Synopses & Reviews
Recovering from the severe mental and physical wounds inflicted from his recent past, former cop Jack Taylor has finally found a modicum of peace. He has managed to kick the myriad substances that have had a stranglehold over his painful life, however tenuously. Yet this fragile existence is threatened when a vigilante killer begins targeting the scum of Galway, signing mysterious notes with the moniker 'C 33'. The killer addresses these cryptic letters to Jack, trying to goad him into joining the murderous spree.
While Jack tries to unravel the mystery and motives of this demented killer, he is also brought into the fold of an enigmatic tech billionaire who has been buying up massive amounts of property in Galway, seemingly in the hopes of offering this downtrodden city a better future. Yet if Jack has learned one thing living in Ireland, it's that people who outwardly claim to be on the side of righteousness are likely harboring far more nefarious motives beneath the surface.
With the help of his friends, former drug dealer-turned-zen master Stewart and dogged police sergeant Ridge, Jack is determined to track down C 33, even if it jeopardizes his livelihood, his friends, and the remaining shreds of his sanity. C 33 is Bruen at his best: lyrical, brutal, and ceaselessly suspenseful.
"Nine previous titles, a Shamus Award, two feature films, and now this.... Bruen's doctorate in metaphysics adds depth."—Library Journal
Praise for Purgatory
The things Jack witnesses these days . . . would cause a saint to go blind. And Jack, whose heroism is fueled by plain old-fashioned rage, bile and bitterness, is no saint. Never was, never will be. Amen.”New York Times Book Review
Excellent. . . . Bruen maintains his trademark hip references and highly poetic style, but fans expecting the usual are in for some shock therapy, as he busts out one series-changing surprise after another.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Bruens storytelling style, a stream-of-consciousness mix of prose and verse, strips away Galways tourist-board façade and offers a darkly comic social commentary. . . . Noir fans will find what they love here.”Booklist (starred review)
Bruen is an Irish treasure, holding his own in a line of literary giants including Joyce, Yeats, Wilde and Beckett. . . . Purgatory may be the best of the Jack Taylor series.”Shelf Awareness
Another fine installment in the series that defines Irish noir.”BookPage
Strangely poetic. Bruen uses the automatic weapons staccato burst writing style, lacing it with current event allusions.”Huntington News
One of the most sublime pleasures in crime fiction is reading a new book by Ken Bruen. For almost twenty years now, hes been delighting mystery and noir audiences with his stunning, poetic books of the shadowy side of life. . . . Purgatory is one of the darkest books yet. . . . This is real writing, the likes of which we are blessed to behold.”—Strand Magazine
Gleefully profane and joyfully blasphemous, the prose in Ken Bruens Jack Taylor books is so unapologetically lyrical and right that it fooking hurts. . . . No matter how black Bruen paints it, there is also an unabashed celebration of life here. To read these books is to fly.”Mystery Scene
Bruen is as quietly unflinching and honest an author as you are likely to encounter. . . . Everybody should read Purgatory and every other word he has ever written.”Bookreporter.com
The Taylor books are the pinnacle of Bruens offhand but bleakly poetic style. . . . Bruen and Taylor are very much of this moment, in terms of popular culture, crime fiction, Irish history, and global politics.”International Noir Fiction
[Purgatory] well-captures the flavor of the time.”Criminal Element
"Entertaining."Avid Mystery Reader
Bruen has some important things to say about contemporary Ireland, if not the world in general. . . . [Purgatory] is also very funny, with more than its share of serious observations and, as one would expect, dark moments.”Woody Haut
Praise for Ken Bruen
"Ken Bruen is an exceptional writer. . . . [He] writes some of the darkest, leanest prose you'll ever encounter."Hilary Davidson, Dark Voyage
"Ken Bruen might be the best-kept literary secret in Ireland."The Independent (Ireland)
"[Bruen's] fast-paced and hard-boiled action novels will appeal to those looking for gripping crime fiction."News-Press
About the Author
Ken Bruen received a doctorate in metaphysics, taught English in Africa, Japan, Southeast Asia and South America, then became a crime novelist. His novels, including nine previous Jack Taylor books, have been nominated for many awards, two Edgars.