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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: September 2009 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Mezaraups | 1/26/2014

    " Well, I love Ken Bruen. It's all about Jack Taylor and the plot is secondary...but compelling. Morally ambiguous if you call that good guys who act like bad guys, peacekeepers that are vigilantes,with a moral stance not recognized by any religion or philosophical group but only moving to the tune in their head. Jack is usually drunk or on pills...always violent. Irish jargon takes a little time to get use to but well worth the effort. I rip through these books and lines, incidents stick with me.You feel guilty about cheering when he drowns a friend who is also a killer and, if your woman, you're going to want to save him. Can't be done. Second most favorite: Once Were Cops - and you thought Ireland was bad. HA. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/16/2014

    " A quick read with an incredible wallop - dark, funny, at times, and a solid piece of work! Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony Black | 1/16/2014

    " Galway is the city on the edge of the world in this bleak first outing for Bruen's Jack Taylor. A masterful, modern twist on the PI novel that is yet to be surpassed. Sharp, spiky prose and a blood-rush plot makes this one of the modern classics of our time. Genius. Pure and simple. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ml | 1/15/2014

    " I read this book on the recommendation of a friend, who loved every one of his books. I never reviewed this until July, 2011, so I've forgotten the details of this book. I know I enjoyed it and I know I would like to read him again, so I'll have to be a bit more attentive on the next one!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ted | 1/14/2014

    " Another quick read. Sort of an Irish version of Rebus. I enjoyed the read and the characterization of Jack Taylor. I found the plot to be kind of simple though. Not a complex mystery. But well told and fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa Leone Davidson | 12/23/2013

    " A terrific start to the Jack Taylor series, perhaps not quite as good as the fifth in the series (that I read first) but that only means Bruen gets even better! I look forward to reading more of these well written, very suspenseful novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 12/19/2013

    " First in a series of gritty, Irish detective novels featuring Jack Taylor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryAnn Smith | 12/16/2013

    " Quick story. Sad life of a drunken Irish policeman/private eye and the disappointments he had that were mostly self induced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 12/10/2013

    " This novel was different. The tone and sheer randomness of the situations just kept me enthralled. I saw the ending coming about halfway through. I think this book helped me to glimpse what it might be like to be an alcoholic. I hope I never know. Great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seana | 11/30/2013

    " I'm a long time coming to him, but I loved this. Not so much a crime novel as a (drunken) tour of Galway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracyk | 11/28/2013

    " I loved it. Did not think it was my kind of book, too gritty, realistic, violent. But I loved the writing (which is very different), it kept me interested, and I cared about the people and what happened to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kath | 8/22/2013

    " I LOVED this book! So glad I discovered Ken Bruen; have the next book in the Jack Taylor series,The Killing of the Tinkers, on hold at my local library. CAN'T WAIT! In the meantime, I'm going to start on London Boulevard which is not part of a series but will still give me my Ken Bruen fix! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 2/23/2013

    " Gritty tough Ireland. What's not to like about Jack Taylor's world? A strong consistent series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Lewis | 8/20/2012

    " Not nearly as good as the reviews would have you believe. Just ok "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie | 4/8/2012

    " Like taking a strong shot of hard liquor. Burned going down, but made you feel so good afterward. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 3/16/2012

    " Galwegian noir!! I am going to read more by this author "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry Gamins | 3/5/2012

    " Everything Ken Bruen writes is excellent, if his style of writing is your cup of tea. Quite violent and noir-ish. The Guards is one of his best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 5/4/2011

    " The writing style is different; not bad, just not what I am used to and thus kinda threw me for a loop. Will read another book or so before I decide whether I like or not like the books and author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garry | 4/2/2011

    " Good picture of Ireland/Galway during the Tiger years. Great language. Plot...not so strong. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 4/1/2011

    " Galway is the city on the edge of the world in this bleak first outing for Bruen's Jack Taylor. A masterful, modern twist on the PI novel that is yet to be surpassed. Sharp, spiky prose and a blood-rush plot makes this one of the modern classics of our time. Genius. Pure and simple. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 3/21/2011

    " Quick story. Sad life of a drunken Irish policeman/private eye and the disappointments he had that were mostly self induced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seana | 3/20/2011

    " I'm a long time coming to him, but I loved this. Not so much a crime novel as a (drunken) tour of Galway. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lou | 2/28/2011

    " My first Irish crime novel. Not a good choice. More like the autobiography of an alcoholic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keishon | 2/19/2011

    " Bruen style is to blend straight narrative with poetic verses. An unusual style that works for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie | 1/13/2011

    " Like taking a strong shot of hard liquor. Burned going down, but made you feel so good afterward. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 1/11/2011

    " Another beautiful thriller from Bruen, dark and compelling... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Réamann | 1/8/2011

    " This is the first & best volume in the Jack Taylor series. Bruen took the best parts of this book & reused them over & over in the subsequent instalments with diminishing results. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Breia | 1/3/2011

    " Fast and easy read and held my interest. Something was missing though - character development and complete sentences. The end was great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charisse | 11/7/2010

    " A ha! Here is #1 in the series! Bruen and Jack Taylor were recommended to me and I wanted (OF COURSE) to start at the beginning. Great timing, Bob! :) Thanks!


    Excellent! Looking forward to reading more of Bruen! "

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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

Gerry O’Brien is an experienced Irish actor with a familiar face. His numerous film credits include Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Lassie, King Arthur, Veronica Guerin, and The Old Curiosity Shop. He also has enjoyed an impressive array of television credits. His work may be seen in Trouble in Paradise, The Tudors, and Game of Thrones. Gerry has also worked as a professional actor on the Irish theatrical stage since 1970, and is well known internationally in the world of the audio novel, with an impressive catalog of work which has been nominated for several awards in the UK and the United States.