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Publisher Comments:

Somewhere in the teeming heart of London is a man on a lethal mission. His cause: a long-overdue lesson on the importance of manners. When a man gives a public tongue-lashing to a misbehaving child, or a parking lot attendant is rude to a series of customers, the "Manners Killer" makes sure that the next thing either sees is the beginning of his own grisly end.

When he starts mailing letters to the Southeast London police squad, he'll soon find out just how bad a man's manners can get. The Southeast is dominated by the perpetual sneer of one Inspector Brant, and while he might or might not agree with the killer's cause and can even forgive his tactics to some degree, Brant is just ornery enough to employ his trademark brand of amoral, borderline-criminal policing to the hunt for the Manners Killer. For if there's one thing that drives the incomparable inspector, it's the unshakeable conviction that if anyone is going to be getting away with murder on his patch, it'll be Brant himself, thank you very much.

Review:

"In Bruen's superb new pulp-inspired novel featuring Inspector Brant (after 2005's Vixen), the Southeast London Police Squad is plagued by a serial murderer who's determined to give his victims a lesson in manners. Taking a cue from Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me, the 'Manners Killer' believes that anyone who behaves rudely in public (e.g., verbally abuses a store clerk, slaps a child) is fair game. He soon finds that he's no match for Brant, Bruen's amoral, sociopathic brute of a detective ('He was heavily built with a black Irish face that wasn't so much lived in as squatted upon'). While his methods may be questionable, Brant gets results, and we find ourselves secretly cheering him on. Meanwhile, Brant is writing his first crime novel, Calibre, and aspires to become the English Joseph Wambaugh. Of course, he doesn't let the fact that he can't write deter him; Brant just nicks the stories from his cop buddy Porter Nash. Bruen's furious hard-boiled prose, chopped down to its trademark essence, never fails to astonish." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"So many books are so much like so many other books that it's always a delight to encounter a writer with an utterly distinctive voice. The prize-winning Irish novelist Ken Bruen is such a writer. The words that best describe him, besides original, are outrageous and hilarious. The first of his novels I read, 'The Guards,' in 2003, is a dark comedy about an alcoholic ex-cop in Galway who calls himself... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Bruen is so stinting on description that it's hard to keep some of [his characters] straight — but the completely corrupt, satanically funny Brant probably could carry the whole thing on his shoulders. Here's to the next Bruen-of-the-Month." Booklist

Review:

"Only Brant, cruel as Caligula, amoral as a wharf rat and totally undeserving, emerges unscathed to collect the glittering prizes. Sadly, this time Bruen crosses the thin line between noir and sour." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"It's so enjoyable and fast-paced that if you're like me, you'll want to catch up with everything you missed....If you read Calibre, you are going to do exactly what I did: go right online and order another Brant story." BookReporter.com

Synopsis:

Somewhere in the teeming heart of London is a man on a lethal mission. His cause: a long-overdue lesson on the importance of manners. When a man gives a public tongue-lashing to a misbehaving child, or a parking lot attendant is rude to a series of customers, the “Manners Killer” makes sure that the next thing either sees is the beginning of his own grisly end.

When he starts mailing letters to the Southeast London police squad, hell soon find out just how bad a mans manners can get. The Southeast is dominated by the perpetual sneer of one Inspector Brant, and while he might or might not agree with the killers cause and can even forgive his tactics to some degree, Brant is just ornery enough to employ his trademark brand of amoral, borderline-criminal policing to the hunt for the Manners Killer. For if theres one thing that drives the incomparable inspector, its the unshakeable conviction that if anyone is going to be getting away with murder on his patch, itll be Brant himself, thank you very much.

 
Ken Bruen's Calibre is original and astonishing hard-boiled noir.

Synopsis:

Somewhere in the teeming heart of London is a man on a lethal mission. His cause: a long-overdue lesson on the importance of manners. When a man gives a public tongue-lashing to a misbehaving child, or a parking lot attendant is rude to a series of customers, the "Manners Killer" makes sure that the next thing either sees is the beginning of his own grisly end.

