The Cleaner

By Mark Dawson

A Book Review by Abby Lane

One question will engage readers attention and keep them turning the pages of Mark Dawson’s novel, The Cleaner. Why does John Milton risk everything to help Elijah and his mother?

This thriller novel starts with a poignant shot, soon ushering readers into the poorest streets of London’s East End, a place where young boys get caught up in gang life. Enter John Milton, an assassin at a crossroads in his life, who saves a mother from desperate straits and then chaperones her son, guiding him toward a better future. But with Control and a sharpshooter lying in wait, John Milton might have to face his own bullet.

I enjoyed the novel. Mark has a descriptive, rhythmic style that drives the pace like a well-lubricated engine. The narrative weaves a compelling story. Vivid depictions and a language style that encourages the plot to bounce off the page, especially in terms of secondary characters, Elijah, Pinky and Bizness. While the Cleaner has thrilling moments, this book reads more as a literary work to me. Regardless, a brilliant start to the John Milton series, and a perfect novel for fans of Jack Reacher.

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