The Cleaner

The Cleaner

A Thriller

Book - 2012 | 1st Atria Books trade paperback ed.
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An international bestseller and one of the top-selling novels in New Zealand's history, Paul Cleave's dark thriller is a brilliant, bloody masterpiece.

Joe is in control of everything in his simple life--both his day job as a janitor for the police department and his "night work." He isn't bothered by the daily news reports of the Christchurch Carver, who, they say, has murdered seven women. Joe knows, though, that the Carver killed only six. He knows that for a fact, and he's determined to find the copycat. He'll punish him for the one, then frame him for the other six. It's the perfect plan because he already knows he can outwit the police.

All he needs now is to take care of all the women who keep getting in his way, including his odd, overprotective mother and Sally, the maintenance worker who sees him as a replacement for her dead brother. Then there's the mysterious Melissa, the only woman to have ever understood him, but whose fantasies of blackmail and torture don't have a place in Joe's investigation.

Originally published in 2006 in Cleave's native New Zealand, where it was a finalist for the prestigious Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction, The Cleaner is a chilling and darkly funny thriller that will leave you clamoring for his next.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, [2012]
Edition: 1st Atria Books trade paperback ed.
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9781451677799
Branch Call Number: FIC Cleav
Characteristics: 387 pages ; 21 cm


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Sep 07, 2015

I've read the comments already attributed to this book and can say that I wholeheartedly do not agree with them. This book is sexist and totally weird. I love murder mysteries and have read quite a few with the murderer as the primary protagonist but this one is not realistic. Why would detectives on this case not consider that someone on their 'patch' was closely (meaning someone working on the premises) monitoring their investigation? I love reading authors from other countries so I thought a NZ author might be interesting but not this guy!!!!

Aug 10, 2015

The beginning captured my interest immediately as it seemed to be a twist on the detective/thriller genre. This novel is told from the killer's point of view, but in a most unexpected manner and tone. Chapters alternate between two characters, but are easily distinguished as to who is telling the tale. I would be interested in sampling another novel to see if the writing style is the same.

Dec 19, 2014

I need all in e audio

Dec 29, 2012

The first half of the book was a bit slow, but really laid the premise of the story. Couldn't put the book down as I neared the end and was totally blown away by how this book ended. 7 out of 10 stars for me.

Oct 23, 2011

An awesome book, dark and captivating - a must for all you murder mystery lovers out there!

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