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The Cleaner | [Brett Battles]

The Cleaner

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 his 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.
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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Michele 01-02-13
    Michele 01-02-13 Member Since 2014

    I am the author of "Inner Fears", a thriller by MFKing. I am a social media manager for Jazz Social Media. Audio books are my main entertainment, and I think the best entertainment offered today.

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    "The story shoots from the barrel of motivation..."

    I must find more books by Brett Battles. He understands the nuances of story speed and plot folding, and how story flows from the characters naturally. I was happy to ride along the character's path in their interesting world.

    I've listened twice, and, of course, no one can perform better then Scott Brick. He is my bedroom buddy, my tantalizing transistor radio beneath my pillow. His accents don't bleed to other words, his characters are perfect. Women, men, Germans, Bosnians, with one word I have no doubt who is speaking.

    After two books where the writer was--frankly--an arrogant ass, ruining the story with his own pride of self (see my reviews on Michael Palmer's Political Suicide and Richard Bards' Brian Rush, 2 books I couldn't finish because the arrogance of the author bled into their protagonist), was beginning to think I didn't like audio books any more, but Brett battled me back to love for this art form.

    Don't miss this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Richmond, CA, USA 11-17-07
    Peter Richmond, CA, USA 11-17-07 Member Since 2008
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    "Flat, formulistic, derviative."

    Neither the settings or the characters had any life to them, most of the plot and devices were lifted from other works. The plotting is competent, and Scott Brick always helps any book.

    I'm really surprised by the rush of rave reviews early on. Were these from people who actually liked the book, or were they placed by the author and/or his friends?

    After I finished this book, I listened to James Lee Burke's latest; his three sentences describing the sunrise on the bayou in the opening crackle with life, and made me realize what I'd been missing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dohagirl Qatar 09-19-07
    Dohagirl Qatar 09-19-07 Member Since 2014

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    "rubbish"

    boring, nonsensical rubbish. i kept having to rewind as i lost my place in the story over and over. i find this happens when the audiobook i am listening to is so poor that outside events are more interesting.

    also getting seriously fed up of scott bricks rather nasal tones and his totally unbelievable and pathetic attempts at foreign accents. (in this book he was trying to do australian, but his british is just as unconvincing). i gave up after about 3 hours as i simply could not endure any more. dont waste your credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Moraga, CA, USA 08-16-07
    Paul Moraga, CA, USA 08-16-07 Member Since 2010
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    "I'm stuck"

    I'm about halfway through this audio book and I just don't want to continue. I have no interest in the characters, or the "plot". The author initiates flashbacks like an episode of Family Guy. Somebody will say something about a past experience, and then you're off on 20 minutes of a flashback. I'm getting really tired of Scott Brick as well. His narration was great in a story like Paranoia by Joseph Finder, where the main character was a bit sarcastic, but after a while, he gets annoying. I've had to switch to Lost Light by Michael Connelly, and I'm back in my audio book groove. I think the author should try harder to avoid such common situations and characterizations in the thriller genre. Those of us who've listened/read these kinds of books for a while are looking for something new and original.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Schilling 08-02-07 Member Since 2007
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    "A captivating listen"

    This is a great listen. The story is captivating and I worked to find time to listen more so I could find out what hapens next.

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    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 10-10-14
    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 10-10-14 Member Since 2014

    I teach. I Listen. I trust your judgment as a fellow listener.

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    "Just because you can write it don't mean it's good"

    This canned, quasi-spy novel, is written to wind your tension-lovin' spring. But, the story is so pedestrian, so canned and unbelievable, that its masquerade as thriller is as transparent as the unsmoked glass that the good guys must endure in their rented Porches when the genocidal maniacs shoot their silenced guns through the streets of crowded cities into their righteous and speedy vehicles.

    What incredibly bogus, pulp fiction, this stuff is…I feel dirty.

    But, as always Scott Brick is my hero. Narrator extraordinaire!

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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 09-29-12
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 09-29-12 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Talk about an unusual skill set..."

    I love this series!

    The job of cleaning up murder scenes could make for stomach churning stories from the pens of some writers. However, Brett Battles, while giving those gruesome details, manages to move along story lines with a style that keeps you entertained. I hesitate to use the word humorous, but wry might describe the tone. As if it's all in an ordinary day's work, each book has a new scenario. Jonathan Quinn must do his assigned task and there are always complications (sometimes it's his own curiosity.)

    Needless to say, with a life constantly on call, a job requiring secrecy and with high security risks Quinn is left estranged from his family and with few contacts other than his trusted working partners. This leads to the development of his history and character as the series progresses. In addition, the other regulars have their own histories, crises, and relationships with Quinn.

    Scott Brick, as always, is a perfect narrator. He manages to voice urgency, danger, and fear at appropriate times without intruding on the scene or dialog.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cranberry 12-01-07
    Cranberry 12-01-07 Member Since 2010
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    "Ordinary"

    This was a good book to listen to in between books you really want. It's a fun diversion -- nothing special -- just an ordinary, not too original book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Alexandria, VA, USA 10-25-07
    Kim Alexandria, VA, USA 10-25-07
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    "Oh boy"

    oh yeah, this is a boring one. I love Scott Brick too but he couldn't even keep me interested. Just so typical and the twist at the end - spare me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Saint Clair, MI, USA 09-20-07
    Ray Saint Clair, MI, USA 09-20-07
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    "Too much detail"

    I like an action/mystery book or movie to move along and not get hung up on details. If I could have edited this book, I would have cut out several chapters and had the central plot move more directly.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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