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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Well, that’s debatable as Taylor spends quite a bit of this book in a state of constant drunkenness. Rarely, if ever, do I give a series opener 5 stars, but I just couldn’t help myself.

But there is something about the way Bruen writes that drags you into Taylor’s Jack Taylor is a former Guard on Ireland’s police force. Mar 11, Steve rated it did not like it Shelves: Bruen’s strength is in his terse brueb.

Don Winslow ha inserito questo libro nella sua personale classifica delle cinque top crime novel: Bruen’s short story “Words Are Cheap” appears in the first issue of Murdaland. It’s a fine book with some crimes.


There’s a growing sense of unease and foreboding but, there are also lighter moments. I enjoyed the secondary I’ve brien about this series for ages and was really glad to see the novel offered for kindle by Endeavour Press.

Then one day a beautiful woman walks into the Galway pub where Jack hangs his hat and asks to hire him. Come mai vuole l’aiuto di un alcolizzato?

Its got that ancient feel to it, as of a primal story beign retold with fine, careless Irish swagger. And Jack Taylor certainly drinks more than his fill. Finding clues is almost an afterthought for Taylor. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.


Kathy — There is definitely dark, dry Irish wit in this novel and I like it too. The Guards is not your conventional crime thriller; it’s darker and has a grim realism. The main character is the jaw-dropping original yeah, right alcoholic lonely ex-cop.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book at first but as I got kenn know the central character I emotionally invested in the story. Other books in this series.

Jack Taylor’s informant named China, is a nod of the head by Ken Bruen to author Alan Hunter’s original informant character named China, in the George Gently series of novels; first published in The only real bbruen he has is that she worked in a place with other girls, a few of whom have also committed suicide.

But comparisions to Elmore Leonard, who always remembers he needs a story to go with the dialogue, is simply name-dropping and nothing more. She thinks a murder is being hushed up in behalf of those with the money and influence to buy that kind of silence.

The Guards (Jack Taylor, #1) by Ken Bruen

Disgraced copper Jack Taylor is a cliched hybrid of any number of other private-eye type characters, although to be fair he first appeared inso many others have appeared since. The only constant in his life is his books and love of reading. But as I noted above, the plot is not the real story here, so this novel shouldn’t be read for the mystery storyline. I felt like the story was more of a character study than a mystery or thriller, but I liked it that way.

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Time I did, clearly. I think Bruen is great. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Jack Taylor und der verlorene Sohn Ken Bruen. The Guards Jack Taylor Author s: Close my eyes and there was a table. His other book that I have read, The White Trilogy, was a little harder to get into but worthwhile once I was the It isn’t often that you get ghe read a book by someone who writes in a completely guaards manner, yet is still intelligible.

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The Guards by Ken Bruen – book review

The novel takes place in bruuen around Galway and the setting and culture are distinctive. Ex-Garda Irish policeman Jack Taylor sees his world “through a glass, darkly” — a pint glass of Guinness to be specific.

I will read whatever else Bruen writes at this point but I would really, really appreciate some more plot in future Jack Taylor books. It is both dark and funny, will make you laugh and cry, and will show you without flinching both the good and bad side of human nature.

In the end, Sutton kills Jack’s dearest friend Sean for fear he would reveal Jack and Sutton have been involved in two murders of pedophiles and murdersand Jack eventually realizes that Sutton has to go too. Ken Bruen and the New Ireland.