The Cleaner

The Cleaner 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 w

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 hiJoe 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.

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About Author

  1. Paul Cleave is an internationally bestselling author who is currently dividing his time between his home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, where all of his novels are set, and Europe, where none of his novels are set His work has been translated into fifteen languages He has won the Ngaio Marsh award for best crime novel in New Zealand, he won the Saint Maur book festival s crime novel of the year in France, has been shortlisted for the Edgar Award and the Barry Award in the US, and shortlisted for the Ned Kelly award in Australia When he s not writing, he spends his time swearing on a golf course, swearing on a tennis court, or trying to add to his list of 25 countries where he s thrown his Frisbee.

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  1. Wow I have been wanting to read Paul Cleave for some time now, but The Cleaner being chosen for the Psychological Thriller Group read was just the impetus I needed.I will definitely be reading the rest of his books.The first chapter is one of the best I have read It smacks of normality, and then WHAM Joe, the Janitor for the Christchurch Police Department, is not your average Joe He loves his job, but not for the reason you might expect To the world, Joe appears special slow, dull witted, and no [...]


  2. Joe is the janitor at the Christchurch Police Department in New Zealand He is known as Slow Joe by his employers who think he is mentally handicapped, but Joe is far from it In fact, he is very intelligent and having his employers think he is slow is a major advantage for him Joe gets told about various cases and the latest one being the one the media have dubbed the Christchurch Carver Without giving out too much of the storyline away, I will say this was a very well written book and one in whi [...]


  3. After I read Paul Cleave s newest book, Trust No One, and loved it, I decided to read all his books starting with his first, The Cleaner This book is very different, but I did enjoy it A warning for the squeamish, there is a LOT of violence, killing, and gore in this book.This book is about Joe, a serial killer who works as a developmentally challenged janitor in the police department I m not sure how Cleave did it, but he made me like Joe It was interesting to see things through Joe, who someti [...]


  4. Seven women in Christchurch, New Zealand have been brutally raped and murdered by a killer dubbed the Christchurch Carver The homicide squad, led by Detective Schroder, is working hard on the case and Joe the police station s mentally challenged janitor sometimes asks Any new leads before getting Schroder his morning coffee Joe has reason to be be interested because in reality HE S the Christchurch Carver Joe pretended to be disabled to get the cleaning job, and his vacant stare and big goofy sm [...]


  5. Disturbing and dark account of a serial killers reign of terror through Christchurch Its a 1st person style account of Joe, a janitor for the local policestation who also happens to be The Carver He lives this secret double life, and we are witness to his crimes and problems delusions A copycat killer appears, and throws his simiple life into chaos I found some scenes a little too disturbing and graphic for my liking The plot was very simple for the 1st half of the novel and didnt really take of [...]


  6. DNF at 72%The Cleaner starts out wonderfully We follow along with a serial killer who works as a cleaner in the police station investigating him He notices that one of the murders attributed to him isn t his, so he decides to hunt down this copycat and show them what he thinks of their cowardice It s cool and demented and while the writing isn t the best thing I ve ever listened to, the premise of serial killer hunting down a killer is always going to hold my interest And then we got about half [...]


  7. It took me a little while to warm up to this book however, once I did I had trouble putting it down Although the author did not create the dark eerie setting I usually look for in a good thriller, the plot and the characters were extremely dark so it was definately my kind of read However the real reason I gave it a five star rating is because of the author s ability to make feel something I m not even sure I want to admit to feeling I actually liked and truly felt sorry for the main character, [...]


  8. This was one hell of a ride, a serial killer thriller unlike any I ve read so far The protaganist Joe is quite an interesting killer with a great sense of humor to boot Told in both first person from Joe s perspective and third person from a co worker s perspective, the story never fails to fascinate and the writing is superb as usual from Cleave Dark and nasty with a particularly grisly scene no man will ever forget A terrific ending that reveals a connection to Cleave s other books Highly reco [...]


  9. I wasn t impressed with this book at all The story is told mainly thru the voice of Joe, a serial killer known as the Christchurch Carver Joe works as a cleaner for the police department He obtained the job by pretending to be mentally retarded He spies on the squad investigating the murders in order to stay one step ahead of them The other voice heard is that of Sally, a fellow worker at the police department She has a connection to Joe as she finds him resembling her late brother who was also [...]


  10. Great book for our November book readingThis was a very interesting book and one that was chosen for the November book read at I am glad that this book was chosen for it was very well worth the time and money spent on it


  11. The Cleanerby Paul CleaveThe Christchurch Noir Mystery Series Book 14.5 sFrom The Book 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 [...]


  12. I d never heard of Paul Cleave until it was a book selection for thePsychological Thrillers book group Psychological thrillers are one of my absolute favorite types of books to read, but sometimes they re a little challenging to find I loved this book and this book alone has made me a newPaul Cleavefan.He is a master of character development.I m not even kidding I ve never read characters that were this vivid The characters were so distinct and real that I felt like I knew everything about them, [...]


  13. In no time Joe, the cleaner, will start to grow on you the irresistible attraction of the psychopath They re whoever you want them to be THE CLEANER has the juice working for it You ll feel it coming through the pages Talk about tension And this one goes full bore all the way to a chilling conclusion You ll see what I mean heart in throat Psychological Thrillers November 2015 Book of the Month topic show


  14. This has one of the most gruesome torture scenes I ve ever read Men reading it will recoil in horror definitely not for the faint of heart I almost felt sorry for Joe, but he s an evil serial killer with a perfect disguise Another great novel by this author.


