A Jack Taylor Mystery
by Ken Bruen
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Pub Date 05 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 29 Feb 2024
Penzler Publishers, Mysterious Press
In this new installment of Ken Bruen’s beloved Jack Taylor series, the whiskey-swigging Irish detective investigates a series of violent attacks on the local convent’s nuns.
Jack Taylor wakes up from a coma to discover that much of the world has changed since he last walked the streets of Galway. The pandemic had hit while he was under, devastating the lives of many in his beloved city and beyond. Now, as Jack tries to recover from the attack that put him in the hospital and absorb the incredible changes in the world around him, a woman approaches him with a distressing case: two local nuns have been bludgeoned by a mysterious man wielding a hammer, and more are sure to follow. As the police fail to act while the violence against the Sisters escalates, Jack seems like their only hope.
Initially wary of becoming involved in the investigation, Jack finds he cannot stay away from the mystery surrounding these vicious attacks. He also cannot shake a feeling of darkness that has haunted him since he awoke from his coma—a darkness that is far too close for comfort. Luckily an old friend is there to help see him through and there is always Jack’s dark wit and a drink to help shore up his mood.
About the Author:
Ken Bruen received a doctorate in metaphysics, taught English in South Africa, and then became a crime novelist. The critically acclaimed author of the Jack Taylor novels and the White Trilogy, he is the recipient of two Barry Awards and two Shamus Awards, and he has twice been a finalist for the Edgar Award. He lives in Galway, Ireland.
Praise for the author: "Nobody writes like Ken Bruen, with his ear for lilting Irish prose and his taste for the kind of gallows humor heard only at the foot of the gallows." - New York Times Book Review
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Average rating from 11 members
Thank you to Mysterious Press and NetGalley for the ARC.
Ken Bruen has been one of my favorite authors since I was introduced to Jack Taylor years ago with the Killing of the Tinkers. Since then, I've anxiously awaited each new release and was grateful to be given an ARC for the latest, Galway Confidential.
Bruen is a master of noir, keeping his characters involved in plots just dark enough to remind you of that but still keep the reader engaged and wanting to read through quickly to see where things will go next. These are always quick reads for me and Galway Confidential is one that reminded me of earlier works of Bruen. 5 stars
This is the 17th novel in the Jack Taylor series, and I've read them all over the years. It's been a few years since the last book, and it's great to have Jack back.
To me, the individual plots of these books matter less than the general tone, so here's what you usually get--violence and death, alcoholism, religion, mention of authors and musicians, Ireland's economy, and current events. Yes, they're dark, but with a lot of dark humor. Speak with an Irish accent, and carry a big hurley.
I love them. Unfortunately for me, they're very quick reads, mostly driven by dialogue, and I'm always left wanting more. Characters and plots sometimes carry over between books (except when the characters are getting killed off), so you may not always get as much resolution of events in each individual book as you might like. Just more reason to read the next.
Big thanks to Mysterious Press and NetGalley for the chance to read this one early.