Blitz (Brant Series #4)

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The South East London police squad are down and out: Detective Sergeant Brant is in hot water for assaulting a police shrink, Chief Inspector Roberts' wife has died in a horrific car accident, and WPC Falls is still figuring out how to navigate her job as a black female investigator in the notorious unit. When a serial killer takes his show on the road, things get worse for all three. Nicknamed "The Blitz" by the rabid London media, the killer is aiming for tabloid immortality by killing cops in different beats around the city.

Blitz represents Ken Bruen at his edgy, lethal, and sharp-tongued best, and will reward fans of his Jack Taylor novels with another astonishing, smart, and brutal vision from a writer rapidly becoming one of the best of his generation.

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Noir with edge and attitude is is the best way to describe Ken Bruen's engrossing British crime novels, including this one featuring the return of cheerfully brutal and undeniably corrupt Detective Sergeant Brant. There's a new killer in town, and he's targeting cops. This time out, Brant has the help of two characters familiar from Bruen's acclaimed White Trilogy: woman Police Constable Falls, who is slipping into drug addiction, and Chief Inspector Roberts, who is reeling from the recent death of his wife. Joining this notorious trio in the hunt for the crazed killer calling himself Blitz are two newcomers -- an openly gay sergeant whom everyone, except the man himself, expects Brant to bash -- and a favored police constable Brant is determined to see fall from grace.

\ \ With his distinctive staccato style, Bruen tracks the action from several viewpoints, giving the reader vivid glimpses into the workings of both the police investigation and the chaotically cruel mind of Blitz as he strives to emulate his heroes -- serial killers all. The mayhem starts with the practice killing of a traffic warden, followed by boastful calls to a crime writer that seven "pigs" will die -- including Brant, who is targeted for the most horrific death of all. Blitz is a psychological duel between two men on opposite sides of the law -- men who are more alike that anyone would care to think. Sue Stone

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"Intelligent, uncompromising hard-boiled crime."
--Publishers Weekly
"Bruen’s staccato style ... is all his own."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Satisfyingly plotted."

Publishers Weekly
Fans of Irish author Ken Bruen will find the same poetic spareness and jaded romanticism in Blitz, an entry in his series about the South East London police squad, that mark the Edgar finalist's better-known Jack Taylor series (The Guards, etc.). In this intelligent, uncompromising hard-boiled crime novel, published in the U.K. in 2002, Det. Sergeant Brant and his beleaguered colleagues must contend with a serial killer nicknamed "The Blitz" who's targeting cops all over London. Agent, Marianne Gunn O'Connor. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.\
Library Journal
London's South East police squad is all fired up: Sgt. Brant, rude, violent, smart, and loyal to some, assists an unlikely bunch in stopping a maniacal serial killer of cops. Diversity rules here as the publicity-seeking killer, self-named "the Blitz," varies his strike locations and methods. His adversaries include a refined gay detective, the new black woman on the team, and the scary Brant. Rough humor, hurried tension, sketchy surrounds, and sudden death characterize this unorthodox British procedural by the author of the 2004 Edgar Award-nominated The Guards. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.\
Kirkus Reviews
South East London’s DS Brant, who could teach Edinburgh’s John Rebus a thing or two about insubordination, is less than thrilled when Porter Nash leapfrogs to acting inspector and is made temporary head of the cop-killer inquiry while Chief Inspector Roberts wrestles with bereavement. Equally troublesome, Brant’s protégée, WPC Falls, is flirting with alcoholism, slipping into dug addiction, and befriending a loathsome young Nazi skinhead, while Brant’s nemesis, shirt-ad handsome PC McDonald, has become the department’s fair-haired boy despite bollixing every case he’s assigned to. And the turmoil is about to escalate because the cop killer, craving media attention, contacts Harold Dunphy, the chief crime correspondent of The Tabloid, and offers him an exclusive on his deeds—for a price. As cops fall to the deadly touch of the self-dubbed Blitz, Brant and Nash zero in on his identity via a few helpful tidbits from a snitch, but not quite soon enough. The Blitz aims at Falls, misses her but gets the skinhead, and sets in motion a vigilante free-for-all that culminates in a dour, anti-legal retribution. Bruen’s staccato style (The Guards, Jan. 2003, etc.) is all his own, but it’s clear he’s angling for a place among the noir brethren, specifically at the right hand of James M. Cain.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312327262
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Series: Brant Series, #4
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Bruen spent twenty-five years as an English teacher in Africa, Japan, Southeast Asia, and South America. His first Jack Taylor novel, The Guards, is a finalist of the 2003 Best Novel Edgar Award.

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Privacy is the first luxury of the rich and the final dignity of the poor.

Ferdinand Mount, TLS, March 2001
BLITZ. Copyright © 2002 by Ken Bruen. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. For information, address St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011


    This series remains brilliant and hard-hitting, thoroughly engrossing read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2004

    Grat police procedural+

    The police psychiatrist asks South East Detective Sergeant Brant to talk about his tendency towards violence when the patient lights up a cigarette in the non-smoking office and head butts the shrink. As the Super lectures Chief Inspector Roberts over his failure to reign in Brant¿s abusiveness, the latter learns his wife died in a car accident. Super has his favorite poster boy handsome PC McDonald take home the distraught Roberts. Officer WPC ¿Black is Beautiful¿ Falls fails a key exam while goof McDonald, who almost cost her life, remains the Super¿s pet. Still the fair haired McDonald runs into trouble; Brant sets him up to look like a stooge and he had an accident in which hekilled a bloke ....................................... While Roberts replaces his wife with alcohol as his companion, Falls turns to drugs and a skinhead for solace, and Brant is on the brink of suspension, The BLITZ murders police officer Sandra Miller. Other cops are killed and soon the South East London Police Squad knows they must stop a vicious serial killer. However, with Roberts deep into mourning and Brant in deep trouble, Porter Nash leads the investigative task force which only angers his superiors, Roberts and Brant................................ Living up to its title, BLITZ, fans will feel just that way with this one sitting trip on London¿s wild side. Readers get a close up look at several cops struggling with personal problems when the serial killer, seeking publicity, begins a reign of terror that grips London and the audience. The ending is a delightful twist that will leave police procedural lovers seeking more urban noirs from Ken Bruen (see THE GUARDS and KILLING OF THE TINKERS)............................ Harriet Klausner

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