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Publisher's Summary

Meet Jonathan Quinn: a freelance operative with a take-no-prisoners style and the heart of a loner. His job? Professional "cleaner". Nothing too violent, just disposing of bodies. But in Brett Battles' electrifying debut novel, Quinn's latest assignment will change everything.

The job seemed simple enough: investigating a suspicious case of arson. But when a dead body turns up, and Quinn's handlers at "the Office" turn strangely silent, he knows he's in over his head. With only a handful of clues, Quinn struggles to find out why someone wants him dead...and if it's linked to a larger attempt to wipe out the Office.

Quinn's only hope may be Orlando, a woman from his past who may hold the key to solving the case. Suddenly, the two are prying into old crimes, crisscrossing continents, and struggling to stay alive. But as the hunt intensifies, Quinn is stunned by a chilling secret...and a brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy.

Furiously paced, filled with superbly drawn characters and pitch-perfect dialogue, The Cleaner confirms Battles' place as one of the most exciting new talents in suspense fiction.

©2007 Brett Battles (P)2007 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"Displaying an enviable gift for pacing and action, Battles's debut novel is a page-turner that may remind some readers of the cult TV spy series Alias....Admirers of quality espionage fiction can look forward to a new series worth following." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Bernie
  • 11-07-2007

excellent from start to finish

This book is excellent from start to finish. You will not want to break from the non-stop action. Its one the best book I've bought from Audible since I started this service 30 months ago.

149 of 160 people found this review helpful

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  • cb
  • 19-07-2007

Well, huh.

This is a book about totally unlikeable people who kill a lot of other people and then kind of try to save the world-- but only because there's something in it for them. In the end they have good reasons for the people they kill in this story-- but this doesn't remedy the fact that nothing is done to make them likeable. The Sopranos made likeable and complex characters out of Tony, Silvio, and so many other people, but this book, IMO, does very little in that regard. On a more positive note, I did listen the whole way through, because I cared enough to see what happened in the end. If you're looking for action and danger and you're completely bored with character development, great... otherwise, keep shopping.

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  • Mark
  • 19-07-2007

Good Grief

I should have known by the comparison to the TV. show "Alias" that I was going to dislike this book but it looked like fun. It wasn't.

It is, however, unoriginal; the Cleaner in Le Femme Nikita is far more interesting. And it is disappointingly predictable; the twists and turns were less like a roller coaster ride and more like an uncomfortable get-away in the back of a jalopy Ford on a pot-holed road.

I gave it a chance and listened to it through the end but I couldn't wait for it to be over. It was one eye-rolling-you've-got-to-be-kidding-me moment after another. I'm dousing myself with Le Carre as an antidote.

The production value, however, is excellent. Scott Brick is a reliable and consistent reader.

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  • Tracy P.
  • 20-09-2016

The Cleaner, "Cleaned" Up!

Great, action filled, smart book!
Surprise ending making the roller-coaster ride that much more exciting!
Can't wait to move on to book 2 in this series!
Scott Brick, as usual, is an incredible narrator! He hits everything he does right on the mark!:)

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  • Judy
  • 19-04-2015

Great story!

I loved it! Scott Brick gave a awesome reading. Brett Battles has done it again! I highly recommend this entire series you won't regret it!! ENJOY

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  • Zachary Adam Kavouras
  • 23-02-2015

Overall A Great Book!

Very satisfying book and was a great listen can't wait to continue the series. The narrator was great also which is hard to find nowadays.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 19-02-2015

"Quinn" is a terrific series!

Well, I'm sorry that I didn't discover this series sooner. Jonathan Quinn is a terrific character - and I'm surprised this character hasn't made the leap to the big screen. Although the dialogue is well constructed and witty, I love the things that the characters DO NOT say. I think this makes for much more realism and believability.

I recommend this series to other fans of the spy-thriller genre.

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  • Armando
  • 17-01-2015

Good action, interesting personalities

Story kept moving and the twists were unexpected. Like the main character and will read more if he appears in other stories .

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  • A. J. Anderson
  • 10-01-2015

Excellent, quite the story line.

I did not see the end of the story coming! Great book and great value for audible book to listen to on a long drive.

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  • Alex
  • 05-01-2015

An excellent start to a new series

Scott Brick provides a wonderful performance again (as usual). I'd been looking for a new series since I've finished most of my other ones, and I stumbled across this. Brett Battles has created a very interesting character in Quinn and I'm looking forward to seeing how future tales play out.

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  • Emma
  • 23-07-2009

good read

from start to the end I loved it. a real page turner

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  • EmmyScotland
  • 02-05-2013

Depressing and unable to listen to it!

This was a depressing book that was quite miserabe and further more the narrator was not that great which made it even harder to listen to...tried on several occasions to get in to the story but it was too much like hard work and gave in after a couple of chapters - not for me but who knows it might be right up your street!

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