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Ken Bruen has been a finalist for the Egar, Anthony, and Barry Awards, and has won a Macavity Award and a Shamus Award for the Jack Taylor series. Several of Bruen's novels have been adapted for the screen: The first six Jack Taylor novels were adapted into a television series starring Iain Glen; Blitz was adapted into a movie starring Jason Statham; and London Boulevard was adapted into a film starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley. Bruen lives in Galway, Ireland.

Reviews

Last seen in Bruen's The Magdalen Martyrs (2004), Irish detective Jack Taylor is sober and hating it in his stellar fourth outing. Things are looking up for the well-worn detective-at least until the apparently accidental death of the sister of his drug dealer, who's now in jail. As Taylor pursues the well-read killer in Dublin, he gets involved in the life of an old flame, Ann Henderson, and her abusive husband. A group of shadowy pike-wielding vigilantes adds extra spice to the mix. By now, readers know the Bruen formula of the downward spiral, but there's no denying the effectiveness of the tough dialogue, the crisp scenes and Taylor's weary, crumpled-jacket appeal. Nor can many writers in any genre evoke a seedy urban Ireland as well as Bruen. Few, too, can continue to deliver interesting stories and even more interesting character studies. With a riveting mystery and a deftly rendered protagonist, Bruen recaptures the immediacy and the impact of the first two novels in the series (The Guards and The Killing of the Tinkers). (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

" Ken Bruen is hard to resist, with his aching Irish heart, silvery tongue and bleak noir sensibility... [Bruen] writes with extraordinary delicacy about a man driven to acts of violence out of wild grief and fierce sense of guilt." -- Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review"
" [Bruen' s] Jack Taylor series is Grade-A Galway Noir... Bruen provides an insightful tour of a fast-changing Ireland" -- Richard Lipez, "The ""Washington"" Post"
" Bruen's tommy-gun prose, lacerating dialogue and hard-boiled world view combine here, as before, to provide entertainment of high order in dealing with low instincts. Forget all gauzy notions of the Emerald Isle-- this stuff is black Irish." -- Ron Givens, "New York"" Daily News"
" Bruen's books are always well worth the effort." -- Harper Barnes, "The ""St. Louis"" Post-Dispatch"
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" It's Taylor himself, dangerous, disgraced cop, that we want to read about.... If you haven't discovered Bruen yet, what are you waiting for?" -- Jane Dickinson, "Rocky Mountain News"
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" You'll want to pray at the stunning conclusions of The Dramatist... Bruen's talent shines." -- Michelle Ross, "Cleveland Plain Dealer"""
" The same great mix of curmudgeonly observations and unpredictable cultural references that has won Bruen a devoted cadre of fans." -- "Booklist"
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" There is a darkness about Bruen's Ireland that never lifts. The spare writing is brutal in itsdepiction of modern depression, social malaise, and total lack of hope." -- "Library Journal"
"Ken Bruen is hard to resist, with his aching Irish heart, silvery tongue and bleak noir sensibility [Bruen] writes with extraordinary delicacy about a man driven to acts of violence out of wild grief and fierce sense of guilt."--Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review"

"[Bruen's] Jack Taylor series is Grade-A Galway Noir Bruen provides an insightful tour of a fast-changing Ireland" --Richard Lipez, "The ""Washington"" Post"

"Bruen's tommy-gun prose, lacerating dialogue and hard-boiled world view combine here, as before, to provide entertainment of high order in dealing with low instincts. Forget all gauzy notions of the Emerald Isle--this stuff is black Irish." --Ron Givens, "New York"" Daily News"

"Bruen's books are always well worth the effort."--Harper Barnes, "The ""St. Louis"" Post-Dispatch"
" "
"It's Taylor himself, dangerous, disgraced cop, that we want to read about. If you haven't discovered Bruen yet, what are you waiting for?" --Jane Dickinson, "Rocky Mountain News"
" "
"You'll want to pray at the stunning conclusions of The Dramatist Bruen's talent shines."--Michelle Ross, "Cleveland Plain Dealer"""

"The same great mix of curmudgeonly observations and unpredictable cultural references that has won Bruen a devoted cadre of fans." --"Booklist"
" "
"There is a darkness about Bruen's Ireland that never lifts. The spare writing is brutal in its depiction of modern depression, social malaise, and total lack of hope." --"Library Journal""

Ken Bruen is hard to resist, with his aching Irish heart, silvery tongue and bleak noir sensibility [Bruen] writes with extraordinary delicacy about a man driven to acts of violence out of wild grief and fierce sense of guilt. "Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review" [Bruen's] Jack Taylor series is Grade-A Galway Noir Bruen provides an insightful tour of a fast-changing Ireland "Richard Lipez, The Washington Post" Bruen's tommy-gun prose, lacerating dialogue and hard-boiled world view combine here, as before, to provide entertainment of high order in dealing with low instincts. Forget all gauzy notions of the Emerald Isle--this stuff is black Irish. "Ron Givens, New York Daily News" Bruen's books are always well worth the effort. "Harper Barnes, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch" It's Taylor himself, dangerous, disgraced cop, that we want to read about. If you haven't discovered Bruen yet, what are you waiting for? "Jane Dickinson, Rocky Mountain News" You'll want to pray at the stunning conclusions of The Dramatist Bruen's talent shines. "Michelle Ross, Cleveland Plain Dealer" The same great mix of curmudgeonly observations and unpredictable cultural references that has won Bruen a devoted cadre of fans. "Booklist" There is a darkness about Bruen's Ireland that never lifts. The spare writing is brutal in its depiction of modern depression, social malaise, and total lack of hope. "Library Journal""


"Ken Bruen is hard to resist, with his aching Irish heart, silvery tongue and bleak noir sensibility...[Bruen] writes with extraordinary delicacy about a man driven to acts of violence out of wild grief and fierce sense of guilt." --Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review"[Bruen's] Jack Taylor series is Grade-A Galway Noir...Bruen provides an insightful tour of a fast-changing Ireland" --Richard Lipez, The Washington Post"Bruen's tommy-gun prose, lacerating dialogue and hard-boiled world view combine here, as before, to provide entertainment of high order in dealing with low instincts. Forget all gauzy notions of the Emerald Isle--this stuff is black Irish." --Ron Givens, New York Daily News"Bruen's books are always well worth the effort." --Harper Barnes, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch"It's Taylor himself, dangerous, disgraced cop, that we want to read about....If you haven't discovered Bruen yet, what are you waiting for?" --Jane Dickinson, Rocky Mountain News"You'll want to pray at the stunning conclusions of The Dramatist...Bruen's talent shines." --Michelle Ross, Cleveland Plain Dealer"The same great mix of curmudgeonly observations and unpredictable cultural references that has won Bruen a devoted cadre of fans." --Booklist"There is a darkness about Bruen's Ireland that never lifts. The spare writing is brutal in its depiction of modern depression, social malaise, and total lack of hope." --Library Journal

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