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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (300 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Bruen Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jack Taylor Series Release Date:
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Acclaimed Irish crime writer Ken Bruen has won numerous awards for his hard-charging, dark thrillers, which have been translated into ten languages. In Headstone, an elderly priest is nearly beaten to death and a special-needs boy is brutally attacked. Evil has many guises and Jack Taylor has encountered most of them, and he has the scars to prove it. But nothing before has ever truly terrified him until he confronts an evil coterie named Headstone, who have committed a series of random, insane, violent crimes in Galway, Ireland, that leave even the national police shaken. And Jack is especially vulnerable now that he has finally found love and happiness.

Jack, slowly accepting the sheer power of Headstone, comes to realize that in order to fight back he must relinquish the remaining shreds of what has made him human. Headstone barrels along its deadly path right to the center of his life and the heart of Galway. In a moment of awful clarity, Jack realizes that not only might he be powerless to stop Headstone; he may not have the grit needed to even face it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Headstone is an excellent addition to the Jack Taylor series.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Hard hitting…a remarkable series.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A nonstop rampage of intrigue, mayhem, lunacy and dark-dark-dark humor.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “Ken Bruen is brilliant. While Headstone is the stuff of nightmares, it is also the stuff of redemption, even at great cost. You will feel wrung out after reading this one, but all the gladder for it.”

    Bookreporter

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kat Duncan | 2/9/2014

    " An excellent thriller, dark and totally scary. The writing is so understated and the prose so expertly done that it leaves you reeling in shock at what's happening in the story. A fantastic read if you love dark, thrillers. Not gory, bloody, but psychologically scary and riveting. The language of place and the insights into local world view are bonuses on top of the great characters and story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joan Leicht | 2/1/2014

    " Bruen is beyond great. His books are brutal but so good. Can there be a character more pitiable than Jack Taylor? Whenever I see one of Bruen's books in the library I don't even think about it. A must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lynn Kearney | 2/1/2014

    " Grim and gripping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kasa Cotugno | 1/30/2014

    " It's been a while since I've sought out and read an entire series back to back -- not since the Banks noels of Peter Robinson. These Jack Taylor novels, with one exception, were totally addictive. By setting them in Galway, Bruen gives us witness to its change from a remote Irish community to one fully in the 21st century, changes not aways to the good. With big city problems. Jack Taylor, approaching 50, lifelong resident, does not aways wrap up cases at the end of each book, rendering the series as more one long Dickensian serial than individual standalones. They do need to be read in sequence, since references abound to earlier installments, and Jack's observations of Galway's alteration build as they progress. These are brutal, funny, at times viscous. Not always by a felon, Taylor, Bruen's book loving, music appreciating, jaded former Garda dispenses his own justice but is quintessentially the essence of an Irish soul. "

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