Mila Voss is dead.
That's what the team hired to terminate her had reported, and that's how her file had been marked.
Dead. Six years now.
So why did she suddenly show up on a hotel's security camera in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania? Those who'd paid for her elimination are more than a little curious.
One person should know what happened-Jonathan Quinn, one of the best cleaners in the business, the man who'd been tasked with the disposal of her body.
Only Quinn isn't exactly easy to get ahold of these days, and he may not be willing to share the answer.
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In my last review of a Brett Battles novel (“The Collected,” published in October of 2012, and the seventh and penultimate [so far] entry in this series), I noted that Jonathan Quinn, the protagonist whose job it is to discreetly clean up crime scenes, remove bodies and get rid of nasty, incriminating stuff like blood, and his protégé, Nate, had become colleagues, rather than mentor and apprentice. In this, the sixth Quinn book, the reader finds out how that came about. The tale opens in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, when a man keeps an appointment scheduled through an enigmatic e-mail from what is apparently a non-existent address. A fateful meeting it is, as the man soon falls [jumps? is pushed?] to his death just as he is about to keep his appointment with one Mila Voss, the person who is central to the fascinating plot fashioned here. [Note that this occurs on page 21 of the book, so no spoiler here.] When security cameras show a disguised but recognizable Mila rushing to the spot where the body landed, a furor is raised in “the secret world”: The woman was supposed to have been killed six years ago, and Quinn was the one tasked with disposing of the body, which he duly reported he had done. Conspiracies, corruption in high places, powerful men who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals, all combine to serve up another terrific thriller. In addition to Tanzania, the story takes the reader to Stockholm, Sweden; Lucerne, Switzerland; London; Rome; Las Vegas; San Francisco; Atlanta, Georgia; Virginia; and, early on, to Bangkok, where Quinn took refuge nearly nine months prior following the events in the prior series entry. That self-banishment gave rise to Nate becoming “a full-fledged cleaner, running Quinn’s business on his own.” As Quinn notes when Nate succeeds in tracking him down, “There was something older about Nate, his edges sharper and more defined. There was a confidence, too. While Nate undoubtedly had more to learn, he was now a professional who could stand on his own.” Those who have not yet read the subsequent series entry, “The Collected,” should waste no time correcting that situation. Both of these are wonderful, suspense-filled reads, and are highly recommended.