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.
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.
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.
When a letter containing a list of victims arrives in the post, P.I. Jack Taylor tells himself that it's got nothing to do with him. He has enough to do just staying sane. His close friend Ridge is recovering from surgery, and alcohol's siren song is calling to him ever more insistently.A guard and then a judge die in mysterious circumstances. But it is not until a child is added to the list that Taylor determines to find the identity of the killer, and stop them at any cost. What he doesn't know is that his relationship with the killer is far closer than he thinks. And it's about to become deeply personal.Spiked with dark humor, and fueled with rage at man's inhumanity to man, Ken Bruen's Sanctuary is crime writing at its darkest and most original.
Jack Taylor has finally traded in his violent life in Galway for a quiet retirement in the country. But on a day trip back into the city, Jack is hit by a truck and left in a coma, mysteriously without a scratch on him. When he awakens weeks later, he finds Ireland in a frenzy over the so-called 'Miracle of Galway'. People have become convinced that the two children who tended to him are saintly, and the site of the accident sacred. The Catholic Church isn't so sure, and Jack is commissioned to help find the children - to verify the miracle or expose the stunt. But Jack isn't the only one looking for these children, and he'll need all the help he can get - and a stiff drink of Jameson - once he finds them. Praise for Ken Bruen: 'Bruen is an Emerald Noir maestro' - DUBLIN SUNDAY INDEPENDENT 'The best-kept literary secret in Ireland' - INDEPENDENT 'One of Ireland's most original voices in crime fiction' - IRISH INDEPENDENT 'Bruen's visceral writing and anger brings a fierce, almost surreal intensity to this mad story of a heretical book that turns up in Galway' - METRO
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. Praise for Galway Girl: 'A bleak, gripping slice of noir Irish life... As good a read as you'll come across this year' IRISH INDEPENDENT 'A surreal mind and an unusual writing style... It shouldn't work, but it does, delightfully' THE TIMES 'The Godfather of the modern Irish crime novel' IRISH TIMES
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Der Sudosten Londons wird vom "e;Manners Killer"e; heimgesucht, der seinen Opfern eine Lektion in Anstand beibringen will. Sein Pech, dass die Ermittlungen ausgerechnet Inspector Brant ubernimmt, der gerade einen Kriminalroman schreibt und in bester "e;The Killer Inside Me"e;-Manier von Jim Thompson der Meinung ist, dass, wenn schon jemand in seinem Revier ungestraft mit einem Mord davonkommt,er das doch bitteschn selbst ist. "e;Now here is a serial killer for modern times."e; Und ein Inspector der alten Schule. Mit einem Vorwort von Robert Brack
Als sein Vater einen jammerlichen Krebstod stirbt, ist Tommy erleichtert. Der Alte war Alkoholiker, ein brutaler Tyrann, der ihm schon als Kind das Leben zur Holle gemacht hat. Tommys einziges Erbstuck ist ein schweres, ledergebundenes Buch, in dem sein Vater Sinnspruche und Ratschlage notiert hat. Nach der Lekture wird Tommy, der auf dem Sprung zu einer Karriere in der Unterwelt ist, das beklemmende Gefuhl nicht los, dass ihm sein Leben allmahlich entgleitet ... In den Storys der Reihe "e;Bibliomysteries"e; geht es immer um Kriminalflle, die im Zusammenhang mit Bchern stehen: mit alten Bchern, seltenen Manuskripten, unschtzbaren Stcken. Und natrlich geht es auch um diejenigen, die sie unbedingt haben wollen: Buchhndler, exzentrische Sammler, Bibliothekare, Buchliebhaber - oder einfach: Leser.
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.
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.
Galway wird von einer Gang heimgesucht, deren Mitgliedern ein Grabstein als Erkennungszeichen dient und die es sich zum Ziel gesetzt hat, die Stadt durch Gewaltverbrechen von Armen und Schwachen zu saubern. Jack kommt nicht umhin, Ermittlungen aufzunehmen. Und muss feststellen, dass er selbst im Fadenkreuz steht ... "e;Ich machte die Wohnungstr auf und stie auf ein kleines, stramm gepacktes Pckchen. In schwarzem Papier. Oha. In roter Fraktur stand ordentlich vorne drauf: 'Jack Taylor'. Nicht gut. Atmete tief ein und riss es auf. Heraus fiel eine vollkommene Miniaturskulptur. Ein Grabstein, so gro wie ein Bic-Wegschmeifeuerzeug. Ich starrte ihn an, murmelte: '...scheienochmal ist das?' Es war perfekte Steinmetzarbeit, hochglanzpoliert."e;
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.
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.