More Bruen on the Way

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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.

 

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13 Comments

  1. I need to play catch up on the JT’s – I’ve only read the first 2 or 3 – so a timely reminder.
    I’ve read all the Brandt books and most of the standalones, but not the Taylors. Too many books, not enough time!

  2. Darlynne says

    I remember my reaction to THE GUARDS, which was literally breathless, and have been a fan ever since. I do brace myself, however, for what is to come in each new book. No one–the reader or Jack–gets out unscathed. I haven’t tried Bruen’s standalone titles, but the Brant novels work for me, although they feel significantly grittier.

  3. I read The Guards and loved it. Was really surprised at how much I liked it. Have the next two in the series. Glad to hear that they are all worth reading. I have not found any of the Brant series, but I would like to try those too.

    • Hi TracyK: the publisher just released the Brandt series in ebook, the first three anyway: The White Trilogy is the title of them. I bought them for $9.99 when they first sold and now its gone up to $13 and some change I think. Plan to read those.

      • Glad to know they are available in that format. I hate to pay that much for ebooks, but may have to. Thanks for the info.

  4. Tony M says

    “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”

    Why on earth not start with The Guards? It’s one of the best Irish crime novels ever written. But I have tosay I find The Dramitist among the weakest of the series, but that’s just me. My advice, read them in order and read them all

    • Tony: well, I did say to read in order is best :-) I think the weakest book for me in the series was The Devil, heh, his last one, even though I enjoyed it for the most part. I think I am a die hard Bruen fan. I will read all of his stuff because I don’t think the man can write a bad book.

      • Tony M says

        I didn’t think I’d like the Devil, but it worked for me. But I think my post was motivated by the idea of skipping The Guards. Good heavens, don’t do that! As for the post above – The White Trilogy is worth any price. Get it!

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