Search Results: "Ken Bruen"


BOOK REVIEW

GREEN HELL by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 2015

"This meeting of 'a wild Irish fucked-up addict' with 'a WASP wannabe alcoholic' is neither the greatest nor the least of Jack's scalding adventures, but it may be the most ritualistic of them all."
Somebody really ought to write Galway ex-cop Jack Taylor's biography, but trouble erupts when a fledging American academic appoints himself the one. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CROSS by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 4, 2008

"Though Bruen (Priest, 2007, etc.) sometimes nudges noir into bathos, this is dark-side stuff from a master."
Galway private eye Jack Taylor must catch a psychopath who kills by crucifying. Read full book review >

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SANCTUARY by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 12, 2009

"In his seventh time out, Taylor isn't as compelling as he has been, or needs to be, to compensate for Bruen's pedestrian plotting."
Galway private eye Jack Taylor (Cross, 2008, etc.) tracks a psychopath whose craziness might be Taylor-made. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMMUNITION by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 23, 2007

"Constable MacDonald, once a Met golden boy, has added another blot to his copybook, this one likely to be permanent, in a dashed-off story line noticeably bereft of Bruen's customary stylishness. What was he thinking?"
Bruen (American Skin, 2006, etc.) revisits the dark side of London, home of the dishonest, the depraved and the detestable—and that's just the police. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMMUNITION by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 23, 2007

"Constable MacDonald, once a Met golden boy, has added another blot to his copybook, this one likely to be permanent, in a dashed-off story line noticeably bereft of Bruen's customary stylishness. What was he thinking?"
Bruen (American Skin, 2006, etc.) revisits the dark side of London, home of the dishonest, the depraved and the detestable—and that's just the police. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMERICAN SKIN by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"There are the usual rewards in terms of style, pace and, yes, flashes of mordant wit, but be warned: This is Bruen beyond noir into full-out stygian."
Bruen, poster boy for Irish noir (Calibre, 2006, etc.), exports his product to the U.S. and colors it even darker. Read full book review >

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BLITZ by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 2003

"2003, etc.) is all his own, but it's clear he's angling for a place among the noir brethren, specifically at the right hand of James M. Cain."
South East London's DS Brant, who could teach Edinburgh's John Rebus a thing or two about insubordination, is less than thrilled when Porter Nash leapfrogs to acting inspector and is made temporary head of the cop-killer inquiry while Chief Inspector Roberts wrestles with bereavement. Read full book review >

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THE MCDEAD by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 6, 2001

"Somewhere between the refreshing irreverence of Bill James and the inky blackness of a coal cellar at midnight."
Bruen closes out his White Trilogy (A White Arrest, not reviewed; Taming the Alien, 2000) by dumping just about every tough-cop cliché you can think of into a single mixing bowl and hitting purée. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HACKMAN BLUES by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 13, 1998

"Even in the hands of someone not so obsessed with blues, toy boys, and Gene Hackman, this would be a less-than-brilliant idea, but fans of Bruen's blistering noir valentine, Rilke on Black (1997), will enjoy seeing the Keystone Crooks get picked off one by one."
Tony Brady, whose search for a Labour MP's Yorkshire terrier has earned him the title of ``Ace Ventura of Vauxhall,'' is a gay, balding manic-depressive (or at least cyclothymic) who's stopped taking his lithium. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DEVIL by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"Between all the Xanax-popping and Jameson-swilling, Bruen keeps Jack and his adventures as mordantly funny as ever."
Someone's killing Jack Taylor's friends, and there's the devil to pay. Literally? Read full book review >

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PRIEST by Ken Bruen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2007

"As bleak and uncompromising a noir stylist as anyone working the genre. And there's comfort for the squeamish: The insights are always sharp, the wit can flash and, anyway, you don't read Bruen for his worldview."
When a pedophile priest is decapitated, p.i. Jack Taylor (The Dramatist, 2006, etc.) seeks to get his own head on straight. Read full book review >

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THE DRAMATIST by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 14, 2006

"Signature Irish noir, dark as it gets."
Galway's feistiest private eye (The Killing of Tinkers, 2004, etc.), continuing his war with practically everybody, is—you won't believe this—sober. Read full book review >