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Thomas, Paul 1951-

Works: 37 works in 112 publications in 2 languages and 2,160 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Suspense fiction  Biography  Detective and mystery fiction  Pictorial works  Interviews  Short stories, New Zealand  History  Anecdotes 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR9639.3.T45, NZ823.2
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Paul Thomas
Most widely held works by Paul Thomas
Death on demand by Paul Thomas( Book )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Maori cop Tito Ihaka, 'unkempt, overweight, intemperate, unruly, unorthodox and profane', is a cop unable to play the police politics necessary for promotion, but a man who has a way with women, and he's a stubborn investigator with an uncanny instinct for the truth. Ihaka is in the wilderness, having fallen foul of the new regime at Auckland Central. Called back to follow up a strange twist in the unsolved case that got him into trouble in the first place, Ihaka finds himself hunting a shadowy hitman who could have several notches on his belt. His enemies want him off the case, but the bodies are piling up. Ihaka embarks on a quest to establish whether police corruption was behind the shooting of an undercover cop and--to complicate matters-- he becomes involved with an enigmatic female suspect who could hold the key to everything"--Publisher's web site
Fallout by Paul Thomas( Book )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tito Ihaka, the unkempt, overweight Maori cop, was demoted to Sergeant due to insubordination and pigheadedness. He investigates the unsolved killing of a seventeen-year-old girl at an election night party in a ritzy villa near Auckland. Ihaka is also embroiled in a very personal mystery. A freelance journalist has stumbled across information that Ihaka's father, Jimmy, a trade union firebrand and renegade Marxist, didn't die of natural causes. The stories weave themselves into an exciting climax in an atmosphere of political maneuvering and intrigue surrounding the United States' confrontation with New Zealand over its anti-nuclear stance
The empty bed by Paul Thomas( Book )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Nick Kerr's wife comes home from a business dinner a little more "receptive" than usual, he's suspicious. After she confesses all and asks for a separation, Nick finds that his wife has been getting her hands dirty in all sorts of places. Then she winds up dead - and Nick's prime suspect
Inside dope by Paul Thomas( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and Danish and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Duane Ricketts met some interesting people while in jail, brushed up on his Scrabble, and got a lead on a treasure-trove of high-grade cocaine hidden somewhere in New Zealand
Guerilla season by Paul Thomas( Book )

5 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New Zealand is in the grip of urban terrorism, as the shadowy and sinister Aotearoa People's Army is on the rampage. Who are they and what do they want? The SIS thinks it knows but the maverick cop Tito Ihaka thinks otherwise
John Wright's Indian summers by John Wright( Book )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Wright's four and a half years as a coach of India
Work in progress by Paul Thomas( Book )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bohemians believe that if you travel light and live for today, you'll never grow old ...Novelist Max Napier didn't set out to make a mess of his life but if you choose to entertain romantic notions and a raffish self-image, it's always on the cards. Now on the brink of turning 50, he's alone in his little flat, out of ideas, out of love and out of fashion. A chance meeting with an old friend arrests the spiral, but not all the ghosts from Max's past are benevolent and there are tricky curves to negotiate on the road to redemption and emotional renewal
Peter Bush : a life in focus by Peter Bush( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Peter Bush is a living legend in New Zealand photojournalism and a figure of world renown in his specialist field of rugby photography. Peter Bush's long career in the news business has brought him into contact with an extraordinarily colourful cast of characters - loveable rogues, drinkers, brawlers and scoundrels." -- Front flap
Union : the heart of rugby by Paul Thomas( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an epic international portrait of rugby through the lenses of the world's great rugby photographers. Conceived to celebrate the true heart and soul of rugby around the world, Union will be both a stunning large-format book and exhibition
The Ihaka trilogy by Paul Thomas( Book )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maverick Maori cop Tito Ihaka, is a detective sergeant in the Auckland CID. Despite treading on numerous toes and breaking most of the rules in the book, Ihaka eventually gets his man - and sometimes his woman. OLD SCHOOL TIE is about the unlocking of a dark 25-year-old secret relating to a teenage girl's mysterious suicide at a private school ball. Freelance journalist Reggie Sparks' investigation spills over into an underworld turf war involving the Sydney mafia and a ferocious Maori gang, the Blood Drinkers. INSIDE DOPE involves a race for the lost treasure of the Mr Asia drug syndicate which attracts the attention of a rogue American narcotics agent and the CIA, while GUERILLA SEASON pits Ihaka against a shadowy and sinister terrorist group in a case which turns out to have links to the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior
Tana Umaga up close by Tana Umaga( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This autobiography provides insight into the life of a high profile New Zealand All Black who became the first Pacific Islander to captain the ABs. This exemplary professional is a deeply private man with a flamboyant style and an independent streak
Straight from the Hart : the career and philosophy of a revolutionary rugby by Paul Thomas( Book )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A frank and comprehensive account of John Hart's years as a rugby coach, and a detailed look at his coaching methods and philosophy
A whole new ball game : confronting the myths and realities of New Zealand rugby by Paul Thomas( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is the rugby picture in New Zealand as black as it's sometimes painted? Is all the discontent justified? This state-of-the-nation look at New Zealand rugby after almost a decade of professionalism argues the case for optimism in the run-up to the World Cup. The book's central premise is that, despite some hiccups and speed-bumps, New Zealand rugby has made a good fist of the transition to professionalism and is in fact in pretty good shape, albeit a different shape from what it was in the good old days. It argues that the good old days are gone, that New Zealand is a very different country from what it was even 20 years ago, and that rugby cannot quarantine itself from society. Why, indeed, would a national sport want to do so? New Zealand rugby in 2003 reflects New Zealand in 2003, for better or for worse. To see all change as being for the worse, to hark back selectively to a golden era without acknowledging the social and economic forces which have changed the face of New Zealand in the last two or three decades, is to ignore the widespread evidence that New Zealand rugby is in a fundamentally healthy state, particularly when compared with many of the other rugby-playing nations. Paul Thomas presents the facts about New Zealand in 2003, from the NZRFU boardroom to the school playing field, and undermines the myth of a game in decline. He describes a game which, while continuing to grapple with issues of professionalism, social change and intensified competition, is essentially in good heart and in good hands. He concludes that if we choose to ignore the gains and achievements and exaggerate the negatives, we run the very real risk that the mantra of doom and gloom will become a self-fulfilling prophecy
Death on demand by Paul Thomas( Recording )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maori cop Tito Ihaka has been dragged back from exile - and Christopher Lilywhite, whom Ihaka suspected was behind his wife's death, wants to see him. Lilywhite confesses that he had his wife murdered, but he dealt with the hit-man at arm's length so has no idea who he is. In quick succession Lilywhite and another potential source of information are murdered. Ihaka's old rival Detective Inspector Tony Charlton takes control of the case but with more corpses turning up and Auckland Central stretched to breaking point, Ihaka realises that he's hunting a faceless and prolific hit-man. Or is the hit-man hunting him?
Kirwan : running on instinct by John Kirwan( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sex crimes by Paul Thomas( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A crisp collection of blackly humorous short stories that explore crimes revolving around sex. Each story starts out clearly enough, but after Thomas's characteristic twists and unexpected turns, you'll never be able to predict quite where they'll end
Dirty laundry by Paul Thomas( Book )

3 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Change of Hart by Paul Thomas( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How John Hart took the All Blacks to a higher plane"--Jacket flap
Old school tie by Paul Thomas( Book )

2 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Strange and sinister things are happening in the City of Sails. A private eye with a briefcase full of scandalous photos is clinically assassinated in a basement car park. A businessman who seems to have it all plummets to his death from the Harbour Bridge. And a clue is discovered to the mysterious suicide of a teenage girl at an exclusive school ball. When a magazine decides to investigate, it calls on the services of occasional journalist and failed gigolo Reggie Sparks. Soon Reggie finds himself chasing a story in which blackmail and double-dealing are the order of the day and some secrets are dark enough to kill for. .."--Back cover
Christmas in Rarotonga : the John Wright story by John Wright( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Inside dopeGuerilla seasonJohn Wright's Indian summersWork in progressPeter Bush : a life in focusUnion : the heart of rugbyThe Ihaka trilogyTana Umaga up close