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The Deceivedby Brett Battles
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“Unputdownable.”* “Brilliant and heart-pounding.”** “A tightly written page-turner.”*** Brett Battles won rave reviews for his debut novel, The Cleaner, which introduced hero Jonathan Quinn. A freelance operative and professional “cleaner,” Quinn knows better than to get emotionally involved in any of his jobs. But in this superb powerhouse of suspense, Quinns latest job is different. A friend and old colleague has been murdered. A woman has gone missing. And for Jonathan Quinn, this time its personal.
Anonymity. Trust. Professionalism. In his world, Jonathan Quinn has a few rules. Hell get rid of bodies that have to disappear; nothing ever gets traced back to him. But when Quinn is called to a busy Los Angeles port where a shipping container has just come in from the sea, its clear his rules have been violated. Inside the crate is a dead mana man who once saved Quinns life. And while no one knows how CIA agent Steven Markoff died, Quinn has to do more than clean. He has to find Markoffs girlfriend, Jenny. To tell her that Markoff is dead. To find out whyand why someone sent Markoffs body to him.
Until a week ago, Jenny Fuentes was an assistant to an ambitious congressman. Now Jenny is missing, too, and a lot of man power is making sure she isnt found. But Quinn has his own man power. He has tools that can pry into secrets held anywhere in the world. He has the skill to trade blows with killers and spies. And he has covert weapons: his eager and smart apprentice, Nate, and brilliant Orlando, his closest friend, whos saved his life more than once.
Racing from the corridors of power in Washington to the bustling streets of Singapore, Quinn wont stop until he uncovers the truth behind his friends violent death, the astounding reason Jenny has vanishedand what she knows about the most explosive deception of all.
"In Battles's strong sequel to The Cleaner — which introduced Jonathan Quinn, an ex-CIA agent who cleans up crime scenes for a shadowy U.S. government intelligence agency — Quinn determines to find the murderer of his CIA friend Steven Markoff. Quinn and his team must also locate Steven's missing girlfriend, Jenny Fuentes, to notify her of Steven's death. The search for Jenny hopscotches from Los Angeles to Houston to the Washington, D.C., offices of Jenny's boss, an ambitious politician. Along the way, Quinn and his compatriots contend with villains who appear to be linked to an international conspiracy. The chase ends in Singapore, where Quinn enlists a former underworld contact to help identify the plot's nefarious mastermind. Breakneck pacing, colorful locales and dizzying plot twists make the Quinn series a welcome addition to the political thriller genre. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Brett Battles lives and writes in Los Angeles. The Cleaner is his debut novel, and he is currently at work on the next book featuring Jonathan Quinn.
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