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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He’s a revolving alcoholic, not a recovering one like J. Yet I’d have given anything to crack the seal on a bottle of Scotch and fly. I’ve still got the day job, and the travel gaurds.

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

It is the first book in a series about Jack Taylor and you can almost tell because it feels more like an introduction that establishes the character for the next books, rather than as a stand-alone novel. You know he’s going to fall off the wagon – the only question is, how hard? Later we are told that an instructor in the police training school described Jack thus: It’s so good I can’t think of it as a crime novel.

Legge libri da quando era bambino, e sul potere della lettura il protagonista Jack Taylor sa dire parole molto belle ed esprimere pensieri profondi. Ex-Garda Irish policeman Jack Taylor sees his world “through a glass, darkly” — a pint glass of Guinness to be specific.


I liked this a lot and will move on to the next book now that I’ve tried Bruen’s work.

Ken Bruen – Wikipedia

It is a tale of addiction, alcohol and violence but it also has a poignant feel to the characters buards in the poetry vignettes at the beginning of each rather short chapter. His Jack Taylor series ongoing are great reads but they are dark.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Through a pint of Guinness, darkly!

Mourning the death of his father, he is slowly drinking to oblivion. Jack Taylor was once in the Garda Siochana–the Irish police–but self-destructed with the aid of drink. Ireland has virtually no private investigators because of the cultural abhorrence of informers, so Jack becomes the next best thing. Dialogue is supposed to a big deal with this novel, and it is pretty good.

Down the mean streets of Galway

The stuff Jack excels in finding usually comes in a bottle, and he’s not a very good detective, private or otherwise. So I went to college to study English. An ocean of drink and a small chaser of plot.

We have a bleeding ton of PI’s. I put off reading this book for years, thinking it was too gritty, too depressing. Dozens of creamy Guinness lined in guads. The reader’s interest in this subject will determine their enjoyment of the book. Immigration is also a theme to be found in these works.


The Guards

I seriously considered suicide after I came back from Brazilbut something in me said, ‘If I do that, those fuckers have won. You’ll have to check it out. The plot revolves around Taylor’s s The writing is crisp and clean. There are others much better qualified to do that than I am. With The Guards already an Irish bestseller, he has a Jack Taylor trilogy in the pipeline, and there are film offers on the table alongside growing American interest. I’m still scratching my head as to why I liked this one so much.

You g I found this book to be predictable boring derivative. This is guafds a character study of a tormented man in constant struggle with his demons. To me, it was good, not great.

Why the hell haven’t I heard of Ken Bruen before? Insert more random quotes here for no discernable reason other than to pump up the word count. I write crime fiction, and I love to talk about it, so please share your thoughts!