Five Minutes Alone
Carl Schroder and Theodore Tate, labeled "The Coma Cops" by the media, are finally getting their lives back into shape. Tate ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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?"
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.