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The Deceived (Jonathan Quinn #2)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  2,407 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
As a professional "cleaner," Jonathan Quinn disposes of bodies and ties up loose ends. Doesn't get his hands dirty, no wet work. But when he discovers he's been hired to vanish all traces of Steven Markoff, one of his best friends and a former agent with the CIA, his job suddenly hits too close to home. This time, it's personal. Quinn is determined to get justice for Marko ...more
Kindle Edition, 482 pages
Published June 28th 2008 by Delacorte (first published June 24th 2008)
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Mike (the Paladin)
This is the second of this series that I have picked up. The first was (in my opinion of course) a little mediocre but readable. The book had a solid idea and was about a "type" character I hadn't seen before.

Sadly it just never really drew me in.

This one drew me in even less. I had to make myself go back and pick it up when I'd laid it aside. I had the CD audio ans started putting it on to listen to when i went to bed just because I "felt" I "needed" to get through it. This of course led to the
Feb 11, 2011 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read and enjoyed the first Quinn novel. Quinn is a cleaner, a person hired to remove bodies and clean up after assorted mishaps. In this 2nd in the series, Quinn has been hired to get rid of a body in a shipping container. He discovers that it’s an old friend Steven Markoff, a CIA operative who once saved his life. On the wall of the container, Markoff had scratched a series of numbers and two letters: LP.

As a way of honoring his old friend, Quinn decides to contact Jenny, Markoff’s girlfrien
Aug 16, 2008 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller fans and spy novel fans
Another super book from Brett Battles in his series about the Cleaner -- Jonathan Quinn, who was introduced in the first volume in this series called The Cleaner. In this novel, Quinn, who cleans up dead bodies and other messes for various intelligence agencies or other parties that can pay his fee, is sen to clean up a shipping container which has a dead body in it. It turns out the dead body is a friend of Quinn, who feels that he should find out what happened to him. When Quinn investigates h ...more
Kulpreet Yadav
Jul 12, 2013 Kulpreet Yadav rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a cracking thriller. The narrative is riveting. It is the second book in the series and I am already kicking myself for not having read the first.

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?

In book two, Jonathan Quinn is out for personal revenge when his friend is gruesomely murdered. I think the sequel is a bit sluggish and predictable (hel-lo?! the obvious villain!) but still I’d like to give a shoutout to the author for weaponizing durians in an exciting espionage fight scene. Double-oh-seven himself couldn’t have come up with that spark of genius.

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
Ron Chicaferro
The Deceived by Brett Battles is the second book in a series with undercover "cleaner" Jonathan Quinn.

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
Oct 29, 2016 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though the villain was too easy to spy in advance, the international twists and turns made this a real page turner. I seem to be flying through the series...that is as strong of an endorsement as I can make.
Blood Rose Books
Aug 19, 2013 Blood Rose Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second novel in Brett Battles' Jonathan Quinn series and while I think it could be read as a stand alone novel, the first book, The Cleaner, really does introduce all the characters and how they are connected in the second book (plus you get some background history on Quinn) but not too much is directly related back to the first. Still the first is a great read and I recommend it.

Brett Battles is back with his second novel in his Johnathan Quinn series, where an old friend leaves him
Patti Moore
Awesome! Quinn is my idea of a good guy! I love his sense of right and wrong. Great to meet Nate and Orlando. I know they will continue on with the series, can't wait to see how their characters develop.
May 22, 2010 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
RATING: 4.25

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
Aug 25, 2008 Gary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
OK, apologies to Brett Battle fans in advance. I'd never heard of Brett Battles, had never read "The Cleaner", and was excited about adding a hot new thrill writer to my list. If I were to be charitable, I'd say that Battles and "The Deceived" is the funniest thriller/action parody since Maxwell Smart. Problem is, Battles is being dead serious in this melodramatic yawner of a "thriller" with all the depth and intelligence of a made-for-TV movie. The steely-eyed "cleaner", Jonathan Quinn, is abou ...more
Description: A friend and old colleague has been murdered. A woman has gone missing. And for Jonathan Quinn, this time it's personal.

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
Jason Edwards
I'm on vacation in Kauai, rented cottage, one of those cute little places complete with a fat stack of hard-back mysteries. The usual suspects: Block, LeCarre, Grisham, Cruz Smith. I choose The Deceived because I like the title. A beer, a comfortable chair on the front porch, and I’m ready.

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
Jan 23, 2012 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read_2012
'The Best Lies are those hidden in truths.'

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
Feb 05, 2016 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book. Enthusiastic blurbs from famous authors touted it. Alas, The Deceived did not live up to the hype. Battles has written a series of thrillers featuring Jonathan Quinn, a man with an unusual occupation. Quinn is a cleaner, the man others hire to dispose of inconvenient bodies. In this instance, Quinn is sickened to discover that the corpse is one of his best friends.

