The Cleaner: A Thriller
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An international bestseller and one of the top-selling novels in New Zealand’s history, Paul Cleave’s dark thriller is a brilliant, bloody masterpiece. Joe is in control of everything in his simple life, including his day job at the police department and his “night work.” He isn’t bothered by the daily news reports of the Christchurch Carver, who, they say, has murdered se...more
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Published December 11th 2012 by Atria Books (first published 2006)
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Gatorman
This was one hell of a ride, a serial killer thriller unlike any I've read so far. The protaganist Joe is quite an interesting killer with a great sense of humor to boot. Told in both first person from Joe's perspective and third person from a co-worker's perspective, the story never fails to fascinate and the writing is superb as usual from Cleave. Dark and nasty with a particularly grisly scene no man will ever forget. A terrific ending that reveals a connection to Cleave's other books. Highly...more
Mike Gabor
I wasn't impressed with this book at all. The story is told mainly thru the voice of Joe, a serial killer known as the Christchurch Carver. Joe works as a cleaner for the police department. He obtained the job by pretending to be mentally retarded. He spies on the squad investigating the murders in order to stay one step ahead of them. The other voice heard is that of Sally, a fellow worker at the police department. She has a connection to Joe as she finds him resembling her late brother who was...more
Mark
Cleave has become my new favorite author. I love the rough-hewn characters and in-your-face style he presents his readers with. I have devoured all his novels featuring Detective Theodore Tate and so was
a little disappointed that “The Cleaner” is a stand-alone novel not featuring Tate. The disappointment lasted all of three chapters and by page forty six, I was so overcome by the pure evil of Joe the killer, the Christchurch Carver, I was tempted to look at the last page to be sure he is finally...more
Hana Howard
This is crime fiction on the black and bloody side. Paul Cleave creates extraordinary fictional characters. They are charming and chilling. His tight plotted story is moved by their actions and personalities.

Joe is seeking a copycat killer. Joe knows that in addition to the serial killer the media has dubbed the Christchurch Carver there is someone else playing at being the killer.
He knows because it is his crimes that have created the Christchurch Carver
Joe has positioned himself in the best ad...more
Biggi
Joe jobbt er als Putzmann bei der Polizei. Er denkt daran, seine Fische zweimal täglich zu füttern und seine Mutter mindestens einmal pro Woche zu besuchen. Er stört sich kaum an den Nachrichten über den Schlächter von Christchurch, der - so wird behauptet - sieben Frauen umgebracht hat. Joe weiß, dass der Schlächter nur sechs getötet hat. Was er jedoch nicht weiß - noch nicht weiß - ist wer dieser Nachahmer ist. Aber Joe wird ihn finden; er wird ihn für die eine Tat bestrafen und ihm die andere...more
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Jimmmunchel
THE CLEANER
By Paul Cleave

