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

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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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 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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THE MAGDALEN MARTYRS by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 21, 2005

"Jack's Orwellian journey is often painful, but there are compensations. An array of good writers, from Ralph W. Emerson to George P. Pelecanos, are quoted throughout. It's a class of writer that includes Bruen himself."
Private eye Jack Taylor, late of the Garda Siochana, the Irish National Police and any condition remotely resembling sobriety, is down and out in Galway in the third entry in this relentlessly dark yet never dreary series (The Killing of the Tinkers, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NEAREST EXIT by Olen Steinhauer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 11, 2010

"Excessively complicated, but it's a Steinhauer (The Tourist, 2009, etc.), which means it's good all the same."
Proving there's still juice in the le Carré formula, still another spy comes in from the cold. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >