We get two new books from Ken Bruen this year!

purgatoryWell, I already told you about PURGATORY, the next Jack Taylor book, coming out in November of this year. Check out the cover art. The synopsis I lifted from Amazon.com and below the break. From what I read of it, I didn’t see anything spoilerish but YMMV.

Recovering from the severe mental and physical wounds inflicted from his recent past, former cop Jack Taylor has finally found a modicum of peace. He has managed to kick the myriad substances that have had a stranglehold over his painful life, however tenuously. Yet this fragile existence is threatened when a vigilante killer begins targeting the scum of Galway, signing mysterious notes with the moniker ‘C 33′. The killer addresses these cryptic letters to Jack, trying to goad him into joining the murderous spree.

While Jack tries to unravel the mystery and motives of this demented killer, he is also brought into the fold of an enigmatic tech billionaire who has been buying up massive amounts of property in Galway, seemingly in the hopes of offering this downtrodden city a better future. Yet if Jack has learned one thing living in Ireland, it’s that people who outwardly claim to be on the side of righteousness are likely harboring far more nefarious motives beneath the surface.

With the help of his friends, former drug dealer-turned-zen master Stewart and dogged police sergeant Ridge, Jack is determined to track down C 33, even if it jeopardizes his livelihood, his friends, and the remaining shreds of his sanity. C 33 is Bruen at his best: lyrical, brutal, and ceaselessly suspenseful.

I just recently ran into this title, MERRICK, due out in October of this year, and it looks to be a standalone title or a new series. Who knows but it sure sounds interesting. Here is the blurb for that one:

MerrickA rogue Irish cop manipulates a transfer to work for the NYPD in an exchange program. However, it turns out that the Irish cop is really a serial killer wanted for murder in Ireland and now NYC.

I like to pimp good writers from time to time and Ken Bruen is one of the best. However, I can love his Jack Taylor series but the standalones might be a different thing altogether. I have hopes that he will not stray far afield. Chalk that up to a book quirk of mine. For readers who don’t know him or his work yet, I say start with the first Jack Taylor book, THE GUARDS. I’ve read the entire Jack Taylor series and while some titles are better than others, the series is excellent. Some readers found that they could start with THE DRAMATIST with no problem so if that one sounds better to you, I say go for it. However, I will say reading in order is best. How is that for confusion? You can read a review from Bernadette on THE DRAMATIST.  It’s one of my favorite Jack Taylor novels and I loved her review of it. Also, Petrona did a review of THE GUARDS as well. Thanks for reading. Oh and found this interview with the author from November of last year by MaryAnne Kolton.