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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books; Unabridged edition (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753135523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753135525
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Set in Galway, Ireland, a dark controversial novel by a new crime-writing star. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Reilly on 7 July 2009
Format: Paperback
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 By rev brian lovecraft scott on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Feb. 2006
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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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Format: Paperback
I believe this may rank as possibly the best of the first five in the series.

When I reviewed "The Dramatist" I thought the finale was a little over the top even for Ken Bruens hard hitting way of dealing with Taylor. Having now completed "The Priest" I see now that the impact of what happened in the previous book has a huge impact on Taylor and those around him throughout "The Priest".

All the Bruen hard hitting writing style and humour are present and correct in this novel. I believe the story telling is a lot more focussed on plot development and the writing carries it along at quite a pace. All the characters are well drawn .

I cant praise this highly enough but it really helps to start at the beginning. Nearly all the characters featured here have a history that has surfaced in the earlier books.
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By The Dapper Dude VINE VOICE on 26 Feb. 2014
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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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By anthony on 30 July 2013
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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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By Jools on 31 May 2013
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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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By J Lagden on 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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