Narrator: Paul Ansdell
Series: Cleaner #1
Published by Dreamscape Media on 10 September 2015
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
Source: Publisher, Submitted
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. All he needs now is to take care of all the women who keep getting in his way, including his overprotective mother.
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.
©2006 Paul Cleave (P)2015 Dreamscape Media, LLC
What the Critics Say
"This book is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach." (Booklist)
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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 was recently 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 murder he didn’t commit. So Joe starts investigating on his own.
The Cleaner is a dark and very twisted story told from the first person perspective of a serial killer and the third person perspective of Sally, one of his work colleagues, who is trying to befriend Slow Joe.
You would have never guessed that this was actually the author’s debut novel. I loved the writing. It was witty and compelling with lots of dark humor and some violence that made you gasp, but not in a bad way. You can’t help but like Joe despite his homicidal tendencies. Cleaves creates great characters, such as Joe’s slightly nutty mother, and the mix of grisly crime thriller and dark comedy was brilliant.
Paul Ansdell was a new narrator for me. He did an amazing job, and I would love to listen to more book he narrates. In fact, I saw he narrates another Paul Cleaves’ thriller, which I added to my wishlist straightaway. Ansdell really brought these characters to life. I was particularly impressed how he managed that with Joe’s batty mother. The setting of the book being in New Zealand, I was initially a little surprised by the English accent of the narrator. But I was glad he didn’t attempt to give the characters Christchurch accents that would have felt unnatural. Paul Ansdell has a very smooth, pleasant voice that was a pleasure to listen to. There were no issues with the production quality.
Highly recommended if you like sinister, twisted and a bit different from the normal thriller!
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