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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: October 2011 ISBN: 9781611745993
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Some people help the less fortunate; others kill them. P.I. Jack Taylor confronts an evil coterie named Headstone, who have committed a series of random, insane, violent crimes in Galway, Ireland. To fight back, Jack must relinquish the remaining shreds o Download and start listening now!

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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 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 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 Lynn Kearney | 2/1/2014

    " Grim and gripping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stan Lanier | 1/28/2014

    " Jack Taylor, all attitude, all the time, with some killing and moral/theological questions intertwined. All in a days work for the fabulous Mr. Bruen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Collette | 1/21/2014

    " If you're a fan of Ken Bruen's work, even knowing how erratic his books are, you still automatically read whatever he writes. Though the plots may be lightweight or strain credulity, his work is addictive, thanks to the great terse prose, the dry wit, the distinctive formating that gives the writing such immediacy, and the keen awareness of the changing face of Ireland. The Jack Taylor series itself may be undependable but the character is consistent in his self-sabotaging, brutal ways. In this book, a small group of angry rich kids plot revenge on Taylor while working on a plan to carry out Ireland's first massacre at a school. Taylor, who for a brief moment in time hoped to find happiness with an American writer of crime fiction, is devastated when they destroy his chance at love with her while threatening the lives of the two friends he has left, the policewoman Ridge and the shady Stewart. Taylor is hired to locate a priest accused of absconding with church-related funds (Bruen is always very adept at spining multiple plot threads) and also gets drawn into helping a shadowy crime figure he's had dealings with in the past, forcing him to perform yet another act of betrayal sure to torment his ravaged soul even further. The ending of the book, usually one of Bruen's greatest strengths, here is slightly anti-climatic. But it's more than made up for by the believabilty, character evolution, complexity and overall evenness of what came before. As usual, Bruen doesn't allow any editing of his work, resulting in some repetition and slight discrepancies here and there, but none of this detracts from the solidity of one of the better books in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doctorwu51 | 1/11/2014

    " A nice return to form after "The Devil". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Pluck | 1/11/2014

    " This was my introduction to noir poet Ken Bruen, and I will be diving into his prolific writings immediately. The latest in the Jack Taylor series, Bruen peels back the veneer of Galway and shows the machinations of the idyllic seaside town through real and broken people who love it. Jack Taylor is a hard drinking man who believes "law is for the courthouse and justice is served in the alleyways," a dinosaur relic in our ethically wobbly times. With a verbal economy verging on poetry and a masterful eye for human character, Bruen is a force of nature and his latest novel with the Mysterious Press is a treasure. If you haven't read him before, like myself, you'll be kicking yourself for waiting so long. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 1/10/2014

    " terrible and vulgar....I walked away after reading 100 pages "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marla Madison | 1/10/2014

    " I finished the book and have read others in this series. What more can the author do to Jack Taylor and still keep him alive? The plots all have a sameness about them, but Bruen tells a great story, nevertheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norma | 11/24/2013

    " Bruen had me at "Priest" but then it faded. But he's back with "Headstone"--raw Galway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 6/7/2013

    " probably mean to give only 4 stars. bruen out and out amongst the very very best of modern hard boiled noir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rock | 4/19/2013

    " Wow......Bruen continues to amaze. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann O'Connell | 3/22/2013

    " My first foray into the disturbing and dark world of Jack Taylor. Since this is the 9th in the series, I am hoping that Jack gets sober before he completely self destructs. The plot is OK, but the development of the character is impossible to resist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 6/25/2012

    " As always with Ken Bruen, excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret Weber | 4/5/2012

    " Best of the Jack Taylor series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 charlie | 1/31/2012

    " the #9 is the giveaway... moments of enjoyment here but all in all, this series has run its course... cant comment if one hadn't read the books in order but I assume the real charm is in the earlier books in the series. "

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About the Author
Author Ken Bruen

Ken Bruen was born in Galway, Ireland, in 1951, where he now lives. After completing a PhD in metaphysics he spent twenty-five years as an English teacher in Africa, Asia, and South America. His many books include The Killing of the Tinkers, The Guards, The Dramatist, Priest, Cross, and The Devil. He was a finalist for the Edgar, Barry, and Macavity awards, as well as a Shamus Award for The Guards. Bruen received the Best Series Award in 2007 for the Jack Taylor novels from the Crime Writers’ Association.

About the Narrator

John Lee has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.