The Cleaner

The Cleaner

Book - 2006
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Three-letter word for omniscient being, middle letter 0 ... Joe. After all, Joe is in control of everything in his simple life, including both his day job at the police department and his 'night work'. Nor is he bothered by the daily news reports of the Christchurch Carver, who, they say, murdered seven women. But Joe knows the Carver only killed six. He knows that for a fact. And Joe is going to find that copy-cat killer, he's going to punish him for the one, then frame him for the other six. It's a perfect plan because he already knows he can outwit the police. All he has to do now is take care of all the women who keep getting in his way; his domineering mother, for one. Then there is Sally, the maintenance worker who sees him as a replacement for her dead brother; and the mysterious Melissa, the only woman to have ever understood him, but whose fantasies of blackmail and torture don't have any place in Joe's investigation. The solution is easy ... six-letter word, begins with M. Surprising and compelling, this powerfully written novel is a scarily vivid rendering of the chilling mind of a serial killer.
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Black Swan Crime, 2006.
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY
Characteristics: 427 p. ;,20 cm.
Notes: "Think locking your door will keep him out?"--Cover.


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Writing intricately plotted, dark, suspenseful thrillers, Paul Cleave will keep you turning the page into the wee hours. 'The Cleaner' sees our man Joe happy in his work until the discovery of a seventh victim of a serial killer dubbed the "Christchurch Carver". Joe knows for certain th... Read More »

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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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