The Devil (Jack Taylor Series #8)

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The eighth novel in the award-winning Jack Taylor series by Ireland's most acclaimed crime-writer.

America — the land of opportunity, a place where economic prosperity beckons — but not for PI Jack Taylor, who's just been refused entry.

Disappointed and bitter, he thinks that an encounter with an over-friendly stranger in an airport bar is the least of his problems. Except that this stranger seems to know ...

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Overview

The eighth novel in the award-winning Jack Taylor series by Ireland's most acclaimed crime-writer.

America — the land of opportunity, a place where economic prosperity beckons — but not for PI Jack Taylor, who's just been refused entry.

Disappointed and bitter, he thinks that an encounter with an over-friendly stranger in an airport bar is the least of his problems. Except that this stranger seems to know rather more than he should about Jack.

Jack thinks no more of their meeting and resumes his old life in Galway. But when he's called to investigate a student murder — connected to an elusive Mr K — he remembers the man from the airport.

Is the stranger really is who he says he is? With the help of the Jameson, Jack struggles to make sense of it all.

After several more murders and too many coincidental encounters, Jack believes he may have met his nemesis. But why has he been chosen? And could he really have taken on the devil himself?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Bruen's atmospheric, metaphysically tinged eighth Jack Taylor novel, the Galway PI clashes with Satan himself--or so all the clues scream. Denied passage to America at the airport in Ireland, Jack decides Xanax isn't enough and hits the bar for a Jameson, where he meets the mysterious Kurt, who tells him that "evil hones in on those closest to redemption." Soon murder and suicide point to the involvement of a "Mr. K" and force Jack to revisit previous cases, including a session with a tinker fortune teller. Bruen's usual tour of Galway shows Jack finding comfort in "that vanished Ireland where people stopped in the streets, blessing themselves and said the prayer." In addition to drugs and booze, Jack starts smoking again and reflects, "The Sig was to hand. I was ready and be-jaysus, I was willing." Lots of such delicious moments for the legion of fans dot this outing for the beleaguered detective--one character even suggests Jack read Sanctuary (2009), the previous novel in the series. (Sept.)
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Praise for Ken Bruen

“Ken Bruen is hard to resist, with his aching Irish heart, silvery tongue, and bleak noir sensibility. . . . [Bruen] writes with extraordinary delicacy.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Dazzling. Bruen’s style is clipped, caustic, heartbreaking, and often hilarious.”—The  Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“Bruen is a brilliant, lyrical, deeply moving writer who can make you laugh and cry in the same paragraph and whose characters are so sharply portrayed that they almost walk off the page at you. If you like Ian Rankin, Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos, and the like, Bruen is definitely a writer to reckon with.”—The Denver Post

“Bruen’s furious, hard-boiled prose, chopped down to its trademark essence, never fails to astonish. . . . among the finest noir stylists of his generation.” —Publishers Weekly

“Bruen’s tommy-gun prose, lacerating dialogue, and hard-boiled worldview combine to provide entertainment of high order in dealing with low instincts.”—New York Daily News

“The next major new Irish voice we hear might well belong to Ken Bruen.”—Chicago Tribune

“Bracing, eccentric, hard-boiled, unforgettable.”—The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

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

“Bruen has established himself as a master of hard-boiled noir.” —The Miami Herald

Kirkus Reviews

Someone's killing Jack Taylor's friends, and there's the devil to pay. Literally?

Galway's leading bipolar private eye (Sanctuary, 2009, etc.), whose mood swings from the merely dark to the stygian, is at his low point again. He'd like to resign and retire; that is, "put all the past horrors of my time as a half-arsed PI behind me." That's because Jack Taylor's cases have been ending unrewardingly. Oh, he cracks them brilliantly enough. It's just that there always seems to be collateral damage—good people getting hurt, people he thinks he should have been able to protect. When Teresa Jordan asks him to investigate the disappearance of her son, he knows he should fob her off, but he can't. She has those lovely eyes that tell of slings and arrows borne bravely, a look that to a man of Taylor's Irish susceptibilities is irresistible. But signing on proves exactly the mistake he feared. Enter the Luciferian Mr. K, polished to a high shine and dressed to kill. From whence has he come? What does he want with the likes of Jack? Plausible answers are unforthcoming. Suddenly, however, body bags begin filling with people Taylor cares deeply about, and he finds himself one on one with...whom? Does a bespoke Italian-made shoe conceal a cloven hoof?

Between all the Xanax-popping and Jameson-swilling, Bruen keeps Jack and his adventures as mordantly funny as ever.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312604585
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Series: Jack Taylor Series , #8
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 692,836
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

KEN BRUEN was born in Galway, Ireland. After turning down a place at RADA, and completing a doctorate in Metaphysics, he spent 25 years as an English teacher in Africa, Japan, South East Asia and South America. An unscheduled stint in a Brazilian prison where he suffered physical and mental abuse spurred him to write and, after a brief spell teaching in London, he returned to Galway, where he now lives with his daughter.

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  • Posted December 1, 2010

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    The Devil We Know

    Interesting tale s Jack Taylor takes on Mr. K, aka the Divil. Everyone who does a good deed to Taylor turns up dead,so he finally decides that is how Mr. K must end up as well. It's the getting there that is most interesting, with some philosophy on the evil one thrown in for good measure. I thought it was a nice try; too bad the Devil has so many forms.

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