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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (786 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: October 2009 ISBN:
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Jack Taylor, a disgraced ex-cop in Galway, has slid further down the slope of despair. After a year in London, he returns to his home town of Galway with a leather coat and a coke habit. Someone is systematically slaughtering young travellers and dumping their bodies in the city centre.

Even in the state he's in, Jack Taylor has an uncanny ability to know where to look, what questions to ask, and with the aid of an English policeman, apparently solves the case. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kurt Criscione | 2/10/2014

    " Another excellent well paced story by Bruen... seriously don't know why i let such long lengths of time go by between reading his books. Read the whole book in a single sitting... with a slight break to eat dinner though will admit did read with the book in one hand and the fork in the other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Riley | 1/18/2014

    " Didn't like the character. Thought the story line was a tad indulgent. But The Killing of the Tinkers is written so darn well that its precision amazed me.It's a great work of fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 1/11/2014

    " Ken Bruen writes the darkest novels this side of Cormac McCarthy. Under all the darkness is a sliver of light energized by music, faith and cussedness; Uses language really well comments on Ireland and the Irish with a puckish resignation tinged with love and cussedness. This book,like most of his books, is the story of his search for a deranged killer. Along the way get an education in all of the above as well as a tribute to the Tinkers of Ireland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 owen | 1/5/2014

    " so fuckin poetic. a pathetic drunk asshole stumbles his way through solving crimes, gets his life ruined a bunch, and spews some really great quotes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aramys | 11/13/2013

    " Seis, quiero darle seis o siete u ocho estrellas, impresionante libro, brutales ultimas paginas, imprescindible autor. IM-PRES-CIN-DI-BLE. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 10/17/2013

    " Ken Bruen's writing is very dark, but it's honest and I do not skip a word. "

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

    " Excellent sequel to The Guards. In fact, I liked this one more than the first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 7/18/2013

    " Sharp funny brutal crime fiction. One aspect of Bruen's writing that I very much enjoy is that he includes references to other crime writers as part of his storyline. He has obviously been influenced by some great writers, and is eager to make sure we know about them. Great stuff! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 6/28/2013

    " You will either love or hate this book. No one writes with more powerful use of language than Ken Bruen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 5/21/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vaughan | 5/3/2013

    " solid one, not as amazing as The Guards, but this one helped me find the book I'm currently reading, David Gates' Jernigan. "Tinkers" has a good ending, with Taylor realizing he got the wrong man killed. I've got to read the next JAck Taylor... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Newman | 2/13/2012

    " Ken Bruen was the writer for me last year. Noir fiction at its best. Short, concise clipped sentences. No words wasted. A gritty tale of drugs, crime, swans and tinkers. A fine short novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 1/20/2012

    " Another bucket of shite from the same latrine. Here's a question for mystery lovers, after Jack Taylor who is the most beat up and beat down PI in literature? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Clark | 8/19/2011

    " Really enjoying Bruen's work. Jack Taylor, with all his faults,addictions and dry humour, is a character I want to read more of - I'm hooked! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roland | 10/27/2010

    " Does "noir" really have to mean "atmosphere way over plot"? Not sure. At least the typos are seriously annoying, but there is more. This fiction-Galway is too close to the original in geography and far, far too far off in crime statistics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald | 8/14/2010

    " The Jack Taylor series continues...bleak, spare, rich in detail and filled with life. I'll be reading them all. Slainte! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 8/3/2010

    " Outstanding. Bruen is perhaps the best crime writer around now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward | 5/5/2010

    " I really enjoy Ken Bruen. His character, Jack Taylor, is a blend of Spenser and Dave Robicheaux. The first two books take place in Galway, Ireland. Jack is very dark. Bruen is a rock n' roll mystery writer. Great dialogue. I just find myself wanting Jack to get better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daryl | 4/25/2010

    " This guy doesn't need any enemies; he's quickly killing himself and wallowing in it. That said, easy read, plenty of action, and plenty of literary and musical allusions. Has this guy been talking to Murakami? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 3/11/2010

    " Didn't like the character. Thought the story line was a tad indulgent. But The Killing of the Tinkers is written so darn well that its precision amazed me.It's a great work of fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 9/5/2009

    " Jack Taylor staggers drunkenly through another case, trying so hard to do the right thing...

    Compulsive single session reading. Bruen's writting is irresistable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 6/12/2009

    " Ken Bruen's writing is very dark, but it's honest and I do not skip a word. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 5/3/2009

    " You will either love or hate this book. No one writes with more powerful use of language than Ken 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 actor and audiobook narrator recognized for his rich, smooth voice and vast experience in a number of genres. He has been nominated for various awards for his audiobook narration.