- Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Ireland (9 April 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848270186
- ISBN-13: 978-1848270183
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.4 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sanctuary Mass Market Paperback – 9 Apr 2009
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"Tightly structured and compelling ... You don't want to meet Jack Taylor in person, but if you're a crime fan, you do want to read every book he features in." (Irish Times for PRIEST)
"Ken Bruen is finally getting his due. Priest is grimy, brooding, pawkily funny and wholly original. Great." (Observer for PRIEST)
"A gripping story of guilt and redemption." (Independent on Sunday for CROSS)
"A compelling portrait of a haunted man." (Guardian for CROSS)
"Sanctuary...packs a powerful punch. Taylor's alcoholic self-disgust is utterly convincing, and the supporting low life characters in the story are deftly and vibrantly drawn through pared-to-the-bone prose. Unforgettable." (Irish Independent)
Galway PI Jack Taylor is back on another dark, uncompromising road-trip through the underworld of Irish crime.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
Jack Taylor has sold his apartment and is ready to head to the US when his friend, Ridge, announces she has malignant breast cancer, so he stays to help her. He then receives the letter stating two guards, one nun, one judge and a child will die and he is to be witness.
His once friend, now enemy, Guarda Superintendent Clancy, doesn't give it any credence, but Jack does follows up, with the help of now-recovered Ridge and other friends.
I begin each new Bruen book afraid the quality won't be has high as the last. I had nothing to fear. Bruen is not for everyone: Jack is a character you don't necessarily like, but about whom you do care.
The story is hard-edged, violent and emotional. The alternating voices of conversational first person and chilling third person is extremely effective.
Bruen's descriptions of the city, observations on the changes prosperity have wrought on Galway, as well as dark humor and sensitivity make him a remarkable writer. The story and writing are spare, brutal, physically and emotionally harsh, tragic and brilliant.
So Jack stays, and then the letter arrives, the one that alerts him to the proposed killings of - two Guards, one nun, one judge and one child. Jack is unperturbed by the first three, he's sure they deserved it, but the last one - no.
After the death of a guard and a judge, Jack attempts to speak with Superintendent Clancy, but getting nothing but abuse, eventually sets out to find the killer before he/she goes too far.
This episode is a milestone in Jack's life as he receives information that changes everything for him , and dramatically illustrates the complexity of the human mind -the power to hate, to love and to forgive.
As ever, the book is full of humour, sadness, despair, rage and human weakness.. Maybe it's my guilt at being brought up a Catholic, but a Ken Bruen book always makes me feel better. Recommended.
I have to say I was a little disappointed. Weighing in at 223 pages unless it is the type format it is shorter than the previous novels. True all the classic ingredients of a Taylor novel are present. True the story line here follows on from the threads of previous story lines and most of the familiar characters are present. But nevertheless something is missing. Although the black humour and cynical observations about the ever changing face of Irish society are there the bite is not as venomous. This book is much more a straightforward story with a beginning, middle and end.
I came away with the impression that the author had a contractual commitment and a fast approaching deadline to meet as it seemed a little hurried.
That is not to say it was not a good read and I am certainly looking forward to starting the next in the series.
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Ken Bruen's character is the hero that everyone needs in times of trouble. Well written and intense, as usual his book immersed me.Published 18 months ago by Patricia W.
Once again a fantastic read. Top value and delivery once again.Published on 23 April 2015 by M. T. Stefanyszyn
Not read book as yet, but will do in the near future. Thank you. Very nice cover to book.Published on 1 Feb. 2015 by J H Russell