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review The Cleaner 100 á Meet Joe He's a nice guy out to catch a copycat killer The one copying himJoe is in control of everything in his simple life including both his day job at the police department and his 'night work' He remembers to feed his fish twice a day and visit his mother at least once a week although he occasionally peppers her coffee with rat poison He Meet Joe He's a nice guy out to catch a copycat killer The one copying himJoe is in control of everything in his simple life including both his day job at the police department and his 'night work' He remembers to feed his fish twice a day and visit his mother at least once a week although he occasionally peppers her coffee with rat poison He is no. EXCERPT I pull the car into the driveway Sit back Try to relax The day I swear to God has to be at least ninety five degrees Christchurch heat Schizophrenic weather Sweat is dripping from my body My fingers are wet rubber damp I lean forward and twist the keys in the ignition grab my briefcase and climb out of the car Out here the air conditioning actually works I reach the front door and fumble with the lock I breathe a sigh of relief when I step inside I stroll through to the kitchen Angela I can hear is in the shower upstairs I'll disturb her later For now I need a drink I walk to the fridge It has a stainless steel door in which my reflection looks like a ghost I open the door and suat down in front of it for almost a minute making friends with the cool air The fridge offers me both beer and coke I take a beer twist off the cap and sit down at the table I'm no heavy drinker but I knock back this bottle in maybe twenty seconds The fridge offers up another bottle Who am I to say no I lean back in the chair Put my feet up on the table Consider taking off my shoes You know that feeling A hot day at work Stress for eight hours Then sitting down feet in the air beer in hand and you take your shoes off Pure blissListening to the shower upstairs I casually sip at my second beer of the year Takes me five minutes to finish this one and now I'm hungry Back to the fridge and the slice of cold pizza I spied on my first trip I shrug Why not It isn't as though I need to watch my weight I sit back at the table Feet in the air The same thing works for pizza as it does for beer once you get those shoes off Right now though I don't have the time I wolf down the pizza pick up my briefcase and make my way upstairs The stereo in the bedroom is pumping out a song I recognise but can't name Same goes for the artist Nevertheless I find myself humming along as I lay my briefcase on the bed knowing the tube will be stuck in my mind for hours I sit down next to the briefcase Open it Tak the newspaper out The first page offers up the sort of news that makes newspapers sell Often I wonder if the media makes half this stuff up just to inflate sales There's definitely a market for it I hear the shower turn off but ignore it preferring to read the paper It's an article about some guy terrorising the city Killing women Torture Rape Homicide The stuff movies are made of A couple of minutes go by and I'm still sitting here reading when Angela wiping her hair with a towel steps out of the bathroom surrounded by white steam and the smell of skin lotion I lower the newspaper and smile She looks over at me 'Who the fuck are you' she asks ABOUT THIS 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 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 MY THOUGHTS WowI 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 neededI will definitely be reading the rest of his booksThe 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 threat to anyone He likes it like that It enables him to live out his fantasies And his job enables him to ensure that no one is on to him For Joe is the Christchurch Carver who it is reported has killed seven women But Joe knows he has killed only six and the seventh victim is that of a copycat killer Joe is determined to find the copycat and exact his revengeCleave writes with a humorous touch unexpected but appreciated in a book as dark as this There is a lot of violence in this book but none of it gratuitous An exceptional debut novelI have just listened to this on audiobook and liked it even better than on my first read a couple of years ago Exceptionally good 💗💕💖💕💗THE AUTHOR BiographyPaul Cleave 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 eight novels have so far been translated into over a dozen languages and nearly 20 territories He has won the Saint Maur book festival's crime novel of the year in France has been shortlisted for the Ned Kelly award the Edgar Award the Barry Award and has won the Ngaio Marsh award for NZ crime fiction The New Zealand Listener said that Cleave writes with 'an energy that conventional crime novels lack' and he has been called 'the next Stephen King' 'a rising star of the genre' and 'a writer to watch' Publishers Weekly have said 'a pulse pounding serial killer thriller The city of Christchurch becomes a modern euivalent of James Ellroy's Los Angeles of the 1950s a discordant symphony of violence and human weakness the book's real power lies in the complexity of its characters' and Cleave numbers among his fans top crime and thriller writers such as Mark Billingham who wrote 'Most people come back from New Zealand talking about the breathtaking scenery and the amazing experiences I came back raving about Paul Cleave' John Connolly called Blood Men 'dark bloody and gripping classic noir fiction' and said that in Paul Cleave 'Jim Thompson has another worthy heir to his throne' The Lab's John Heath calls Cleave's writing 'uncompromising unpredictable and enthralling' adding 'Made me vomit seriously it's that good' Simon Kernick said 'Cleave writes the kind of dark intense thrillers that I never like to finish Do yourself a favour and check him out' and SJ Watson said 'An intense adrenalin rush from start to finish It'll have you up all night Fantastic'His novels are The Cleaner The Killing Hour Cemetery Lake Blood Men Collecting Cooper The Laughterhouse Joe Victim Five Minutes Alone and Trust No One

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T bothered by the reports of The Christchurch Carver who they say murdered seven women Joe knows the carver has only killed six women He knows that for a fact And Joe is going to find that copy cat killer punish him for the one and 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 d. Seven women in Christchurch New Zealand have been brutally raped and murdered by a killer dubbed the Christchurch Carver The homicide suad led by Detective Carl Schroder is working hard on the caseand Joe the police station's mentally challenged janitor sometimes asks Any new leads before getting Schroder his morning coffeeJoe 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 smile has everybody fooled In reality Joe is a clever guy who as he goes about his daily tasks copies police files follows the investigation and changes out the voice recorder he hid in the police station conference roomOutside of work hours Joe steals cars to get around murders people and sometimes visits his mother who makes bad meatloaf; talks about things she bought on sale; does jigsaw puzzles; and complains about Joe neglecting her There's something very off between Joe and his mother but it's not clear exactly what It might have something to do with the scars on Joe's body but this is never specifiedRight now Joe is uite angry because he killed only six of the seven victims attributed to the Christchurch Carver One woman was killed by a copycat who aped the Carver's methods As a result Joe is determined to identify the copycat and pin ALL the murders on hima uest that takes up most of the bookUnfortunately for Joe he's attracted the interest of a young woman named Sally who does maintenance work at the police station Sally had a handicapped brother who died and she's determined to make 'disabled' Joe's life easier To this end Sally brings Joe sandwiches for lunch and starts to follow him after work with all good intentionsAfter Joe meets a woman named Melissa in a bar his life gets really complicated But Joe's an arrogant dude who figures everything will work out for him In fact Joe does identify the copycat killer and this leads to a dramatic climaxThe story is told mostly from Joe's point of view with occasional passages about what Sally's thinking and doing Joe's crimes are described in graphic detail so sensitive readers should be preparedThe book is compelling and held my interest but stories told from a serial killer's POV aren't my favorites Also the main characters all of whom are or less deluded aren't especially likable Sally's probably the most sympathetic character in the story but she's WAY too nosy and intrusiveStill this is a well written psychological thriller that I'd recommend to fans of the genreYou can follow my reviews at

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The CleanerO 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 no longer have any place in Joe's investigatio. 45 rounded up Too good I’m moving directly on to book 2 I never do that Usually I need a break in between but Joe is just too much I HAVE to see what happens next This book is an entire story on its own I’m just ready for Totally recommend for my friends who like psychological thrillers Especially if you enjoy something different Like some laughs with your suspense😂😂