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Ken Bruen - Author

About the Author

Ken Bruen was born in Galway. He spent 25 years as an English teacher in Africa, Japan, South East Asia and South America, and holds a doctorate in metaphysics.

His earlier Jack Taylor novels are published by Brandon Press in Ireland and have won numerous awards including the Shamus and the Macavity Awards.

He now lives in Galway city with his wife and daughter.

 

Maxim Jakubowski's view on Ken Bruen...

2010 is going be Bruen’s year, with three major movies based on his books being released, including the star-studded LONDON BOULEVARD. His Galway PI series featuring Jack Taylor takes a scalpel to the soul of Irish society and SANCTUARY, his 7th outing, is both a bitter and breathless waltz into darkness, unveiling layers of corruption like the peeling of an onion.

 

Jack Taylor series:
1. The Guards
2. The Killing of the Tinkers
3. The Magdalen Martyrs
4. The Dramatist
5. Priest

6. Cross

7. Sanctuary

Featured books by Ken Bruen

Purgatory

Purgatory

Author: Ken Bruen Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2014

Someone is scraping the scum off the streets of Galway, and they want Jack Taylor to get involved. A drug pusher, a rapist, a loan shark, all targeted in what look like vigilante attacks. And the killer is writing to Jack, signing their name: C-33. Jack has had enough. He doesn't need the money, and doesn't want to get involved. But when his friend Stewart gets drawn in, it seems he isn't been given a choice. In the meantime, Jack is being courted by Reardon, a charismatic billionaire intent on buying up much of Galway, and begins a tentative relationship with Reardon's PR director, Kelly. Caught between heaven and hell, there's only one path for Jack Taylor to take: Purgatory.

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The Devil

The Devil

Author: Ken Bruen Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/05/2011

America - the land of opportunity, a place where economic prosperity beckons: but not for PI Jack Taylor, who's just been refused entry. Jack resumes his old life in Galway. But when he's called to investigate the frenzied murder of a student, he remembers an encounter with an over-friendly stranger in the airport bar. A stranger who seemed to know rather more than he should about Jack.

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Other books by Ken Bruen

Galway Girl

Galway Girl

Author: Ken Bruen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2020

The latest Jack Taylor novel from the Godfather of Irish noir. Jack Taylor has never quite been able get his life together, but now he has truly hit rock bottom. Still reeling from a violent family tragedy, Taylor is busy drowning his grief in Jameson and uppers, as usual, when a high-profile officer in the local Garda is murdered. After another Guard is found dead, and then another, Taylor's old colleagues from the force implore him to take on the case. The plot is one big game, and all of the pieces seem to be moving at the behest of one dangerously mysterious team: a trio of young killers with very different styles, but who are united in their common desire to take down Jack Taylor. Their ring leader is Jericho, a psychotic girl from Galway who is grieving the loss of her lover, and who will force Jack to confront some personal trauma from his past. As sharp and sardonic as it is starkly bleak and violent, Galway Girl shows master raconteur Ken Bruen at his best: lyrical, brutal, and ceaselessly suspenseful.

Galway Girl

Galway Girl

Author: Ken Bruen Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2019

The latest Jack Taylor novel from the Godfather of Irish noir. Jack Taylor has never quite been able get his life together, but now he has truly hit rock bottom. Still reeling from a violent family tragedy, Taylor is busy drowning his grief in Jameson and uppers, as usual, when a high-profile officer in the local Garda is murdered. After another Guard is found dead, and then another, Taylor's old colleagues from the force implore him to take on the case. The plot is one big game, and all of the pieces seem to be moving at the behest of one dangerously mysterious team: a trio of young killers with very different styles, but who are united in their common desire to take down Jack Taylor. Their ring leader is Jericho, a psychotic girl from Galway who is grieving the loss of her lover, and who will force Jack to confront some personal trauma from his past. As sharp and sardonic as it is starkly bleak and violent, Galway Girl shows master raconteur Ken Bruen at his best: lyrical, brutal, and ceaselessly suspenseful.