  15. After I recently read Paul Cleaves latest book Trust No One, which I really enjoyed, I jumped at the chance to go back and listen to his first book, The Cleaner, which has recently been released on audio I am so glad I did.Joe is a cleaner working in the police station where he is known as Slow Joe Joe is also an intelligent serial killer, the Christchurch Carver, whom the police are desperately trying to catch While spying on the police investigation, Joe discovers that he is being framed for a [...]


  16. Un thriller pris l envers, du point de vue du tueur lui m me, qui, pour ne pas faire comme tout le monde va mener l enqu te Allez, soyons fous Joe Middleton nous entra ne dans son d lire avec une efficacit redoutable Le lecteur suit le mode de pens e de Joe, alias Joe Le Lent, officiellement homme de m nage intellectuellement d ficient, et partage ses r flexions personnelles sur le monde qui l entoure On d couvre une personnalit complexe et absolument flippante Joe est un vrai misanthrope, ses s [...]


  17. This is crime fiction on the black and bloody side Paul Cleave creates extraordinary fictional characters They are charming and chilling His tight plotted story is moved by their actions and personalities.Joe is seeking a copycat killer Joe knows that in addition to the serial killer the media has dubbed the Christchurch Carver there is someone else playing at being the killer.He knows because it is his crimes that have created the Christchurch CarverJoe has positioned himself in the best advant [...]


  18. The Cleaner is Christchurch, New Zealand based Paul Cleave s debut novel Set in Christchurch where at one point Joe, the central character, muses that the biggest crime in Christchurch City apart from the fashion and the Old English Architecture, glue sniffing, too much greenery, bad driving, bad parking, lack of parking, wandering pedestrians, expensive shops, the winter smog, the summer smog, kids riding skateboards on footpaths, kids riding bikes on footpaths, old guys yelling Bible passages [...]


  19. Cleave has become my new favorite author I love the rough hewn characters and in your face style he presents his readers with I have devoured all his novels featuring Detective Theodore Tate and so wasa little disappointed that The Cleaner is a stand alone novel not featuring Tate The disappointment lasted all of three chapters and by page forty six, I was so overcome by the pure evil of Joe the killer, the Christchurch Carver, I was tempted to look at the last page to be sure he is finally caug [...]


  20. THE CLEANERBy Paul CleaveJoe is not your average Joe The people he works with at the police station call him Slow Joe He is a member of the janitorial staff and he keeps all the offices and the squad rooms clean But Joe is not really slow He has perfected his act so finely tuned he even surprises himself Joe is a serial killer The worst kind of serial killer because he feels no remorse He preys upon and kills women with such a ferocity that even the detectives attempting to solve the murders are [...]


  21. This is Paul Cleave s first book it is also the direct prequel to Joe Victim, his latest book which I read recently Since I read the books the wrong way round I knew all the who dunnits in this book but did not know the whys or hows This did affect my enjoyment of the book and I do highly recommend you read the two books in the proper order However, I enjoyed Joe Victim so much I just had to read the beginnings of his story This well both books is a very unique take on the serial killer book as [...]


  22. I couldn t really figure out whether the main character, Joe, was a less gifted or extremely intelligent person His actions are based on simple calculations and conclusions, and yet he is crafty and extremely pushy At the same time his judgment is unrealistic and his relationship with women especially his mother is completely out of proportion I m sure a psychologist could create a rewarding career, if he dug into Joe s personality.Paul Cleave has written a captivating crime novel in an endearin [...]


  23. This is definitely a dark graphic tale of Joe, a slightly slow janitor at the police station, or at least that s what people think In reality, he is using the guise to keep tabs on the police and also get info about a copy cat criminal who is stealing his thunder.The story is set in Christchurch and has one of the best opening chapters or maybe a prologue that I ve read this year I listened to the audio There was a lot of graphic cringe worthy scenes the kind where you look around to see if peop [...]


  24. Joe jobbt er als Putzmann bei der Polizei Er denkt daran, seine Fische zweimal t glich zu f ttern und seine Mutter mindestens einmal pro Woche zu besuchen Er st rt sich kaum an den Nachrichten ber den Schl chter von Christchurch, der so wird behauptet sieben Frauen umgebracht hat Joe wei , dass der Schl chter nur sechs get tet hat Was er jedoch nicht wei noch nicht wei ist wer dieser Nachahmer ist Aber Joe wird ihn finden er wird ihn f r die eine Tat bestrafen und ihm die anderen sechs Morde anh [...]



  25. Bir Stephen King, bir Jean Christophe Grange kitab n n yan ndan ge emese de cinayet romanlar sevenler i in ho bir tercih olaca kanaatideyimna Dexter n sevdi im bir b l m n hat rlatt Kopyac bir katil Dexter izleyenlere tan d k gelecektir


  26. What a wild ride twisted, evil, and witty Review to follow Merged review What a wild ride twisted, evil, and witty Review to follow.



  27. A completely twisted story, with enough twists and turns to make you dizzy Brilliantly plotted, very graphic, oddly funny and just amazing


  28. PROTAGONIST Joe Middleton, janitorSETTING Christchurch, New ZealandRATING 4.5Joe Middleton works as a janitor for the Christchurch New Zealand Police Department Referred to as Slow Joe , few would suspect that he is anything other than a mentally challenged young man doing a job that suits his abilities And absolutely no one would believe that he is the Christchurch Carver , a serial killer who has seven victims under his belt Or so the police believe Joe knows that he has only killed six women [...]


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