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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,549 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Bruen Narrator: Gerry O'Brien Publisher: ISIS Audio Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Still stinging from his unceremonious ouster from the Garda Siochana, and staring at the world through the smoky bottom of his beer mug, Jack Taylor is stuck in Galway with nothing to look forward to. He is teetering on the brink of his life's sharpest edges, his memories of the past cutting deep into his soul and his prospects for the future non-existent.

Until a dazzling woman walks into the bar with a strange request and a rumour about Jack's talent for finding things. Odds are he won't be able to climb off his barstool long enough to get involved, but when he surprises himself by getting hired, Jack has little idea of what he's getting into. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary | 2/18/2014

    " I found the story difficult to "get into," and then all of a sudden I couldn't stop reading it. I know it's fiction, but not a good recommendation of Ireland's Guarda, although also know a good villain can often make a better character than a goody-two-shoes. I found the style of writing difficult, and there are some unexplained Gaelic references, so that slows one down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charles | 2/12/2014

    " Jaysus. Not the book I expected. How can you tell the story of a degenerate, a drunk with blackouts and the shakes told by a literature lovin' ex bad cop jock and make it into an Irish farie tale. Is being literate a free pass. Is being wickedly sarcastic in your interior monologues any excuse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lemar | 2/11/2014

    " This started me on the whole Jack Taylor series because of the way Bruen incorporates Irish humor with page turning plot devices as one gets to know and appreciate the tortured soul of Jack Taylor. No punches are pulled here and Bruen's love of the genre is evidenced by his frequent mention of favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Patrick O'Neil | 1/31/2014

    " A drunk Irish ex-cop. A drunk Irish ex-cop that becomes a private detective. A drunk Irish ex-cop private detective that tries to stop drinking, but he can't. And then there's a murder. But it's a suicide. There's a love interest. Except it doesn't happen - because he can't stop drinking. Plus she's related to the victim/possible suicide/sexually abused woman/girl. Awh fook, the whole bleeding damn thing is confusing. And then, just to make it even more so, there's a priest. His mum. A dead Da. A wino, and a barkeep that gets run over by the drunk Irish private detective's best friend - only he says he ain't got no friends. If I wanted to read a book about the entire Irish race I'd a read Joyce's Finnegan's Wake, except it's unreadable. Instead, I suffered through The Guards, like a good Catholic boy. "

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