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Jack Taylor brings death and pain to everyone he loves. His only hope of redemption - his surrogate son, Cody - is lying in the hospital in a coma. At least he still has Ridge, his old friend from the Guards, though theirs is an unorthodox relationship. When she tells him that a boy has been crucified in Galway city, he agrees to help her search for the killer.

Jack's investigations take him to many of his old haunts where he encounters ghosts, both dead and living. Everyone ...

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Overview

Jack Taylor brings death and pain to everyone he loves. His only hope of redemption - his surrogate son, Cody - is lying in the hospital in a coma. At least he still has Ridge, his old friend from the Guards, though theirs is an unorthodox relationship. When she tells him that a boy has been crucified in Galway city, he agrees to help her search for the killer.

Jack's investigations take him to many of his old haunts where he encounters ghosts, both dead and living. Everyone wants something from him, but Jack is not sure he has anything left to give. Maybe he should disappear--pocket his money and get the hell out of Galway like everyone else seems to be doing. But when the sister of the murdered boy is burned to death, Jack decides he must hunt down the killer, if only to administer his own brand of justice.

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Praise for Priest:

“There’s music in his lament for the corruption of innocence and the loss of faith—in the government and the clergy—in ‘the new Ireland,’ even as he does battle with the demons that have claimed his own soul.”--The New York Times

“Bruen exploits the dark potential of the mystery form to its fullest….If a bottle of Bushmills could talk, it would sound like Jack Taylor.” --Washington Post Book World

“Spare and unforgiving, Bruen’s novels are among the best.”--Rocky Mountain News

“If your vision of Ireland still includes blarney and shamrocks, Ken Bruen is the writer to bring you up to date...Bruen is a wonderful writer."--Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"Bruen has established himself as a master of hard-boiled noir." --Miami Herald

"Priest again dazzles with the unique, staccato sarcasm of Jack Taylor." --The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A gripping story of guilt and redemption."--The Independent (UK)

"Bruen writes tight, urgent, powerful prose, his dialogue is harsh and authentic and Jack Taylor has become one of today's most interesting shamuses." --The Times

Publishers Weekly

In Shamus-winner Bruen's brilliant sixth Jack Taylor novel (after 2007's Priest), the tormented Galway detective feels like a ghost in a newly prosperous city that little resembles his birthplace. Years of alcoholic dissipation have taken their toll. Jack's apprentice and surrogate son, Cody, lies in hospital, the victim of bullets meant for Jack. His only real friend is Ridge, a lesbian Ban Gardai(female cop), and their relationship is a complicated mixture of affection and hostility. Jack decides to cut his losses and move to America, but first he agrees to help Ridge solve a series of heinous murders. A young man's crucifixion is followed by his sister being burned to death. As Jack investigates, he squares off against a 20-year-old girl whose grief over her religious fanatic mother's death in a hit-and-run accident has become a black insanity that demands biblical vengeance. Bruen riffs on different meanings and implications of the word crossthroughout, and his insights into pain, loss and Irishness are unforgettable. (Mar.)

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As a result of a shooting meant to kill Galway PI Jack Taylor (Priest), Cody, his young apprentice and surrogate son, lies comatose and close to death in the hospital. Meanwhile, Taylor tries to make sense of the brutal murder by crucifixion of a young man and the burning death of the victim's sister. As always, things are not as they appear, and there is more than one shock for Taylor and the reader at book's end. Shamus and Macavity Award winner Bruen should be taken in small doses, as his idea of "noir" may be too dark for most. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ11/1/07.]


—Jo Ann Vicarel\
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Galway private eye Jack Taylor must catch a psychopath who kills by crucifying. On the prowl for a really bad person, Taylor tries to kick some bad habits while kicking himself for having some bad timing. Long a substance abuser, he's chosen to get clean the hard way, going cold turkey, and it's half killing him. And it's not just the booze, the pills and the smokes that are getting him down; it's all that extra gloom and doom suddenly burdening his life, which on the best day was never a thing of joy. An American kid Taylor loved almost as a son is hospitalized, comatose, his chances for recovery slim to none. Taylor's cop friend has a lump on her breast that terrifies both of them. And Taylor's decision to help an alcoholic ex-cop spawns dire consequences. Yet when he's asked to stop a sadistic killer whose hatred seems at once random and focused, he can't back away. As one character says of Taylor: "Bottom line, you're that rarity, you're a decent human being . . . more flawed than most, but you're not cold."Though Bruen (Priest, 2007, etc.) sometimes nudges noir into bathos, this is dark-side stuff from a master.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312341428
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Series: Jack Taylor Series , #6
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

KEN BRUEN has been a finalist for the Edgar and Anthony Awards, and has won a Macavity Award, a Barry Award, and two Shamus Awards for the Jack Taylor series. He lives in Galway, Ireland.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    excellent thriller

    In Galway detective Jack Taylor feels his past has caught up with him as the years of boozing has wracked his body. A loner due to his alcoholism, he is emotionally shattered when his apprentice Cody was shot when Jack was the intended victim. Jack decides it is time to cross the pond and start anew in America.----------- While Cody remains in the hospital, Jack¿s solo friend lesbian Gardai Ridge persuades him to help her on a monstrous series of murders. The first victim was crucified alive followed by the burning at the stake of his sister. Jack¿s investigation leads him to a grieving twenty year old woman screaming for fire and brimstone against those involved in a hit and run that killed her bible thumping mother.------------ The Jack Taylor Irish thrillers are some of the most exciting tales on the market, but CROSS may be the best yet as Ken Bruen plays brilliant word games with connotations, denotations, and implications of the title word. The story line is filled with action yet enables the reader to know Jack who personally understands crippling grief as he believes suffering is as Irish as stew.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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    I had the sense that it was going to be dark and it was, I  but

    I had the sense that it was going to be dark and it was, I  but I stayed with it. Trying to find someone's behavior
     that was redeemable
     

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