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Title The Jack Taylor Series Books 1 3
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Minotaur Books
Release Date 2015-12-15
Category Fiction
Total Pages 848
ISBN 9781250100177
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ken Bruen's explosive Jack Taylor series, set in the streets of Galway, place him among the greats of modern crime fiction. Now, for the first time, the first three books in the series are available as an eBook bundle: The Guards Ousted from the Guards, Ireland's police force, Jack Taylor is stuck in Galway with nothing to look forward to, until a dazzling woman walks into the bar with a strange request and a rumor about Jack's talent for finding things. But when Jack agrees, he has little idea of what he's getting into. The Killing of the Tinkers Jack's back in Galway a year later, falling into his old patterns. But a big gypsy arrives one day during a moment of Jack's clarity and changes all that. Young men of his band are turning up dead in the center of town. Jack agrees to look into it, knowing but not admitting that getting involved is going to lead to more bad than good. The Magdalen Martyrs Jack Taylor receives a call from Bill Cassell, a hard man that Jack owes a favor, asking him to track down a woman, now either dead or very old. When Jack drags his feet, Bill's goons come for him and it becomes clear: finding this woman is his only chance to stay alive.

The Guards by Ken Bruen

Title The Guards
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Minotaur Books
Release Date 2007-04-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781429902335
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Still stinging from his unceremonious ouster from the Garda Síochána—the Guards, Ireland's police force—and staring at the world through the smoky bottom of his beer mug, Jack Taylor is stuck in Galway with nothing to look forward to. In his sober moments Jack aspires to become Ireland's best private investigator, not to mention its first—Irish history, full of betrayal and espionage, discourages any profession so closely related to informing. But in truth Jack is teetering on the brink of his life's sharpest edges, his memories of the past cutting deep into his soul and his prospects for the future nonexistent. Nonexistent, that is, until a dazzling woman walks into the bar with a strange request and a rumor about Jack's talent for finding things. 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. Stark, violent, sharp, 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. It's an unforgettable story that's gritty, absorbing, and saturated with the rough-edged rhythms of the Galway streets. Praised by authors and critics around the globe, The Guards heralds the arrival of an essential new novelist in contemporary crime fiction. Ken Bruen's The Guards is a 2004 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Novel.

Purgatory by Ken Bruen

Title Purgatory
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Release Date 2013-11-04
Category Fiction
Total Pages 290
ISBN 9780802193964
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An Irish ex-cop is lured into a violent game by a vengeful killer in this “excellent” crime novel by an Edgar Award finalist (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Former cop Jack Taylor is recovering from mental and physical wounds, as well as from addictions to a variety of substances. But this fragile existence is threatened when a vigilante begins targeting the scum of Galway, signing mysterious notes with the moniker “C33.” The murderer addresses these cryptic letters to Jack, trying to goad him into joining the violent spree. While Jack tries to unravel the mystery and motives of this demented killer, he’s 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, a former drug dealer-turned-zen master and a dogged police sergeant, Jack is determined to track down C33, even if it jeopardizes his livelihood, his friends, and the remaining shreds of his sanity… “Noir fans will find what they love here.”—Booklist (starred review)

Title The Killing of the Tinkers
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Minotaur Books
Release Date 2005-03-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 1429902345
Language English, Spanish, and French
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When Jack Taylor blew town at the end of The Guards his alcoholism was a distant memory and sober dreams of a new life in London were shining in his eyes. In the opening pages of The Killing of the Tinkers, Jack's back in Galway a year later with a new leather jacket on his back, a pack of smokes in his pocket, a few grams of coke in his waistband, and a pint of Guinness on his mind. So much for new beginnings. Before long he's sunk into his old patterns, lifting his head from the bar only every few days, appraising his surroundings for mere minutes and then descending deep into the alcoholic, drug-induced fugue he prefers to the real world. But a big gypsy walks into the bar one day during a moment of Jack's clarity and changes all that with a simple request. Jack knows the look in this man's eyes, a look of hopelessness mixed with resolve topped off with a quietly simmering rage; he's seen it in the mirror. Recognizing a kindred soul, Jack agrees to help him, knowing but not admitting that getting involved is going to lead to more bad than good. But in Jack Taylor's world bad and good are part and parcel of the same lost cause, and besides, no one ever accused Jack of having good sense. Ken Bruen wowed critics and readers alike when he introduced Jack Taylor in The Guards; he'll blow them away with The Killing of the Tinkers, a novel of gritty brilliance that cements Bruen's place among the greats of modern crime fiction.

