Jonathan Quinn, a freelance, professional "cleaner" who specializes in disposing of bodies and tying up loose ends, suddenly finds himself the target of an unknown enemy and races against time and around the world trying to uncover why someone wants him dead, a quest that brings him face to face with a woman from his own past. A first novel. Reprint.
'It's impossible not to think of Lee Child's super-selling Jack Reacher' The Times John Milton is the man the government call when they want a problem to vanish . . . but what happens when he's the one that needs to disappear? After a botched job leaves a bloody trail, government assassin John Milton does the one thing he's never done before: he hides. Disappearing into London's bustling East End and holing up in a vacant flat, Milton becomes involved with single mother Sharon and her troubled son Elijah, who are caught in an increasingly bloody turf war between two rival gangs. Unable to ignore the threat, Milton sets about protecting mother and son, meeting violence with violence. But his involvement puts him in the sights of the government's next best killer, and before long Milton is not just fighting to save a family and a home - he's fighting to stay alive . . . If you like Lee Child's Jack Reacher, Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, and Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne, you won't be able to put down the compulsively addictive John Milton series. What critics are saying about The Cleaner: 'Mark Dawson has all the skills. A great thriller writer on the top of his game' Steve Cavanagh, Sunday Timesbestselling author 'The Cleanerwas the ultimate page-turner!' Inky Tavern 'A literary sensation' Daily Telegraph 'Nerve-shreddingly tense. Utterly addictive' M.J. Arlidge, Sunday Timesbestselling author 'I loved it. . . I found myself invested in the characters' Thriller Novel Nerd 'A terrific, fast-pacedread. Mark Dawson knows how to tell a great story' Scott Mariani, Sunday Timesbestselling author 'Once I picked up the series, I couldn't stop. I bought each book' Mystery Sequel
An unforgettable heroine hiding an unforgiveable past. An unforgettable thriller from multi-award winning international bestseller Elisabeth Herrmann. Dare you enter the world of . . . The Cleaner? An unforgettable heroine. An unforgiveable past. For fans of Child 44, The Lives of Others, and Stasi Child, The Cleaner is a gripping thriller that will chill and intrigue as the sins of the past catch up with the secrets of the present. Pools of blood, scenes of carnage, signs of agonising death - who deals with the aftermath of violence once the bodies have been taken away? Judith Kepler has seen it all. She is a crime scene specialist. She turns crime scenes back into habitable spaces. She is a cleaner. It is at the home of a woman who has been brutally murdered that she is suddenly confronted with her own past. The murder victim knew Judith's secret: as a child Judith was sent to an orphanage under mysterious circumstances - parentage unknown. And the East German secret police were always there, in the background. . . . When Judith begins to ask questions, she becomes the target of some powerful enemies. And nothing will ever be the same again.
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.
The Cleaner's only crime was to fall in love, and of course it had to be with the spider Kings favourite daughter. In the hope that he would get killed, the King set The Cleaner three tasks. The first was to get the right toe nail off a giant. The second a moonbeam. And the third the end of a lions tail. He successfully completed all the tasks, with the help of his friend Earwig. They both nearly got killed many times. But in the end the king agreed to let them marry, with fatal consequences.
In Arrival, the first book of the Miandi series, Detective Mark Daniels meets Julie Warren, a young entrepreneur, who was renting out his deceased wifes studio. Her involvement in a property scheme case piques his curiosity as to the background of his tenant and the world she lives in. What Mark cannot discover is that Julie is actually an immortal, who has arrived on Earth to attempt to live life as humans do, without her powers or her past getting in the way. Now in The Cleaner, Marks curiosity over his tenant grows stronger, and Julies unwitting involvement in his caseload only heightens her fear that he will discover her secret. Mark and his new partner, Detective Cassie Edwards, are assigned to assist the arson team, when a series of arsons claims the son of a prominent Mason City attorney. The investigation reopens deep wounds for Mark, who lost his mother in a fire. They join Lieutenant Lawrence Rutherford and trainee Melanie Keegen in a search for the arsonist and the motive behind the fires. When a new blaze claims a historical home owned by Julies company, Julie is drawn into the mystery. Julie must then fight Marks growing obsession over her and an arsonist whose anger knows no bounds and is not afraid to make Julie or Mark their latest victim.
“If you enjoy the work of Marilynne Robinson, Penelope Fitzgerald, James Salter…you should be reading Vickers.” —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World There is something very special about Agnès Morel. A quiet presence in the small French town of Chartres, she can usually be found cleaning the famed medieval cathedral or doing odd jobs for the townspeople. No one knows where she came from or why. Not diffident Abbé Paul, nor lonely Professor Jones, nor even Alain Fleury, whose attention she catches with her tawny eyes. She has transformed all their lives in her own subtle way, yet no one suspects the dark secret Agnès is hiding. Then an accidental encounter dredges up the specter of her past, and the nasty meddling of town gossips forces Agnès to confront her tragic history and the violent act that haunts it.
If you’ve ever had to grapple with picky eaters who won’t touch anything but chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese, Beth Bader and Ali Benjamin have a solution. Their unique ideas will help you present fresh foods that appeal to kids, eliminate food waste, and help you quit worrying about what your children eat. A must-have for every family, The Cleaner Plate Club is an easy recipe for healthier kids and happier parents.