Synopses & Reviews
The award-winning crime writer Ken Bruen, called the best-kept literary secret in Ireland” by the Independent, is as joyously unapologetic in his writing as he is wickedly poetic, mixing high and low with hypnotic mastery. In the previous book in the series, Purgatory
, ex-cop Jack Taylor had finally turned his life around, only to be taunted back into fighting Galways corruption by a twisted serial killer named C33. In the new novel Green Hell
, Bruens dark angel of a protagonist has again hit rock bottom: one of his best friends is dead, the other has stopped speaking to him; he has given up battling his addiction to alcohol and pills; and his firing from the Irish national police, the Guards, is ancient history. But Jack isnt about to embark on a self-improvement plan. Instead, he has taken up a vigilante case against a respected professor of literature at the University of Galway who has a violent habit his friends in high places are only too happy to ignore. And when Jack rescues a preppy American student on a Rhodes Scholarship from a couple of kid thugs, he also unexpectedly gains a new sidekick, who abandons his thesis on Beckett to write a biography of Galways most magnetic rogue.
Between pub crawls and violent outbursts, Jacks vengeful plot against the professor soon spirals toward chaos. Enter Emerald, an edgy young Goth who could either be the answer to Jacks problems, or the last ripped stitch in his undoing. Ireland may be known as a green Eden,” but in Jack Taylors world, the national color has a decidedly lethal sheen.
An Amazon best book of the month in the mystery/thriller category
A Publishers Weekly book of the week
Taylor is a classic figure: an ex-cop turned seedy private eye . . . The books pleasure comes from listening to Taylors eloquent rants, studded with references to songs and books. His voice is wry and bittersweet, but somehow always hopeful.”—Seattle Times
The Taylor series is generally very pleasurable to read . . . filled with a glorious love of the language and an engaging protagonist who is unlike almost any other. Its unclear at this point how many more go-arounds Taylor has left in him . . . but it will be a privilege to be with him for as long as hes able.”Strand Magazine
About the Author
received a doctorate in metaphysics; taught English in Africa; and then became a crime novelist. The author of ten previous Jack Taylor novels and the critically acclaimed White Trilogy
, he is the recipient of two Barry Awards, for Priest
, two Shamus Awards, for The Guards
and The Dramatist
, and has twice been a finalist for the Edgar Award. He lives in Galway, Ireland.