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.

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.

Other books by Ken Bruen

In the Galway Silence

In the Galway Silence

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

After much tragedy and violence, Jack Taylor has 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. But once again, trouble comes to him, this time in the form of a wealthy Frenchman who wants Jack to investigate the double-murder of his twin sons. Jack is meanwhile roped into looking after his girlfriend's nine-year-old son, and is in for a shock with the appearance of a character from his past. The plot is a chess game and all of the pieces seem to be moving at the behest of one dangerously mysterious player: a vigilante called 'Silence', because he's the last thing his victims will ever hear.

In the Galway Silence

In the Galway Silence

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

After much tragedy and violence, Jack Taylor has 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. But once again, trouble comes to him, this time in the form of a wealthy Frenchman who wants Jack to investigate the double-murder of his twin sons. Jack is meanwhile roped into looking after his girlfriend's nine-year-old son, and is in for a shock with the appearance of a character from his past. The plot is a chess game and all of the pieces seem to be moving at the behest of one dangerously mysterious player: a vigilante called 'Silence', because he's the last thing his victims will ever hear.

The Ghosts of Galway

The Ghosts of Galway

Author: Ken Bruen Format: Paperback 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.

The Ghosts of Galway

The Ghosts of Galway

Author: Ken Bruen Format: Paperback 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.

Pimp

Pimp

Author: Ken Bruen, Jason Starr Format: eBook Release Date: 15/03/2016

Dealing ... producing ... all in a day's work for a druglord. Or in Hollywood.Ruined and on the lam, former drug kingpin Max Fisher stumbles upon the biggest discovery of his crooked life: a designer drug called PIMP that could put him back on top. Meanwhile, a certain femme fatale from his past is pursuing a comeback dream of her own, setting herself up in Hollywood as producer of a series based on her and Max's life story. But even in La-La Land, happy endings are hard to come by, especially with both the cops and your enemies in the drug trade coming after you.

Bust

Bust

Author: Ken Bruen, Jason Starr Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/2016

5 [IMPORTANT / VALUABLE] LESSONS YOU CAN LEARN BY READING BUST 1) When you hire someone to kill your wife, don't hire a psychopath. 2) Don't use Drano to get rid of a dead body. 3) Those locks on hotel room doors? Not very secure. 4) A curly blond wig isn't much of a disguise. 5) Secrets can kill.

The Max

The Max

Author: Ken Bruen, Jason Starr Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/2016

When last we saw Max Fisher and Angela Petrakos, Max was being arrested by the NYPD for drug trafficking and Angela was fleeing the country in the wake of a brutal murder. Now both are headed for eye-opening encounters with the law - Max in the cell blocks of Attica, Angela in a quaint little prison on the Greek island of Lesbos...

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Author: Ken Bruen, Jason Starr Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/2016

WARNING! THIS MAY BE THE MOST SHOCKING BOOK YOU EVER READ! Max Fisher used to run a computer company; Angela Petrakos was his assistant and mistress. But that was last year. Now Max is reinventing himself as a hip-hop crack dealer and Angela's back in Ireland, hooking up with a would-be record-setter...in the field of serial killing. Will their paths cross again? What do you think? From the evil geniuses who brought you Bust comes a roller-coaster ride of suspense, mayhem and vicious fun that'll make you reluctant ever to open your mail again. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Max

Max

Author: Ken Bruen, Jason Starr Format: eBook Release Date: 19/01/2016

Max and Angela are going down.When we last saw Max Fisher and Angela Petrakos, Max was being arrested by the NYPD for drug trafficking, and Angela was fleeing the country in the wake of a brutal murder. Now both are headed for eye-opening encounters with the law-Max in the cell blocks of Attica, Angela in a quaint little prison on the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Author: Ken Bruen, Jason Starr Format: eBook Release Date: 22/12/2015

From the evil geniuses who brought you Bust comes a roller-coaster ride of suspense, mayhem, and vicious fun.Max Fisher used to run a computer company; Angela Petrakos was his assistant and mistress. But that was last year. Now Max is reinventing himself as a hip-hop crack dealer, and Angela is back in Ireland hooking up with a would-be record setter-in the field of serial killing. Will their paths cross again?

