Irish crime novelist Ken Bruen tells Bob Flynn how he exorcised his The Guards, then subverts the premise with his protagonist-narrator. A woman makes an unlikely choice by asking Jack Taylor to investigate the apparent suicide of her teenage daughter in Galway. Jack is ex. Ken Bruen (born ) is an Irish writer of hard-boiled and noir crime fiction. Bruen’s works include the well-received White Trilogy and The Guards. In

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Adding nothing to the story, except to constantly remind you that you are reading a book by someone who has read books.

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The character is strongly reminiscent of Lawrence Block’s Matthew Scudder who, in the len stages of his career as a P. So pretty much I echo what Keishon said. Ian Rankin delivers similar Local Stuff guaards a far more substantive way. Even so, it’s a waste of time. This is damn near a novella. It took me a little while to get used to the style, but I gradually warmed up to it and became engrossed, pretty much savoring every word near the gruen. Somehow Jack is the first in a long time that makes me relate to his struggles and suffer with him instead of being annoyed by it.

Books by Ken Bruen. But there’s a wit and humor in the narrator that somehow made that darkness bearable. Mourning the death of his father, he is slowly drinking to oblivion.

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He’s witty, brutal, and you can’t help but let him drag you into the gutter of Taylor’s life. Feb 26, S. The concept brushes perilously close to the hated “informer” InBruen accepted a teaching post in Rio de Janeiro, but soon after his arrival he was arrested, along with four other Europeans, after a fight broke out in a bar.

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True pulp – despite in fact, partly because of the numerous blunt literary references. Dozens of creamy Guinness lined in greeting.

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As well as Jack we are introduced to a host of characters which are all incredibly well drawn by the author. To put the genre story on the yuards and to let it be about something else. Justice comes around, as you know it must, but only as a kind of remember-to-burp afterthought. Jack seems to be the kind of guy that everyone wants to help dry out, but seems to be alone too much.

A silent child is regarded as a problem in Ireland, and I just read all the time. Odds are he won’t be able to climb off his barstool long enough to get involved with his radiant new client, but when he surprises himself by getting hired, Jack has little idea of what he’s getting into.

Aug 29, Bill Lynas rated it really liked it. I’m going to read the rest of his work now, so don’t bother me for a while.

If you like your detective fiction terse well written and hard boiled but still with a human soul, read this book. Patti — Bruen is definitely talented.

So I’m mystified over their enthusiasm. This is mystery writing f a high order. In fact this story is all about Taylor, his alcoholism and the difficult and often disastrous choices he makes. What went on in Jack’s head and in his life was more interesting to me than the mystery he was investigating.



Or even, a feast of pints. I have read one book by Ken Bruen, not this one. Why is that, do you think?

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Stark, violent, thw, and funny, The Guards is an exceptional novel, one that leaves you stunned and breathless, flipping back to the beginning in a mad dash to find Jack Taylor and enter his world all over again. As he himself describes his life and behavior, “I could say it was the booze, but that’s not true.

I work in security and could name a bunch right now, also never even thought of them as being informers before. He claims to be the only private detective in Ireland and supposedly excels in ‘finding stuff’. He also tackles corruption in the church and mental illness. If the id My first Ken Bruen novel but not my last.

There is something about the Jack Ke series that keeps me coming back for more. It’s a crime novel with a healthy swig of “Taylor life” and a dash of the crime. Praised by authors and critics around the globe, The Guards heralds the arrival of an essential new novelist in contemporary crime fiction.