Galway Girl

Galway Girl

Author: Ken Bruen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

The latest Jack Taylor novel from the Godfather of Irish noir. Jack Taylor has never quite been able get his life together, but now he has truly hit rock bottom. Still reeling from a violent family tragedy, Taylor is busy drowning his grief in Jameson and uppers, as usual, when a high-profile officer in the local Garda is murdered. After another Guard is found dead, and then another, Taylor's old colleagues from the force implore him to take on the case. The plot is one big game, and all of the pieces seem to be moving at the behest of one dangerously mysterious team: a trio of young killers with very different styles, but who are united in their common desire to take down Jack Taylor. Their ring leader is Jericho, a psychotic girl from Galway who is grieving the loss of her lover, and who will force Jack to confront some personal trauma from his past. As sharp and sardonic as it is starkly bleak and violent, Galway Girl shows master raconteur Ken Bruen at his best: lyrical, brutal, and ceaselessly suspenseful.

In the Galway Silence

In the Galway Silence

Author: Ken Bruen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

The latest Jack Taylor novel from the Godfather of Irish noir. After too much tragedy and violence, Jack Taylor might have at long last found contentment. Of course, he still knocks back too much Jameson and dabbles in uppers, but he has a new woman in his life, a freshly bought apartment, and little sign of trouble on the horizon, unless you count looking after his girlfriend's spoilt nine-year-old. But once again, trouble comes to him, this time in the form of wealthy Frenchman Pierre Renaud, who wants Jack to investigate the double murder of his twin sons. Entitled, drug-addled, les enfants terribles were bound to a wheelchair, mouths glued shut and pushed off the pier. He shouldn't, but Jack reluctantly agrees to investigate and it opens the door to the past again... 'Nobody writes like Ken Bruen, with his lilting Irish prose and his taste for the gallows humor' NEW YORK TIMES. 'As good a read as you'll come across this year' IRISH INDEPENDENT. 'A gritty, brutal tale told with its author's typical lyricism' DAILY MAIL. 'Bruen is on top form' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.

In the Galway Silence

In the Galway Silence

Author: Ken Bruen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

The latest Jack Taylor novel from the Godfather of Irish noir. After too much tragedy and violence, Jack Taylor might have at long last found contentment. Of course, he still knocks back too much Jameson and dabbles in uppers, but he has a new woman in his life, a freshly bought apartment, and little sign of trouble on the horizon, unless you count looking after his girlfriend's spoilt nine-year-old. But once again, trouble comes to him, this time in the form of wealthy Frenchman Pierre Renaud, who wants Jack to investigate the double murder of his twin sons. Entitled, drug-addled, les enfants terribles were bound to a wheelchair, mouths glued shut and pushed off the pier. He shouldn't, but Jack reluctantly agrees to investigate and it opens the door to the past again... 'Nobody writes like Ken Bruen, with his lilting Irish prose and his taste for the gallows humor' NEW YORK TIMES. 'As good a read as you'll come across this year' IRISH INDEPENDENT. 'A gritty, brutal tale told with its author's typical lyricism' DAILY MAIL. 'Bruen is on top form' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.

In the Galway Silence

In the Galway Silence

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2018

The latest Jack Taylor novel from the Godfather of Irish noir. For fans of Adrian McKinty and Derek Raymond. After too much tragedy and violence, Jack Taylor might have at long last found contentment. Of course, he still knocks back too much Jameson and dabbles in uppers, but he has a new woman in his life, a freshly bought apartment, and little sign of trouble on the horizon, unless you count looking after his girlfriend's spoilt nine-year-old. But once again, trouble comes to him, this time in the form of wealthy Frenchman Pierre Renaud, who wants Jack to investigate the double-murder of his twin sons. Entitled, drug-addled, les enfants terribles were bound to a wheelchair, mouths glued shut and pushed off the pier. He shouldn't, but Jack reluctantly agrees to investigate and it opens the door to the past again... 'Bruen is on top form' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. 'Nobody writes like Ken Bruen, with his lilting Irish prose and his taste for the gallows humor' NEW YORK TIMES.

In the Galway Silence

In the Galway Silence

Author: Ken Bruen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

The latest Jack Taylor novel from the Godfather of Irish noir. After too much tragedy and violence, Jack Taylor might have at long last found contentment. Of course, he still knocks back too much Jameson and dabbles in uppers, but he has a new woman in his life, a freshly bought apartment, and little sign of trouble on the horizon, unless you count looking after his girlfriend's spoilt nine-year-old. But once again, trouble comes to him, this time in the form of wealthy Frenchman Pierre Renaud, who wants Jack to investigate the double murder of his twin sons. Entitled, drug-addled, les enfants terribles were bound to a wheelchair, mouths glued shut and pushed off the pier. He shouldn't, but Jack reluctantly agrees to investigate and it opens the door to the past again... 'Nobody writes like Ken Bruen, with his lilting Irish prose and his taste for the gallows humor' NEW YORK TIMES. 'As good a read as you'll come across this year' IRISH INDEPENDENT. 'A gritty, brutal tale told with its author's typical lyricism' DAILY MAIL. 'Bruen is on top form' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.

