Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Cleaner by Brett Battles

Los Angeles, CA

My good friend Brett Battles' debut novel, The Cleaner, hits the shelves today.

I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this a couple months back, and oh my god is it good. If you like international spy thrillers, you'll love this.

The story centers around Jonathon Quinn, a freelance cleaner. He makes problems go away. Crime scenes, bodies, you name it. If things go to shit and you don't want anyone to know about it, you call him. When contracted by an organization known only as "The Office" to look into a fire that killed a viral biologist, Quinn finds himself the target of an assassination attempt and one of the last men standing after a massive hit on The Office's top operatives. The story takes Quinn to Asia and Europe as he tries to find who's behind the plot.

Battles has a remarkable gift for pacing, and has created a fascinating character in Quinn. A meticulous and thoughtful strategist, Quinn is not James Bond, but rather a more human character who uses his brain rather than his fists but can still kick all kinds of ass when he has to. This is one series to watch out for. I don't want to predict a long and happy life for Quinn, but only because I said Van Halen would never break up once and look what happeend. This thing is too good to jinx. But as long as he keeps putting out books, I can promise you won't be disappointed.

Brett will be signing next week, Saturday, July 7th, at The Mystery Bookstore in Westwood. Go pick up a copy and say hi. Brett's a really cool guy and goddamn funny, so if you go to his signing, not only will you be picking up a great book, but you'll be hanging out with someone worth hanging out with.

And, just so you know, Brett is nothing like Quinn, and is, in fact easily snuck up on. Just in case you want to pick his pockets at the signing, or anything.


Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

I just ordered THE CLEANER from the Book-of-the-Month club. Can't wait to get it and start reading.

Brett Battles said...

Thanks, Stephen...but one correction...I LET you sneak up on me. Part of my plan.

inkgrrl said...

And he let me sneak up on him and read The Cleaner too... terrific book and congrats on it finally being out in the cold, cruel world!