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cross /kr s/ n., v., & adj. 1 an ancient instrument of torture 2 in a very bad humour 3 a punch thrown across an opponent's punch Jack Taylor brings death and pain to everyone he loves. His only hope of redemption his surrogate son, Cody is lying in 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 very rough brand of justice.
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Jack Taylor investigates a gruesome crucifixion in Galway, but first he must face his own demons ...

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Ken Bruen was born in Galway. Having spent 25 years as an English teacher in Africa, Japan, South East Asia and South America, he now lives in Galway city with his wife and daughter. Priest, the fifth novel in the Jack Taylor series, is available in Corgi paperback.


While his son is in a coma, Jack Taylor investigates the crucifixion and death by burning of a brother and sister in Galway, Ireland, in his sixth dark case. Shamus and Macavity Award winner Bruen lives in Galway. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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. (Mar.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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