By Brett Battles
Meet Jonathan Quinn: a contract operative with a take-no-prisoners type and the guts of a loner. His task? expert "cleaner." not anything too violent, simply removing our bodies, doing some cleanup if useful. yet in Brett Battles's electrifying debut novel, Quinn's most modern task will switch every little thing, igniting a harrowing trip of violence, betrayal, and revenge.
The task appeared basic adequate: investigating a suspicious case of arson. but if a lifeless physique turns up the place it doesn't belong--and Quinn's handlers at "the Office" flip surprisingly silent--he is aware he's in over his head. With just a handful of clues, Quinn scrambles for protection, suffering to determine why somebody wishes him useless . . . and if it's associated with a bigger try and wipe out the workplace.
Quinn's purely desire should be Orlando, a girl from his earlier who's reluctant to assist yet who may well carry the main to fixing the case. unexpectedly the 2 are prying into previous crimes, crisscrossing continents, suffering to stick alive lengthy sufficient to unbury the reality. yet because the hunt intensifies, Quinn is surprised by means of what he uncovers: a chilling mystery . . . and a brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy--with a nearly incredible goal.
Furiously paced, packed with fantastically drawn characters and pitch-perfect discussion, The cleanser places a robust twist on all our expectancies because it confirms Brett Battles's position as some of the most interesting new abilities in suspense fiction today.
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The scent of nachos teased me. My fingers itched to pick up a ball, to send it flying down the lane. I loved bowling. I just hadn’t done it in weeks…because of him. Of Aaron. This was where we had our first date. Where we were supposed to be having a date. Right now. A sharp pang stabbed my heart and each thud was like a hammer against my chest. How had things gotten so messed up? Before we started dating—and even during—I used to think of him as Heart Stopper; I’d see his smile and my heart would give one solid thump and then poof, stop.
Are you getting a divorce? Are we becoming a statistic? ” My father let out a startled laugh, erasing the seriousness from his face for at least two full seconds. ” He quickly waved his hands. ” I let out a deep breath and sat back down, eyeing them warily. I wasn’t ready to relax just yet. The ‘nothing like that’ left a lot of ground uncovered. For instance, they could tell me I had been adopted or something. ” I asked. I shouldn’t have. As soon as the words left my mouth, I knew it’d been a mistake.
And then I burst into hysterics, laughing and crying at the same time. It was a silver necklace with a pendent. The pendent was…I couldn’t fathom the words. It was a small silver heart. Shooting through the heart was a single arrow, the tip made of a black stone. Onyx. My heart leaped and I wasn’t sure my ribs could contain it long. “I’m sorry,” I sobbed, the word bubbling out of nowhere. ” It was beautiful and ironic. And I didn’t deserve it. ” The words, spoken so softly, hit me like a lead fist and went straight through my chest to my heart.