Green Hell by Ken Bruen

Title Green Hell
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Release Date 2015-07-07
Category Fiction
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9780802191304
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“The Godfather of the modern Irish crime novel . . . writes in machine gun fashion . . . reminiscent of the work of Raymond Chandler and Peter Cheyenne.” —The Irish Times In Green Hell, Bruen’s dark angel of a protagonist has hit rock bottom: one of his best friends is dead, the other has stopped speaking to him; he has given up battling his addiction to alcohol and pills; and his firing from the Irish national police, the Guards, is ancient history. But Jack isn’t about to embark on a self-improvement plan. Instead, he has taken up a vigilante case against a respected professor of literature at the University of Galway who has a violent habit his friends in high places are only too happy to ignore. And when Jack rescues a preppy American student on a Rhodes Scholarship from a couple of kid thugs, he also unexpectedly gains a new sidekick, who abandons his thesis on Beckett to write a biography of Galway’s most magnetic rogue. Between pub crawls and violent outbursts, Jack’s vengeful plot against the professor soon spirals toward chaos. Enter Emerald, an edgy young Goth who could either be the answer to Jack’s problems, or the last ripped stitch in his undoing . . . “Taylor is a classic figure: an ex-cop turned seedy private eye . . . The book’s pleasure comes from listening to Taylor’s eloquent rants, studded with references to songs and books. His voice is wry and bittersweet, but somehow always hopeful.” —The Seattle Times

Title The Magdalen Martyrs
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Minotaur Books
Release Date 2007-04-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 1429902353
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Jack Taylor is walking the delicate edge of a sobriety he doesn't trust when his phone rings. He's in debt to a Galway tough named Bill Cassell, what the locals call a "hard man." Bill did Jack a big favor a while back; the trouble is, he never lets a favor go unreturned. Jack is amazed when Cassell simply asks him to track down a woman, now either dead or very old, who long ago helped his mother escape from the notorious Magdalen laundry, where young wayward girls were imprisoned and abused. Jack doesn't like the odds of finding the woman, but counts himself lucky that the task is at least on the right side of the law. Until he spends a few days spinning his wheels and is dragged in front of Cassell for a quick reminder of his priorities. Bill's goons do a little spinning of their own, playing a game of Russian roulette a little too close to the back of Jack's head. It's only blind luck and the mercy of a god he no longer trusts that land Jack back on the street rather than face down in a cellar with a bullet in his skull. He's got one chance to stay alive: find this woman. Unfortunately, he can't escape his own curiosity, and an unnerving hunch quickly turns into a solid fact: just who Jack's looking for, and why, aren't nearly what they seem. The Magdalen Martyrs, the third Galway-set novel by Edgar, Barry, and Macavity finalist and Shamus Award-winner Ken Bruen, is a gripping, dazzling story that takes the Jack Taylor series to explosive new heights of suspense.

