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The Guards (Jack Taylor Series #1)

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    as good a crime fiction gets

    if you like lehane you'll love this.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    Euro Noir

    This is the good stuff brutal and hilarious.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2005

    Definitely a good read

    Ken Bruen's novel gets you into Jack Taylor's head. Unfortunately, it's not a great place, with all the alcohol and depression. You'll get upset at Jack, you'll cheer for Jack, but what you won't be able to do is put down the book - unless it's to pour yourself a large Jamesons.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Strong Irish private investigator - make that finder

    In Galway, Ireland, Ann Henderson visits finder (there are no private detectives in this country) Jack Taylor in his office, a table at Grogan¿s Pub. Jack is an alcoholic former Garda who was fired for hitting a VIP. Ann hires Jack to look into the death of her beloved sixteen year old daughter Sarah, ruled a suicide. Ann does not believe her daughter would leave her so alone in life and then there was the anonymous phone call insisting the teen was drowned. Jack asks his partner Catherine Bellingham to do some computer research. Cathy learns that the victim worked at Planters where two other young girls also killed themselves and that the manager plays golf with the Garda superintendent and hires police guards as moonlighters. As he digs deeper two thugs beat up Jack, warning him to back off, but he recognizes the shoes as belonging to the Garda. Jack continues his inquiries while other incidents occur, but whether it is the alcohol providing false courage or just Ann encouraging him, he refuses to quit until he uncovers the truth of what happened to Sarah. THE GUARDS is a terse crime thriller that grips the audience from the onset because the protagonist is a hard-boiled antihero acting heroically. Readers will like the lead character, though many will prefer he give up the booze, but then readers wouldn¿t know Jack. Though some personal subplots explain Jack, they also take away from the fast-paced story line that will remind the audience of the 1930s detectives as Ken Bruen provides an engaging urban noir that hijacks readers from start to finish. Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Masterful

    Bruen is the Byron of mystery novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Through the Haze

    If you like mysteries whose heroes are Irish drunks, you'll
    love this, because the writing is excellent. LLL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2007

    the book was good

    I just want to say that it is a very great book and i will read his other books written after this one!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2007

    Battle with the Bottle

    Irish alcoholic and ex police officer, Jack Tyler, has made visiting bars and getting drug his daily activity, and there was barely any room for anything else. Then one ordinary night, a woman comes in with a request for him, to solve her daughter¿s apparent suicide so it would be ruled as a murder. Jack takes the case, and when he is attacked because of it, he¿s sure there is more to the suicide story. While doing the few investigative activities that he could fit in between heavy drinking, he and Ann, the suicide girl¿s mother, share a short romance that goes up in flames. Jack goes clean and sober, but new challenges arise as a ¿friend¿ of his tries to throw him off the wagon. --------------- When I started this book, it was confusing and hard to read, but it gets easier as it goes. Though I was highly unsatisfied with the mystery end of the book, the drama of it was relatively good. We get to see Jack¿s battle with drinking, while circumstances give him every reason to pick up the bottle. We get to get into his head and live his entire life, while also seeing the important people around him die of tragic deaths. The ending, which is rather predictable, is also enjoyable.

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