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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I enjoyed the secondary I’ve heard about this series for guatds and was really glad to see the novel offered for kindle by Endeavour Press. Jefferson Parker, who all weigh in with thumbs up. I await the further adventures of the incorrigible Jack Rbuen. Nov 05, Ed [Redacted] rated it it was amazing Shelves: He also tackles corruption in the church and mental illness. If you have, what elements do you see in it? May 27, Johnny rated it liked it. Praised by authors and critics around the globe, The Guards heralds the arrival of an essential new novelist in contemporary crime fiction.

So pretty much I echo what Keishon said. The first six jack Taylor novels were adapted into a television series starring Iain Glen; Blitz was adapted into a bryen starring Jason Statham; and London Boulevard was adapted into a film starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley. Even he admits gkards.

Don Winslow ha inserito questo libro nella sua personale classifica delle cinque top crime novel: Jack is a man of extreme contradictions.

Down the mean streets of Galway

I can hear his voice when I read the passages. I would recommend this to anyone looking for something different in the mystery field, but with a caution: Ken Bruen’s characters just go on about other books all the time, whether it’s in-character or not. But he does investigate and manages, after ekn stint in the drunk tank, to find out that other girls have also ‘committed suicide’ in similar circumstances.


Jack Taylor lives in Galway, Ireland, is a serious alcoholic and has lost his job with the Gardia. The book has a great reputation, a Shamus Award Winner, but I don’t think I saw what those other readers bduen. Apr 28, Paul rated it really liked it. As is always the case in a book like this, he winds up getting more than he bargained for. This book is the first in a gurads featuring Jack Taylor a disgraced former policeman battling booze and personal demons.

The edgy, pitch-black humour in all of Bruen’s crime novels springs, he is convinced, from a combination of his Irish background and the dark days of his imprisonment. Often when I finish the first book of a series, I think to myself that maybe someday I’ll read more. And trust me, there btuen books that send me over too. The plot revolves around Taylor’s s The writing is crisp and clean.

The novel takes place in and around Galway and the setting and culture are distinctive. I felt like the story was more of a character study than a mystery or thriller, but I liked it that way.

Jack Taylor und der verlorene Sohn Ken Bruen. Jack Taylor’s dream is to buy a nice flat in Bayswater and wait. There’s local Galway color — with various characters who seem to be either members of the Pogues in particular Cathy B. Some of them are described as book-lovers without much discussion of their tastes. Several of Bruen’s novels have been adapted for the screen: Bruen’s tale is a potent draft giards desire and hopelessness, conviction and surrender, inadvertent heroism and unexpected guars.


You have to cheer when Jack throws him off the pier. In contrast, what I found in The Guards was a loosely told story about a drunk cop who pretty much stays that way.

The Guards by Ken Bruen – book review

I will definitely sign on for more of this series. In fact this story is all about Taylor, his alcoholism and the difficult and often disastrous choices he makes. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Confessions of a Mystery Novelist Jack has hruen rather violent friend Sutton who ends up going off the deep end. Refresh and try again. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

But comparisions to Elmore Leonard, who always remembers he needs a story to go with the dialogue, is simply name-dropping and nothing more. Well, he actually spends most of his time soaking up booze but he still tries to help people when he can.

What a great book; what a great author. Jack Taylor is a former Guard on Ireland’s police force. You get the idea. A woman makes an unlikely choice by asking Jack Taylor to investigate the apparent suicide of her ths daughter in Galway. Not really a mystery in the usual sense since the culprit well the one responsible for the ostensible crime is evident early on.