Headstone by Ken Bruen

Title Headstone
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Grove Press
Release Date 2011-10-04
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780802195043
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A dark, edgy novel from a master of Irish crime fiction who “is threatening to become a mass cult figure in the U.S. as well as a critical favorite” (The Atlantic). An elderly priest is nearly beaten to death. A special-needs boy is brutally attacked. Evil has many guises, and private investigator Jack Taylor has encountered most of them. But nothing before has ever truly terrified him until he confronts a group calling itself Headstone, responsible for a series of random violent crimes in Galway, Ireland. As Headstone barrels along its deadly path right to the center of Taylor’s life, he will need to call upon his own capacity for brutality in order to stop them, in this suspenseful novel from a writer called “a Celtic Dashiell Hammett” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). “A nonstop rampage of intrigue, mayhem, lunacy and dark-dark-dark humor.” —Shelf Awareness

The Dramatist by Ken Bruen

Title The Dramatist
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Macmillan
Release Date 2007-03-06
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 0312363109
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Clean and sober now that his dealer is in jail, Jack Taylor is stunned when the imprisoned man asks him to investigate the mysterious death of his sister, only to find himself caught up in a shocking scheme with deadly consequences for all concerned. By the author of The Magdalen Martyrs. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Galway Girl by Ken Bruen

Title Galway Girl
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Grove Atlantic
Release Date 2019-11-05
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780802147943
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“They don’t come much tougher than Ken Bruen’s Irish roughneck, Jack Taylor,” and crime thrillers don’t get any better than this (The New York Times Book Review). Jack Taylor has never quite been able get his life together, but now he has truly hit rock bottom. Still reeling from a violent family tragedy, Taylor is busy drowning his grief in Jameson and uppers, as usual, when a high-profile officer in the local Garda is murdered. After another Guard is found dead, and then another, Taylor’s old colleagues from the force implore him to take on the case. The plot is one big game, and all of the pieces seem to be moving at the behest of one dangerously mysterious team: a trio of young killers with very different styles, but who are united their common desire to take down Jack Taylor. Their ring leader is Jericho, a psychotic girl from Galway who is grieving the loss of her lover, and who will force Jack to confront some personal trauma from his past. As sharp and sardonic as it is starkly bleak and violent, Galway Girl shows master raconteur Ken Bruen at his best: lyrical, brutal, and ceaselessly suspenseful.

The Emerald Lie by Ken Bruen

Title The Emerald Lie
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Release Date 2016-09-06
Category Fiction
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780802189691
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An Irish crime novel featuring ex-cop Jack Taylor from an author “among the most original and innovative noir voices of the last two decades” (Los Angeles Review of Books). In The Emerald Lie, the latest terror to be visited upon the dark Galway streets arrives in a most unusual form: a Cambridge graduate who becomes murderous over split infinitives, dangling modifiers, and any other sign of bad grammar. Meanwhile, Jack is approached by a grieving father with a pocketful of cash on offer if Jack will help exact revenge on those responsible for his daughter’s brutal rape and murder. Though hesitant to get involved, Jack agrees to get a read on the likely perpetrators. But Jack is soon derailed by the reappearance of Emily (previous alias: Emerald), the chameleon-like young woman who joined forces with Jack to take down her pedophile father in Green Hell and who remains passionate, clever, and utterly homicidal. She will use any sort of coercion to get Jack to conspire with her against the serial killer the Garda have nicknamed “the Grammarian,” but her most destructive obsession just might be Jack himself. “Nobody writes like Ken Bruen, with his ear for lilting Irish prose and his taste for the kind of gallows humor heard only at the foot of the gallows.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Title In the Galway Silence
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Grove Press
Release Date 2018-11-13
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780802146670
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A New York Times Best Mystery of the Year: A hard-drinking detective deals with double murder and an elusive vigilante. After much tragedy and violence, Jack Taylor has at long last landed at contentment. Of course, he still knocks back too much Jameson and dabbles in uppers, but he has a new woman in his life, a freshly bought apartment, and little sign of trouble on the horizon—until a wealthy Frenchman comes to him with a request to investigate the double murder of his twin sons. Jack is meanwhile roped into looking after his girlfriend’s nine-year-old, and is in for a shock with the appearance of a character out of his past. The plot is one big chess game and all of the pieces seem to be moving at the behest of one dangerously mysterious player: a vigilante called “Silence,” because he’s the last thing his victims will ever hear. This new novel filled with suspense and pitch-dark humor comes from a Shamus Award-winning author who’s been called “hard to resist, with his aching Irish heart, silvery tongue, and bleak noir sensibility” (TheNew York Times Book Review). “The Godfather of the modern Irish crime novel.”—Irish Independent

