The Cleaner (Jonathan Quinn #1)
In fact, I’m not even sure why Quinn is called a ‘cleaner’. He’s a freelance operative who works for intelligence agencies following up after covert a...more
You keep reading and suddenly you find yourself turning the midway point and the only thing to make you stop is the thought "Hey, let me savor this a bit".
The spy-craft is pretty exciting and extremely intelligent. The charatcers are endearing and you feel for the relationships a...more
As far as characterization, Quinn remains a mystery, but I felt that I got to walk inside of his skin and get a feel for how he processed things. He clearly knows his stuf...more
We're introduced to "Jonathan Quinn" here. He's a Cleaner. When wet work takes place and those pesky bodies, blood pools and viscera are left lying around "They" call John.
Who are "They"? Why, "The Office".
I liked the idea of this one and it touched on what I think is one of the more frightening possibilities of modern "terrorism" (...more
The Cleaner is nicely paced for the most part, although I found there were parts of this book where Battles over-described a scene. The first two scenes in the sphere took forever and cried for a quicker pace. And, as this book was written in 2007, there was really no need to detail (really detail!!!) h...more
Globe trotting thriller, similar in style to the new "Robert Ludlum" titles (Ludlum story outlines written by other authors). A bit flat in places, while in others very engaging and suspenseful; enough to keep the pages turning. Quinn's contacts, alertness, powers of observation, reactions to events, and fast-paced travel itinerary reminded me of Jason Bourne.
A "cleaner" who surely exceeds his commission in terms of follow up. Won't stop following the trail despite more than one warning to give...more
"The Cleaner" is a great suspense/thriller with a refreshingly unique take - that being the POV of the person who covertly "cleans up" the messes after assassinations and such. The autho...more
Jonathan Quinn, a professional ‘cleaner’ for a covert government known as ‘The Office’ is contracted to go to Colorado to ‘investigate’ the death of a man named Taggert. However, to Quinn, the whole thing smells fishy. With the help of his apprentice, they look for any clues that need to be ‘cleaned’. Discovering the body of another female ‘agent’, Quinn knows everything isn’t as it seems. He knows he should be minding his own business, that he’s hired to g...more
I thought this book will be an action one through and through. Assassin agency, spy activities and an attractive hostage for a little Stockholm syndrome romance. It made me think of the John Rain series.
Now don't get me wrong, it has all of the above but in such a twisted unrealistic story that at first I thought I was drunk. It wasn't me, but the author that was inebriated. At least I...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
Quinn is asked to investigate a suspicious arson and death, and soon someone is trying to kill him. Quinn needs to find out what's going on and stop those who are after him before they put a stop to his investigation permanently. The trail will take Quinn to Vietnam, Germany and Brussels, and put Quinn in some tight spots where his death is one likely outcome.
This is the first in the Jonathan Quinn serie...more
However, three stars is all I can give. There are some convenient co-incidences that imho weaken the plot; also one fairly large plot hole, and the ending seems not to fit to me.
Also, I've noticed lately many mysteries now have the protagonits---I cannot say 'hero'--a criminal. Quinn is a cleaner--he disposes of bodies for a clandestine outfit known as "the Office". He see...more
I could not put if down. Had all spy stuff with a guy who has a boat load of human flaws. Makes for fun reading. Like of so much I bought the next book right away.
Definitely will be a movie, as it has all the guns, guts, death and action American film makers rely on. I just hope Tom Cruise does not buy this too....
I'm kind of on the fence about this book. I'd hear...more
This book sucked me in right off the bat with it's original premise and swift plot. The twists really are surprising, and the characters develop in interesting ways through the story - Na...more
SERIES: #1 of 2
SETTING: Colorado, Vietnam, Germany
I always enjoy reading crime fiction that features characters who have unique jobs other than detectives or assassins. Jonathan Quinn fits the bill—he's a freelance operative who has a career as a "cleaner". Don't expect any mops and furniture polish—he's the one that 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...more
Jonathan Quinn, does not have a violent career, but it often does involve dead bodies and a little clean up when needed. So when he is requested by "the Office" to make sure that everything cleans up nicely when a body is discovered in a fire, Quinn believes it is just another regular case. But Quinn...more
As I mentioned in my review of Deceived, I’d actually read a sample of The Cleaner a few years ago, so getting back into it was easy. And like the sequel, it’s a thrill-ride, complete with steely-hard command...more
Narrator: Scott Brick
Publisher: Books on Tape, 2007
Length: 12 hours and 28 min.
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)
Meet Jonathan Quinn: a freelance operative with a take-no-prisoners style and the he...more
Nope. Despite the slightly different angle th...more
is no James Bond (thank you Brett Battles for not taking the easy road) - rather he
is a believable, albeit somewhat reluctant spy that steps up and delivers.
However, the author comes up short a couple of times - at times the prose reads like a first time out....more