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Fanfare Book Pick: “The Cleaner”

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A satirical take on the traditional murder mystery novel, The Cleaner puts the reader in the mind of Joe, a closet serial killer who poses by day as a janitor with special needs.  You can’t help but laugh at Joe’s dry, candid commentary as he plays detective in order to defend his serial killer reputation. At first his logic is hard to believe, but soon it becomes almost scary how much sense his ideas begin to make as the reader begins to delve further into Joe’s psyche and understand his philosophy. Although not intended for the faint of heart, Paul Cleave is able to make readers both laugh and cry, as well as offer some surprisingly profound insights from the mind of a deranged serial killer. The book has a well-developed plot balanced with a heavy dose of humor that keeps readers hungering for more.

4/5 Stars

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