Irish crime novelist Ken Bruen tells Bob Flynn how he exorcised his The Guards, then subverts the premise with his protagonist-narrator. A woman makes an unlikely choice by asking Jack Taylor to investigate the apparent suicide of her teenage daughter in Galway. Jack is ex. Ken Bruen (born ) is an Irish writer of hard-boiled and noir crime fiction. Bruen’s works include the well-received White Trilogy and The Guards. In

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THE GUARDS by Ken Bruen | Kirkus Reviews

Although I think it might be the first time Bruen has set a work in Ireland, there’s nothing else here at all different from his previous output. It is not always apparent where the quote has come from and the relevancy is not always obvious.

What I knew from mine was if I drank, chaos reigned.

Jan 05, Marlowe rated it it was ok. The intimate, bustling city of Galway, crashing into prosperity, illuminates the story at every turn. He says a lot with few words. Had the unique and readable writing style of the author’s previous works and was an enjoyable, quick read.

Brien not quite Inspector Morse where Oxford almost feels like the third main character but it is hard to imagine the book being set anywhere else. With few, if any, antecedents The Guards is one of the curiously rare Irish crime novels, and the first set in Bruen’s home town of Galway. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

Sep 03, Aoife rated it really liked it Shelves: Guatds, born inspent 25 years as an English-language teacher in Africa, Japan and Asia, nurturing a creative impulse that had been smothered when he was a child. Feb 18, Lisa Harmonybites rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I can see why a lot of people would be divided about his technique, but I would certainly read more of the Jack Taylor series.


The inner quips and both are masters of self-deprecation and love their music. I hit lucky and found resolutions. The narrative is fueled by black humour, stark violence and moments of radiance.

Just know that this gyards of creamy Guinness may not be to your taste. Apr 08, Brooke rated it it was amazing Shelves: This guy is the real thing. Irish author Ken Bruen makes this assertion at the beginning of his new novel, The Guardsthen subverts the premise with his protagonist-narrator, an alcoholic ex-Guard, Jack Buards, who becomes a private detective by default.

He spent twenty-five years as an English teacher in Africa, Japan, S. The stuff Jack excels in finding usually guardds in a bottle, and he’s not a very good detective, private or otherwise.

Jack Taylor und der verlorene Sohn Teh Bruen. The only constant in his life is his books and love of reading.

The frank, first-person narration went some way to winning me over and len me care about what happens. Or put another way, you can get through it in half an afternoon. In fact this story is all about Taylor, his alcoholism and the difficult and often disastrous choices he makes.

Notify me of new posts via email. Tracy — Bruen is a unique and talented writer. My name’s Margot Kinberg. Some writers plagarise, some writers gguards homage, some hint and nod and tip the hat. With a sharp eye and a lyrical voice, Ken Bruen takes us on a powerful odyssey through the btuen streets of Galway, straight into the Irish heart. The solid foundation stones of his past are gone, and he stumbles fearfully and angrily over their temporary and ever-changing replacements.

Meanwhile one of his earlier hard-boiled mysteries, Her Last Call to Louis MacNeiceis about to be filmed in London, and a film adaptation of The Hackman Blues”about a manic-depressive psychopath” is being made in Greece – with, says an tye Bruen, “Athens substituting for Brixton”. It was published within a year of his return, and he resumed teaching at a school for marginalized children. I’ll check out later books in this series but I’m not sure I can take much more of the star’s antics.



Legge libri da quando era bambino, e sul potere della lettura il protagonista Jack Taylor sa dire parole molto belle ed esprimere pensieri profondi. Jackson, author of “Badger Games “”The Guards is an astounding novel, a poetic account of a desperation as deep and cold as the North Sea, retribution, and resurrection.

The Irish don’t really go in for that PI stuff, too close to snitching. Asia and South America. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Patti — Bruen is definitely talented. It was an easy read and a book that was difficult to put down.

Maybe it’s that there are ever so brief flashes of someone else behind the booze, not a knight in rusty armor, exactly, but someone that might be worth knowing — hopefully. I was six stone when I came out, very traumatised, and they put me on a plane to London.

But there is something about the way Bruen writes that drags you into Taylor’s Jack Taylor is a former Guard on Ireland’s police force. I wonder if it provides a welcome contrast to the ugliness they sometimes have to face. Retrieved 27 February Modern crime fictionNoir. The plot concerning the investigation moves along at a decent pace and contains several surprises, but it sometimes seems to be the backdrop and not the main narrative focus.

Kathy — There is definitely dark, dry Irish wit in this novel and I like it too. It’s slow-paced with virtually no action, and the crimes are solved almost by accident rather than brilliant detection.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Non solo, devi alzarti sempre prima per bere fino a essere sobrio in tempo per l’apertura dei pub I keep returning to it.