Priest (Jack Taylor Series #5)
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Priest (Jack Taylor Series #5)

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by Ken Bruen
     
 

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Ireland, awash with cash and greed, no longer turns to the church for solace or comfort. But the decapitation of Father Joyce in a Galway confessional horrifies even the most jaded citizen.
Jack Taylor, devastated by the recent trauma of personal loss, has always believed himself to be beyond salvation. But a new job offers a fresh start, and an unexpected

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Ireland, awash with cash and greed, no longer turns to the church for solace or comfort. But the decapitation of Father Joyce in a Galway confessional horrifies even the most jaded citizen.
Jack Taylor, devastated by the recent trauma of personal loss, has always believed himself to be beyond salvation. But a new job offers a fresh start, and an unexpected partnership provides hope that his one desperate vision--of family--might yet be fulfilled.
An eerie mix of exorcism, a predatory stalker, and unlikely attraction conspires to lure him into a murderous web of dark conspiracies. The specter of a child haunts every waking moment.
Explosive, unsettling, and totally original, Ken Bruen's writing captures the brooding landscape of Irish society at a time of social and economic upheaval. Priest is evidence of an unmistakable literary talent.

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“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.” —The 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. His prose is lean and spare and fun.” —The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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

Priest again dazzles with the unique, staccato sarcasm of Jack Taylor.” —The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“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 (UK)

Publishers Weekly

Recovered from incapacitating guilt over the death of a child on his watch, Jack Taylor is released from the loony bin at the start of Shamus-winner Bruen's searing fifth book about the alcoholic Galwegian ex-cop (after 2006's The Dramatist). Jack's friend Nio "Ridge" Iomaire picks him up from the hospital and mentions the gory headlines: a pedophilic priest, Father Joyce, was beheaded. At the request of another frightened priest, Jack launches an unofficial investigation with the assistance of an eager, younger partner, Cody. All the while fighting his constant ache for a drink, the maverick PI also helps Ridge ward off a stalker. Jack is a keen and literary narrator, and Bruen's latest Irish noir makes for a kind of savage poetry, at once exhausting and exhilarating. Bruen has been a finalist for Edgar, Anthony and Barry awards. (Mar.)

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Library Journal

The fifth installment in the Jack Taylor series (after The Dramatist) is typical Bruen—brooding and depressing—yet irresistible. Taylor is a P.I. in Galway, Ireland, who has seen enough trouble in his life for a dozen men. After checking himself out of a mental institution, he agrees to look into the gruesome murder of a local priest. Taylor seems to catch a break when an old acquaintance bequeaths him a home and some money. But Taylor's demons—alcohol, cigarettes, loneliness, regret, and shame, among others—are always there and in constant need of attention. His investigation into the priest's murder reveals grim insights into life in modern-day Ireland not found in any tourist brochures, as well as the dark secrets the priest took to his grave. With any Bruen novel, you get the feeling that the author has poured his soul into the pages. Recommended for most mystery collections. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ11/1/06.]
—Ken Bolton\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312378271
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/22/2008
Series:
Jack Taylor Series , #5
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
363,377
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(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 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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Priest (Jack Taylor Series #5) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Former Guarda alcoholic Jack Taylor remembers why he ended up in a Galway mental institution. He was watching Serena May, the Downs Syndrome child of friends Jeff and Cathy when he opened up the second floor window to allow some air inside the sweltering apartment he lost focus and she fell out the open window to her death. He also knows he was cold sober though he blames himself for negligence. --- He feels powerful guilt though he is freed from the institution but continues to avoid alcohol. Father Malachy surprises Jack when he visits him in his new digs as the two loathe one another. Malachy asks Jack to investigate the murder of Father Joyce. Meanwhile Ni Iomaire better known as Ridge, who picked Jack up from the hospital, asks Jack to find out who is stalking her. Finally ¿his¿ Cathy requests that he locate her husband, amidst the homeless with a guarantee that if he fails she will kill him. With a new partner Cody, Jack begins his inquiries to help him forget his causing a wrongful death by neglect. --- The three cases take a back seat to the dark somewhat depressing changing Ireland where the Church is losing its hold to the new affluence. The story line is filled with non-stop action as Taylor perhaps too easily solves his cases with the assistance of Cody. However, the star of his fifth thriller is present day Ireland where the tradionalists and the modernists battle for supremacy. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[Greetings, children of Arkhamussam. I have left through the Fifth Dimensional Door to Su-ki-ah. This can be found at "Sun", result two. Salutations, Brother Marc.]
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Jack Taylor's complex and anguished character and the shifting social values in the setting make this much more than a plot-driven detective tale. Bruen's writing is literary, powerful, and painfully honest.
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