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Author: Brett Battles Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Jonathan Quinn Series Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781415954980
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“Unputdownable.”* “Brilliant and heart-pounding.”** “A tightly written page-turner.”*** Brett Battles won rave reviews for his debut novel, The Cleaner, which introduced hero Jonathan Quinn. A freelance operative and professional “cleaner,” Quinn knows better than to get emotionally involved in any of his jobs. But in this superb powerhouse of suspense, Quinn’s latest job is different. 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 saved Quinn’s life. And while no one knows how CIA agent Steven Markoff died, Quinn has to do more than clean. He has to find Markoff’s girlfriend, Jenny. To tell her that Markoff is dead. To find out why—and why someone sent Markoff’s body to him.

Until a week ago, Jenny Fuentes was an assistant to an ambitious congressman. Now Jenny is missing, too, and a lot of man power is making sure she isn’t found. But Quinn has his own man power. He has tools that can pry into secrets held anywhere in the world. He has the skill to trade blows with killers and spies. And he has covert weapons: his eager and smart apprentice, Nate, and brilliant Orlando, his closest friend, who’s saved his life more than once.

Racing from the corridors of power in Washington to the bustling streets of Singapore, Quinn won’t stop until he uncovers the truth behind his friend’s violent death, the astounding reason Jenny has vanished—and what she knows about the most explosive deception of all.

*Tess Gerritsen
**Jeffery Deaver
***Booklist


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Quotes & Awards

  • Plenty of globetrotting, nonstop action, plot twists, tight writing, whiz-bang high-tech devices, tradecraft, and a surfeit of dangerous women. Booklist
  • Highly recommended….Lots of tradecraft. Library Journal, starred review
  • Breakneck pacing, colorful locales and dizzying plot twists make the Quinn series a welcome addition to the political thriller genre. Publishers Weekly

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/18/2014

    " I won't be surprised when Battles's work is optioned for film, because the plotting and characters certainly lend themselves to that medium. Nothing high-minded here, but enjoyable and a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 2/17/2014

    " I liked this book a little better than book one, the cleaner. I think the author should retire the apprentice, Nate. He seems disinterested most of the time and likes to sleep. Nate serves no purpose to the story development. It's a character that takes up space....like a desk. Much better suspense in this book. Interesting twists at the end of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/2/2014

    " A lot different then the first, but still very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 2/1/2014

    " I definitely snapped this to my NOOK for spring Break...I've wanted to follow up after reading "the Cleaner"...in this one Quinn and his apprentice seek the murderers of his former friend and savior and become entwined in a murder plot of a up and coming Congressman by a cabal of industrialists...decent beach read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/25/2013

    " Looking forward to this follow up to The Cleaner, which I enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 12/8/2013

    " Excellent second book in this series. I thought I had the twist figured out, and the Brett Battles, the author, led me down the primrose path to that conclusion. He then revealed the real twist and made this made the book even better. Looking forward to the 3rd and 4th installments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flanagan.seanbgmail.com | 12/3/2013

    " Very enjoyable read, of the stay-up-too-late variety. An unusual plot, with some surprising dog-legs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 11/23/2013

    " Sequel to The Cleaner. Quinn finds his friend dead and us ing his tools and smarts, follows the clues to the killer. Disrupts an assassination attempt in Singapore. Surrounding by his friend Orlando and his apprentice, Nate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 11/21/2013

    " This a good series. Lots of action; very little down time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 10/2/2013

    " Fun, quick, two-day read. No complaints "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 7/1/2013

    " Just the kind of mindless nonsense I needed! I started it yesterday and finished it this morning, so I guess it could be called a page turner. Not at all my usual genre but sometimes it's good to look outside the box. Not something I'll ever read again but by no means the worst book I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya | 11/25/2012

    " Battles delivers once again! I really like this series. A little slow in the beginning, but only for set up. Then it really picks up and twists you around! Can't wait to read the next Quinn book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 8/4/2012

    " really good. Brett Battles is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 7/5/2012

    " Look, I said these were ludicrous, I didn't say I'd stop reading them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/10/2012

    " Another excellent book from Brett Battles -- he almost had me fooled, right up until the end. I love that! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Estrella | 11/22/2011

    " I love this series and I love Jonathan Quinn. I'm hooked and don't want to stop reading. I've discovered my new favorite genre. And one of my new favorite authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 5/1/2011

    " This is about Quinn, a "cleaner" who solves the mystery of a friend who is betrayed and murdered. Quinn ends up with Orlando in this book. The ending is a total surprise, but everything fits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed | 2/25/2011

    " I thought this book was an enjoyable, non-complicated action adventure book; I am not saying this book is Shakespeare but it's fun. Probably would make a decent screenplay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 2/22/2011

    " A good beginning and a good ending. Kinda a dragged in the middle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 11/12/2010

    " The second in the Jonathan Quinn series promises more adventure to come. Even better than the the first book "The Cleaner" this twisted tale keeps the action pounding and the twists keep on coming. I certainly look forward to more from Battles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 8/6/2010

    " Look, I said these were ludicrous, I didn't say I'd stop reading them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/19/2009

    " Looking forward to this follow up to The Cleaner, which I enjoyed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 11/16/2009

    " Another excellent book from Brett Battles -- he almost had me fooled, right up until the end. I love that! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 9/15/2009

    " Writes a good story, not TOO predictable.... I'll try # 3 and see if he keeps up the good work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flanagan.seanbgmail.com | 9/10/2009

    " Very enjoyable read, of the stay-up-too-late variety. An unusual plot, with some surprising dog-legs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 8/19/2009

    " This a good series. Lots of action; very little down time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed | 8/11/2009

    " I thought this book was an enjoyable, non-complicated action adventure book; I am not saying this book is Shakespeare but it's fun. Probably would make a decent screenplay.
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About the Author

Brett Battles lives in Los Angeles and is the author of two acclaimed novels in the Jonathan Quinn series: The Cleaner, which was nominated for a Barry Award for Best Thriller and a Shamus Award for Best First Novel, and The Deceived. He is at work on the fourth book in the series.

About the Narrator

Tavia Gilbert is an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry. Named the 2018 Voice of Choice by Booklist magazine, she is also winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She has earned numerous Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. Audible.com has named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir. In addition to voice acting, she is an accomplished producer, singer, and theater actor. She is also a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral.