I am not an elitist, but I must own up to the fact that, notwithstanding the thousands of suspense/thriller and detective novels I’ve read in my lifetime, I never gave a thought to the folks who come in and surreptitiously clean up and make everything all right. That is, until I read THE CLEANER by debut novelist Brett Battles.
Jonathan Quinn is the cleaner, the person who comes in and supervises the restoration of the site of an “operation,” if you will. He picks up the casings, cleans up the blood, disposes of the bodies and puts the scene back together --- or at least muddies it up enough so that not much can be discovered from it. Quinn is not a