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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Preface Publishing (6 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848090072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848090071
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is a pure delight. Protagonist Jonathan Quinn is a unique and welcome addition to the world of crime fiction. I'm on the edge of my seat, awaiting future instalments of Quinn's adventures." (Jeffery Deaver)

"Brett Battles makes a grand entrance into the thriller scene. An unputdownable spy novel. The Cleaner has it all: exotic locales, James Bondian derring-do, and ingenious plot twists that will keep you sweating all the way till the end." (Tess Gerritsen)

"Displaying an enviable gift for pacing and action, Battles's debut novel is a page-turner that may remind some readers of the cult T V spy series ALIAS... Admirers of quality espionage fiction can look forward to a new series worth following." (Publishers Weekly)

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Jonathan Quinn knows where the bodies are buried. Someone wants to add him to the pile.

Cracking first thriller, introducing Jonathan Quinn, a freelance operator who 'cleans' up for anyone who is prepared to pay him enough, but this time finds himself and the shadowy organisation for which he works, the target of all the violence.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K1ttycatUK on 7 May 2008
Format: Paperback
I was surprised with the so-so reviews I've been reading about "The Cleaner" as I just finished reading it and enjoyed it immensely. Yes - the characters are not very deep and well-rounded but that seems to reflect the type of work the main character does - go in, clean up the mess - in this case bodies and evidence - and don't ask any questions.

I found this book very difficult to put down and went along for the ride which entailed lots of plot twists and sticky situations. If you are looking for a suspenseful read without too much boring filler text then this one will keep you on your toes and running to the finish line.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm always on the lookout for a new author in the thriller genre so when Amazon kept putting the novels of Brett Battles before my eyes I finally decided to take the plunge. I went for the first in the Jonathan Quinn series to make sure I have the background and character firmly in my mind. I liked the book well enough, but it really didn't interest me enough to make me determined to seek out the remainder of the books in the series. Perhaps the writing style was just a little too simple and there were too many instances when I looked up from what I was reading and wondered why the character would have reacted quite in that way. For someone who made his living by strict adherence to a formula of actions this character flew by the seat of his pants more often than not.

Quinn's character had the potential to be very interesting for me since he specializes in going into a scene after an episode and cleaning it so that no clues remain to point toward the boss he happens to be working for on that case. Lately Quinn has found himself working exclusively for The Office, a group located in Washington, D. C. which Quinn supposes is connected with a government agency. In this book a cleanup operation leads Quinn to find himself a target for elimination and he doesn't have a clue as to why. He and his apprentice Nate leave for the other side of the world only to find themselves bumping up against the previous case time after time. Just a question here: how does a person carry around passports for twenty different identities with the credit cards to match those identities and yet go through Customs multiple times and never have these documents spotted?

Filled with all kinds of action including kidnapping, killings, arson, and false identities this novel should have suited me perfectly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Glover on 30 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
In short this is a poor thriller. Thin characters that the reader has no empathy for, mix with a tired storyline that has little depth. The central premise is so weak and unexplained that you simply lose interest. It's processional and every action leads to another in a repetative chain of convenient occurrences to tell the story.

This author has been compared to Lee Child and Robert Ludlum - don't buy this expecting that quality or style of writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Emperor on 10 Mar. 2010
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It's not too bad if you read it quickly but it's full of plot holes and is incredibly unrealistic.
The action scenes are normally not too bad and it flows quite well.
The actual plot turns out to be almost too ridiculous for words.
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After reading the new paperback edition I went online to look up the next in the series and discovered the hardback edition had rather negative reviews. This really surprised me. OK, so more character depth and a bit more detail would enhance the novel, but it was still an enjoyable read. More of a 'sense of place' would also add to the flavour of the book - the description around the airport in Vietnam was evocative and I'd have appreciated more like that. But hey, this thriller was still gripping and it reminded me of a fast action movie (like one of the Bourne films) that makes a fun night out although it won't tax the brain. So if you enjoy fast, quirky-hero thrillers (such as Lee Child's Reacher) I'd recommend the first in this new series about Quinn (the freelance 'cleaner' who cleans up the mess left by private and state espionage)and his apprentice Nate and former 'cleaner' Orlando (suspect we'll see her again!). I look forward to the next in the series.
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By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Mar. 2013
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Very much enjoyed this thriller about Jonathon Quinn, a "cleaner" who ensures that bodies don't stay lying around with any evidence to lead back to the criminal concerned. However his latest assignment finds him in rather deeper water than he is used too..suddenly he is the target and we are flung into a race to discover what is going on. Ok, admittedly the plot is a little far fetched at times, but heck, this is a fiction novel, I want to be entertained I'm not particularly worried about picking holes in the story.I liked the characters,there's a bit of a twist and I found it fast paced and fun, certainly there are worse ways to kill a few hours and I will definitely be reading more from this author.
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By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 April 2008
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Quinn is a 'cleaner' who sorts out other people's problems in the twilight world of espionage and intelligence agencies. In one job things go horribly wrong and he becomes a target and runs out of people to trust...
The cover blurb and endorsements make this out to be something special with links to many great authors - in reality it is an efficient thriller that will engage you and then you will forget about it. Fast moving with a plot that is slightly ambitious, this is not fantastic but is quite readable for what it is.
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