Jack Taylor Series, Books 1-3

Jack Taylor Series, Books 1-3

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2015

Ken Bruen's explosive Jack Taylor series, set in the streets of Galway, place him among the greats of modern crime fiction. Now, for the first time, the first three books in the series are available as an eBook bundle:The GuardsOusted from the Guards, Ireland's police force, Jack Taylor is stuck in Galway with nothing to look forward to, until a dazzling woman walks into the bar with a strange request and a rumor about Jack's talent for finding things. But when Jack agrees, he has little idea of what he's getting into.The Killing of the TinkersJack's back in Galway a year later, falling into his old patterns. But a big gypsy arrives one day during a moment of Jack's clarity and changes all that. Young men of his band are turning up dead in the center of town. Jack agrees to look into it, knowing but not admitting that getting involved is going to lead to more bad than good.The Magdalen MartyrsJack Taylor receives a call from Bill Cassell, a hard man that Jack owes a favor, asking him to track down a woman, now either dead or very old. When Jack drags his feet, Bill's goons come for him and it becomes clear: finding this woman is his only chance to stay alive.

Bust

Bust

Author: Ken Bruen, Jason Starr Format: eBook Release Date: 24/11/2015

From award-winning authors Ken Bruen and Jason Starr comes Bust, an original new noir novel by two of the world's finest crime writers.Five valuable lessons you can learn by listening to Bust:When you hire someone to kill your wife, don't hire a psychopath.Don't use Drano to get rid of a dead body.Those locks on hotel room doors? They're not very secure.A curly blond wig isn't much of a disguise.Secrets can kill.

American Skin

American Skin

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2014

At the beginning of Bruen's dark tribute to the Irish fascination with the American dream, Stephen Blake is on the run after a bank heist, hoping to disappear in the desert near Tucson. Blake has the money and his girlfriend, Siobhan, knows how to launder it. All he has to do is change his accent and his skin and pass as an American. But John A. Stapleton, contract killer for the IRA, wants more than his share of the swagand the psychotic Dade, obsessively devoted to the music of Tammy Wynette, is wandering the Southwest like a slaughter wagon. Noir master Bruen (The Guards) effortlessly moves his storyline back and forth in time, all his trademark pop-culture references in place, the banshee of existential agony wailing loudly.

Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice

Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

She's hot, well read, and absolutely mad -- and she won't let him go. Bank robber Cooper picks her up at the supermarket, where he spies her shoplifting and warns her that the store detective is watching her. She puts the stolen food back, and he buys her lunch. It's the worst mistake he's ever made. What this pretty young American girl is doing in South London is a mystery to him. Her name is Cassie, and she acts sane until they get home. She's normal as he takes her clothes off, normal for everything that follows, normal until she tells him that now that he's touched her, he can never have another woman. He thinks it's a joke until he wakes up and finds her note, which explains that she drugged him and left with his pistol and some of the money he's made holding up banks. Only death will keep her away, so death it must be.

Rilke on Black

Rilke on Black

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

A poorly planned kidnapping turns bloody. Lisa is too good-looking not to be trouble. Nick falls for her as soon as he meets the lithe young black woman, and though their drug-fueled relationship quickly turns toxic, he can't stop wanting her. In a flash, she's burnt through his savings and cost him his job, so she proposes a kidnapping scheme to reinvigorate their bank accounts. Nick is too smart to think it's a good idea, but too stupid to say no. The target is Ronald Baldwin, a local businessman of moderate wealth and infinite pretension, whose obsession with the poet Rilke borders on madness. For backup, Nick invites along Dex, his psychopathic across-the-street neighbor. With three amateur criminals as unhinged as those in this group, there's no doubt that blood will be shed. The only questions are, who will fire the first shot, and who will fire the last?

White Trilogy

White Trilogy

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

Two tough, aging cops take on London's thugs, killers, and mobsters in Ken Bruen's hard-as-nails White Trilogy. At sixty-two, Chief Inspector Roberts is nearly too old to be a cop, but he makes up for his age with a ferocity that the younger detectives cannot match. After four decades on the force, he has a daughter who hates him, a wife who cheats, and a bank account that grows emptier every year. But on London's darker streets, Roberts is a force to be reckoned with. With his partner, the gleefully brutal Detective Sergeant Brant, Roberts looks for every policeman's dream: the White Arrest, a high-profile success that makes up for all their past failures. In A White Arrest, their target is a bat-wielding lunatic who knocks off drug dealers. In Taming the Alien, they hunt a mysterious hit man who earned his nickname by carrying out a hit while watching Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic. And in The McDead, Roberts and Brant set their sights on a cunning kingpin ruling London's southeast side. Gripping and gritty, Ken Bruen's White Trilogy is an unforgettable noir portrait of London's seedy underworld.