Joe is not your average Joe. The people he works with at the police station call him ‘Slow Joe’. He is a member of the janitorial staff and he keeps all the offices and the squad rooms clean.
But Joe is not really slow. He has perfected his act so finely tuned he even surprises himself. Joe is a serial killer. The worst kind of serial killer because he feels no remorse. He preys upon and kills women with such a ferocity that even the detectives attempting to solve the mu...more
Nicola Mansfield
Nov 30, 2013 Nicola Mansfield rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of serial killer thrillers
This is Paul Cleave's first book; it is also the direct prequel to Joe Victim, his latest book which I read recently. Since I read the books the wrong way round I knew all the who-dunnits in this book but did not know the whys or hows. This did affect my enjoyment of the book and I do highly recommend you read the two books in the proper order! However, I enjoyed Joe Victim so much I just had to read the beginnings of his story. This (well both books) is a very unique take on the serial killer b...more
My Inner Shelf
Un thriller pris à l’envers, du point de vue du tueur lui-même, qui, pour ne pas faire comme tout le monde va mener l’enquête ? Allez, soyons fous ! Joe Middleton nous entraîne dans son délire avec une efficacité redoutable. Le lecteur suit le mode de pensée de Joe, alias Joe-Le-Lent, officiellement homme de ménage intellectuellement déficient, et partage ses réflexions personnelles sur le monde qui l’entoure. On découvre une personnalité complexe et absolument flippante. Joe est un vrai misanth...more
Karen
The Cleaner is Christchurch, New Zealand based Paul Cleave's debut novel. Set in Christchurch where at one point Joe, the central character, muses that the biggest crime in Christchurch City - apart from the fashion and the Old English Architecture, glue-sniffing, too much greenery, bad driving, bad parking, lack of parking, wandering pedestrians, expensive shops, the winter smog, the summer smog, kids riding skateboards on footpaths, kids riding bikes on footpaths, old guys yelling Bible passag...more
Maddy
PROTAGONIST: Joe Middleton, janitor
SETTING: Christchurch, New Zealand
RATING: 4.5
WHY: Joe is a seemingly mentally challenged janitor in the Christchurch police department who is also a serial killer. His job allows him access to information on the murders. The "Christchurch Carver" is accused of killing 7 women; Joe knows he only killed 6 which leads him into trying to find the copycat so he can pin all the murders on him. One of his co-workers, a maintenance worker named Sally, tries to help him...more
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Kitty Montamer
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Die Geschichte wird aus der Sicht von Joe - dem Täter - erzählt. So bekommt man als Leser einen sehr tiefen Einblick in dessen Sichtweise und Gedankenwelt. In manchen Teilen der Story sympathisiert man so sogar mit ihm. Er scheint der normale Kerl von Nebenan zu sein. Lebt allein, arbeitet als Hausmeister in einer Polizeistation und hat eine Art Hassliebe zu seiner Mom. Sein Vater ist vor ein paar Jahren verstorben.
Es hat mir sehr gefallen auch einmal diese Erzählweise zu erleben. Al...more
Stephanie
This was the best book I've read in a long time. Wow what a thriller! Joe was a fantastic character and developed really well. It was funny how he has himself so convinced that he is perfectly normal and not "sick and twisted" like other killers out there...heck he just does it because he enjoys it...he might even be doing society a favor! But there are moments in the book where you get a glimpse into his internal turmoil and you know that he is not as "normal" as he wishes himself to be. His re...more
Sandy Hall
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Teeny Katt
If you liked "Gone Girl" and you enjoy even more gore, you might like this. Set in New Zealand.
Jess
Eh bien j'ai pas du tout aimé ce bouquin.
J'ai pas du tout apprécié comment c'était écrit. L'idée de l'histoire, un tuer en série qui veut chercher celui qui se fait passer pour lui était très intrigante. Mais finalement ça s'éloigne du sujet, il commence à ce passer un peu n'importe quoi à mon avis. Et j'ai pas du tout aimé le personnage principale, Joe.
J'ai vraiment rien aimé en fait. Vers la moitié du livre je me suis retrouvée à sauter des passages, lire juste des dialogues pour savoir ce q...more
Reads4Pleasure
absolutely amazing!
Keksisbaby
Wer einmal in den Kopf eines Serienmörders schauen will, in dessen Gedankenwelt eintauchen und seine verschrobene Wahrnehmung der Umwelt nachvollziehen, dem kann ich raten dieses Buch zu lesen. Joe führt ein Doppelleben. Tagsüber ist er die lernbehinderte Putzkraft auf dem Polizeirevier und nachts zieht er mordend durch Christchurch. Er hat ein gestörtes Verhältnis zu deiner Mutter und . seine einzigen Freunde sind zwei Goldfische. Er ist stolz darauf sechs Morde begangen zu haben ohne das die P...more
Guillaume Jay
Je n'ai pas pu lire ce livre : quand dans les 20 premières pages on a droit a un chat zigouillé suivi d'un viol et d'un meurtre (la victime s’étouffant sur l'oeuf que le violeur lui a mis dans la bouche pour la faire taire), tout cela raconté du point du vue du violeur-narrateur, c'est un peu trop pour moi.
Alors, du coup, j'ai sauté à la fin, histoire de voir si la morale était sauve, puis j'ai pioché un peu partout pour mieux comprendre cette fin. Bref, je l'ai pas lu.
Vu les critiques élogieuse...more
Ikebukuro
Un thriller comme je les aime qui démarre en fanfare dès le premier chapitre. Tout au long du roman on va suivre les pérégrinations de Joe, employé modeste du commissariat de Christchurch, un peu benêt et plus que dévoué à son travail… un jeune homme qui semble "bien sous tous rapport" mais qui fait des heures sup comme "boucher de Christchurch". Jusqu'au jour où un autre tueur s'approprie son travail et essaie de lui faire porter le chapeau pour un meurtre que Joe n'a pas commis. Il n'aura alor...more
Arlavor
Ce roman est une très bonne découverte.


