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Galway Girl

by Ken Bruen

From “the Godfather of the modern Irish crime novel” (Irish Independent), the latest installment in Bruen’s addictive series finds ex-cop turned private eye Jack Taylor on the hunt for a psychotic assassin who has been killing Galway police officers, one by one.

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Publication Date October 20, 2020
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-5733-1
  • US List Price $16.00
  • Imprint The Mysterious Press
  • Page Count 368
  • Publication Date November 05, 2019
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-4793-6
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $26.00
  • Imprint The Mysterious Press
  • Publication Date November 05, 2019
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-4794-3
  • US List Price $26.00

Jack Taylor has never quite been able get his life together, but now he has truly hit rock bottom. Still reeling from a violent family tragedy, Taylor is busy drowning his grief in Jameson and uppers, as usual, when a high-profile officer in the local Garda is murdered. After another Guard is found dead, and then another, Taylor’s old colleagues from the force implore him to take on the case. The plot is one big game, and all of the pieces seem to be moving at the behest of one dangerously mysterious team: a trio of young killers with very different styles, but who are united their common desire to take down Jack Taylor. Their ring leader is Jericho, a psychotic girl from Galway who is grieving the loss of her lover, and who will force Jack to confront some personal trauma from his past.

As sharp and sardonic as it is starkly bleak and violent, Galway Girl shows master raconteur Ken Bruen at his best: lyrical, brutal, and ceaselessly suspenseful.

Praise for Ken Bruen and the Jack Taylor series:

“They don’t come much tougher than Ken Bruen’s Irish roughneck, Jack Taylor, a man with bad habits who does good despite himself.”—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review, on In The Galway Silence

“[Bruen] writes like an angel, a fearsome one such as he describes here, but one that you will want to keep and have close to you…A stunning experience from beginning to end, In the Galway Silence surpasses even Bruen’s usual superlative standards.”—Bookreporter on In The Galway Silence

“Bruen’s enormous strength as a stylist. Stripped, bare, naked, it never fails to deliver a solid, devastating punch when one is required. Bruen has even invented a way to convey what a reader new to the series really should know in less than a page and fewer than two hundred words. As November comes around and Jack Taylor makes his annual reappearance, I usually wonder if this time Jack will at last be relieved of his Sisyphean tasks and rest. While I wish that Jack could at last find peace, I am always ready to accompany him on his endless circling of the sinkhole of despair.”—Reviewing the Evidence

on In The Galway Silence “Jack, as fans of this long-running series know all too well, has a gift for blarney, for plain speaking, for poetic melancholy, for downing shots of Jameson’s without ice, and for pregnant one-word paragraphs. . . . A tough, tender, sorrowful tour of the Bruen aquarium, with all manner of fantastic creatures swimming in close proximity and touching only the fellow creatures they want to devour. Just don’t get too attached to the supporting cast or read this installment just before a trip to Galway.”—Kirkus Reviews on In The Galway Silence

“Powered by nonstop action and acerbic wit, [In the Galway Silence] is—like the pints of Guinness that the saga’s existentially tortured, pill-popping antihero consumes on a daily basis—unfathomably dark. [Jack Taylor is] a deeply flawed but endearing character whose suffering is both tragic and transformative.” —Publishers Weekly on In The Galway Silence

“[Bruen] writes short, rat-a-tat sentences that suggest a meeting of Samuel Beckett and Ogden Nash.”Chicago Tribune, on The Ghosts of Galway

“Nobody writes like Ken Bruen, with his ear for lilting Irish prose and his taste for the kind of gallows humor heard only at the foot of the gallows. The Emerald Lie is pure Bruen, with its verbal tics, weird typography and unorthodox wordplay.”New York Times Book Review, on The Emerald Lie

“Taylor is a classic figure: an ex-cop turned seedy private eye . . . The book’s pleasure comes from listening to Taylor’s eloquent rants, studded with references to songs and books. His voice is wry and bittersweet, but somehow always hopeful.”Seattle Times, on Green Hell

“Bruen’s voice is unmistakable: finely chiseled paragraphs that more closely resemble verse than prose . . . Bleaker than David Goodis, colder than Derek Raymond, and funnier and more violent than Richard Stark, Ken Bruen is among the most original and innovative noir voices of the last two decades.”Los Angeles Review of Books, on Headstone

“One of the most sublime pleasures in crime fiction is reading a new book by Ken Bruen. For almost twenty years now, he’s been delighting mystery and noir audiences with his stunning, poetic books of the shadowy side of life . . . This is real writing, the likes of which we are blessed to behold.”Strand Magazine, on Purgatory

“No one writes crime novels quite like Ken Bruen . . . I picture Bruen not so much writing as transcribing the words of a sweet fallen angel that are whispered feverishly into his ear.”Bookreporter, on The Emerald Lie

“[A] dark and often hilarious . . . series.”Toronto Star, on The Ghosts of Galway

“Bruen gets more done in a paragraph, a word, even a fragment of a word, than most writers get in an entire four-hundred-page doorstop. If his prose was any sharper, your eyeballs would bleed.”Mystery Scene, on Green Hell

“The Godfather of the modern Irish crime novel.”Irish Independent, on Green Hell