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Priest [Paperback]

Ken Bruen
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Book Description

2 April 2007

Ireland, awash in cash and greed, no longer turns to the Church for solace or comfort. But the decapitation of Father Joyce in a Galway church 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 makes him hope that his one desperate vision - of family - might yet be fulfilled. An eerie mix of exorcism, a predatory stalker, and an unlikely attraction conspires to lure him into a murderous web of dark conspiracies. The spectre of a child haunts every waking moment.

Bleak, unsettling and totally original, Ken Bruen's writing captures the brooding landscape of Irish society at a time of social and economic upheaval. Here is evidence of an unmistakeable literary talent.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (2 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552153435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552153430
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 10.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ken Bruen is finally getting his due...Priest is grimy, brooding, pawkily funny and wholly original. Great." (The Observer)

"Ken Bruen's novel takes us down some dark and mysterious roads where Irish angst meets 21st-century reality in a gripping story of guilt and redemption." (Independent on Sunday)

"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)

"Grim and elegiac by turns, Bruen is a distinctive talent who has integrated his inner fury and American noir influences to establish a powerful, original and controversial presence." (Guardian)

"Priest is hardboiled in the best way, unforgiving and unforgettable." (Sunday Tribune)

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Set in Galway, Ireland, a dark controversial novel by a new crime-writing star.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Priest 7 July 2009
First time I have read a Ken Bruen novel. I took it on holiday with me and managed to consume it after two days on and off. Jack Taylor is a superbe character and is down to earth and worldy.
I will now progress to Ken's new novel,'Cross' and maybe have a look for some older Jack Taylor titles.
The topical subject of the troubles in the Church in Ireland were handled extremely graphically.
Really enjoyable and sometime humerous reading. I would recommend this this book to thriller/detective fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting author 20 Nov 2007
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This is the first Ken Bruen novel I have read and I must admit it's a curious experience. Bruen is hugely talented; his words almost take on the rhythm and power of poetry. Not a single syllable is wasted. The writing is stark and sparse. The characters are wonderful creations: dark, bleak sketches of life that have an almost Dickensian feel. However reading 'Priest' is like being at a wonderful restaurant and being served dish after dish of savory delights - but then at the end of the meal you still feel a little hungry and go home to make yourself a fried egg sandwich. And that's how the book left me. It's extremely well written but not that satisfying. Bruen is a masterful writer and he serves up delight after delight but you still feel empty at the end of it. But saying that I would urge you to read him (perhaps not this book though) as he is a very special talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruen is a brilliant writer. 19 Feb 2006
By L. J. Roberts TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Priest is dark, profane, disturbing, haunting and yet I don’t consider it noir as it is somehow hopeful. Perhaps it’s just that somehow, through it all, Jack survives both physically and emotionally. Present day Ireland, both good and bad, comes to life with an awareness of the past, the hold of the Church and it’s striding into the future. The description of the impact of pedophilia on its victims is powerful. Bruen’s style is spare and sharp; it resonates and stays with you long after you’ve finished the book. The story is compelling and the ending, as with each of the books in the series, is a punch in the stomach, but immediately makes me want the next book. “Priest” and Ken Bruen are not for everyone, but I found this to be excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Smoke (and drink) 26 Feb 2014
By Patrick Duffy VINE VOICE
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Jack Taylor is back.
Great book this and it easily matches the previous books. Have to say I'm hooked on the Jack Taylor series now.

At this point in his life, Jack is still coming to terms with the terrible loss and the fallout.
He's got a sidekick now (not that he really needs one) and a familiar face returns with deadly menace.
Meanwhile someone isn't too happy with the clergy and some of the usual suspects are looking over their shoulders to see what happens next.

Top read yet again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good book. 30 July 2013
By anthony
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took a bit of getting into but enjoyed it in the end will be reading some of his other book but will have a rest for a short time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ken Bruen - Priest 31 May 2013
By Jools
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Bought this after seeing Jack Taylor on TV - a very good read & now want to read more of his books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Priest 14 May 2013
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I read this book after seeing the series on the TV. This added greatly to the story as I could visualise the characters. Although this was a rather dark story I did enjoy it and will read others in the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Priest
I chose this rating because the main character did not appeal to me. I did not finish the book because I did not care what happened to any of the characters
Published 14 months ago by patricia
4.0 out of 5 stars different
slow to start but once it got going i could not put it down,i will buy more books by the same author
Published 14 months ago by harold vodden
4.0 out of 5 stars priest
Excellent read. Good pace. The description of the town and area set a great atmosphere for the story. The character is unique and identifiable.
Published 15 months ago by smcg05
4.0 out of 5 stars outstanding writting
Very enjoyable book eventhough the main character is very deep and troubled, but with the irish sense of humour and craic.
Published 15 months ago by spike potter
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
I had seen 'Jack Taylor' series on Channel 5 TV & was keen to read some more stories- wasn't disappointed although at times I got a bit confused with the plot. Read more
Published 15 months ago by S C Shulver
5.0 out of 5 stars Irish noir
Wonderfully bleak study of the Irish psyche. Prompted to explore the Jack Taylor series having seen the brilliant TV production with Iain Glen
Published 15 months ago by patraicia bateman
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
I saw it advertised for showing on TV and read the preview. Although probably not to everyone's taste, it certainly appealed to me and I am delighted to have it
Published 16 months ago by warwick smith
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