The Ghosts of Galway

The Ghosts of Galway

Author: Ken Bruen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Ill-fated ex-cop Jack Taylor is broke and working nightshifts as a security guard when he receives an unexpected commission - find The Red Book, an infamous blasphemous text stolen from the Vatican archives. The thief, a rogue priest, is now believed to be hiding out in Galway. Despite Jack's distaste for priests of any stripe, the money is just too good to turn down. It won't be hard for a man with Jack's skills to track down the errant churchman, but Jack has underestimated The Red Book's toxic lure and will be powerless to stem the wave of violence unleashed in its wake - a wave that will engulf Jack and all those around him. 'Bruen has a surreal mind and an unusual writing style of short, sharp, often one-word sentences. It shouldn't work, but it does, delightfully' The Times, Books of the Year.

Fifth of Bruen

Fifth of Bruen

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 14/01/2018

An Irishman with an ebullient love of life draws inspiration from the literature and poetry of death. A born loser with an "e;ex-wife, an ex-child, and no excuses"e; accompanies his alcoholic brother on a startling plunge into liberating despair. A self-styled vigilante avenges the death of his wife and child by waging a one-man war against the London underworld. A whiskey-sotted cleric sets out to battle his sexual demons with a resolve that borders on the malevolent. "e;Nobody writes like Ken Bruen,"e; says the New York Times Book Review, and here, the author of The Emerald Lie and The Guards offers a taste of his wide-ranging skills. With his acrid barstool wit, literary allusions, and gut-punching twists, Bruen captures the Irish state of mind with bracing authenticity. Now, enthusiasts of his long-running series featuring Irish PI Jack Taylor - seven of which have been adapted for the screen - and new fans alike can discover Bruen's early works in an omnibus shaded with the crazy, violent, and melancholy poetry that has become his trademark. Hailed by the Los Angeles Book Review as one of "e;the most original and innovative noir voices of the last two decades,"e; Bruen is a two-time Shamus Award winner, an Edgar Award finalist, and a recipient of the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere. A Fifth of Bruen includes: Funeral: Tales of Irish Morbidities, Martyrs, Shades of Grace, Sherry and Other Stories, All the Old Songs and Nothing to Lose, and The Time of Serena May & Upon the Third Cross.

Ghosts of Galway

Ghosts of Galway

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 07/11/2017

Ken Bruen is a singular voice in crime fiction "e;with his ear for lilting Irish prose and his taste for the kind of gallows humor heard only at the foot of the gallows"e; (New York Times Book Review). In The Ghosts of Galway, he brings those elegiac talents to bear on a case involving a famously blasphemous red book and Bruen's equally profane antihero Jack Taylor. As well-versed in politics, pop culture, and crime fiction as he is ill-fated in life, Jack Taylor is recovering from a mistaken medical diagnosis and a failed suicide attempt. In need of money, and with former cop on his resume, Jack has been hired as a night-shift security guard. But his Ukrainian boss has Jack in mind for a bit of off-the-books work. He wants Jack to find what some claim to be the first true book of heresy, The Red Book, currently in the possession of a rogue priest who is hiding out in Galway after fleeing a position at the Vatican. Despite Jack's distaste for priests of any stripe, the money is too good to turn down. Em, the many-faced woman who has had a vise on Jack's heart and mind for the past two years, reappears and turns out to be entangled with the story of The Red Book, too, leading Jack down ever more mysterious and lethal pathways. It seems all sides are angling for a piece of Jack Taylor, but as The Ghosts of Galway twists toward a violent end, he is increasingly plagued by ghosts-by the disposable and disposed of in a city filled with as much darkness as the deepest corners of Jack's own mind.

