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


There’s something strange going on at Washington Irving Elementary School. Kids are turning into monsters—literally!

Angie knows freaky things happen sometimes. After all, it wasn’t so long ago that her younger brother, Sebastian, turned into a vampire. But she wasn’t at all prepared to become an unwilling witch! Now Angie has to figure out how to pass the power along ...

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Sanctuary (Jack Taylor Series #7)

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There’s something strange going on at Washington Irving Elementary School. Kids are turning into monsters—literally!

Angie knows freaky things happen sometimes. After all, it wasn’t so long ago that her younger brother, Sebastian, turned into a vampire. But she wasn’t at all prepared to become an unwilling witch! Now Angie has to figure out how to pass the power along to the right person—before it lands in the hands of the wrong person….

With its blend of humor and horror, The Unwilling Witch will appeal to the same audience that has made David Lubar's Weenies short story collections such a success.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

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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: 475,696
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

David Lubar

DAVID LUBAR created a sensation with his debut novel, Hidden Talents, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He is also the author of the Nathan Abercrombie series, True Talents, Flip, and six Weenies short story collections. He lives in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

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