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Author: Ken Bruen Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Inspector Brant Mysteries Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9781602832084
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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 “Manners Killer” 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bruen’s furious hard-boiled prose, chopped down to its trademark essence, never fails to astonish.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Brant’s passion for classic crime fiction—with frequent references to works by Charles Willeford, Jim Thompson, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, et al—and the abundance of priceless hard-boiled one-liners throughout make Bruen’s Inspector Brant novel a down-and-dirty neo-noir gem. 

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald | 3/8/2011

    " I've run out of superlatives for Bruen's books. The entire Brant series is brilliant.

    I'd suggest reading these books in order. They work as stand-alones, but much better within the context of the series.

    Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 11/9/2010

    " see White Arrest,
    more of the same,
    awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 9/23/2009

    " Read the whole book in one day while home sick. Hardboiled and fastpaced - soon to be a movie starring Jason Statham. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 8/12/2008

    " If you haven't read Ken Bruen, you have a treat in store. Great noir writer from Ireland. His Jack Taylor character is wonderful, a depressed alcoholic ex-cop to whom the downtrodden come to find lost loved ones. Great antihero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vaughan | 8/3/2008

    " I'll be done with this in about 20 minutes and am enjoying this much more than the last Bruen I read (the Hackman Blues, one of the few I've read by him that didn't completely take over my life for a few days.) I want to be Inspector Brant... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ladiibbug | 6/22/2008

    " #4 Inspector Brandt gritty crime mystery, set in London

    Bruen does hard boiled so well!


  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/17/2008

    " I'm not crazy about the heavy amount of dialog compared to narrative, but the hardboiled and pared-down characters were a blast. The whole read was a shot in the gut, in a good way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 1/12/2008

    " Ken Bruen is a unique voice in crime fiction. He is truly a punk rock writer. He writes in short blasts of witty bitter truthful blurts and blasts. But he doesn't let his style overwhelm is substance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 1/8/2008

    " Another fast paced crime novel from the Irish master. A politically incorrect heaven. "

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 series and The White Trilogy, he is the recipient of two Barry Awards and two Shamus Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Edgar Award. In 2016, he was awarded the Irish Books, Arts, and Music (iBAM) Literature Award. Two of his novels have also been made into feature films, and the Jack Taylor series has been adapted for a television series.

About the Narrator

Gerard Doyle, a seasoned audio narrator, he has been awarded dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards, was named a Best Voice in Young Adult Fiction in 2008, and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He was born of Irish parents and raised and educated in England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. He has taught drama at Ross School for the several years.