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The Dramatist: A Novel

The Dramatist: A Novel

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by Ken Bruen
     
 

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Seems impossible, but Jack Taylor is sober---off booze, pills, powder, and nearly off cigarettes, too. The main reason he's been able to keep clean: his dealer's in jail, which leaves Jack without a source. When that dealer calls him to Dublin and asks a favor in the soiled, sordid visiting room of Mountjoy Prison, Jack wants to tell him to take a flying leap. But

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Seems impossible, but Jack Taylor is sober---off booze, pills, powder, and nearly off cigarettes, too. The main reason he's been able to keep clean: his dealer's in jail, which leaves Jack without a source. When that dealer calls him to Dublin and asks a favor in the soiled, sordid visiting room of Mountjoy Prison, Jack wants to tell him to take a flying leap. But he doesn't, can't, because the dealer's sister is dead, and the guards have called it "death by misadventure."

The dealer knows that can't be true and begs Jack to have a look, check around, see what he can find out. It's exactly what Jack does, with varying levels of success, to make a living. But he's reluctant, maybe because of who's asking or maybe because of the bad feeling growing in his gut.

Never one to give in to bad feelings or common sense, Jack agrees to the favor, though he can't possibly know the shocking, deadly consequences he has set in motion. But he and everyone he holds dear will find out soon, sooner than anyone knows, in The Dramatist, the lean and lethal fourth entry in Ken Bruen's award-winning Jack Taylor series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429902366
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/06/2007
Series:
Jack Taylor Series , #4
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
155,796
File size:
420 KB

Meet the Author

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


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 is also the author of the Inspector Brant series. Several of Bruen's novels have been adapted for the screen: The first six Jack Taylor novels were adapted into a television series starring Iain Glen; Blitz was adapted into a movie starring Jason Statham; and London Boulevard was adapted into a film starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley. Bruen lives in Galway, Ireland.

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Dramatist (Jack Taylor Series #4) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ObessiveReader More than 1 year ago
Dark irish humor at its best. Jack Taylor is one sick guy. I AM ADDICTED
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In Galway six months have passed since Jack Taylor became clean and sober no booze or coke. Even more shocking the local priest recognizes Jack who has been attending mass albeit not to connect with Jesus but to hear Sonny Malloy sing. However, the fiftyish former cop is a realist as his dealer Stewart is doing six years in Dublin¿s Mountjoy so finding a source for coke would be difficult. --- ¿Friend¿ Cathy, asks Jack to do Stewart a favor. Though he owes Stewart nothing, Jack is in debt to Cathy so he agrees to learn who killed his dealer¿s sister twenty year old Sarah Bradley. Under her body was a copy of the Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge. Initially believing no murder occurred, Jack changes his mind when he soon learns a second student accidentally died with Synge¿s book beneath the body. The finder soon finds links between his case to his own past and someone dubbed 'The Dramatist', but who could this brilliant killer be, why Synge and how come everything ties back to Jack? --- Ken Bruen refreshes his Jack Taylor novels by sobering up the protagonist though he glibly explains that sobriety is not sanity. The investigation into who is the Dramatist is cleverly devised so that the audience sees more of who Jack is as his persona does not hide behind the raging out of control drunk of his previous appearances. Those who appreciate the crazed maniac will not find him in his search for the Dramatist as Jack is more deliberate and cerebral this time. However, you don¿t know Jack if you think that Mr. Bruen fails to entertain as this is a strong fascinating entry that still will ¿Synge¿ readers as the antihero turns heroic searching more for personal salvation than a killer. --- Harriet Klausner