Joe Victim: A Thriller (Christchurch Noir Crime Series)
Publish Date: 2013-09-03
Author: Paul Cleave
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Sometimes reality can really get in the way of a good story.
Joe Middletons story is this: He doesnt remember killing anyone, so there s no way a jury can convict him of serial murder. He calls himself Joe Victim, trying, as he awaits trial, to convince the psychiatrists that he wasnt in control of his actions, trusting that the system will save him in the end.
But others know Joe as the infamous Christchurch Carver and they want to see him dead. Theres Melissa, Joes accomplice in one of the murders, who plans on shooting him on his way to the courthouse before he gets a chance to start talking. Then theres Raphael, whose daughter was one of the Carvers victims. Though hes tried to move on with life as the leader of a counseling group for grieving family members, hed like nothing more than to watch Joe pay. Finally theres Carl Schroder, the ex-detective who locked Joe up and is determined to put things right for the case of his career.
To extract himself from this epic mess, Joe has come up with a desperate plan involving a television psychic whos looking to get rich by making people believe just about anything. Its a long shot, but it had better work before he becomes the poster boy for a death penalty that may be reinstated in New Zealand, which isnt quite the dramatic ending he is hoping for