When he starts mailing letters to the Southeast London police squad, he'll soon find out just how bad a man's manners can get. The Southeast is dominated by the perpetual sneer of one Inspector Brant, and while he might or might not agree with the killer's cause and can even forgive his tactics to some degree, Brant is just ornery enough to employ his trademark brand of amoral, borderline-criminal policing to the hunt for the Manners Killer. For if there's one thing that drives the incomparable inspector, it's the unshakeable conviction that if anyone is going to be getting away with murder on his patch, it'll be Brant himself, thank you very much.

About the Author

Ken Bruen has been a finalist for the Edgar, Anthony, and Barry Awards, and he has won the Shamus Award and the Macavity Award for books in the Jack Taylor series. He lives in Galway, Ireland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312341442
Author:
Bruen, Ken
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Serial murderers
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
Mystery
Subject:
Detective / General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
noir
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Inspector Brant Series
Series Volume:
No. 6
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.29 x 6.45 x 0.475 in

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Product details 192 pages St. Martin's Minotaur - English 9780312341442 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Bruen's superb new pulp-inspired novel featuring Inspector Brant (after 2005's Vixen), the Southeast London Police Squad is plagued by a serial murderer who's determined to give his victims a lesson in manners. Taking a cue from Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me, the 'Manners Killer' believes that anyone who behaves rudely in public (e.g., verbally abuses a store clerk, slaps a child) is fair game. He soon finds that he's no match for Brant, Bruen's amoral, sociopathic brute of a detective ('He was heavily built with a black Irish face that wasn't so much lived in as squatted upon'). While his methods may be questionable, Brant gets results, and we find ourselves secretly cheering him on. Meanwhile, Brant is writing his first crime novel, Calibre, and aspires to become the English Joseph Wambaugh. Of course, he doesn't let the fact that he can't write deter him; Brant just nicks the stories from his cop buddy Porter Nash. Bruen's furious hard-boiled prose, chopped down to its trademark essence, never fails to astonish." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Bruen is so stinting on description that it's hard to keep some of [his characters] straight — but the completely corrupt, satanically funny Brant probably could carry the whole thing on his shoulders. Here's to the next Bruen-of-the-Month."
"Review" by , "Only Brant, cruel as Caligula, amoral as a wharf rat and totally undeserving, emerges unscathed to collect the glittering prizes. Sadly, this time Bruen crosses the thin line between noir and sour."
"Review" by , "It's so enjoyable and fast-paced that if you're like me, you'll want to catch up with everything you missed....If you read Calibre, you are going to do exactly what I did: go right online and order another Brant story."
"Synopsis" by ,
Somewhere in the teeming heart of London is a man on a lethal mission. His cause: a long-overdue lesson on the importance of manners. When a man gives a public tongue-lashing to a misbehaving child, or a parking lot attendant is rude to a series of customers, the “Manners Killer” makes sure that the next thing either sees is the beginning of his own grisly end.

When he starts mailing letters to the Southeast London police squad, hell soon find out just how bad a mans manners can get. The Southeast is dominated by the perpetual sneer of one Inspector Brant, and while he might or might not agree with the killers cause and can even forgive his tactics to some degree, Brant is just ornery enough to employ his trademark brand of amoral, borderline-criminal policing to the hunt for the Manners Killer. For if theres one thing that drives the incomparable inspector, its the unshakeable conviction that if anyone is going to be getting away with murder on his patch, itll be Brant himself, thank you very much.

 
Ken Bruen's Calibre is original and astonishing hard-boiled noir.

"Synopsis" by ,
Somewhere in the teeming heart of London is a man on a lethal mission. His cause: a long-overdue lesson on the importance of manners. When a man gives a public tongue-lashing to a misbehaving child, or a parking lot attendant is rude to a series of customers, the "Manners Killer" makes sure that the next thing either sees is the beginning of his own grisly end.

When he starts mailing letters to the Southeast London police squad, he'll soon find out just how bad a man's manners can get. The Southeast is dominated by the perpetual sneer of one Inspector Brant, and while he might or might not agree with the killer's cause and can even forgive his tactics to some degree, Brant is just ornery enough to employ his trademark brand of amoral, borderline-criminal policing to the hunt for the Manners Killer. For if there's one thing that drives the incomparable inspector, it's the unshakeable conviction that if anyone is going to be getting away with murder on his patch, it'll be Brant himself, thank you very much.

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