Cross by Ken Bruen

Title Cross
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2009-07-28
Category Fiction
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781409084730
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A boy has been crucified in Galway city. People are shocked; the broadsheets debate how the brutal death reflects the state of the nation; the Irish Church is scandalized. No further action is taken. Then the sister of the murdered boy is burned alive and PI Jack Taylor decides to take matters into his own hands. Taylor's investigations take him to old city haunts where he encounters ghosts - living and dead. But what he eventually finds surpasses even his darkest imaginings

The Devil by Ken Bruen

Title The Devil
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2011-07-07
Category Fiction
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781446465882
Language English, Spanish, and French
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America - the land of opportunity, a place where economic prosperity beckons: - but not for PI Jack Taylor, who's just been refused entry. Jack resumes his old life in Galway. But when he's called to investigate the frenzied murder of a student, he remembers an encounter with an over-friendly stranger in the airport bar. A stranger who seemed to know rather more than he should about Jack. After several more murders and too many encounters to be coincidental, Jack believes he may have met his nemesis. But why has he been chosen? And could he really be dealing with the Devil himself?

Title The Ghosts of Galway
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Grove Press
Release Date 2017-11-07
Category Fiction
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9780802188847
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An ex-cop chases after a relic and a rogue priest: quo;They don’t come much tougher than Ken Bruen’s Irish roughneck, Jack Taylor.” –The New York Times Book Review Jack Taylor is recovering from a mistaken medical diagnosis and a failed suicide attempt. Now that he’s going to live after all, he’s going to need money, so using his ex-Garda credentials he manages to land a job as a night-shift security guard. But his Ukrainian boss has Jack in mind for a bit of off-the-books work. He wants Jack to find what some claim to be the first true book of heresy, the famously blasphemous “Red Book,” currently in the possession of a rogue priest hiding out in Galway after fleeing a position at the Vatican. Despite Jack’s distaste for priests of any stripe, the money is too good to turn down. Then Em, the many-faced woman who’s had a vise on Jack’s heart and mind for the past two years, reappears and turns out to be entangled with the story of the Red Book, too—leading Jack down ever more mysterious and lethal pathways—in this “dark and often hilarious” series by an author who’s won the Shamus, Macavity, and Barry Awards and been an Edgar Award finalist (Toronto Star). “Bruen is in top form, and, although everything Taylor touches seems to turn to ash, he embodies such humanity that readers will be unable to resist rooting for him.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) “The most mannered prose since the glory days of James Ellroy.”—Kirkus Reviews

Bust by Jason Starr

Title Bust
Author Jason Starr
Publisher Titan Books (US, CA)
Release Date 2011-04-20
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780857683861
Language English, Spanish, and French
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5 [IMPORTANT / VALUABLE] LESSONS YOU CAN LEARN BY READING BUST: 1) When you hire someone to kill your wife, don’t hire a psychopath. 2) Don’t use Drano to get rid of a dead body. 3) Those locks on hotel room doors? Not very secure. 4) A curly blond wig isn’t much of a disguise. 5) Secrets can kill.

