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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (643 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: March 2010 ISBN:
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Jack Taylor, traumatised, bitter and hurting from his last case, has resolved to give up the finding business. However, he owes the local hard man a debt of honour, and it appears easy enough: find the Angel of the Magdalen - a woman who helped the unfortunates incarcerated in the infamous laundry. He is also hired by a whizz kid to prove that his father's death was no accident.

Jack treats both cases as relatively simple affairs. He becomes involved with a woman who might literally be the death of him, and runs dangerously foul of the cops. He is finally clean and sober, but the unfolding events will not only shake his sobriety but bring him as close to death as could ever have imagined.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 2/20/2014

    " coke snorting booze swilling knee cap shooting good ol irish fun. great book / music references as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 1/30/2014

    " More Jack bashing which is generally a good thing but I can't help thinking things need to change as it might wear a bit thin soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasa Cotugno | 1/18/2014

    " This is the first time in a long time that Ive read three in a row by one author. These are addictive mysteries, with the usual flawed, haunted main character, but this guy lives in Galway, is a former member of the Guards (police), and doesn't always solve the problems put before him. They are so well written and don't follow any formula. Lots of humor. Jack loves to read -- books play a large part in all his stories. As does contemporary music. Well, contemporary to those of us of a certain age. The mysteries are compelling and the characters, varied and distinctive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Davie | 1/18/2014

    " Intense. Plays into the abusive situation in Catholic convents in Ireland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krys | 1/13/2014

    " I don't much like detective novels but this one deserves a long afternoon off work with a hot toddy and the phone turned off. I'd take Ken Bruen novels on any trip with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 12/28/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 10/6/2013

    " Powerful Jack Taylor story by the best hard boiled Irish writer alive today. Involves abuse in the Roman Catholic-supported Magdalen laundries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 9/16/2013

    " This is my third Jack Taylor novel on the bounce, and Bruen hasn't put a foot wrong in any of them. Now for number four. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 6/16/2013

    " This one was a little bit more slow-going for me, but same old Jack Taylor! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 4/21/2013

    " This Jack Taylor book is longer and feels slightly more "organised" than the previous ones. It didn't captivate me quite as much either - not sure if it was just this book or that the novelty value of KB's unusual style has worn off somewhat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 owen | 1/29/2013

    " steeped heavily in irish history and culture, ken bruen writes heavy shit very gently. i read half of this book while hungover on the train home on a stormy day. it couldnt have complimented the trip better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenine | 12/12/2012

    " Such a wretch! I'm quite impressed at the author's willingness to push toward anti-hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 11/25/2012

    " Disturbing, genius writing. With just a few words Bruen conjures up horrors that haunted me long after I'd finished the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 6/9/2012

    " Bruen always manages to bring together a story that's searingly raw and vivid while still allowing for shreds of humanity to hold it together - an excellent noir stylist and terrifically insightful to boot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chani | 8/24/2011

    " The third installment in the Jack Taylor series and so far, the best. The Magdalen martyrs are mostly an excuse here, for it's all about Jack Taylor, the former garda but he's such a fun! His wit, his love for books, music and whiskey make him a great companion, worth the reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 3/17/2011

    " Ken Bruen writes about a conflicted soul in Jack Taylor, but a soul who stuggles to get by in life. The story meshes for me in way that is hard to define, but makes me want to know more about Jack. I will continue to read this series and love Ken Bruen's style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 12/5/2010

    " I liked it. Quirky..but good writing, I thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daryl | 10/6/2010

    " This guy's writing is going down easier, like an aged whiskey. (Just had to throw in the alcohol allusion.) I think that the author is getting more comfortable with the protaganist and,as a result, so is the reader. I'm reading them in chronological order, which is more or less a must. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 10/5/2010

    " More Jack bashing which is generally a good thing but I can't help thinking things need to change as it might wear a bit thin soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 8/30/2010

    " Intense. Plays into the abusive situation in Catholic convents in Ireland. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald | 8/20/2010

    " Jack Taylor gets more entertaining as Bruen gets darker. This one is haunting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daryl | 5/9/2010

    " This guy's writing is going down easier, like an aged whiskey. (Just had to throw in the alcohol allusion.) I think that the author is getting more comfortable with the protaganist and,as a result, so is the reader. I'm reading them in chronological order, which is more or less a must. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 1/10/2010

    " I liked it. Quirky..but good writing, I thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krys | 11/19/2009

    " I don't much like detective novels but this one deserves a long afternoon off work with a hot toddy and the phone turned off. I'd take Ken Bruen novels on any trip with me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 10/6/2009

    " This Jack Taylor book is longer and feels slightly more "organised" than the previous ones. It didn't captivate me quite as much either - not sure if it was just this book or that the novelty value of KB's unusual style has worn off somewhat.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 6/3/2009

    " Powerful Jack Taylor story by the best hard boiled Irish writer alive today. Involves abuse in the Roman Catholic-supported Magdalen laundries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chani | 12/18/2008

    " The third installment in the Jack Taylor series and so far, the best. The Magdalen martyrs are mostly an excuse here, for it's all about Jack Taylor, the former garda but he's such a fun! His wit, his love for books, music and whiskey make him a great companion, worth the reading. "

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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.