Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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Acclaimed Irish crime writer Ken Bruen has won numerous awards for his hard-charging, dark thrillers, which have been translated into ten languages. In Headstone, an elderly priest is nearly beaten to death and a special-needs boy is brutally attacked. Evil has many guises and Jack Taylor has encountered most of them. But nothing before has ever truly terrified him until he confronts an evil coterie named Headstone, who have committed a series of random, insane, violent crimes in Galway, Ireland.

Most would see a headstone as a marker of the dead, but this organization seems like it will act as a death knell to every aspect of Jack's life. Jack's usual allies, Ridge and Stewart, are also in the line of terror. An act of appalling violence alerts them to the sleeping horror, but this realization may be too late, as Headstone barrels along its deadly path right to the center of Jack's life and the heart of Galway. A terrific read from a writer called "a Celtic Dashiell Hammett," Headstone is an excellent addition to the Jack Taylor series ( Philadelphia Inquirer )
Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780802126009
Branch Call Number: BRUEN
Characteristics: 269 p. ; 22 cm.


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Mar 07, 2018

Clearly, Bruen's Jack Taylor (as character and series) is an acquired taste that I have compared elsewhere to an appreciation for such writers as Chuck Palahniuk or Dennis Lehane. Bruen ventures fearlessly into the back alleys and underculture of Galway, where intense (and sometimes indiscriminate) violence is standard fare, fueled by equal parts guilt, grief, and visceral responses to a visceral world. Add in an ability to manage elegantly a number of unrelated plot lines, create dialogue that has been best described as "lacerating," and build secondary and even tertiary characters that are intriguing and complex in their own right...

Bruen's Jack Taylor novels are classic noir at its best. Darkness balanced with delicacy, moral ambiguity with a somewhat unsettling sense of logic and centeredness.

Apr 02, 2014

One of the best Taylor yet. Well crafted. Rough and tough action. No holds bar. Very satisfying. Kick ass action. Taylor is now very clops to Brant, another Bruen's hero.

Mar 28, 2013

Yeah, I know these are formulaic, but then again, it's Ken Bruen's 'Jack Taylor' formula and I can no more resist it than a bowl full of S&V potato chips. I love the seamless flow of dialogue, from internal directly to oral. No description, just straight action and bitter observation.

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