The Deceived (Jonathan Quinn #2)
A freelance operative and professional “cleaner,” Jonathan Quinn knows better than to get emotionally involved in any of his jobs. But Quinn’s latest job is different. A friend has been murdered. A woman has gone missing. And for Jonathan Quinn, this time it’s personal.
When Quinn is called to a busy L.A. port where a shipping container has just come in from the sea, he...more
As a way of honoring his old friend, Quinn decides to contact Jenny, Markoff’s girlfrien ...more
The twists and turns in the plot are absolutely spellbinding. And the character of Jonathan Quinn is compelling – unique and intriguing. He works freelance and his job description is that of a ‘cleaner’. Someone who cleans up the mess left behind by the criminals at the crime scene. Mostly dead bodies. Can it get more intriguing than this?
I really do like Jonathan Quinn series so far but by the end of book two I sort of feel like the story started to saunter towards the ...more
Like the first book, The Cleaner, The Deceived is the story of spies, counterspies and murder. You never quite know who the bad guys are - or the good guys for that matter. But, if you like a James Bond type of adventure novel then this book and the author's first book is something you should read. Personally, I thought the first book, The Cleaner, was much more exciting then The Deceived. Like ...more
I was intrigued by Quinn's cool, quiet, professionalism in the first book but this is more guns blazing action film and I feel a bit let down by that. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but when the reader is expecting something else it will never measure up.
I figured out pretty early on that Tasha was ...more
I was immediately drawn in,turning those pages as fast as I could. Talk about your sophomore slumps, ouch, the middle, not even Quinn the cleaner could help the slumping middle. The snappy dialogue got lost. The characterization that was well done in th ...more
As a professional cleaner, Jonathan Quinn is the man you call upon when you need a crime scene cleaned up so there will be no evidence left behind, whether that be disposing of bodies or removing trace evidence. He is an independent operative and feels no qualms about turning down jobs that he thinks aren't going to turn out well. At first, that's how he feels when he's asked to remove a body from a shipping container; it seems to him that there's a high risk of things going awry. He ...more
What we have here is a principled cleaner: you know, the guy that cleans up after grissly killings. (Well, I did say it is an unlikely hero). He reminds us of Eisler's John Rain. The man has a stric ...more
Brett Battles is back with his second novel in his Johnathan Quinn series, where an old friend leaves him ...more
When Quinn is called on to dispose of the body of a former associate and close friend Steven Markoff, Quinn takes it on himself to contact Markoff’s girlfriend, Jenny Fuentes. When he finds Jenny has disappeared, Quinn puts his skills and resources into finding out ...more
Quinn returns to take on a job for free. He must be well paid when he does work - I envy all those flights in first class! All of the flying must help rack up huge numbers of frequent-flyer miles, although quite how is a question, since Quinn does seem to change identities and fly every possible airline. Don't know how he knows which name & passport to use at check-in.
I'm intrigued by the amount of detail Quinn notices and processes in pressure situations. It surely helps keep him and his t...more
Jonathan Quinn - highly skilled disposer of postmortem human waste lands a case which hits all too close home. The subject - Steven Markoff, a close friend of Quinn's with whom he owes his life - literately, is found dead in a shipping container fresh from the Singapore docks. The discovery soon sets a chain of events in motion which land Quinn in hot water from America to Singapore with many factions vying for his head and that of Markoff's partner and ...more
Anonymity. Trust. Professionalism. In his world, Jonathan Quinn has a few rules. He'll get rid of bodies that have to disappear; nothing ever gets traced back to him. But when Quinn is called to a busy Los Angeles port where a shipping container has just come in from the sea, it's clear his rules have been violated. Inside the crate is a dead man—a man who once sav ...more
I’m only half a page in when it starts feeling familiar. I’ve never been to Kauai, and when I was in Honolulu the only other time I’ve been to Hawaii, I read sci-fi in an air-conditioned Hyatt. So why am I get ...more
Very good story, well told.
Some of the downside was me figuring out who the antagonist was very early in the book, well before our protagonist did, so I was just waiting and wondering when he would figure it out, which was slightly detracting.
Secondly, and in no way am I disparaging the fairer sex, but when our protagonist was in a physical fight with a "bad guy" female, it was too even. In a gun battle perhaps women will hold their own but w ...more
- The book is great. As a thriller I expected and hoped the pace would be better but halfway throw the book it picked up a good rhythm. The build up took long so I got a little bored in the second forth of the book.
- The writer som ...more
The Deceived is the second book by Battles that features Jonathan Quinn, a professional "cleaner." Although I hadn't read Battles' first book, I didn't feel as if I missed anything; this one pretty much stood on its own. One day Quinn is hired to remove a body found in a shipping ...more
An intelligent thriller, well paced. Love the characters ... some great twists and turns, those that you can see coming and some shockers that you don't! Well worth a look!
Jonathan is out to help his dead friend's girlfriend, but first he has to find her. Part of the problem is she doesn't want to be found and she doesn't want his help.
I thought that The Deceived was a wonderful book, well written and the plot was very well thought out. The twist a ...more
The Deceived has a solid beginning and ending, but middle was a bit slow. I don't know if this was due to the fact that I had a hard time trying to like Jonathan Quinn. He's kind of a prick. But as the story evolves, I've found that's exactly what makes Quinn, a great Cleaner.
Perhaps if I read The Cleaner first, I ...more