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The Cleanup (edition 2006)

by Sean Doolittle

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Title:The Cleanup
Authors:Sean Doolittle
Info:Dell (2006), Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
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Matthew Worth is a mess. Somewhere between a good cop and a bad screwup, he botched a marriage and a career. His fellow officers think he's a joke. His commanders are tired of cutting him breaks. Even his wife has left him for a flashy homicide detective. Busted to night patrol at a robbery-prone Omaha supermarket, Worth is doing time, wearing his uniform and asking shoppers if they want paper or plastic. If that isn't enough, he suspects he might be falling for Gwen, the shy checkout girl who may be an even bigger mess than he is. It couldn't get any worse. Until it does. When Gwen comes to him one night scared and desperate for help, Worth discovers just how far he's willing to go to protect and serve. The next thing he knows, he's driving a stolen car with a corpse in the turn, a pistol in the glove box, and no way to turn back. Everything he doesn't know could get them killed. And things haven't even begun to get messy yet. ( )
  jepeters333 | Sep 9, 2013 |
The Cleanup by Sean Doolittle was a good solid thriller about corrupted cops, domestic violence and missing mob money that plays out in Omaha, Nebraska,

While the main characters are likeable and there’s plenty of unsavoury villains, overall the characterizations felt a little cookie cutter. The story of good intentions going awry was a little familiar but the author was smart in his choices and didn’t overwrite or moralize.

I did appreciate the fast pacing, the cleverness of the plot and the nuance of humor and I would definitely read another Sean Doolittle thriller in the future. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Aug 11, 2013 |
I read this one for a local library-sponsored mystery fiction discussion group, and for the fact that it is a regional author (I'm in Lincoln, NE). This was an enjoyable read -- I liked the simplicity of the narrative and the neat and tidy way that all the plot threads were tied up by the end. The language was a bit coarser than I truly enjoy, but still sounded realistic to my literary ear. Sadly, I just never really grew to like the main character, and so felt a bit removed from caring whether or not he succeeded in his attempt to "clean up" the murder. Still, worth reading! ( )
  cannellfan | Feb 18, 2010 |
Entertaining, not a standout but well constructed and with enough twists and turns to keep you interested as well as characters that you did actually care about so worth my while reading more from this author. ( )
  johnbsheridan | Dec 19, 2009 |
How refreshing it is to read a well written, hard hitting, noir not set in New York or Los Angeles. Matt Worth is a disgraced cop, sent to patrol a grocery store in Omaha, Nebraska. Getting to know one of the check out clerks draws him into a labyrinth of intrigue and crime that leads to a series of actions and events that rushes headlong to a startling conclusion.

The story is tightly plotted, the characters are well drawn and fully developed; even the minor characters are complex. A roller coaster ride of a book, my only complaint is that it was over much too soon. ( )
5 vote RidgewayGirl | Nov 24, 2009 |
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Working night patrol for a local supermarket, down-on-his-luck cop Matthew Worth finds himself in over his head when he comes to the assistance of Gwen, a shy checkout clerk at the store, suddenly on the run in a stolen car with a gun in the glove compartment and a corpse in the trunk.… (more)

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