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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,281 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brett Battles Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jonathan Quinn Series Release Date:
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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’s 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’s place as one of the most exciting new talents in suspense fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book is a pure delight. Protagonist Jonathan Quinn is a unique and welcome addition to the world of crime fiction. Author Battles’ The Cleaner is a brilliant and heart-pounding thriller; I’m on the edge of my seat, awaiting future installment of Quinn’s adventures.”

    Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Collector

  • “Brett Battles makes a grand entrance into the thriller scene with this unputdownable spy novel. The Cleaner has it all: exotic locales, James Bondian derring-do, and ingenious plot twists that will keep you sweating all the way till the end.”

    Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Garden

  • “Quinn [is] a compelling protagonist…Admirers of quality espionage fiction can look forward to a new series worth following.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “It’s always great to discover a new writer who can turn a genre on its ear. Brett Battles’s The Cleaner proves the case. Part Raymond Chandler, part Clive Cussler, part Robert Ludlum, here is an international thriller chocked full of action, taut with suspense, and laced with a fair amount of humor and romance. An exciting debut by a major new talent…I look forward to seeing what comes next!”

    James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Judas Strain

  • “Battles spins a tense tale of betrayal and revenge in The Cleaner.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “Battles hits for extra bases in his first novel…Tightly written…Filled with tradecraft and offering as much action as a James Bond film…A wild ride.”


  • “Battles’ plot-twisting agility bodes well for future installments.”

    Charleston Post-Courier

  • “Battles has a real gift for action and this is tremendously fun…This book is a winner.”

    Crimespree Magazine

  • “An espionage thriller at an impressively high level of skill and polish…[Battles] is a very promising writer in this genre and I think all who read this first book will certainly look forward to more.”

    Sullivan County Democrat

  • The Cleaner is one of the most enjoyable thrillers I’ve read in a while. It has all the elements necessary—an unrelenting pace, likeable heroes, despicable bad guys with evil plots and mayhem aplenty. Can’t wait for the next one.”

    Wichita Falls Times Record News

  • “Battles presents a complex plot and has a knack for mixing dialogue and action.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “An emotionally tense tale of espionage and betrayal from a new author who writes with assurance and sophistication, The Cleaner’s teeth-gritting action is an auspicious debut for the talented Brett Battles.”

    Perri O’Shaughnessy, New York Times bestselling author of Keeper of the Keys

  • “Brett Battles is a compelling new voice in the thriller genre. The Cleaner combines the best elements of Lee Child, John le Carré, and Robert Ludlum. Deftly plotted, perfectly paced, and expertly executed, Battles takes his readers on a joyride from the U.S. to Vietnam to post-Cold War Berlin. Jonathan Quinn is a character worth rooting for. Brett Battles is a master storyteller…Plan to stay up late. You won’t be able to put it down. A stellar debut. Highly-recommended.”

    Sheldon Siegel, New York Times bestselling author of Judgement Day

  • “Hypnotically gripping, The Cleaner moves with the speed of an assassin’s unerring bullet. From Colorado to Vietnam and Germany, this ripping-good read will leave anyone who loves suspense not only happily satisfied but eager for Battles’ next thriller.”

    Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Spymaster

  • The Cleaner is a terrific novel. It features a compelling plot, thrilling action, and an unforgettable cast of characters. This debut novel is a powerful read.”

    Robert K. Tanenbaum, New York Times bestselling author of Escape

  • “Brett Battles is a master thriller writer. Jonathan Quinn is simply the most compelling protagonist to debut in a decade. No thriller fan can afford to miss this rip-roaring experience.”

    John Ramsey Miller, author of Too Far Gone and Upside Down

  • The Cleaner has it all: fast action, terrific characters, and exotic locations all combined in a roller-coaster plot…Brett Battles might be a newcomer, but he writes like an old hand. This is one terrific book!”

    John Gilstrap, author of Nathan’s Run

  • A 2008 Shamus Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A 2008 Barry Award Finalist for Best Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Natalia | 2/20/2014

    " I like my thrillers to be more that ok and this one just didn't do it for me. I didn't find Johnathon a compelling character and I just got tired of reading about him so I didn't finish the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bob | 2/15/2014

    " An okay debut novel. Interesting characters and storyline, though somewhat predictable. There are better books in this genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Greg | 2/15/2014

    " It is a good read with excellent detail. For some, this amount of detail, may at times seem to drag the story on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pete | 2/9/2014

    " This is an ok thriller. "

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