The Cleaner by Mark Dawson

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Meet John Milton He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn’t pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn’t want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he’s had enough – there’s blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from. He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way. But his past cannot be easily forgotten and before long it is Milton who is hunted, and not the hunter. The Cleaner A career of state-sanctioned murder has taken its toll. Milton is troubled by nightmares, a long line of ghosts who torment his dreams. He resolves to make his next job his last and, then, perhaps, he can start to make amends for everything that he has done. Sharon Warriner is a single mother in the East End of London, suicidal with fear that she’s lost her young son to a life in the gangs. After Milton saves her life, he promises to help. But the gang, and the charismatic rapper who leads it, is not about to cooperate with him. As London burns through summer riots, Milton finds himself in unfamiliar territory, dealing with an unfamiliar foe. And when his employer sends another agent after him, the odds against him are stacked even higher.

My Review
This is the first full novel in the series, The Cleaner, it is a well written novel about a part of London that has problems with housing, jobs and other stuff. John Milton, our hero has given up his job as an assassin, and that alone can cause problems he doesn´t want. The novel itself isn´t really about John, but about a young boy called Elijah, who lives on an estate, he is at a difficult time in life and is having trouble choosing the correct path, this is where John comes in and does his best to help him.
In the meantime, John also has to deal with his ex-employers.
I enjoyed the book, but I thought it was more about assassins than social work, the title doesn´t really reflect the book, (apart from the very beginning), I like the character, he is doing his best to redeem himself, but that is not easy after all he has done. But I also thought he has too much conscience after all the years on the job.
It is certainly a good read as long as you are aware that there isn´t much to do with assassins, but more to do with inner kids and their problems.
The series over all have great titles and artwork.
I will read the 5th in the series, courtesy of the author, Mark Dawson. I am reading three of Mark Dawson´s books back to back so they must be good after all.

Read the review of the novella 1000 Yards HERE

Read the review of Sword of God by Mark Dawson HERE

mark dawsonAbout the Author.

Mark Dawson was born in Lowestoft, in the UK. He has worked as a DJ, a door-to-door ice cream seller, factory hand and club promoter. He eventually trained as a lawyer and worked for ten years in the City of London and Soho, firstly pursuing money launderers around the world and then acting for celebrities suing newspapers for libel. He currently works in the London film industry.

He is presently writing two series.

The John Milton books involve a disgruntled British assassin who is trying – without much success – to put his past behind him. In order to atone for the blood on his hands he has decided to help those in need. The first full length novel in the series, The Cleaner, sees Milton struggle to adapt to life amongst the gangs of East London during the riots of the summer of 2012. The Cleaner, and the other books in the series, have all been best-sellers in their categories at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

The Soho Noir books, beginning with The Black Mile and continuing with The Imposter, follow the glitz and glamour of criminal life in London’s West End from the 1940s to the present day. The Imposter picks up the nefarious goings on of the Costello crime family and a protagonist who is rather more than meets the eye. Think of The Sopranos set in Soho and you’ll be on the right track. This series, too, has been downloaded tens of thousands of times.
Mark lives in Wiltshire with his wife and two young children, plus a dog and two cats.


• Series: John Milton
• Paperback: 312 pages
• Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 16, 2013)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1492354252
• ISBN-13: 978-1492354253

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