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ISBN13: 9780312384401
ISBN10: 0312384408
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Michael O'Shea is a member of Ireland's police force, known as The Guards. He's also a sociopath who walks a knife edge between sanity and all-out mayhem. When an exchange program is initiated and twenty Guards come to America and twenty cops from the States go to Ireland, Shay, as he's known, has his lifelong dream come true — he becomes a member of the NYPD. But Shay's dream is about to become New York's nightmare.

Paired with an unstable cop nicknamed Kebar for his liberal use of a short, lethal metal stick called a K-bar, the two unlikely partners become a devastatingly effective force in the war against crime.

But Kebar harbors a dangerous secret: he's sold out to the mob to help his sister. Her rape and beating leaves her in a coma and pushes an already unstable Kebar over the edge just as Shea's dark secrets threaten boil over and into the streets of New York.

Once Were Cops melds the street poetry of Brooklyn and Dublin into a fast-paced, incomparable hard-boiled novel. This is Ken Bruen at his best.

Review:

"In this stripped-down dark thrill ride from Edgar-finalist Bruen (The Guards), a psychotic Irish cop, Matthew Patrick O'Shea ('everybody called me Shea'), blackmails his way into a green card and a police exchange program that takes him from Galway to New York City for a one-year stint with the NYPD. Partnered with the brutal Kurt 'Kebar' Browski ('he looked like a pit bull in uniform'), the clever sociopath, who has a hidden predilection for serial rape and strangulation, brazenly advances his ambitions despite intense attention from Internal Affairs and a mobster named Morronni. An acknowledged master of contemporary noir, Bruen touches all his usual themes in his trademark clipped postmodern style, a deft shorthand that enables him to romp at will through genre clichs to quickly reach deeper and more dangerous depths. No one is safe as this shocker spins wildly toward a violent finish." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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The prolific Irish novelist Ken Bruen's books are violent, vulgar, over the top, booze-soaked, dungeon-dark and — if you're not put off by all that — often hilarious. The first of his novels I read, "The Guards," featured a Galway private detective who did far more drinking than detecting. The next, "Calibre," starred a serial killer who targeted obnoxious people and soon had us cheering him on.... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Bruen, a master of modern noir, renders his prose in short staccato bursts, which is curiously mesmerizing — and, at the book's gruesome end, downright terrifying. (Grade: A–)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Once Were Cops is an amazing book, full of twists and turns and genre-busting events....This is a work of brilliance, of nightmares, an instant classic that is sure to become a standard of noir fiction to which all others will be measured." BookReporter.com

Review:

"Shea is an otherworldly malevolence who makes Once Were Cops a chilling and deeply creepy read. That Bruen renders such a remarkable character in what might be called clipped free verse is further proof of his writing talent." Booklist

Review:

"The fare on offer at Chez Bruen features shards of spare sentences served up on lots of white space and presented with tons of attitude. Those who agree it's all in the presentation will be pleased, but those seeking meat and potatoes might be left wanting more." Library Journal

Review:

"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." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Michael O'Shea is a member of Ireland's police force, known as The Guards. He's also a sociopath who walks a knife edge between sanity and all-out mayhem. Once Were Cops melds the street poetry of Brooklyn and Dublin into a fast-paced, incomparable hard-boiled novel.

Synopsis:

Michael O'Shea is a member of Ireland's police force, known as The Guards. He's also a sociopath who walks a knife edge between sanity and all-out mayhem. When an exchange program is initiated and twenty Guards come to America and twenty cops from the States go to Ireland, Shay, as he's known, has his lifelong dream come true--he becomes a member of the NYPD. But Shay's dream is about to become New York's nightmare.

Paired with an unstable cop nicknamed Kebar for his liberal use of a short, lethal metal stick called a K-bar, the two unlikely partners become a devastatingly effective force in the war against crime.

But Kebar harbors a dangerous secret: he's sold out to the mob to help his sister. Her rape and beating leaves her in a coma and pushes an already unstable Kebar over the edge just as Sheas dark secrets threaten boil over and into the streets of New York.

