his, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on his latest installment, “Five Minutes Alone.” Seriously readers, if you’ve never read any works by this author, and you’re a lover of the mystery/suspense/thriller genre, you’re missing out
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent entry in the Theo Tate series from Cleave, a very underrated thriller writer. Worth 4.5 stars with just a few moments of excessive credibility stretching keeping it from 5 stars. The story of a former police officer deciding to give victims of crime their "5 minutes" with the criminals moves at a fast pace and never lets up, with characters that you really find yourself caring about. The ending leaves several questions unanswered for the next entry, to which I am already looking ...more
 Nyarlathotep Twelfth Month The Haunted Reading Room
I'd highly recommend this book, and as it's the first I've read by this author, I m about to read all his previous mysteries. That said, I must specify the complexity of this novel. Even after turning the final page, I find myself asking, "Were there really.ANY good guys here??" I've heard of "flawed heroes" and "anti-heroes," but I think the characters here deserve their own, New, category.
Maureen DeLuca
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It has been 2 years since I joined the Goodreads family , and the very first friend I made was Brenda Best- it was her recommendation that I picked up my first Paul Cleave book... and my goodness I have been hooked ever since!! One thing that I should mention (thanks to Brenda) is that in this one case you should read his book by "publication order" Paul has a unique style of writing and most of the times he takes the characters from his previous book and adds then to his current books... ( be ...more
PennsyLady (Bev)
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
As usual, I can't put a Paul Cleave down.

I was wrestling with the title and just wasn't concise
in my explanation.
Tony (Chadds Ford, Pa) captured it so well....Check out his quote.
"Here’s the premise: People who have been violated in one way or another all wish for some kind of payback, or revenge against their assailant. What if there was a person who facilitated that payback, and helped to permanently eliminate that threat?"
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing

The 4th Theodore Tate novel, FIVE MINUTES ALONE sees author Paul Cleave continuing to pull together connections from many of his previous novels - this series and the Christchurch Carver books. Must admit some of these connections, and the continuation in these books fascinate this reader. But then I've been amazed, fascinated, confronted, discomforted and flat out frightened by most of them.

The FIVE MINUTES ALONE of the title is a reference to that oft-quoted reaction of loved ones, and victims

Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Five Minutes Alone is the fourth book in Paul Cleave's crime thriller series set in New Zealand, featuring private detective turned police officer, Theodore Tate.

I didn't realise when I chose to read Five Minutes Alone that it was fourth in the series, I was simply intrigued by the synopsis. Six months previously, Detectives Theodore Tate and Carl Schroder were badly injured in a confrontation with a serial killer. Now, while Theodore has all but recovered and is back on the force, Carl, fired
I received a copy of this book from the Goodreads: First Reads giveaways (it is a paperback uncorrected proof)
I have somewhat of a love/hate with this book. I was interested in the story and the characters yet the pacing was off and it seemed to drag.

I was unaware that "Five Minutes Alone" was part of a series which many of the same characters but Cleave's writing made it read almost as a standalone novel and I never really felt like I was missing important plot points or should have read the
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing

by Paul Cleave

Scheduled for release on October 4th, the latest thriller by bestselling author Paul Cleave is a benchmark in crime fiction. FIVE MINUTES ALONE is a stand alone novel followed closely by last year's great read JOE VICTIM.
Christchurch, New Zealand has seen it's share of violence covering every aspect of criminal behavior. Someone is allowing rape victims to have 'five minutes alone' with the people responsible for crimes committed against them. A body is found
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Five Caffeinated Reasons to grab a copy of Five Minutes Alone

Cleave weaves a clever tale of suspense as a killer helps rape victims get revenge against their attackers. The plot is tight, and movesbetween perspectives as Cleave builds his spider web and characters find themselves trapped.
Carl Schroder and Theodore Tate known to the media as the “Coma Cops” are finally recovering. Tate is back on the duty, and he and his wife are working to recover from their loss. His life is complicated and
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of Five Minutes Alone by Paul Cleave from in exchange for my honest review.

Think what it would be like if crime victims were granted 5 minutes alone with their attackers. It is a common request that police receive. "If you find the person who did this, please give me 5 minutes alone with them..."

When the body of a recently released convicted murder is found hit by a train, Theodore Tate, tries to determine if it is a suicide or a murder. Theo consults
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have not read the prior three novels in this series. Although I do own another book by this author. I just have not had the chance to pick it up and read it. Well after reading this book, I am going back and picking it up. I could not stop reading this book. I totally got the reason for the killings. Luckily and I hope that I never had to ask for my "Five Minutes". There was no secret about who was responsible for the killings. Which I liked. All I could think was would that person be caught ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Another dark novel... seems to be my time for dark novels. MAybe I should read something like Winnie the Pooh next - lol
Tate is a policeman in Christchurch New Zealand.
Schroeder was a policeman who was shot in the line of duty. It has effected his brain. Maybe because there is still a bullet in this brain. He does not feel like himself and so decides to start giving the victims their "5 minutes". It seems that whenever someone is murdered the victims loved one always beg the police officer for
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the reasons I am proud to be a New Zealander. There is a lot of home grown talent on this small Island.

Five minutes alone is what the friends or relatives of victims want to have with the offender. Of course by law that cannot happen...or can it. Someone is doing just that, and Theodore Tate is on the case to hunt this person down. Things start to go wrong when innocent people die, and as I neared the end of the book each page was turned with trepidation as the only possible
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one by Paul cleave. I know when I am reading one of his books I am going to get a good story, well thought out and diverse characters and a true thriller mystery.
In Five minutes alone its no exception and Tate and Schroder are back. Two of my most favorite characters.
in order to appreciate this book, these characters and the ending (not that the ending is confusing but being OK with it), its best to read Cleave's books in order. I am definitely interested to see what Paul
Mike Hughes
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Love everything about this series. Cleave continues to deliver some of the best writing today. Made a small mistake and read this one out of order, i skipped Joe Victim, although its a different series, all cleave's books have characters that interact, so do your self a favor and read these gems in publication order.

Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
On the front of the audiobook it quoted a Kirkus review saying this book is "Breaking Bad meets to Coen brothers" which I would agree is a pretty apt description. Because we know early on who the Five Minute Man is the mystery is not his identity but how will he get caught and when will this all ultimately end? Laced with a sense of humor in between some pretty violent scenes, this book wasn't at all what I expected but was still thoroughly entertaining in its own right.

Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good police thriller about a rogue cop who is trying to convince - or blackmail - other cops to become vigilantes as well. I recommend it, this was a good read.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a gripping suspense thriller. My Rating 4.5.

Detective Inspector Theodore Tate has recently come back on the force after a suspension and an injury that left him in a coma. He has his own sorrows at home as he and his wife are still grieving the death of their young daughter by a drunk driver. Although three years has passed, Tate’s wife is unable to stay in reality and accept their daughter’s death. But personal troubles can’t keep Tate home when murder comes calling.

Tate gets the call
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won a paperback copy of “Five Minutes Alone”, a crime thriller by Paul Cleave, on and am posting an honest review. I gave it a rating of 4 stars.

This book is the fourth in a series about Detectives Theodore Tate and Carl Schroder, the Coma Cops. It’s set in gritty Christchurch, New Zealand but in reading it, I can see the story taking place in almost any mid-size city.

A woman is raped, her assailant caught and jailed. After his release from prison, he turns up dead, his body
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
My View:
Would benefit from reading previous instalments.

This is a review that is causing me to wrestle with my response to the book – I had so many! Let me explain – I hadn’t read any others in this series but the premise of revenge drew me in. The first few chapters I found really engaging, tense, and dramatic. I empathised with the first murderer – I think anyone would. And hence starts the first of many moral dilemmas in this narrative.

The theme of revenge, of ‘doing the right thing by
The CurvyJones
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Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I had not read any of Paul Cleave's prior novels. Early on, I was surprised by the reference to gas station attendants, and thought, who has those anymore? Then I realized the series is set in New Zealand.

This thriller is not a whodunit,although the back cover would lead one to believe it is more of a mystery. I actually like stories where we know the hero and villain up front, so that wasn't a problem for me. "Five Minutes Alone" explores the way otherwise "good" people are pushed to seek
Edythe Hamilton
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Then he turns the gun towards Achilles and shoots him in the head too. He’s seen too many horror movies to bother about thinking twice.” –FIVE MINUTES ALONE

Kelly Summers brutally attacked by intruder Dwight Smith has constant nightmares about the traumatic event leading to psychiatric treatment sessions. Dwight is released from jail years later and found dead on railroad tracks which police believe it to be suicide but soon turns to a murder investigation with Kelly as one of the suspects.

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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 ...more

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