Ken Bruen has been called "hard to resist, with his aching Irish heart, silvery tongue, and bleak noir sensibility" (New York Times Book Review). His prose is as characteristically sharp as his outlook in the latest Jack Taylor novel, In the Galway Silence. After much tragedy and violence, Jack Taylor has at long last landed at contentment. Of course, he still knocks back to...
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In the Galway Silence Reviews
Marilyn Stasio of the New York Times Book Review calls author Ken Bruen “hard to resist, with his aching Irish heart, silvery tongue, and bleak noir sensibility.” How right she is. And 13 turns out to be Ken’s lucky number. Because his baker’s dozen in the Jack Taylor crime fiction series — known as Ireland’s most distinctive — is an absolute winner. Riveting, hard-bitten and darkly funny, IN THE GALWAY SILENCE makes you feel anything but ... you want to shout its raves o'er the roiling waves of ...more
3.5 stars rounded down to 3.
Thanks to Grove Atlantic for sending me this eARC through NetGalley. This is my first book in this series, but I have watched several of the tv adaptations. I would have understood it better if I had read the previous books in the series, but it worked ok as a stand alone. Jack Taylor is an ex Garda(police) now working as a PI. He is approached by a man who wants him to find out who murdered his 2 sons. Jack is an alcoholic and bitter about his lot in life--a failed m ...more
Ken Bruen deserves his own category. Rather, Jack Taylor, his angst ridden, retired P.I. who has seemingly found stasis in his beloved Galway, defies cliched norms. While let's hope the events of Bruen's life don't coincide with those of Jack, I can't help but surmise that he shares with his alter ego the disgust with which he perceives the world of 2017. Beginning with revulsion at the current occupant of the White House, he notes with horror the unfolding of news from, among others, mass shoot ...more
No one writes like Bruen. This is a one sitting book and as usual the worse possible thing(s) that can happen to Jack do. Honestly, I don't know how he get's up each day... and he has horrible taste/luck with women. Maybe Jack should leave Ireland for good ....
Jack is back! After his last outing this was much in doubt. This hard drinking, Xanax popping, ex-garda, attracts violence like no other. Here he actually saves a man from drowning, a man bent on killing himself. He actually did a good deed, but the old adage, no good deed goes unpunished, is so true here, as he finds out much to his dismay. He will take another personal hit, and this one is hard to get over. People who friend Jack, seem to have short lives, and so it will prove again.
With his t ...more
“The Irish can abide almost anything save silence.”
A few paragraphs into a new Jack Taylor novel and you hear the musicality and fall into the familiar rhythms of Ken Bruen’s prose. It is distinctive, like listening for the first time to your favourite band’s new album, you instantly the instrumentation and look forward to new tunes. Nobody in crime fiction writes like Ken Bruen. It is not just the words he uses, it is the way
Ex-Garda, Jack Taylor is a violent and poeti ...more
A Ken Bruen fan, I eagerly awaited this book. Read 1/4 of the book and abandoned it. Evidently, I have outgrown vulgar horror-filled tripe. If there was any more white space, it would be poetry but instead we get a tired old hero(?) and perhaps author attempting yet another adventure.
After finishing The Emerald Lie, I wasn’t sure if Jack Taylor would be with us much longer. Yet here he is…bleary eyed & bushy tailed. But there’s something odd about him. It’s like he’s…*gasp*…happy. He’s cut down on drink & cigs, quit the PI biz & has a new woman in his life. Initially the only fly in the ointment is her pompous 9 year old son.
But who are we kidding? This is Ken Bruen & he seems to revel in putting Jack through the ringer. In the prologue, we watch as teenage ...more