Search Results: "Ken Bruen"


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LONDON BOULEVARD by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Mindless violence masquerading as noir. Bruen (Once Were Cops, 2008, etc.) has done much better."
An ex-con, an ex-actress and an excess of gore star in Bruen's latest exercise in dark-as-it-gets noir. Read full book review >

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THE KILLING OF THE TINKERS by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 19, 2004

"From time to time, Jack (The Guards, 2003) may test a reader's tolerance for the comic antihero, but how can you resist a man who says, 'Lord knows, feeling bad is the skin I've worn almost all my life'?"
Back from London, where he was deeper down and farther out than Orwell ever was, comes p.i. Jack Taylor for his second walk on Galway's dark side. Read full book review >

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THE GUARDS by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Bruen (The McDead, 2001, etc.) bows to but doesn't just mimic James M. Cain and the other great noirists in a breakout novel not to be missed."
Jack Taylor's a drunk. Read full book review >

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PURGATORY by Ken Bruen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"For all the furious energy of Jack's throwaway riffs, the title of this installment, which would have fit most of Bruen's pitch-noir dispatches equally well, isn't the only thing that feels recycled here."
Galway ex-cop Jack Taylor, whose main job these days is keeping himself clean and sober, goes up against a vigilante whose targets richly deserve to die. Read full book review >

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RILKE ON BLACK by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1997

"At the same time, Bruen's first novel makes you realize with a thump just how postmodern The Postman Always Rings Twice must have seemed 60 years ago, if they'd only had the word."
``If I were built,'' Dex Cole tells his mate Nick, ``I'd spend the time cracking skulls. . . . Read full book review >

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PIMP by Ken Bruen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"We're told the name PIMP stands for the mixture of peyote, insulin, mescaline, and psychosis. Pulp, Idiocy, Snark, and Scumminess would have been a more truthful acronym."
A former drug kingpin stumbles on a new designer drug and uses it to fuel his comeback in the fourth entry of the Max Fisher series. Read full book review >

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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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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 >

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TAMING THE ALIEN by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 17, 2000

"Absolute ruthlessness'') in a hopeless attempt to update a noir attitude sealed in 50-year-old amber."
For the moment, the bad guys are having it all their way. 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 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 >