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The Magdalen Martyrs: A Jack Taylor Story Paperback – 3 Jan 2003

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Brandon (3 Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863223028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863223020
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bruen is an original, grimly hilarious and gloriously Irish. -- Washington Post

Crime book of the year...Gripping, brutal and very funny, you can taste the futility in this Guinness noir. -- David Honeybone, The Age (Australia)

Hard-boiled, eccentric, darkly comic: Bruen bows to but doesn’t just mimic James M. Cain and the other great noirists in a breakout novel not to be missed. -- Kirkus Reviews

Ireland's version of Scotland's Ian Rankin...Outstanding -- Publishers' Weekly, New York

Ireland's version of Scotland’s Ian Rankin. -- Publishers Weekly

Irish writer Ken Bruen is the finest purveyor of intelligent Brit-noir. -- The Big Issue

Ken Bruen [is ] a terrific writer and The Guards is one of the most mesmerizing works of crime fiction I’ve ever read... -- James W. Hall, author of Blackwater Sound

Selected as one of "Six of the Best – independently published authors tipped to succeed" -- Publishing News

The novel is really the journey of its hero’s dark night of the soul. -- Marliyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

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NEW BOOK FROM HOTTEST NEW NAME IN CRIME FICTION

The hottest new name in crime fiction in the US is Irish author Ken Bruen, whose novel The Guards is getting rave reviews since its publication last month by the Minotaur imprint of St Martin’s Press. The Guards, set in Galway is the first of a trilogy which features the disgraced alcoholic ex-cop, Jack Taylor. The third and latest book in the series, The Magdalen Martyrs, will be published in March.

It’s not only in the US that Ken Bruen and Jack Taylor are wowing readers. In Australia publishers Duffy and Snellgrove have signed up Australian rights in all three Jack Taylor novels. International interest extends also to translation rights, with Italian rights in the trilogy sold to Frassinelli, French rights to Gallimard’s Serie Noire, and even Albanian rights have been sold. Ken Bruen is the author of nine previous novels, which were all published in London, but it is with The Guards that his international career as a writer has taken off.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nigel p bird on 5 Dec. 2013
Format: Paperback
Talk of the town just now is Philomena, the movie. It tells the story of a woman who was a victim of one of the wicked manifestations of the Catholic Church. The film looks OK. I may see it one day, perhaps on DVD. However it plays out, I'm pretty sure it won't be able to shine a prayer-candle to Ken Bruen's The Magdalen Martyrs.

I loved Jack Taylor before arriving at this novel. It's difficult not to. He articulates his inner workings with charm, humour and a good deal of learned profundity.

Here, he becomes involved in 2 cases. The first is to investigate a rather interesting woman who likes her drink and whose ex-husband suspects is guilty of murder. The second, a job from a killer whom he couldn't turn down, is to track down an old lady with associations with the Magdalen Laundry.

The cases are hugely interesting in themselves and give the book its movement and superbly dimensioned characters. Although that's crucial to the plot, the main story is one of addiction - the effects of intoxicants, withdrawal, black-outs, extreme actions, hallucination, self-loathing, guilt, depression, the works.

Jack moves from the booze to pills to periods of abstinence. As he plods through each phase, he sees his reflection the world and the people around him. He talks about his life and his failings in such an articulate and entertaining way that I doubt there can have been many better accounts of these extremes. Bruen would argue with this last statement and win because he knows far more than I - each chapter begins with a quote that has been selected perfectly to set a tone or underline a point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Kinsella on 18 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
I have only just started reading this author's novels and have read a few of the Jack Taylor's series. I think it is fantastic series which is new and different to much of what is out there. Jack Taylor is no one's idea of a hero and yet he uses his natural instincts to solve cases while slowly destroying his life. In this book he touches on the Magdelene laundrys as with many of his books he is not afraid to delve into difficult topics. He sets out in the book to find a woman who worked in the Laundry years ago but all is not what it seems. This forces him to change tactics. Overall this is a brilliant read.
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