The Ghosts of Galway

The Ghosts of Galway

eBook - 2017
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Ken Bruen is a singular voice in crime fiction "with his ear for lilting Irish prose and his taste for the kind of gallows humor heard only at the foot of the gallows" ( New York Times Book Review ). In The Ghosts of Galway , he brings those elegiac talents to bear on a case involving a famously blasphemous red book and Bruen's equally profane antihero Jack Taylor. As well-versed in politics, pop culture, and crime fiction as he is ill-fated in life, Jack Taylor is recovering from a mistaken medical diagnosis and a failed suicide attempt. In need of money, and with former cop on his resume, Jack has been hired as a night-shift security guard. But his Ukrainian boss has Jack in mind for a bit of off-the-books work. He wants Jack to find what some claim to be the first true book of heresy, The Red Book , currently in the possession of a rogue priest who is hiding out in Galway after fleeing a position at the Vatican. Despite Jack's distaste for priests of any stripe, the money is too good to turn down. Em, the many-faced woman who has had a vise on Jack's heart and mind for the past two years, reappears and turns out to be entangled with the story of The Red Book , too, leading Jack down ever more mysterious and lethal pathways. It seems all sides are angling for a piece of Jack Taylor, but as The Ghosts of Galway twists toward a violent end, he is increasingly plagued by ghosts—by the disposable and disposed of in a city filled with as much darkness as the deepest corners of Jack's own mind.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Grove Atlantic, 2017.
ISBN: 9780802188847
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Apr 19, 2018

The author has a good story going until he resorts to a cheap trick, he kills off a beloved pet. I stopped reading at this point.

Feb 17, 2018

This is my first taste of a Ken Bruen novel, and I feel as though I have discovered an entire new genre and lead character. Classic crime story antihero meets pop-culture-trivia-nerd meets Irish storytelling meets... you get the picture. And while we have seen this type of deeply hybridized narrative elsewhere (as in the case of, say, Chuck Palahniuk), there is something very unique here, and very compelling. But whereas Palahniuk is fight club, Bruen is a shot of rough whiskey. Not the top-shelf stuff, but the deep burn stuff that grounds you immediately in the Jack Taylor's violence, intriguing, somewhat sordid world as well as in Galway as both setting and character.
Is this a style that will appeal to all readers? Not for a moment. But for those who have even glimpsed the undertones of humanity, there is a sense of homecoming in these pages. A somewhat unsettling comfort in the act of knowing. And in that knowing comes the desire to reach for another shot before heading for the door...


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