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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.

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.

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.

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.

Priest by Ken Bruen

Title Priest
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher CCV Digital
Release Date 2009-12-23
Category
Total Pages 368
ISBN 1409085716
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Purgatory by Ken Bruen

Title Purgatory
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Release Date 2013-11-04
Category Fiction
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9780802126078
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Former cop Jack Taylor investigates the work of a vigilante killer who has been sending him cryptic invitations to join him, an effort that jeopardizes Taylor's livelihood, friends, and mental health.

The Dramatist by Ken Bruen

Title The Dramatist
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Brandon Books
Release Date 2008
Category Detective and mystery stories
Total Pages 237
ISBN 0863223869
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The impossible has happened: Jack Taylor is living clean and dating a mature woman. Rumour suggests he is even attending mass... The accidental deaths of two students appear random, tragic events, except that in each case a copy of a book by John Millington Synge is found beneath the body. Jack begins to believe that 'The Dramatist', a calculating killer, is out there, enticing him to play. As the case twists and turns Jack's refuge, the city of Galway, now demands he sacrifice the only love he's maintained, and while Iraq burns, he seems a step away from the abyss. The fourth Jack Taylow novel.

Headstone by Ken Bruen

Title Headstone
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Grove Press
Release Date 2011
Category Fiction
Total Pages 269
ISBN 9780802126009
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Galway private investigator Jack Taylor confronts an evil coterie named Headstone, who have committed a series of random, insane, violent crimes in Galway, Ireland.

Cross by Ken Bruen

Title Cross
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher CCV Digital
Release Date 2009-12-23
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 1409085945
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Green Hell by Ken Bruen

Title Green Hell
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Jack Taylor Novels
Release Date 2016-07-12
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 0802125077
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Taylor 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 Garda, is ancient history. He takes 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. He rescues Boru Kennedy, a preppy American student, from a couple of thugs. Enter Emerald, an edgy young Goth who could either be the answer to Jack's problems, or the last ripped stitch in his undoing.

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

Martyrs by Ken Bruen

Title Martyrs
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1994
Category
Total Pages 95
ISBN STANFORD:36105017945069
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Sanctuary by Ken Bruen

Title Sanctuary
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Transworld Publishers
Release Date 2008
Category Detective and mystery stories
Total Pages 203
ISBN UOM:39015082701213
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Two guards; one nun; one judge.When a letter containing a list of victims arrives in the post, PI Jack Taylor tells himself that it is nothing to do with him. He has enough to do just staying sane. His close friend Ridge is recovering from surgery, and alcohol's siren song is calling to him ever more insistently.A guard and then a judge die in mysterious circumstances.But it is not until a child is added to the list that Taylor determines to find the identity of the killer, and stop them at any cost. What he doesn't know is that his relationship with the killer is far closer than he thinks. And that it's about to become deeply personal.Spiked with dark humour, and fuelled with rage at man's inhumanity to man, this is crime-writing at its darkest and most original.

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.

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?

Sanctuary by Ken Bruen

Title Sanctuary
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Minotaur Books
Release Date 2010-04-27
Category Fiction
Total Pages 208
ISBN 0312610920
Language English, Spanish, and French
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When a letter containing a list of victims arrives in the post, P.I. Jack Taylor tells himself that it’s got nothing to do with him. He has enough to do just staying sane. His close friend Ridge is recovering from surgery, and alcohol’s siren song is calling to him ever more insistently. A guard and then a judge die in mysterious circumstances. But it is not until a child is added to the list that Taylor determines to find the identity of the killer, and stop them at any cost. What he doesn’t know is that his relationship with the killer is far closer than he thinks. And that it’s about to become deeply personal. Spiked with dark humor, and fueled with rage at man’s inhumanity to man, this is crime writing at its darkest and most original.

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.

Taming The Alien by Ken Bruen

Title Taming the Alien
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Open Road Media
Release Date 2012-12-18
Category Fiction
Total Pages 152
ISBN 9781453289006
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Cops Roberts and Brant come back swinging in book two of the “hip, violent and funny” crime novel trilogy set on “the mean streets of southeast London” (Publishers Weekly). South London’s Chief Inspector Roberts and his partner, the reckless and thuggish Irish Detective Sergeant Brant, are at odds with who has it worse: Roberts, with a mortgage in Dulwich, a pregnant daughter in boarding school, and a dire medical diagnosis; or Brant, relegated to desk duty after getting knifed in the back, and living to see his complete Ed McBain collection destroyed by a psycho with a baseball bat. That particular nut job has been dubbed the Alien, a hit man so named for carrying out a skull-smashing job while watching Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic, and hanging around in the spatter to finish the film. But this time the carnage isn’t confined to southeast London. As Brant heads to New York by way of Dublin to catch the couple who knifed him and the Alien goes to San Francisco to pay a surprise visit to his former girlfriend, Bruen’s broad, brutal canvas once again shows why he’s been hailed as one of “the most original and innovative noir voices of the last two decades” (Los Angeles Times Book Review).

Title The Killing of the Tinkers
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Isis Large Print Books
Release Date 2011-05-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 264
ISBN 0753152592
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Back in Galway and back to his old drinking habits, Jack Taylor agrees to assist a gypsy in an investigation into the deaths of a number of members of the gypsy clan, deaths that the Guards, the Irish police, are reluctant to investigate.

The Devil by Ken Bruen

Title The Devil
Author Ken Bruen
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2010-09-01
Category Talking books
Total Pages 86
ISBN 1445005751
Language English, Spanish, and French
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America - the land of opportunity: but not for PI Jack Taylor, who's just been refused entry. Disappointed and bitter, he thinks that an encounter with an over-friendly stranger in an airport bar is the least of his problems. Except that this stranger seems to know rather more than he should about Jack. Jack thinks no more of their meeting and resumes his old life in Galway. But when he's called to investigate a student murder - connected to an elusive Mr K - he remembers the stranger. Is he really is who he says he is? After several more murders and too many coincidental encounters, Jack believes he may have met his nemesis. Could he really have taken on the devil himself?