Priest by Ken Bruen

Title Priest
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Macmillan
Release Date 2008-01-22
Category Fiction
Total Pages 304
ISBN 0312378270
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The decapitation killing of Father Joyce in the confessional of a Galway church shocks all of Ireland, including Jack Taylor, a man devastated by a recent personal loss, who finds himself confronted by the prospects of a new job, a fresh start in life, an unexpected partnership, and a last desperate chance to fulfill his dreams of a family. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

Title Get Married Stay Married
Author Paul Tsika
Publisher Destiny Image Publishers
Release Date 2010-11-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 114
ISBN 9780768490923
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Get Married, Stay Married is a complete series of marriage counseling sessions rolled into one comprehensive book that couples can read and absorb together. The reality of the authors’ own 44-year marriage and the infidelity and addiction troubles they faced bring home the credibility of their sound advice based on biblical principles and real-life experiences. With honesty, humor, and profound insight, Get Married, Stay Married speaks directly to the difficult truths of marriage with authentic, redemptive love. Timeless principals and practical tools are presented for all modern-day couples: Preparing for marriage. Who want to strengthen and safeguard an already stable marriage. Who want to bring healing and wholeness to a struggling marriage. Get Married, Stay Married is a unique map and compass that keeps any marriage on the road to lifelong joy and fulfillment. The secrets you learn will dramatically change for the better your life, your spouse, and your love for each other.

After The Spirit Comes by Jack R. Taylor

Title After the Spirit Comes
Author Jack R. Taylor
Publisher Burkhart Books
Release Date 2013
Category Christian life
Total Pages 154
ISBN 0989000621
Language English, Spanish, and French
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After the Spirit Comes is for the Christian who wants the fullest possible life in Christ. This book answers the question, "What can a person expect after the Holy Spirit has indwelt his life-not only after conversion, but after being filled with the Spirit?" Jack Taylor moves from the Spirit-filled life experience to give guidance in several areas. He stresses the basics of the Christian life--Bible reading and prayer, but goes into depth concerning the expectations of that life. After the Spirit Comes puts the Spirit-filled life in full Biblical focus. It guards the believer from becoming "at ease in Zion," and emphasizes living a balance d life for Christ. After the Spirit Comes is among Jack Taylor's favorite books. When asked why he replies, "I had more fun writing it than most. I hid myself in a lovely place by a rushing river and I seemed to be floating on a cloud during the duration of its writing. It contains some of my most joyous principles of life from the Word. This is a life-changing book for me, and I believe it will change your life as well! Oh yes, there is another reason. It contains the most popular sermon that I have preached: The Rod of God." Enjoy this message and a dozen other classics by Jack Taylor.

One Good Deed by David Baldacci

Title One Good Deed
Author David Baldacci
Publisher Grand Central Publishing
Release Date 2019-07-23
Category Fiction
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9781538750551
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this fast-paced historical thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci introduces Archer, a WWII veteran forced to investigate a small-town murder -- or risk returning to prison. It's 1949. When war veteran Aloysius Archer is released from Carderock Prison, he is sent to Poca City on parole with a short list of do's and a much longer list of don'ts: do report regularly to his parole officer, don't go to bars, certainly don't drink alcohol, do get a job--and don't ever associate with loose women. The small town quickly proves more complicated and dangerous than Archer's years serving in the war or his time in jail. Within a single night, his search for gainful employment--and a stiff drink--leads him to a local bar, where he is hired for what seems like a simple job: to collect a debt owed to a powerful local businessman, Hank Pittleman. Soon Archer discovers that recovering the debt won't be so easy. The indebted man has a furious grudge against Hank and refuses to pay; Hank's clever mistress has her own designs on Archer; and both Hank and Archer's stern parole officer, Miss Crabtree, are keeping a sharp eye on him. When a murder takes place right under Archer's nose, police suspicions rise against the ex-convict, and Archer realizes that the crime could send him right back to prison . . . if he doesn't use every skill in his arsenal to track down the real killer.

Enemy Of Mine by Brad Taylor

Title Enemy of Mine
Author Brad Taylor
Publisher Dutton
Release Date 2014
Category Fiction
Total Pages 534
ISBN 9780451419934
Language English, Spanish, and French
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When the Taskforce uncovers an assassination plot against an American envoy, operator Pike Logan and his partner, Jennifer Cahill, follow an elusive trail through the Middle East that reveals a destructive secret.