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Awards

Nominated for the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Novel

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Ireland, awash in cash and greed, no longer turns to the church for solace or comfort. But the decapitation of Father Joyce in a Galway church horrifies even the most jaded citizen.

Jack Taylor, devastated by the recent trauma of personal loss, has always believed himself to be beyond salvation. But a new job offers a fresh start, and an unexpected partnership makes him hope that his one desperate vision — of family — might yet be fulfilled. An eerie mix of exorcism, a predatory stalker, and an unlikely attraction conspires to lure him into a murderous web of dark conspiracies. The specter of a child haunts every waking moment.

Explosive, unsettling, and totally original, Ken Bruen's writing captures the brooding landscape of Irish society at a time of social and economic upheaval. Here is evidence of an unmistakable literary talent.

Review:

"Recovered from incapacitating guilt over the death of a child on his watch, Jack Taylor is released from the loony bin at the start of Shamus-winner Bruen's searing fifth book about the alcoholic Galwegian ex-cop (after 2006's The Dramatist). Jack's friend Nio 'Ridge' Iomaire picks him up from the hospital and mentions the gory headlines: a pedophilic priest, Father Joyce, was beheaded. At the request of another frightened priest, Jack launches an unofficial investigation with the assistance of an eager, younger partner, Cody. All the while fighting his constant ache for a drink, the maverick PI also helps Ridge ward off a stalker. Jack is a keen and literary narrator, and Bruen's latest Irish noir makes for a kind of savage poetry, at once exhausting and exhilarating. Bruen has been a finalist for Edgar, Anthony and Barry awards." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[I]rresistible....With any Bruen novel, you get the feeling that the author has poured his soul into the pages. Recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Bruen exploits the dark potential of the mystery form to its fullest, using his tale to pose disturbing existential questions only to come up with answers as hollow as Hammett's Maltese Falcon." Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

Review:

"Taylor's winning, even lovable blend of bleak philosophy and noirish humor is more gripping than the novel's central mystery. (Grade: B+)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"You can't expect much in the way of conventional sleuthing from this tormented hero, but there's music in his lament for the corruption of innocence and the loss of faith...even as he does battle with the demons that have claimed his own soul." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"If you like this cup of tea, it's brewed about the same as the last one. But Bruen, a writer of talent and originality, has yet to push himself to the next level." Booklist

Synopsis:

From the award-winning author of The Dramatist comes an unsettled and original novel. "Readers will appreciate Bruen's stripped-down noir poetry, his superbly rendered sense of place and his evocative portrait of a person balanced on the razor's edge" (Publishers Weekly).

Synopsis:

Ireland, awash with cash and greed, no longer turns to the church for solace or comfort. But the decapitation of Father Joyce in a Galway confessional horrifies even the most jaded citizen.
Jack Taylor, devastated by the recent trauma of personal loss, has always believed himself to be beyond salvation. But a new job offers a fresh start, and an unexpected partnership provides hope that his one desperate vision--of family--might yet be fulfilled.
An eerie mix of exorcism, a predatory stalker, and unlikely attraction conspires to lure him into a murderous web of dark conspiracies. The specter of a child haunts every waking moment.
Explosive, unsettling, and totally original, Ken Bruens writing captures the brooding landscape of Irish society at a time of social and economic upheaval. Here is evidence of an unmistakable literary talent.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312378271
Author:
Bruen, Ken
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
noir
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Jack Taylor Mysteries
Series Volume:
No. 5
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.8 x 5.91 x 0.795 in

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Product details 304 pages St. Martin's Minotaur - English 9780312378271 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Recovered from incapacitating guilt over the death of a child on his watch, Jack Taylor is released from the loony bin at the start of Shamus-winner Bruen's searing fifth book about the alcoholic Galwegian ex-cop (after 2006's The Dramatist). Jack's friend Nio 'Ridge' Iomaire picks him up from the hospital and mentions the gory headlines: a pedophilic priest, Father Joyce, was beheaded. At the request of another frightened priest, Jack launches an unofficial investigation with the assistance of an eager, younger partner, Cody. All the while fighting his constant ache for a drink, the maverick PI also helps Ridge ward off a stalker. Jack is a keen and literary narrator, and Bruen's latest Irish noir makes for a kind of savage poetry, at once exhausting and exhilarating. Bruen has been a finalist for Edgar, Anthony and Barry awards." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[I]rresistible....With any Bruen novel, you get the feeling that the author has poured his soul into the pages. Recommended."
"Review" by , "Bruen exploits the dark potential of the mystery form to its fullest, using his tale to pose disturbing existential questions only to come up with answers as hollow as Hammett's Maltese Falcon."
"Review" by , "Taylor's winning, even lovable blend of bleak philosophy and noirish humor is more gripping than the novel's central mystery. (Grade: B+)"
"Review" by , "You can't expect much in the way of conventional sleuthing from this tormented hero, but there's music in his lament for the corruption of innocence and the loss of faith...even as he does battle with the demons that have claimed his own soul."
"Review" by , "If you like this cup of tea, it's brewed about the same as the last one. But Bruen, a writer of talent and originality, has yet to push himself to the next level."
"Synopsis" by , From the award-winning author of The Dramatist comes an unsettled and original novel. "Readers will appreciate Bruen's stripped-down noir poetry, his superbly rendered sense of place and his evocative portrait of a person balanced on the razor's edge" (Publishers Weekly).
"Synopsis" by ,
Ireland, awash with cash and greed, no longer turns to the church for solace or comfort. But the decapitation of Father Joyce in a Galway confessional horrifies even the most jaded citizen.
Jack Taylor, devastated by the recent trauma of personal loss, has always believed himself to be beyond salvation. But a new job offers a fresh start, and an unexpected partnership provides hope that his one desperate vision--of family--might yet be fulfilled.
An eerie mix of exorcism, a predatory stalker, and unlikely attraction conspires to lure him into a murderous web of dark conspiracies. The specter of a child haunts every waking moment.
Explosive, unsettling, and totally original, Ken Bruens writing captures the brooding landscape of Irish society at a time of social and economic upheaval. Here is evidence of an unmistakable literary talent.
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