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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail; New Ed edition (24 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852427825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852427825
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,088,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?Very nasty, very funny' Big Issue ?If this thriller was any more hard-boiled you?d be able to paint a face on it and roll it down the hill... Noir at its grungiest? Good Book Guide ?Fast-paced, tough and explosive ? you may need a calming bromide standing by? Irish Times

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Ken Bruen was born in Galway in 1951. The author of sixteen novels, he spent twenty-five years as an English teacher in Africa, Japan, SE Asia and South America. He now lives in Galway city with his wife and daughter.

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By Mr. M. Sharp on 13 Nov. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Everything that Mr Bruen writes is wonderful. This short story revolves around Cooper - out of prison after a sentence for GBH - who also happens to be an armed bank robber.
He encounters a mysterious woman who becomes obsessed with him and seems intent on getting him at any cost.

Although a short story, the characters are fully rounder and the plot is both complex and absorbing.

Highly recommended
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By nigel p bird on 30 July 2012
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I love the title of this book. It's a lesson in how to suck a punter in. The link to poetry was a strong pull for me and also the fact that it doesn't give anything away, the latter possibly explaining why it took me 3 or 4 pages to find the rhythm.

It opens with a fast flow, like the floodgates have been opened on a river-of-consciousness.

Once I'd worked out how to surf the waves, a simple case of going with the tide, I was completely taken by the style and the first-person narrative.

Page 1, there's a bank robbery going a bit wobbly. Our man Cooper shoots a cashier in the face with his shotgun.

Next comes the story of how things came to this. Why, after a successful run of raids this is the one that's not gone to plan.

It turns out it's all to do with a woman named Cassie.

Cooper meets Cassie when he saves her from a security guard while she's on a shoplifting spree. She's young and attractive and has an impulsive nature, all of which lead to the pair ending up having amazing sex.

As it happens, Cassie is rather unbalanced. She makes Cooper's headcase of a partner seem sedate. Not only is the woman obsessed with MacNeice, she also walks off with a stash of Cooper's cash and one of his guns before he wakens from a Mickey Finn she slipped to him.

From that point on, Cooper's life becomes rather complicated. Cassie keeps turning up at the most inopportune moments and it's all highly entertaining and unpredictable.

I have the feeling that Bruen had a lot of fun writing this. He's pushed all the angles to breaking point, throwing in poetry snippets (whether they be transparent, translucent or opaque to this reader), lively humour, a marvellous police detective and lots of poking at the British class structure.

This was a real pleasure of a book and I'd heartily recommend it.
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By ronald swan on 16 Mar. 2015
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One of Bruen's Finer Shorter Works 8 Jan. 2010
By Lawrence D. Zeilinger - Published on Amazon.com
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This short little book has all the refinement that the new master of neo-noir, Irishman Ken Bruen, has brought to his considerable body of work. I've read almost all of it now and never have been disappointed. He is one of those rare authors whom once you begin reading one of his books, you'll probably try to read in a single sitting.
The protagonist in "Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice" is a reference to the anti-hero protagonist (as invariably Bruen's central chararacter always is) who after getting out of prison meets a real dingbat of a woman he befriends but proves to be nothing but bad news. Originally published about a decade ago, this little gem has finally made its way across the pond. Don't worry about reading the author's books in any certain order, except perhaps for the two trilogies. Very highly recommended. Bruen is a master of his craft and sets the benchmark for noir in the new millenium.
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To bide time between Taylor and Brant, this one more than works... 30 Nov. 2010
By Scott Hess - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'd devoured the Jack Taylor series but was loathe to start the Brant stuff until I could get 'em all in order. So while looking for something/anything standalone by Bruen to feed my appetite for his unique brand of dark literary Irish noir, I stumbled upon this one at Posnan Books in NYC (the finest little bookseller in the whole damn city, located smack-dab in Grand Central). I was not disappointed. Better than his TOWER collaboration with Coleman, and just as good or better than the Taylor stuff, this is vintage Bruen you can down in a sitting (or a swig). For the initiated, for sure, but surely worth the money/time. Recommended.
Ken Bruen is Killer Writer! 15 April 2014
By Mary L. Barnich - Published on Amazon.com
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I will read absolutely anything by Ken Bruen. His brand of Irish Noir hits me on multiple levels. Gritty and yet touching, sick and yet funny. You will never tire of reading him and look frequently for new material. All alone in the Best Dialogue category since Elmore Leonard's death. Look for the Jack Taylor series.
Okay, but Ken Bruen has better 31 Oct. 2013
By Kathy Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not the best of Ken Bruen's work. The White Trilogy is better as is the Guards Jack Taylor series. But Ken Bruen on a bad day is still better than some of the other schlock out there. Try it if you enjoy Irish noir.
Fun quick read. 14 Mar. 2013
By Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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Pleasant quick read with good plot twists and clever writing. Enjoyed during long international flight. I will read other books by Ken Bruins.
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