Once Were Cops melds the street poetry of Brooklyn and Dublin into a fast-paced, incomparable hard-boiled novel. This is Ken Bruen at his best.

About the Author

Ken Bruen has been a finalist for the Edgar and Anthony Awards, and has won a Macavity Award, a Barry Award, and two Shamus Awards for the Jack Taylor series. He has been an English teacher in Africa, Japan, Southeast Asia, and South America. ;He lives in Galway, Ireland.

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Larry Robinson, November 19, 2008 (view all comments by Larry Robinson)
Finally, the Bruen I love is back. After a couple of lackluster Jack Taylor books (lackluster for Bruen, but still good) we have a non-stop thrill ride that passes on all of the woe is me self-pity that has marked his most recent work. This time the bulk of the action takes place in NYC as an Irish Guard member is transferred to the NYPD in an exchange program. Never mind that the guy with the badge and the gun is a bigger psycho than most of the criminals. Vintage Bruen.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312384401
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Author:
Bruen, Ken
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Police brutality
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Police -- New York (State) -- New York.
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
noir
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20081028
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.21 x 5.8 x 1.11 in

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Product details 304 pages St. Martin's Minotaur - English 9780312384401 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this stripped-down dark thrill ride from Edgar-finalist Bruen (The Guards), a psychotic Irish cop, Matthew Patrick O'Shea ('everybody called me Shea'), blackmails his way into a green card and a police exchange program that takes him from Galway to New York City for a one-year stint with the NYPD. Partnered with the brutal Kurt 'Kebar' Browski ('he looked like a pit bull in uniform'), the clever sociopath, who has a hidden predilection for serial rape and strangulation, brazenly advances his ambitions despite intense attention from Internal Affairs and a mobster named Morronni. An acknowledged master of contemporary noir, Bruen touches all his usual themes in his trademark clipped postmodern style, a deft shorthand that enables him to romp at will through genre clichs to quickly reach deeper and more dangerous depths. No one is safe as this shocker spins wildly toward a violent finish." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Bruen, a master of modern noir, renders his prose in short staccato bursts, which is curiously mesmerizing — and, at the book's gruesome end, downright terrifying. (Grade: A–)"
"Review" by , "Once Were Cops is an amazing book, full of twists and turns and genre-busting events....This is a work of brilliance, of nightmares, an instant classic that is sure to become a standard of noir fiction to which all others will be measured."
"Review" by , "Shea is an otherworldly malevolence who makes Once Were Cops a chilling and deeply creepy read. That Bruen renders such a remarkable character in what might be called clipped free verse is further proof of his writing talent."
"Review" by , "The fare on offer at Chez Bruen features shards of spare sentences served up on lots of white space and presented with tons of attitude. Those who agree it's all in the presentation will be pleased, but those seeking meat and potatoes might be left wanting more."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , Michael O'Shea is a member of Ireland's police force, known as The Guards. He's also a sociopath who walks a knife edge between sanity and all-out mayhem. Once Were Cops melds the street poetry of Brooklyn and Dublin into a fast-paced, incomparable hard-boiled novel.
"Synopsis" by ,

Michael O'Shea is a member of Ireland's police force, known as The Guards. He's also a sociopath who walks a knife edge between sanity and all-out mayhem. When an exchange program is initiated and twenty Guards come to America and twenty cops from the States go to Ireland, Shay, as he's known, has his lifelong dream come true--he becomes a member of the NYPD. But Shay's dream is about to become New York's nightmare.

Paired with an unstable cop nicknamed Kebar for his liberal use of a short, lethal metal stick called a K-bar, the two unlikely partners become a devastatingly effective force in the war against crime.

But Kebar harbors a dangerous secret: he's sold out to the mob to help his sister. Her rape and beating leaves her in a coma and pushes an already unstable Kebar over the edge just as Sheas dark secrets threaten boil over and into the streets of New York.

Once Were Cops melds the street poetry of Brooklyn and Dublin into a fast-paced, incomparable hard-boiled novel. This is Ken Bruen at his best.

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