Tower

Tower

Author: Ken Bruen, Reed Farrel Coleman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

From opposite perspectives, two master authors spin a chilling tale. Nick's father is a stand-up Irishman -- once a cop, now a security guard in the World Trade Center's North Tower -- but Nick does not take after his old man. He's 'got the bad drop,' meaning he only cares about booze, violence, and getting into trouble with his best friend, Todd, a low-level hood connected to the Boston mob. Todd inducts Nick into the world of petty crime. What starts as a bit of good fun -- robbing apartments, scoring weed -- turns serious as Todd gets closer to the inner circle. He may not love violence as much as Nick does, but he's about to get more than his fair share. The first collaboration by beloved mystery authors Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman, Tower is as uncompromisingly brutal as the work that made them famous. They each tell the story once -- Bruen from Nick's perspective, and Coleman from Todd's. Their narratives hinge on a single, blistering question: How can friendship survive in an underworld built on pain?

Book of Virtue

Book of Virtue

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2014

With his hated father dead, a man's life takes a dangerous turn. He doesn't cry when his father, Frank, dies. The old man was an abusive, self-absorbed drunk, and when cancer takes him to his deathbed, his son is there to watch. At Frank's final moment he leans over and whispers in his ear, letting the dying man know that he's glad to see him go. His only inheritance is a heavy, leather-bound book. He has never seen it before, and has trouble believing that his brutal, ignorant father ever touched something so beautiful. But the volume is well-thumbed, full of aphorisms and advice written in the dead man's hand. Soon after he reads it, the son finds his life spiraling out of control. If he doesn't want to follow Daddy to the grave, he had best heed the lessons of the book.

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.

Headstone

Headstone

Author: Ken Bruen Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/04/2013

Some people help the less fortunate. Others kill them. Evil has many guises. Jack Taylor has encountered most of them but nothing before has ever truly terrified him until a group called Headstone rears its ugly head. An elderly priest is viciously beaten until nearly dead. A special needs boy is brutally attacked. A series of seemingly random, insane, violent events even has the Guards shaken. Most would see a headstone as a marker of the dead, but this coterie of evil intends to act as a death knell to every aspect of Jack's life as an act of appalling violence alerts him to the horror enveloping Galway. Accepting the power of Headstone, Jack realizes that in order to fight back he must relinquish the remaining shreds of what has made him human - knowledge that may have come too late to prevent an act of such ferocious evil that the whole country would be changed forever - and in the worst way. With awful clarity, Jack knows that not only might he be powerless to stop it but that he may not have the grit needed to even face it.

Tower

Tower

Author: Ken Bruen, Reed Farrel Coleman Format: eBook Release Date: 12/03/2013

From opposite perspectives, two master authors spin a chilling taleNick's father is a stand-up Irishmanonce a cop, now a security guard in the World Trade Center's North Towerbut Nick does not take after his old man. He's ';got the bad drop,' meaning he only cares about booze, violence, and getting into trouble with his best friend, Todd, a low-level hood connected to the Boston mob. Todd inducts Nick into the world of petty crime. What starts as a bit of good funrobbing apartments, scoring weedturns serious as Todd gets closer to the inner circle. He may not love violence as much as Nick does, but he's about to get more than his fair share.The first collaboration by beloved mystery authors Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman,Toweris as uncompromisingly brutal as the work that made them famous. They each tell the story onceBruen from Nick's perspective, and Coleman from Todd's. Their narratives hinge on a single, blistering question: How can friendship survive in an underworld built on pain?

McDead

McDead

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2012

Chief Inspector Roberts combs London for the bloodthirsty psychopath who killed his brotherWhen Tommy got out of prison, he decided to become Irish. He changed his last name to Logan, moved to southeast London, and started toting a hurleyan ash stick that's as big as a baseball bat and twice as deadly. This faux-Irish killer quickly distinguished himself as one of the south side's smartest: a master of money laundering, front corporations, and keeping out of the way of the cops. His only weakness is his temperand it's about to bring his empire tumbling down.The latest target of Tommy Logan's rage is Tony Roberts, a wasted lowlife. But the victim's brother is one of the meanest cops in London. Chief Inspector Roberts is the last man to see Tony alive, and he promises to avenge his brother. Logan is about to find out that no hurley is hard enough to break the word of a determined cop.

Taming the Alien

Taming the Alien

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2012

Under assault by the criminal underworld, two cops strike backThey call him the Alien. A petty hood with a habit of battering his enemies with a baseball bat, he earned his name for carrying out a hit while watching Ridley Scott's sci-fi classicand sticking around to finish the film afterwards. The Alien's latest target is Detective Sergeant Brant, an old-fashioned policeman whose easy brutality has won him no love on London's south side. The Alien breaks into Brant's flat, clobbers him with his Louisville slugger, and tortures him until he passes out. When Brant awakes, the Alien is gone, and the cop has a thirst for blood.With the help of his partner, the cancer-stricken Chief Inspector Roberts, Brant will lay waste to London. But when his vendetta leads to something more fearsome than a bat-wielding psychopath, he'll wonder if perhaps he should have stayed on the floor.

White Arrest

White Arrest

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2012

A pair of rough London cops looks for the high-profile arrest that will erase their sinsAt sixty-two, Chief Inspector Roberts is nearly too old to be a cop, but he makes up for his age with a ferocity that the younger detectives cannot match. After four decades on the force, he has a daughter who hates him, a wife who cheats, and a bank account that grows emptier every year. At home he is a failure, but on London's darker streets, Roberts is as serious as an earthquake.With his partner, the gleefully brutal Detective Sergeant Brant, Roberts looks for every policeman's dream: the White Arrest, a high-profile success that makes up for all their past failures. And when a bat-wielding lunatic starts lynching drug dealers, Roberts and Brant find the publicity they were looking for. They'll get their arrestno matter who they have to pummel through on the way.

White Trilogy

White Trilogy

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2012

Two tough, aging cops take on London's thugs, killers, and mobsters in Ken Bruen's hard-as-nails White TrilogyAt sixty-two, Chief Inspector Roberts is nearly too old to be a cop, but he makes up for his age with a ferocity that the younger detectives cannot match. After four decades on the force, he has a daughter who hates him, a wife who cheats, and a bank account that grows emptier every year. But on London's darker streets, Roberts is a force to be reckoned with.With his partner, the gleefully brutal Detective Sergeant Brant, Roberts looks for every policeman's dream: the White Arrest, a high-profile success that makes up for all their past failures. In A White Arrest, their target is a bat-wielding lunatic who knocks off drug dealers. In Taming the Alien, they hunt a mysterious hit man who earned his nickname by carrying out a hit while watching Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic. And in The McDead, Roberts and Brant set their sights on a cunning kingpin ruling London's southeast side. Gripping and gritty, Ken Bruen's White Trilogy is an unforgettable noir portrait of London's seedy underworld.

Book of Virtue

Book of Virtue

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 12/11/2012

Short tales about deadly books, by top mystery authorsWith his hated father dead, a man's life takes a dangerous turnHe doesn't cry when his father, Frank, dies. The old man was an abusive, self-absorbed drunk, and when cancer takes him to his deathbed, his son is there to watch. At Frank's final moment he leans over and whispers in his ear, letting the dying man know that he's glad to see him go.His only inheritance is a heavy, leather-bound book. He has never seen it before, and has trouble believing that his brutal, ignorant father ever touched something so beautiful. But the volume is well-thumbed, full of aphorisms and advice written in the dead man's hand. Soon after he reads it, the son finds his life spiraling out of control. If he doesn't want to follow Daddy to the grave, he had best heed the lessons of the book.

Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice

Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2011

She's hot, well read, and absolutely madand she won't let him goBank robber Cooper picks her up at the supermarket, where he spies her shoplifting and warns her that the store detective is watching her. She puts the stolen food back, and he buys her lunch. It's the worst mistake he's ever made.What this pretty young American girl is doing in South London is a mystery to him. Her name is Cassie, and she acts sane until they get home. She's normal as he takes her clothes off, normal for everything that follows, normal until she tells him that now that he's touched her, he can never have another woman. He thinks it's a joke until he wakes up and finds her note, which explains that she drugged him and left with his pistol and some of the money he's made holding up banks. Only death will keep her away, so death it must be.

Rilke on Black

Rilke on Black

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2011

A poorly planned kidnapping turns bloodyLisa is too good-looking not to be trouble. Nick falls for her as soon as he meets the lithe young black woman, and though their drug-fueled relationship quickly turns toxic, he can't stop wanting her. In a flash, she's burnt through his savings and cost him his job, so she proposes a kidnapping scheme to reinvigorate their bank accounts. Nick is too smart to think it's a good idea, but too stupid to say no.The target is Ronald Baldwin, a local businessman of moderate wealth and infinite pretension, whose obsession with the poet Rilke borders on madness. For backup, Nick invites along Dex, his psychopathic across-the-street neighbor. With three amateur criminals as unhinged as those in this group, there's no doubt that blood will be shed. The only questions are, who will fire the first shot, and who will fire the last?

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.

Blitz

Blitz

Author: Ken Bruen Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/04/2011

The Cop Detective Sergeant Brant is tough and uncompromising, as sleazy and ruthless as the villains he's out to get. While his violent methods may be questionable, Brant always gets results. The Killer A psychopath has started a killing spree across London. Calling himself 'The Blitz', his weapon of choice is a workman's hammer. And his victims are all cops. The Target The police squad are desperate to catch the killer before he catches up with them. And Brant is top of his list...

