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Sanctuary (Jack Taylor Series #7) [NOOK Book]

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When a letter containing a list of victims arrives in the post, P.I. Jack Taylor tells himself that it’s got nothing to do with him. He has enough to do just staying sane. His close friend Ridge is recovering from surgery, and alcohol’s siren song is calling to him ever more insistently.

A guard and then a judge die in mysterious circumstances. But it is not until a child is added to the list that Taylor determines to find the identity of the killer, and stop them at any cost. ...

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Sanctuary (Jack Taylor Series #7)

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Overview


When a letter containing a list of victims arrives in the post, P.I. Jack Taylor tells himself that it’s got nothing to do with him. He has enough to do just staying sane. His close friend Ridge is recovering from surgery, and alcohol’s siren song is calling to him ever more insistently.

A guard and then a judge die in mysterious circumstances. But it is not until a child is added to the list that Taylor determines to find the identity of the killer, and stop them at any cost. What he doesn’t know is that his relationship with the killer is far closer than he thinks. And it’s about to become deeply personal.

Spiked with dark humor, and fueled with rage at man’s inhumanity to man, Ken Bruen's Sanctuary is crime writing at its darkest and most original.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

At the start of Edgar-finalist Bruen's lean seventh Jack Taylor novel, the aging, alcoholic Irish ex-cop, who moved to the U.S. in 2008's The Cross, knows he really ought to be in America, but he's staying in Galway because his old police partner, Ridge, has developed breast cancer. Meanwhile, he's received a "shopping list" of intended victims-two guards, one nun, one judge and one child-from the mysterious "Benedictus." One is already dead, killed in an "unfortunate hit and run," according to Superintendent Clancy, Taylor's best friend from years earlier on the force, who dismisses Taylor's fear that a serial killer is on the loose. Bruen's trademark terse style is more perfunctory than not, and parts of the narrative read like an outline, as shown by previous cases synopsized in quick asides. Taylor confronts the unlikely killer in what is a less than convincing showdown. Still, series fans should follow Taylor's current fall off the wagon, suffused by the mellow glow of Xanax, with the usual passionate interest. (May)

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Library Journal

Bruen's seventh Jack Taylor mystery (after Cross) is another tightly plotted tale featuring an often unlikable, hard-living antihero. When Jack receives a death list that he believes should be taken seriously, the police, including former friend and current nemesis Clancy, are dismissive. Only when the killings begin does Clancy come around, and even then not until the case becomes personal. It's up to Jack to stick his unwanted nose into the investigation, an effort not surprisingly complicated by his constant stumbles off the wagon of sobriety. There are two mysteries involved-the murderer's identity and the reason why Taylor has been personally drawn in-both of which Taylor manages to solve neatly. If there's a complaint to be made, it's that the novel feels extremely brief at only 200 well-spaced pages. Given the number of bloated efforts out there, however, perhaps it's best not to complain too loudly. Bruen's deft effort is recommended for all mystery collections [Library marketing; see Prepub Mystery, LJ1/09.]
—Craig Shufelt\

Kirkus Reviews
Galway private eye Jack Taylor (Cross, 2008, etc.) tracks a psychopath whose craziness might be Taylor-made. The letter from someone calling himself Benedictus is short, weird and menacing, and Taylor gets total blame for its homicidal intent. Its list of targets marked for death includes two guards, a nun, a judge and a child. And it informs Taylor that "only you will truly comprehend my mission." But Taylor doesn't comprehend. Nor does he have any idea who the signer is. In a rare burst of good citizenship, he takes the letter to the Garda Siochana, the Irish National Police, where Superintendent Clancy, once his close friend, now his implacable enemy, laughs him out of his office, little knowing how he'll rue the day. Meanwhile, Taylor has a plate full of other troubles. There's the matter of his sobriety, for instance. At the moment he's on the wagon, though his purchase is precarious. There's the matter of Cathleen Ridge, the Guard who's been Taylor's "partner in hostility and uneasy alliance for years." She's battling breast cancer. But Benedictus won't go away. And when Taylor finally discovers what's made him so bitter, he's shocked and angry-and scared. In his seventh time out, Taylor isn't as compelling as he has been, or needs to be, to compensate for Bruen's pedestrian plotting.\
From the Publisher
“Irish author Ken Bruen is the dark poet of contemporary noir, crafting crime stories filled with pain and loss, rendered in prose that is simultaneously haunting and beautiful. Sanctuary, Bruen’s latest exploration of private eye Jack Taylor’s troubled life, is another fine effort.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Filled with cliffhangers to drive you toward each new chapter and the dramatic climax. . . . Bruen has earned his stripes as a crime writer heading to the big leagues.” —Irish Voice

Sanctuary, like the previous Taylor novels, is pure noir, the characters ranging from evil to defeated, the atmosphere gloomy to the point of despair, the writing as sharp as a razor slicing a windpipe. . . . The result is a remarkable book that is at once as American as James M. Cain and as Irish as a shot of Jameson’s. Once again, Ken Bruen has borrowed the noir style, changed it around, and given it back to us as something fresh and new.” —Associated Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429993098
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Series: Jack Taylor Series , #7
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 158
  • Sales rank: 783,481
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

David Lubar

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 has been an English teacher in Africa, Japan, Southeast Asia, and South America. He lives in Galway, Ireland.

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