📚 Synopsis 📚
John Milton is the man the government call when they want a problem to vanish . . . but what happens when he’s the one that needs to disappear?
After a botched job leaves a bloody trail, government assassin John Milton does the one thing he’s never done before: he hides.
Disappearing into London’s bustling East End and holing up in a vacant flat, Milton becomes involved with single mother Sharon and her troubled son Elijah, who are caught in an increasingly bloody turf war between two rival gangs.
Unable to ignore the threat, Milton sets about protecting mother and son, meeting violence with violence. But his involvement puts him in the sights of the government’s next best killer, and before long Milton is not just fighting to save a family and a home – he’s fighting to stay alive . . .
💭 My Thoughts 💭
Ok, I have a confession to make I have not read any of the Jack Reacher novels, and I’m not to keen on James Bond films. What has that got to do with this book? I hear you cry. Well, John Milton is being compared to as the next Jack Reacher or James Bond. Therefore, I can’t make this comparison. What I can say is that John Milton is a pretty dam fine bad ass character.
We open up with John Milton, The Cleaner. Doing what he does best, he gets rid of people that the government deem an annoyance. Milton comes from an SAS background, and has made his way up to the top ranks but he’s had enough and wants to retire. The opening scene of his latest hit makes him re-evaluate his life’s work and what he wants to achieve.
Obviously, in his line of work simply retiring isn’t that straightforward. His boss, who we only know as Control doesn’t make Milton’s decision to leave any easier. Let’s just say he isn’t pulling out the stops and organising a leaving party with a carriage clock gift. Control admires Milton’s way of working, he sees him as a real artisan, a craftsman in his field. Not like the new recruits making their way up the ranks. Control won’t let him go without a fight.
If Milton had a backing theme tune it would have to be, Wherever I Lay My Hat That’s My Home. He has no fixed abode, and this is the way he likes it. When Milton comes across Sharon, a single parent to Elijah. He knows he wants to help Elijah. He feels he’s done wrong whilst being a cleaner, and, sees helping Elijah as a form of making amends. Will it be a happy ever after fairytale ending?
The Cleaner focuses on the subject of gangs and turf wars. I found this hard to relate to because I’m from a small town where these things don’t occur. I’ve only seen stuff like this on the news or in films. However, I do like to read about subjects like this, it opens up my eyes to what’s going on in the big wide world outside the bubble of my small town.
The comparisons and similarities in the characters is great, it deepens our knowledge and understanding of who they are. Milton and Pops (the leader of the LFB) have so much similarities. They both have made it to the top of their field, and now are striving to do better in life. Will they find that the grass is greener? Or will their choices be scuppered?
The Cleaner is easily a five star read for me. It has a well thought out plot. Short chapters make it easy to fly through the story. And, John Milton is still a mystery, we e only just scratched the surface of his character. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
The Cleaner by Mark Dawson is out now, published by Welbeck, priced £12.99 in paperback.