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Patrick AndersonThe prolific Irish novelist Ken Bruen's books are violent, vulgar, over the top, booze-soaked, dungeon-dark and—if you're not put off by all that—often hilarious. The first of his novels I read, The Guards, featured a Galway private detective who did far more drinking than detecting. The next, Calibre, starred a serial killer who targeted obnoxious people and soon had us cheering him on. Bruen's new Once Were Cops is his most outrageous yet…It has the feel of having been dashed off in a few weeks, but it possesses a blood-on-the-tracks fascination. You can accuse Bruen of various sins, but he has a distinct voice, and he's never less than readable.
—The Washington Post