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Published by Head of Zeus, 2 May 2019. ISBN: 978-1-78854-588-4
this for an opener?
“I didn’t want to
investigate the murder of the twins. To immerse in darkness again was a road I
had no wish to travel. Battered and wounded by all the loss of previous cases,
I had barely managed to survive. Beatings, attacks, had left me with
A shitload of anxiety
that Xanax barely kept a lid on.”
the absence of full stops. Not a typing error, but the deliberate rule breaking
style of Irish thriller writer, Ken Bruen – one of the most original voices in
the Galway Silence
is number 14 in the Jack Taylor series. It is grim, brutal and tragic; an explosion of wry
humour, pandemonium, revenge and murder.
latest chapter in Jack’s life is as gripping as ever. The hard-drinking, Xanax
popping ex-Garda, attracts violence like no other private eye. This time, it
begins when he saves a man bent on drowning himself. Only to discover the old
adage made flesh – no good deed goes unpunished.
man is the father of murdered twins, over privileged, over indulged brats,
driven by their sense of entitlement to not giving a toss about anybody else.
Not exactly much of a loss to the world, but Jack has saved their father’s life
and thus he’s in this for the long haul…
a vigilante assassin Michael Ian Allen, aka “The Silence” – as in his words are
the last you will hear – who brings mayhem, destruction and violence into
Jack’s busted life, and proceeds to take it apart.
came to the Jack Taylor novels via the masterful TV series starring the great
Iain Glen; bowled over by the lean, diamond hard dialogue, the broken characters
and the stunning Galway locations.
movies to books is not the traditional direction of travel (it’s usually the
other way around) but the magic of Bruen’s lean, staccato, prose is impossible
to resist. It reads as though we are listening to Jack thinking out loud; the
words and phrases spill out in unbroken rhythm. Even when Bruen reverts to
paragraphs of more flowing prose, the sentences are some of the best you’ll
“A young man, four
times with his licence suspended, got behind the wheel of a Toyota Carolla. He
had been on a marathon drinking session. At over 100 mph he ploughed into a
Mini Cooper, killing a young mother and her daughter.
defence cited his depression and deep remorse. His life, said the
defence, was ruined.
He got eighteen months suspended and a
celebrated in the nearest pub.
He wouldn’t, he said,
“Drink tequila any more.”
A week later, in a
field near a bus stop, he was found with his suspended licence shoved down his throat, the word silence written in
red marker across his forehead”
Bruen’s writing has won praise and fans around the world. No surprise there.
The Jack Taylor books make up a
the Galway Silence
drags you into a kind of literary car smash, almost in slow motion, until you
are embedded deep.I read the 310 pages
in two sittings. This book, like the best of writing, will make you laugh, make
you cheer and break your heart.
Ken Bruen was born
3 January 1951 in Galway, Republic of Ireland. He was educated at Trinity
College Dublin.He spent
twenty-five years as an English teacher in Africa, Japan, S.E. Asia and South
America. He is an
Irish writer of hard-boiled and noir crime fiction.The
Guards (2001), his highly acclaimed first Jack Taylor
novel, is to be filmed in Ireland by De Facto Films. His White
Trilogy has been bought by Channel 4.
began his career working in the theatre as an actor and a director.From there he moved into television as an independent writer/producer/director. Screen
credits include arts series, entertainment features, drama documentaries, drama
series and TV films. Turning crime novelist in 2014, he introduced
Bristol private eye Jack Shepherd in Closing
the Distance.The second thriller, Changing the Odds, was published the
following year.Cloning the Hate is the latest in the series. He is a member of
BAFTA, the Crime Writers Association, and Mystery People.