Battles immerses us in the discovery with a spot-on atmospheric description, the sight and smell of a dec
Jan 11, 2017 Leo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book just fell flat with me, specially after considering the first in the series. The first introduces the reader into Jonathan Quinn character, a well seasoned cleaner with a calm and calculating demeanor. Either Battles forgot who his character was or he decided that Quinn needed to be spiced up. Unfortunately, his attempts into adding some kind of depth into Quinn just fell flat in this novel. What looked like an attempt to add some kind of an emotional range to Quinn's personal just fel ...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

Jun 09, 2008 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan Quinn is an independant free- lance "cleaner". What that means is that Quinn disposes of bodies that people need to make disappear. So when Quinn goes to the LA shipping docks for a job, no one is more surprised than Quinn when he reconizes the body as a former CIA agent and friend Steven Markoff. Markoff's body was stuffed into a barrel but inside the barrel is some writing that looks to be some type of code. Quinn is off to figure out the mystery behind why his friend was killed. Also ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my review of Brent Battles' first book, The Cleaner, I said that I looked forward to his next book. Well, it finally was returned to the library and it was definitely worth the wait. Battles returns Quinn, Nate and Orlando to The Deceived and they have their hands full in this outing. In The Deceived Quinn is called upon to do another cleaning for a client. What Quinn finds when he gets to the job shakes and saddens him. The body to be disappeared is that of a good friend friend and ex-CIA ag ...more
Jun 18, 2008 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008, arc
Jonathan Quinn is a freelance cleaner and the man you call when you’ve got a mess than needs cleaning up. Quinn can get rid of any and all evidence and erase any trail that leads to you up to and including the disposal of a dead body.

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
Aug 25, 2008 Debi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved Brett Battles debut The Cleaner. There were a few newbie bumps but it was a good job with a fun new character. I hurried out and eagerly picked up The Deceived, knowing I'd be in for another sleepless night but the story would be worth it.

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
Amit Ghosh
Jul 05, 2016 Amit Ghosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a professional cleaner, Quinn has to "clean" the "event-spot" disposing the dead body. But if the assignment is related to the dead body of his old friend Steven Markoff, ex-CIA agent? How Quinn will treat this matter when not only he has to "clean" his friend, but also to search Jenny, the girl friend of his soon-dead friend, who is missing from the day Markoff is vanished. The matter becomes more complicated when Guerrero, a powerful political leader (a congressman of USA) is shown to be as ...more
Following my discovery of Lee Child's hero, I began scouring the genre landscape for similar heroes: alone, powerful, possessing principles (even in professions that refute that notion). One evening, during such research I stumbled across the author Brett Battles and his unlikely hero: Jonathan Quinn.

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
Jun 12, 2015 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be just an OK read, I didn't enjoy it as much as the first in the series. There wasn't much to set it apart from anything else in the genre I'm afraid, it was kind of "meh".

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
Larry Hoffer
I had never heard of Brett Battles before I found this book at Borders one day, but it looked like the type of book I like to read periodically. And I must say, I really enjoyed this! I devoured the entire book in a day.

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
Jan 26, 2013 Morad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
- This is the second book of Jonathan Quinn's novels. The first one named (The cleaner). If you haven't read the first part you should first before reading this book. Not because they depend on each other no. Just that this book has BIG spoilers about the first book.

- 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
Jan 08, 2012 Bec rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading a Jonathan Quinn novel further into the series, I decided i should read some of his other works. The Cleaner, the first in the series was out of the library, but I picked up The Deceived and found that it was a cracking read. Something about Quinn's job - being a cleaner - that is extremely interesting and a point of difference compared to other thriller/action novels.

I thought that The Deceived was a wonderful book, well written and the plot was very well thought out. The twist a
To be honest, I don't know why of all the books in this genre, this is the only series I can stomach. Maybe it's because Quinn doesn't go around whoring and blowing crap up. Side characters with actual personalities definitely is one factor that keeps me reading these books. It is true that there isn't a lot of variation between Quinn books, they go to Asia, some European country, some time in America, they get shot at, avert terrorist plot/cover-up. Sexual tension. Yep, that's about it. It's re ...more
Brian Krause
Jan 08, 2014 Brian Krause rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a sophomore effort, Brett Battles has done nicely.

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
The Deceived by Brett Battles is a suspense thriller about a "cleaner", a freelance operative [return]who is called in to dispose of bodies. His latest job turns out to be an old friend. This leads him[return]into a dangerous case where personal feelings could be his downfall. Jonathan Quinn, the main character,[return]is a resourceful, skilled operative, the tops in his elite field. The story has lots of action and[return]several nice twists in the plot. I did find myself wishing I cared more a ...more
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Brett Battles is a Barry Award-winning author of over twenty-five novels, including Rewinder, the Jonathan Quinn series, the Logan Harper series, and the Project Eden series. He’s also the coauthor, with Robert Gregory Browne, of the Alexandra Poe series. You can learn more at his website:
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