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Cross (Jack Taylor series Book 6) by [Bruen, Ken ]
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"Where Bruen really scores is in his intimate explorations of Taylor's character, Galway City and of modern Ireland. Using language like a weapon, his humour stops the reader drowning in rain, Jameson's and self-pity. Less a whodunit that a what-to-do-about-it, this is a compelling portrait of a haunted man." (Guardian)

"Bruen's writing is as bleak and spare as Taylor's take on modern Ireland, but you'll end up hooked on this series of home-grown, gritty crime stories as Jack Taylor is on Ireland." (Irish Independent)

"I cannot recommend this series highly enough - if you like stark reality, if you can handle one man making his own decisions about his life ... then do yourself a favour and read Cross." (Eurocrime.com)

"Vintage Ken Bruen. Clipped prose and mordant humour are coupled to a plot that's just about as violent as anything he has ever written. Bruen has the uncanny ability to describe the most touching of moments with heart-rending effectiveness and lyrical beauty." (Mean Streets)

"Ken Bruen is one of Ireland's leading crime writers...this is snappy, knowing writing." (SUNDAY EXPRESS)

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A novel of dark alchemy; a terrifying, uncompromising road-trip to Hell - and back.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 552 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (28 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552153443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552153447
  • ASIN: B0031RS7BS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,806 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Ged on 16 Jun. 2017
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Up to the usual standard of the jack taylor series look forward to reading the next one of the series.
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Cross by Ken Bruen

Has it been a year since the prolific Ken Bruen released `Priest' ? And now we have the 6th in the award-winning Jack Taylor PI series set against the backdrop of a changing Ireland and a developing Galway City.

A little recap for those not familiar with the Jack Taylor series, as Taylor is not your normal P.I. and Bruen not your normal crime-writer. As Bruen holds a PhD in Metaphysics, you will find surreal insights into the human condition all seen through the troubled and cynical eye of his alter ego - Jack Taylor, a man displaced from his former position as a `guard' [an Irish Policeman], now etching a living as a private-eye of sorts. Bruen's Jack Taylor novels are not plot driven, but character driven tales of the darkness that lurks in the heart of the changing society that we find ourselves in.

`Cross' starts right where `Priest' left off, where P I Jack Taylor is still seeking redemption from the death of a child that fell from a Balcony and the case of the decapitated priest who had the shadow of child abuse hanging over him. The wonderfully terse writing style of Bruen means that even if you've not read the preceding novels in the series, it's what the Irish would call `No Bother', because your thrown right slap-bang into the story. Taylor is mooching around his haunts, the bars of Galway city, buying drinks, suffusing himself with the aroma of alcohol and the atmosphere of the pubs, but not letting himself drift back into the grip that alcohol had on his life. Ridge, his old friend from the Garda [aka Guards / Irish Police] tells him that a young boy has been found crucified, while another contact wants to hire him to track down a missing dog. Stark contrast is always a fixture in this P.I.'s life. Taylor is at a crossroads.
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In a genre that is over-peppered with the word "gritty" to describe the numerous dark crime novels that now crowd the market, Ken Bruen is something of an original voice. His Jack Taylor novels are bleak, haunting stories that do indeed explore the more unpleasant aspects of human nature - and they are also compelling and extremely well-written.

Modern day Ireland has probably never been better served in terms of a fictional detective anti-hero. Cross moves along at a cracking pace - and the little quotes that open each chapter are as enjoyable and thought-provoking as the story itself.
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By Big Jim TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Sept. 2007
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Read Ken Bruen!
I'll say little else because he doesn't waste a word and neither should I. However, you'll get a better picture of modern Ireland by reading this than reading Angela's Ashes and sentimental tosh like that, and get a damn fine thriller thrown in as well.
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Not the best in the series but certainly up there with the better ones. I think the balance is not quite right here with just a little too much emphasis on Taylors musing on the human condition peppered with Taylor's cynical care worn wit but just a little too light on plot development. The case Taylor is working on virtually solves itself without Taylor's input although with the best will in the world Taylor brings and leaves death and destruction in his wake. You really would not want to befriend Taylor because the chances are you will end up dead!

Lines like "Gail had burned my books and I'd long ago burnt my boats..." show that all the classic lyricism one expects to find in Ken Bruen's books is here in abundance and despite my criticism I still found this a page turner and I cannot wait to move on to "Sanctuary".
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You've got to feel for Jack Taylor, Ken Bruen's PI, he really goes to hell and back with his cases and yet despite it all he retains his "charm", silver tongue and chirpy humour. This story is as black as they get. If you like Ken Bruen and Jack Taylor you will grip your teeth and read it. The way Bruen writes, you, yourself, are walking the dark streets of Galway - and the best of the Irish to you as you do!
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These books keep you interested in the characters and that brings you effortlessly into their lives and deaths. Good story telling by a good author.
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