The Ghosts of Galway

The Ghosts of Galway

Author: Ken Bruen Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

Ill-fated ex-cop Jack Taylor is broke and working nightshifts as a security guard when he receives an unexpected commission - find The Red Book, an infamous blasphemous text stolen from the Vatican archives. The thief, a rogue priest, is now believed to be hiding out in Galway. Despite Jack's distaste for priests of any stripe, the money is just too good to turn down. It won't be hard for a man with Jack's skills to track down the errant churchman, but Jack has underestimated The Red Book's toxic lure and will be powerless to stem the wave of violence unleashed in its wake - a wave that will engulf Jack and all those around him. 'Bruen has a surreal mind and an unusual writing style of short, sharp, often one-word sentences. It shouldn't work, but it does, delightfully' The Times, Books of the Year.

Ghosts of Galway

Ghosts of Galway

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2017

Ill-fated ex-cop Jack Taylor is broke and working nightshifts as a security guard when he receives an unexpected commission - find The Red Book, an infamous blasphemous text stolen from the Vatican archives. The thief, a rogue priest, is now believed to be hiding out in Galway. Despite Jack's distaste for priests of any stripe, the money is just too good to turn down. It won't be hard for a man with Jack's skills to track down the errant churchman, but Jack has underestimated The Red Book's toxic lure and will be powerless to stem the wave of violence unleashed in its wake - a wave that will engulf Jack and all those around him. 'Bruen has a surreal mind and an unusual writing style of short, sharp, often one-word sentences. It shouldn't work, but it does, delightfully' The Times, Books of the Year.

The Ghosts of Galway

The Ghosts of Galway

Author: Ken Bruen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2017

Ill-fated ex-cop Jack Taylor is broke and working nightshifts as a security guard when he receives an unexpected commission - find The Red Book, an infamous blasphemous text stolen from the Vatican archives. The thief, a rogue priest, is now believed to be hiding out in Galway. Despite Jack's distaste for priests of any stripe, the money is just too good to turn down. It won't be hard for a man with Jack's skills to track down the errant churchman, but Jack has underestimated The Red Book's toxic lure and will be powerless to stem the wave of violence unleashed in its wake - a wave that will engulf Jack and all those around him. 'Bruen has a surreal mind and an unusual writing style of short, sharp, often one-word sentences. It shouldn't work, but it does, delightfully' The Times, Books of the Year.

Brant

Brant

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 25/04/2017

Nachdem Detective Sergeant Brant sich uber alle Regeln hinweggesetzt und in einer Billardkneipe einen Randalierer bewusstlos geschlagen hat, wird eine junge Polizistin auf der Strae von einem Unbekannten erschossen. Der Sensationsreporter Harold Dunlop, der sich in seinen Artikeln besonders bei der Diffamierung von Brant hervorgetan hat, erhalt von dem Polizistenmorder einen Anruf, bei dem der Morder offenbart, er wolle insgesamt acht weitere Polizisten toten. Unmittelbar danach erschiet er einen Polizisten in dessen Dienstfahrzeug. Zusammen mit Detective Inspector Porter Nash wird ein Ermittlerteam gebildet, das den Cop-Killer so schnell wie moglich fassen soll. Was, wenn jedoch der Tater gefasst und wieder freigelassen wird? Sollte man den Morder davonkommen lassen? Weil man sich ans Gesetz halt? Detective Sergeant Brant hat da seine eigenen Methoden. Unter dem Titel Blitz-Cop-Killer vs. Killer-Cop wurde der Roman mit Jason Statham 2011 verfilmt.

Fuchsin

Fuchsin

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 29/04/2016

Angie, kaltschnauzig und herzlos, manipuliert sie Manner wie Frauen, um sie fur ihre Plane einzusetzen. Auch wenn die erste Bombe im Paradise Cinema nicht explodiert, halt sie die Southeast London Police Squad um Detective Sergeant Brand mit weiteren Bombenankundigungen und Erpressungen in Atem. Als sinnlichste, verruckteste Serienmorderin uberhaupt terrorisiert sie die Straen Londons. Ist unberechenbar, wild, wutend. Ganz wie Detective Sergeant Brand, der fur seine knochenbrecherischen Methoden beruchtigt ist und sich wenig um politische Korrektheit schert. So entwickelt sich ein Drama voller schwarzem Humor. Bruen spinnt eine schnelle, scharf geschliffene Geschichte voller respektloser Schurken auf beiden Seiten des Gesetzes.

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