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Publisher Comments:

Jack Taylor brings death and pain to everyone he loves.

His only hope of redemption — his surrogate son, Cody — is lying in the hospital in a coma. At least he still has Ridge, his old friend from the Guards, though theirs is an unorthodox relationship. When she tells him that a boy has been crucified in Galway city, he agrees to help her search for the killer.

Jack's investigations take him to many of his old haunts where he encounters ghosts, both dead and living. Everyone wants something from him, but Jack is not sure he has anything left to give. Maybe he should disappear — pocket his money and get the hell out of Galway like everyone else seems to be doing. But when the sister of the murdered boy is burned to death, Jack decides he must hunt down the killer, if only to administer his own brand of justice.

Review:

"In Shamus-winner Bruen's brilliant sixth Jack Taylor novel (after 2007's Priest), the tormented Galway detective feels like a ghost in a newly prosperous city that little resembles his birthplace. Years of alcoholic dissipation have taken their toll. Jack's apprentice and surrogate son, Cody, lies in hospital, the victim of bullets meant for Jack. His only real friend is Ridge, a lesbian Ban Gardai (female cop), and their relationship is a complicated mixture of affection and hostility. Jack decides to cut his losses and move to America, but first he agrees to help Ridge solve a series of heinous murders. A young man's crucifixion is followed by his sister being burned to death. As Jack investigates, he squares off against a 20-year-old girl whose grief over her religious fanatic mother's death in a hit-and-run accident has become a black insanity that demands biblical vengeance. Bruen riffs on different meanings and implications of the word cross throughout, and his insights into pain, loss and Irishness are unforgettable." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[A]n amazing portrait of a peculiarly Irish form of despair, and nary a page passes without a memorably mordant laugh, a wonderful turn of phrase, or an aphorism that any crime fan will want to share with another devotee." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"An Irish Dirty Harry....It takes a few pages to get into the rhythm of Bruen's Irish slang, but Cross soon sucks you into the dark, gritty streets of Galway. (Grade: B+)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Though Bruen sometimes nudges noir into bathos, this is dark-side stuff from a master." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Shamus and Macavity Award winner Bruen should be taken in small doses, as his idea of 'noir' may be too dark for most." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Jack Taylor investigates a gruesome crucifixion in Galway, in the fifth entry in this critically acclaimed, award-winning series.

Synopsis:

Jack Taylor brings death and pain to everyone he loves. His only hope of redemption - his surrogate son, Cody - is lying in a hospital in a coma. At least he still has Ridge, his old friend from the Guards, though theirs is an unorthodox relationship. When she tells him that a boy has been crucified in Galway city, he agrees to help her search for the killer. Jack's investigations take him to many of his old haunts where he encounters ghosts, dead and living. Everyone wants something from him, but Jack is not sure he has anything left to give. Maybe he should sell up, pocket his Euros and get the hell out of Galway like everyone else seems to be doing. Then the sister of the murdered boy is burned to death, and Jack decides he must hunt down the killer, if only to administer his own brand of rough justice.
 
Ken Bruen's Cross is suspenseful and deeply moving mystery.

Synopsis:

Jack Taylor brings death and pain to everyone he loves. His only hope of redemption - his surrogate son, Cody - is lying in the hospital in a coma. At least he still has Ridge, his old friend from the Guards, though theirs is an unorthodox relationship. When she tells him that a boy has been crucified in Galway city, he agrees to help her search for the killer.

Jack's investigations take him to many of his old haunts where he encounters ghosts, both dead and living. Everyone wants something from him, but Jack is not sure he has anything left to give. Maybe he should disappear--pocket his money and get the hell out of Galway like everyone else seems to be doing. But when the sister of the murdered boy is burned to death, Jack decides he must hunt down the killer, if only to administer his own brand of justice.

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 lives in Galway, Ireland. Visit his website at www.kenbruen.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312341428
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Author:
Bruen, Ken
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Boys
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Ex-police officers
Subject:
noir
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Jack Taylor Mysteries
Series Volume:
No. 6
Publication Date:
20080304
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.51 x 0.785 in

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Product details 288 pages St. Martin's Minotaur - English 9780312341428 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Shamus-winner Bruen's brilliant sixth Jack Taylor novel (after 2007's Priest), the tormented Galway detective feels like a ghost in a newly prosperous city that little resembles his birthplace. Years of alcoholic dissipation have taken their toll. Jack's apprentice and surrogate son, Cody, lies in hospital, the victim of bullets meant for Jack. His only real friend is Ridge, a lesbian Ban Gardai (female cop), and their relationship is a complicated mixture of affection and hostility. Jack decides to cut his losses and move to America, but first he agrees to help Ridge solve a series of heinous murders. A young man's crucifixion is followed by his sister being burned to death. As Jack investigates, he squares off against a 20-year-old girl whose grief over her religious fanatic mother's death in a hit-and-run accident has become a black insanity that demands biblical vengeance. Bruen riffs on different meanings and implications of the word cross throughout, and his insights into pain, loss and Irishness are unforgettable." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A]n amazing portrait of a peculiarly Irish form of despair, and nary a page passes without a memorably mordant laugh, a wonderful turn of phrase, or an aphorism that any crime fan will want to share with another devotee."
"Review" by , "An Irish Dirty Harry....It takes a few pages to get into the rhythm of Bruen's Irish slang, but Cross soon sucks you into the dark, gritty streets of Galway. (Grade: B+)"
"Review" by , "Though Bruen sometimes nudges noir into bathos, this is dark-side stuff from a master."
"Review" by , "Shamus and Macavity Award winner Bruen should be taken in small doses, as his idea of 'noir' may be too dark for most."
"Synopsis" by , Jack Taylor investigates a gruesome crucifixion in Galway, in the fifth entry in this critically acclaimed, award-winning series.
"Synopsis" by ,
Jack Taylor brings death and pain to everyone he loves. His only hope of redemption - his surrogate son, Cody - is lying in a hospital in a coma. At least he still has Ridge, his old friend from the Guards, though theirs is an unorthodox relationship. When she tells him that a boy has been crucified in Galway city, he agrees to help her search for the killer. Jack's investigations take him to many of his old haunts where he encounters ghosts, dead and living. Everyone wants something from him, but Jack is not sure he has anything left to give. Maybe he should sell up, pocket his Euros and get the hell out of Galway like everyone else seems to be doing. Then the sister of the murdered boy is burned to death, and Jack decides he must hunt down the killer, if only to administer his own brand of rough justice.
 
Ken Bruen's Cross is suspenseful and deeply moving mystery.
"Synopsis" by ,

Jack Taylor brings death and pain to everyone he loves. His only hope of redemption - his surrogate son, Cody - is lying in the hospital in a coma. At least he still has Ridge, his old friend from the Guards, though theirs is an unorthodox relationship. When she tells him that a boy has been crucified in Galway city, he agrees to help her search for the killer.

Jack's investigations take him to many of his old haunts where he encounters ghosts, both dead and living. Everyone wants something from him, but Jack is not sure he has anything left to give. Maybe he should disappear--pocket his money and get the hell out of Galway like everyone else seems to be doing. But when the sister of the murdered boy is burned to death, Jack decides he must hunt down the killer, if only to administer his own brand of justice.

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