Fans of Paul Cleave’s cult classic novel, “The Cleaner,” will find a fresh take on the story in the new New Zealand crime series, Dark City: The Cleaner. While the core concept – a serial killer working as a janitor at the police station – remains, the show takes some intriguing liberties.

The series retains the darkly comedic tone of the book, with Joe, the protagonist, a complex and unsettling character. The show benefits from a strong performance by the lead actor, capturing both Joe’s chilling edge and his warped sense of humor.

However, unlike the book’s focus on Joe’s internal monologue, the series delves deeper into the detective investigating the murders, creating a compelling dynamic between hunter and hunted. This dual perspective adds a layer of suspense not present in the original story.

Be warned, the show doesn’t shy away from the graphic violence Cleave is known for. If you enjoyed the book’s intensity, the series delivers in spades.

One unique aspect of the show is the use of a heightened visual style. Christchurch, the setting, takes on an almost comic book-like quality, creating an unsettling juxtaposition with the brutal crimes.

Overall, Dark City: The Cleaner is a worthy adaptation that builds upon the foundation of the novel. It offers a fresh perspective, strong performances, and a suspenseful exploration of a twisted mind. Just be prepared for a darker and more visually striking journey than the book.

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Dark City - The Cleaner

Rick Jacobson, 2024-

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The Cleaner
Paul Cleave, 2006

Dark City – The Cleaner is a TV series directed by Rick Jacobson in 2024 and based on the book The Cleaner by Paul Cleave, first published in 2006. The TV series features Cohen Holloway, Chelsie Florence, Dea Doglione, Elizabeth Hawthorne, Robbie Magasiva, David de Lautour, and others.

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TV Series Poster: Dark City - The Cleaner (Rick Jacobson, 2024-)

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Book Cover: The Cleaner (Paul Cleave, 2006)

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The Cleaner

Read by: Paul Ansdell

AUTHORS' QUOTES

“It has been my dream for many many years for The Cleaner to be made into TV, and a huge buzz to have had it made by an extremely talented cast and crew.”

PAUL CLEAVE, Book Author and Screenwriter

“The show is awesome, it’s dark, it’s hilarious, and I love it.”

PAUL CLEAVE, Book Author and Screenwriter


Storyline

By day, Joe is an overlooked cleaner, but by night, he transforms into a serial killer. When a copycat killer emerges, Joe takes it upon himself to track them down before the authorities do. However, a potential victim unexpectedly turns the tables, thrusting Joe into the role of prey.

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Key differences

• The book is set in the mind of a serial killer. The show retains the noir-drenched ambiance but shifts the setting to Christchurch
• The novel primarily revolves around Joe, but the show introduces additional characters like Melissa and Sally Galletly
• The novel maintains a consistent pace, allowing readers to delve into Joe’s mind gradually. The show’s format provides a faster-paced experience.
• The visual adaptation brings the city, characters, and crime scenes to life.
• The TV series expands the narrative, introduces new characters, and offers a fresh perspective on Joe’s chilling journey.


Comparison

Fans of Paul Cleave’s cult classic novel, “The Cleaner,” will find a fresh take on the story in the new New Zealand crime series, Dark City: The Cleaner. While the core concept – a serial killer working as a janitor at the police station – remains, the show takes some intriguing liberties.

The series retains the darkly comedic tone of the book, with Joe, the protagonist, a complex and unsettling character. The show benefits from a strong performance by the lead actor, capturing both Joe’s chilling edge and his warped sense of humor.

However, unlike the book’s focus on Joe’s internal monologue, the series delves deeper into the detective investigating the murders, creating a compelling dynamic between hunter and hunted. This dual perspective adds a layer of suspense not present in the original story.

Be warned, the show doesn’t shy away from the graphic violence Cleave is known for. If you enjoyed the book’s intensity, the series delivers in spades.

One unique aspect of the show is the use of a heightened visual style. Christchurch, the setting, takes on an almost comic book-like quality, creating an unsettling juxtaposition with the brutal crimes.

Overall, Dark City: The Cleaner is a worthy adaptation that builds upon the foundation of the novel. It offers a fresh perspective, strong performances, and a suspenseful exploration of a twisted mind. Just be prepared for a darker and more visually striking journey than the book.


Poster of Dark City - The Cleaner, the 2024 TV series by Rick Jacobson

Year

2024

Minutes

42

Movie Rate

7.50

Source: IMDb

TV Series

Dark City - The Cleaner

Country: New Zealand

Year: 2024-

Length: 42m

Cover of The Cleaner, the 2006 book by Paul Cleave

Year

2006

Pages

387

Book Rate

7.50

S: Goodreads

Book

The Cleaner

Country: New Zealand

First published in: 2006

Length: 387 pages

Genre: Fiction

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