London Boulevard

London Boulevard

Author: Ken Bruen Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/11/2010

When Mitchell is released from prison after serving three years for a vicious attack he doesn't remember, he reluctantly finds himself caught up with Robert Gant, a ruthless lowlife with violent plans. Attempting to stay out of Gant's way, Mitchell finds work as a handyman at the mansion of a faded movie actress. When she eagerly plies him with cash, cars and sex, Mitch starts to wonder if even this job comes with a catch. But it isn't long before Mitchell's violent past catches up with him. When people close to him start getting hurt, Mitchell is forced to act, and take brutal on revenge on those who've stolen his life...

Calibre

Calibre

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2010

Somewhere in the teeming heart of London is a man on a lethal mission. His cause: a long-overdue lesson on the importance of manners. When a man gives a public tongue-lashing to a misbehaving child, or a parking lot attendant is rude to a series of customers, the "e;Manners Killer"e; makes sure that the next thing either sees is the beginning of his own grisly end.When she starts mailing letters to the Southeast London police squad, he'll soon find out just how bad a man's manners can get. The Southeast is dominated by the perpetual sneer of one Inspector Brant, and while he might or might nor agree with the killer's cause and can even forgive his tactics to some degree, Brant is just ornery enough to employ his trademark brand of amoral, borderline-criminal policing to the hunt for the Manners Killer. For if there's one thing that drives the incomparable inspector, it's the unshakable conviction that if anyone is going to be getting away with murder on his patch, it'll be Brant himself, thank you very much.

Dramatist

Dramatist

Author: Ken Bruen Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2010

Seems impossible, but Jack Taylor is sober-off booze, pills, powder, and nearly off cigarettes, too. The main reason he's been able to keep clean: his dealer's in jail, which leaves Jack without a source. When that dealer calls him to Dublin and asks a favor in the soiled, sordid visiting room of Mountjoy Prison, Jack wants to tell him to take a flying leap. But he doesn't-can't, because the dealer's sister is dead, and the guards have called it "e;death by misadventure."e; The dealer knows that can't be true and begs Jack to have a look, check around, see what he can find out. It's exactly what Jack does, with varying levels of success, to make a living. But he's reluctant, maybe because of who's asking or maybe because of the bad feeling growing in his gut.Never one to give in to bad feelings or common sense, Jack agrees to the favor, though he can't possibly know the shocking, deadly consequences he has set in motion. But he and everyone he holds dear will find out soon, sooner than anyone knows, in the lean and lethal fourth entry in Ken Bruen's award-winning Jack Taylor series.

Cross

Cross

Author: Ken Bruen Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2008

A boy has been crucified in Galway city. People are shocked; the broadsheets debate how the brutal death reflects the state of the nation; the Irish Church is scandalized. No further action is taken. Then the sister of the murdered boy is burned alive and PI Jack Taylor decides to take matters into his own hands. Taylor's investigations take him to old city haunts where he encounters ghosts - living and dead. But what he eventually finds surpasses even his darkest imaginings

Priest

Priest

Author: Ken Bruen Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2007

Ireland, awash in cash and greed, no longer turns to the Church for solace or comfort. But the decapitation of Father Joyce in a Galway church horrifies even the most jaded citizen. Jack Taylor, devastated by the recent trauma of personal loss, has always believed himself to be beyond salvation. But a new job offers a fresh start, and an unexpected partnership makes him hope that his one desperate vision - of family - might yet be fulfilled. An eerie mix of exorcism, a predatory stalker, and an unlikely attraction conspires to lure him into a murderous web of dark conspiracies. The spectre of a child haunts every waking moment. Bleak, unsettling and totally original, Ken Bruen's writing captures the brooding landscape of Irish society at a time of social and economic upheaval. Here is evidence of an unmistakeable literary talent.

Dublin Noir The Celtic Tiger vs. The Ugly American

Dublin Noir The Celtic Tiger vs. The Ugly American

Author: Ken Bruen Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/06/2006

Nineteen previously unpublished stories by acclaimed crime writers, each one set in Dublin. Includes brand new fiction by Ray Banks, James O. Born, Ken Bruen, Reed Farrell Coleman, Eoin Colfer, Jim Fusilli, Patrick J. Lambe, Laura Lippman, Craig McDonald, Pat Mullan, Gary Phillips, John Rickards, Peter Spiegelman, Jason Starr, Olen Steinhauer, Charlie Stella, Duane Swierczynski, Sarah Weinman and Kevin Wignall.

Dispatching Baudelaire

Dispatching Baudelaire

Author: Ken Bruen Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/05/2004

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