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The Cleanup
by Sean Doolittle


Overview - Matthew Worth is a mess. Somewhere between a good cop and a bad screwup, he botched a marriage and a career. His fellow officers think he s a joke. His commanders are tired of cutting him breaks. Even his wife has left him for a flashy homicide detective. Busted to night patrol at a robbery-prone Omaha supermarket, Worth is doing time, wearing his uniform and asking shoppers if they want paper or plastic.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Matthew Worth is a mess. Somewhere between a good cop and a bad screwup, he botched a marriage and a career. His fellow officers think he s a joke. His commanders are tired of cutting him breaks. Even his wife has left him for a flashy homicide detective. Busted to night patrol at a robbery-prone Omaha supermarket, Worth is doing time, wearing his uniform and asking shoppers if they want paper or plastic. If that isn t enough, he suspects he might be falling for Gwen, the shy checkout girl who may be an even bigger mess than he is. It couldn t get any worse. Until it does.
When Gwen comes to him one night scared and desperate for help, Worth discovers just how far he s willing to go to protect and serve. The next thing he knows, he s driving a stolen car with a corpse in the trunk, a pistol in the glove box, and no way to turn back. Everything he doesn t know could get them killed. And things haven t even begun to get messy yet...."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780440242826
  • ISBN-10: 0440242827
  • Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
  • Publish Date: October 2006
  • Page Count: 304


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 40.
  • Review Date: 2006-09-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

The unlikely tale of an unsuccessful cop, a cute grocery check-out girl and her dead boyfriend gives Doolittle (Raindogs) plenty to chew on in his latest crime novel. Officer Matthew Worth, a divorcé with little going for him—careerwise in particular—works security at an Omaha supermarket, where he's developed a crush on check-out clerk Gwen. Innocent flirtation turns messy when Gwen kills her abusive boyfriend and turns to Worth for help, pleading self-defense. Instead of calling it in, Worth decides to cover up the murder, leading to trouble with two dirty narcs who were involved with the murder victim in a money-laundering scheme. From there, secrets, lies and murders pile up, pushing Worth from every direction at once. Doolittle has penned a character-driven yet suspenseful novel about choice and consequence, with a well-crafted lead and a narrative style that's punchy and sincere. Though Worth's motivation is sometimes unclear (even, at times, to himself), readers looking for a tense crime drama—hold the procedure—will enjoy getting inside the head of this well-meaning sad sack. (Nov.)

 
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