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The Deceived (edition 2009)

by Brett Battles

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Member:Lman
Title:The Deceived
Authors:Brett Battles
Info:Preface Publishing (2009), Paperback, 480 pages
Collections:eBook, Read and given away
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Battles Brett 02, Fiction - Crime / Detective, Jonathan Quinn series

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I read and enjoyed the first Quinn novel. Quinn is a cleaner, a person hired to remove bodies and clean up after assorted mishaps. In this 2nd in the series, Quinn has been hired to get rid of a body in a shipping container. He discovers that it’s an old friend Steven Markoff, a CIA operative who once saved his life. On the wall of the container, Markoff had scratched a series of numbers and two letters: LP.

As a way of honoring his old friend, Quinn decides to contact Jenny, Markoff’s girlfriend, only to discover she has disappeared and is on the run. She is being sought by numerous people who always seem to be just behind Quinn and when he tries to discover the meaning of LP, people shut down and tell him to immediately drop his investigation. The conspiracy grows and they soon find themselves battling numerous foes in Singapore where Markoff’s clues have led them.

In the end, Battles has taken his series off in a slightly different direction, a little more like a Tom Cruise movie rather than the cool undercover professional in The Cleaner. It works and is still a very fast and enjoyable spy novel, just a little different than the first book. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
loved it. ( )
  magentaflake | Nov 12, 2012 |
A very exciting, quick read. If you love The Bourne Identity series, you will love Brett Battles' books. ( )
  grigoro | Jun 16, 2010 |
It's the 2nd in a series about Jonathan Quinn. Quinn is a cleaner and been hired to dispose of a shipping container. The container includes the body of a man that Quinn calls friend, Steven Markoff. Turns out Markoff's girlfriend Jenny is missing. Quinn and friends begin a journey to find Jenny and make sure she is safe. A fast paced thriller. I really like the way Brett Battles lets you know only so much about what is really going on. He keeps me guessing. ( )
  i.should.b.reading | May 5, 2010 |
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Jorge Albina received a phone call from Hawaii telling him to expect a package. When the package arrived, it was a dead body. Fortunately, Albina knows Jonathan Quinn who makes a good living as a cleaner – a man who specializes in getting rid of dead bodies. Quinn receives quite a shock when he realizes he knows the dead man – ex-CIA operative Steve Markoff. Markoff once saved Quinn’s life. To repay his debt to Markoff, Quinn starts searching for Markoff’s girlfriend Jenny, and protecting the tenacious Tasha who is determined to find her missing best friend. Quinn lets himself be drawn into the deceptive and dangerous world of spies and conspiracies – with only Markoff’s dying message as a clue. The tales of Jonathan Quinn started in The Cleaner and continue in Shadow of Betrayal. ( )
  ktoonen | Dec 30, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385341571, Hardcover)

“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, Quinn’s latest job is different. A friend and old colleague has been murdered. A woman has gone missing. And for Jonathan Quinn, this time it’s personal.

Anonymity. Trust. Professionalism. In his world, Jonathan Quinn has a few rules. He’ll 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, it’s clear his rules have been violated. Inside the crate is a dead man—a man who once saved Quinn’s life. And while no one knows how CIA agent Steven Markoff died, Quinn has to do more than clean. He has to find Markoff’s girlfriend, Jenny. To tell her that Markoff is dead. To find out why—and why someone sent Markoff’s 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 isn’t 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, who’s saved his life more than once.

Racing from the corridors of power in Washington to the bustling streets of Singapore, Quinn won’t stop until he uncovers the truth behind his friend’s violent death, the astounding reason Jenny has vanished—and what she knows about the most explosive deception of all.

*Tess Gerritsen
**Jeffery Deaver
***Booklist

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Jonathan Quinn has a few rules. He'll 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, it's clear his rules have been violated. Inside the crate is a dead man--a man who once saved Quinn's life. And while no one knows how CIA agent Steven Markoff died, Quinn has to do more than clean. He has to find Markoff's girlfriend, Jenny. To tell her that Markoff is dead. To find out why--and why someone sent Markoff's 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 isn't found.… (more)

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