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  • 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)
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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)

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Galway PI Jack Taylor is back on another dark, uncompromising road-trip through the underworld of Irish crime.

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Great series of books about the outwardly "don't give a damn" Irish PI who dispenses his own form of justice in what he sees as a broken society but who has in essence, a heart of gold.
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By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Aug. 2008
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First Sentence: Dear Mr. Taylor, Please forgive the formality.

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.
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Jack's sold his apartment and he's off to warmer climates, where he can lie in the sun. He's sitting on his suitcase waiting for a cab when his mobile rings....

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.
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Lizzie Hayes
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Jack Taylor is sober. That's worth mentioning because it doesn't happen very often, nor last very long. He was on his way to the airport, getting ready to leave Ireland, but his friend Ridge was diagnosed with breast cancer, so he stayed. He might live to regret that when he gets a letter from someone. It's a list: 'Two guards, one nun, one judge. And, alas, one child.' And it seems they're all going to die. Spare prose, dark humour. My addiction to Bruen is like Jack's addiction to the bottle. Only I'm never giving up.
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I approached Sanctuary with the same eager anticipation that I always experience when reading all the previous Taylor books.

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 Irish tales either grab you or they don't. Jack Taylor, you can almost smell him, is everything a hero shouldn't be, rough and unpleasant at times and yet somehow manages to bumble and fumble his way through each case to the end. There is a black humour through the whole. This story is actually one that comes closer to home than Jack would like.
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