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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Down the mean streets of Galway
Want to Read saving…. I felt like the story ghe more of a character study than a mystery or thriller, but I liked it that way. To call this a Private Eye novel is a stretch, as his profession like his “case” is an afterthought.
Through blackouts, self doubt, self-loathing Taylor stumbles his way from point to point and would just as soon let things lie as they are while he has another pint, another Jameson chaser.
Oggi, invece, se ci finisci sei fortunato. But he does investigate and thw, after a stint in the drunk tank, to find out that other girls have also ‘committed suicide’ in similar circumstances.
And I give Bruen credit for being able to write two different series with different tones to them. The character is strongly reminiscent of Lawrence Bfuen Matthew Scudder who, in the early stages of his career as a P.
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The novel has virtually no inner tension. Why the hell haven’t I heard of Ken Bruen before? Confessions of a Mystery Novelist…. So glad to hera it has some humour to leaven the darkness Margot — there is only so much I can take!
Like most crime novels this simple sounding brueh turns out to not be so simple. I found guatds book to be predictable boring derivative. To ask other readers questions about The Guardsplease sign up.
The story deals with Jack taking on a case and trying to help Ann Henderson, whose daughter supposedly committed suicide but who Ann thinks was murdered. Looking for beautiful books? Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. By an obviously skilled writer.
Maybe it’s the likable people he meets and you want to meet again — hopefully. Other books in the series. For me, too many of them were poetry which I tended to skim over.
The Guards : Ken Bruen :
guarss It leads Taylor into danger, beatings, drunken benders, guilt and a trip into the darkest part of his soul. An alcoholic’s greatest defect is a complete unwillingness to learn from the past.
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Published by Dingle first published I really liked following Taylor’s arc but I don’t know if I want to do it for the next ten books. Confessions of a Mystery Novelist It’s as if Bruen made up his mind to tell us this story whether we wanted to hear it or not. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book at first but as I got to know the central character I emotionally invested in the story. The writing style of the novel and indeed all of the Jack Taylor books is sparse, pared down to the basics of what needs to be said and understood.
What more could you want?
Come mai vuole l’aiuto di un alcolizzato? In contrast, what I found in The Guards was a loosely told story about a drunk cop who pretty much stays that way. Lists with This Book.
I enjoyed the secondary characters on offer here and the atmosphere of the novel. I await the further adventures of the incorrigible Jack Taylor.
A Novel Author s: After 15 years and nine novels written in London, Bruen retuned to Galway for the birth of his daughter, Grace.
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. I can hear his voice when I read the passages. Well, actually I suspect I do. It’s sparse, flippant and brooding; all positives when it comes to crime noir.
Ireland has virtually no private investigators because of the cultural abhorrence of informers, so Jack becomes the next best thing.