J'ai beaucoup aimé lire cette histoire de serial killer. Au début, ça me faisait beaucoup penser à Dexter même s'il y a de très nombreuses différences entre les deux.

Joe est un homme de ménage au commissariat de Christchurch et il s'y fait passer pour un déficient mental. Ainsi, personne ne pourrait soupçonner que le coupable des meurtres qui interpellent la police depuis un long moment se trouve déjà dans leur murs. Il a une vie réglée au millimètres prè...more
Piper Mejia
This author was recommended to me by a friend - I decided to start with his first book and though I liked the point of view of the narrator it was too linear for my taste. I also found the characters a 2-dimensional and predictable. But there was potential and so I plan to read a couple more as I am sure he got better.
Margarethe
Dies ist ein Thriller aus Serienkillersicht. Ein netter Bursche nach ussen hin etwas debil - Putze bei der Polizei, Goldfischliebhaber und seiner Mutter untertan.
Nachdem er sich schon recht munter und blutrünstig durch Christchurch gemordet hat, gibt es einen Trittbrettfahrer, der ihm eine Leiche unterjubeln will.
Das kränkt seine Serienkillerseele und er will herausfinden wer es ist.
Das buch ist ziemlich blutrünstig und es wird mal hier und da gemordet.
Mittendrin bekommt er eine Gegenspielerin,...more
Sinangel
Wow!
The idea to write a book which focuses on the villain's view isn't new nor is it always a wise thing to do.
But Paul Cleave writes fast paced and sarcastic and most important - after some pages you start to BELIEVE Joe (the main character) and after some chapters you find yourself LIKING him.

A warning: this book IS brutal - yes. It IS bloody - yes. And at some pointe some might find it disguousting - yes. But you need all this to get yourself comfortable "following" Joe on his way.

Furthermore...more
Maya
Am terminat The Cleaner - O carte nebuna, usor perversa - scrisa din perspectiva killer-ului. Putin neobisnuit, dar nimic nou. Dialoguri si telefonate delicios de amuzante între Joe si mama-sa. De fapt eu nici nu am vazut-o ca un thriller ci mai mult ca o comedie macabra :D Merita citita, daca va place genul.
Alison
A great first book. I enjoyed this so much I now want to make my way through the rest of his novels.

Fairly brutal, though hard to put down, full of great twists.

I think Joe's character is well developed. When he occassionally shows little surprising touches of humanity, it's such a relief that you almost want to like him!

I loved reading a thriller book set in my familiar home environment of Christchurch. I love the unromantic view of the city and the exaggerated dark underbelly. Sometimes it'...more
Amanda T
Would have been a 5 star for the unique lead character, but the plot got muddled in the middle and I started to lose track. Had to go back a few times to figure how who was talking and why (I hate having to do that).

Somewhat Dexter-like in that Joe is a serial killer and the story is told from his point of view.

Alejandra
Joe Middleton works as a janitor at the Christchurch police station. Everyone believes his "Slow Joe" act and think he is mentally retarded; but he is far from that. He is actually one clever, sick and twisted serial killer known as the Christchurch Carver. He has 6 women under his record and a seventh is chalked up to him, but he knows it isn't so. And so it begins: Joe's personal investigation to find that copycat. During his investigation he has to deal with his mother, a co-worker and a very...more
Ralf Larisch
Der siebte Tod, so der dt. Titel. Mit Paul Cleave habe ich 2006 einen für mich neuen Autor entdeckt.
Ich bin Fan ... ein absolutes Muss!
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Paul Cleave is an internationally bestselling author who is currently dividing his time between his home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, where all of his novels are set, and Europe, where none of his novels are set. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. He has won the Ngaio Marsh award for best crime novel in New Zealand, he won the Saint-Maur book festival's crime novel of the y...more
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