Search Results: "Ken Bruen"


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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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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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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 >

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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 >

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THE GHOSTS OF GALWAY by Ken Bruen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2017

"Dispensing with the genre's customary pleasures—promising plot developments go nowhere, menacing characters are abruptly killed off, the solution solves nothing—Bruen still manages to deliver prose that's both tough and elegiac, plus enough white space per page to tempt even Alice in Wonderland."
Jack Taylor goes looking for an explosive volume and finds it and a whole lot of other explosions. 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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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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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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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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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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ONCE WERE COPS by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 28, 2008

"An unlovely tale impossible to put down. Readers asked at year's end to list the nastiest, most violent cop novels of 2008 will certainly remember this one."
While Jack Taylor sits out a round, two homicidal NYPD cops stand in to sustain the Bruen mood. Read full book review >