This continuation of Battles’ Jonathan Quinn series is a suspenseful, page-turning read. The characters of Quinn, Orlando and Nate are further fleshed out, with Quinn becoming more complex and intriguing as we learn the heart-breaking background of his estrangement from his family. The plot echoes current headline stories featuring shadowy government agencies that enter into deals with unsavory characters.
Quinn is a “cleaner” who removes the body and cleans up the scene after a hit. His reputation is exemplary and he is currently freelancing for several government agencies. When a Russian woman is spotted at several of his jobs, Quinn realizes that the hits are somehow related. Then his estranged sister is targeted and Quinn realizes that his deep-cover identity has been hacked. As Quinn calls in favors to protect his family, he, Orlando (his lover and fellow operative), and his apprentice Nate are soon traveling to London and Paris while trying to stay ahead of the assassins. (BANTAM, Apr., 398 pp., $7.99)