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Cross by Ken Bruen

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

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Where Bruen really scores is in his intimate explorations of Taylor's character, Galway City and of modern Ireland. Using language like a weapon, his humour stops the reader drowning in rain, Jameson's and self-pity. Less a whodunit that a what-to-do-about-it, this is a compelling portrait of a haunted man. * Guardian * Bruen's writing is as bleak and spare as Taylor's take on modern Ireland, but you'll end up hooked on this series of home-grown, gritty crime stories as Jack Taylor is on Ireland. * Irish Independent * I cannot recommend this series highly enough - if you like stark reality, if you can handle one man making his own decisions about his life ... then do yourself a favour and read Cross. * Eurocrime.com * Vintage Ken Bruen. Clipped prose and mordant humour are coupled to a plot that's just about as violent as anything he has ever written. Bruen has the uncanny ability to describe the most touching of moments with heart-rending effectiveness and lyrical beauty. * Mean Streets * Ken Bruen is one of Ireland's leading crime writers...this is snappy, knowing writing. -- SUNDAY EXPRESS


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

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Book Info

Publication date

1st April 2008

Author

Ken Bruen

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Author's Website

jacktaylorfilms.com/

Publisher

Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780552153447

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